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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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user007    

That's nothing I've done that trick with 3 stakeboards down two flights of stairs doing a 720 the first time and a 360... the second. And it only took me 2 practice tries. The video is available for the low low price of $19.95 plus S&H.

581 days ago
17.

LISA    

That was AWESOME! Dude must have the rubberman gene.

581 days ago
18.

Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

However ballsy working out the intricacies of a difficult new trick without any safety gear is stupid. It's like a high wire or trapeze artist learning new tricks without a safety net. Sure you can do it, but WTH would you want to!?!? Sh*t happens... why punish yourself like that.

581 days ago
19.

Dave    

If only Adam Miller knew how to spak English... he'd be great!

581 days ago
20.

JennaKennedy    

This is insane!

581 days ago
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