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Where is His Mother?! 9-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Ever to Conquer the MegaRamp (Awesome Video)

By Monica Bielanko |

9-Year-Old Evan Doherty becomes youngest person to conquer the MegaRamp.

Evan Doherty just turned 9 at the beginning of this month.

The little guy is attracting big attention from the skateboarding world.

Over the weekend he became the youngest person to date to conquer the MegaRamp. The skateboarding ramp is so large that many veteran skateboarders won’t try it because they’re afraid of getting injured.

As reports, the ramp is so huge that “skateboarders must soar at least 70 feet across one gap, land on a downhill ramp leading to a sheer quarterpipe wall. They then must soar high above the quarterpipe and negotiate a successful landing without anything but hands and gravity to keep the board underfoot.”

When the much older Jake Brown attempted to ride the MegaRamp during the 2007 X Games he was seriously injured, but made a full recovery. I link to the video of Brown crashing to show you just how serious this ramp can be and the damage it can cause. Which leads me to my question, where is Evan Doherty’s mother? While I appreciate the boy’s spunk and talent I would not – in a million years – let my kid ride that ramp, I don’t care how good he is at skateboarding.

Doherty, who is from Greenwood, Mo., completed one MegaRamp run Friday and two others Sunday during his trip to Woodward West in California.

“It was a little bit scary getting such a high air but really, REALLY amazing to land,” he stated, via email.

I’m glad he landed but man is it scary to watch. I wonder if it’s his mom behind the camera here… If so would you call her a bad parent? Would you let your 9-year-old attempt this feat? Why or why not?

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Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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9 thoughts on “Where is His Mother?! 9-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Ever to Conquer the MegaRamp (Awesome Video)

  1. Shandeigh says:

    Wow… that’s a hard question… On one hand… I don’t believe in bubble-wrapping kids and not letting them expereince things… but on the other… I don’t think theres any way in hell I’d let my son do that. Hopefully my son never wants to skateboard.

  2. Kelly says:

    I agree with Shandeigh- that’s a hard question- but I’m going to go with no, I would not want my theoretical 9-year-old doing that. It’s too much- gotta put a limit to things.

  3. Meagan says:

    I agree that it would be a difficult question, but I wonder if anyone would ask it of the mother of a young gymnast? I honestly don’t know whether the risk level is anywhere comparable, but young skilled gymnasts do attemp a great many feats that could become disastrous in the blink of an eye. Even with a spotter.

  4. Chris says:

    If you Google Evan Doherty, he has skated all over the country and is extremely talented. He has multiple videos on YouTube. He is obviously VERY skilled. I would not let my child do MotoCross unless he was skilled, I would not let he/she do Rugby unless trained. We all know serious injuries can happen in most any sport. From what I see, I support this parent decision. Should it be 10, 11, 13, 16… What is the correct answer?

  5. Manjari says:

    I would NOT call his mother a bad parent. I might not be comfortable allowing my 9 year old to do this, but she obviously was. She knows her kid and is allowing him to succeed at something he’s obviously very good at. I wouldn’t allow it, but I’m a different person with different kids.

  6. KateThree says:

    My 9 y/o is a total spaz, definitely more musically inclined. :) But if he was into skateboarding and good at it, I would let him try a giant ramp. I would never suggest it, but I would let him.

  7. Alison says:

    My guess is she’s probably proudly/worriedly watching on the sidelines with his dad.

  8. Linda, T.O.O. says:

    You know, my thinking on this has evolved over the years due to having kids who engage in contact sports (roller derby and karate) and who seem to have those “risk taking” personalities (skateboarding, speed skating, biking, kayaking, rock climbing). I will aknowledge that we do visit the emergency room more than other families, but I feel like I would be robbing my kids if I took away the things they love for safety reasons. I do insist on proper gear and no one has ever been seriously injured (we’ve had broken bones and stitches). My thought is that if you have kids who are inherently risk taking, sports are a productive way to focus that energy. Much better than say, thrill seeking through drug use or sex. I see the benefits of having kids who self identify as athletes every day.

  9. Brandi says:

    Tough question to answer unless you’ve been in their shoes. Obviously this young boy is extremely talented. He has already done large ramps & other stunts successfully. He’s had the training & the skills necessary to even consider such a jump. She knows her child & knows what he is capable of. If I thought my child was capable I see no reason to hold them back.

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