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Tony Hawk on Backflip Dude

Adam Miller Nearly

Broke Himself

2/15/2013 4:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Tony Hawk says the only thing more impressive than Adam Miller's amazing skateboard-to-skateboard backflip -- is the fact Miller survived 3 bone-crushing days of practicing the ridunkulous maneuver.

Miller was at Tony's Southern Cali skate park when he pulled off the stunt -- which Tony describes as "part gymnastics, parkour, and skateboarding." Video of the move racked up nearly 2 million views on Tony's Ride Channel in less than a week. 



But when TMZ caught up with the godfather of skateboarding he told us Miller busted his ass over, and over, and over (below) on pavement -- and without a helmet or pads -- before nailing the backflip.

"He tried it for a couple days and he kinda broke himself off ... He goes hard, and he takes it ... one after the other just slamming into the cement."



Tony added ... Miller deserves all the attention he's getting because "it's hard to come up with something really brand new and different" in skateboarding.

As for attempting the backflip himself ... Tony says, "I would love to try stuff like that, honestly, but I don't have that body sense, and that gymnastics background at all."

Uhh, it's cool Mr. 900 ... you don't have to prove anything to us.

SIDENOTE: It should go without saying, but don't try this stuff at home kids. Duh.

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buzz kill    

It seem to me it would have been easier to get an education and a real job. As they say in show biz, "Break a leg", Or your neck.

425 days ago
2.

Nostradamus    

How are this guy's ankles still intact?
Amazing Adam!

425 days ago
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DeeMaree    

Damn I'm impressed.

425 days ago
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Googie    

Wow, it is awesome, but he should have practiced at a skate park instead of cement in a parking lot. Has to have suffered permanent damage to his body/bones. What age will his body start breaking down.

425 days ago
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Kobe_No_Means_No    

Dang, Tony Hawk is so old now... kind of reminds me of Harvey.
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By the way, how old is Harvey, does anybody know? He acts very young.

425 days ago
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STAYCLASSYSANDIEGO    

sooo post the video!

425 days ago
7.

Mrugowsky    

Get back to to us when he does break himself.

425 days ago
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Kaveman    

TMZ - FIX VOTING SO IT WORKS WITH CHROME BROWSER

425 days ago
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EMB    

I tried break dancing once, I broke my arm, leg and 9 fingers, along with my pride.

425 days ago
10.

Jacqui    

Doesn't boyfriend like his brain, his face, his teeth, or anything else on his body, enough to wear some protective gear for a stunt like that?? ...inCREDibly stupid.

425 days ago
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Killmonokill    

Tony hawk is pure gold... All he's archived all he's done and the most humble guy in the world.... Take note Hollywood NOTHING'S

425 days ago
12.

Mazor    

This is called "doing what it takes to succeed". Most people nowadays don't understand what it means to sacrifice to get what they want from life. They just stand there with their hand out expecting someone else to hand everything to them.

425 days ago
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TNT    

It won't be long before someone tries to do the same thing and paralyzes himself. So this guy did this stunt without a helmet or knee or elbow pads? This is what happens when all you do all day is smoke pot.

425 days ago
14.

still2easy    

Tony Hawk! A King!

425 days ago
15.

Piper    

Big whopee! Try to land on the same one you left then we'll talk ha hah

425 days ago
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