Video: Harry Schofield is 8 Years Old & Sending 720s

Jan 8, 2019
by Paulinski2000  

Learning to backflip, landing 720s, jumping pro BMX jumps, riding multiple bike disciplines at a high level. Coming 3rd in the BMX racing World Champs in Baku Azerbaijan and 2nd place in the BMX Euro Champs in Sarrians France. Doing his first DH mountain bik race at the Malverns Classic. Winning an MX race for the first time. 2018 has to be Harrys most progressive year to date, all at the age of 8!


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101 Comments

  • + 181
 What were you doing when you were 8? I had a favorite stick because it looked like a gun. Yeah. That was nice. *Cries
  • + 1
 We are taught to play guitar, flute, voice lessons. Enrolled in Kumon reading and Math?!
  • + 42
 Even now, about the best thing I could do is send seven $20’s.
  • + 16
 I was laying in the garden watching the clouds. That was magic. the only reason to stand up was my mom screaming; ''food is reeeaaadyyyy...'' lol
  • + 2
 What about when you were 5?...Check out what Harry was doing; www.pinkbike.com/video/497594
  • + 3
 @Triber66: hahahahaha
  • + 5
 Remember Nicholi had this type of videos when Zink, Semenuk reigning.
  • + 1
 I was still sleeping in parents room ????
  • + 1
 @Skunkace: the level at 5 is still too high though...
  • + 1
 Holy crap he is not just good he is hitting very sophisticated lines and has style in the park already.
  • + 61
 Well, this is depressing...
  • + 16
 On the contrary! It's inspiring!
  • + 1
 www.pinkbike.com/video/497594 You'll feel siickk after seeing him getting to 8yo then. Wink
  • + 39
 I came upon this lads intagram through BMX race coaching site and find it hilarious that Pinkbike editors post just the steeze part. Kid has some solid skills that most park bros don't have and fly big lines only because they have expensive, overly complicated bikes with loads of squish. This lad flies A-line sized things on a BMX, and wouldn't be surprised if he accelerates better than 90% of people who read countless articles about cadence, heart rate and nutrition. There's also a 14yr old girls sending SX BMX tracks. Hence I recommend to follow his insta and check the BMX racing part and the latest pumptrack things and learn from it. Steeze is only cherry on the pie.

I bow to his parents for nurturing such talent. You are great Harry, take it easy, don't burn yourself off too soon! Life's long from your end Wink All the best Cheers!
  • - 64
flag denomerdano (Jan 8, 2019 at 2:50) (Below Threshold)
 As a parent, i rather invest my kid in language and music instead of extreme sports.. My 4 year old can hold his own on a pedal bike but can also speak 3 languages. As much as I'd love to project my dreams on him, he needs other skills before risking everything trying 720s. I don't know.. I maybe wrong... . I sure hope this kid doesn't burn out but im sure he will..
  • + 33
 @denomerdano: as a parent I applaud any form of excellence. Once a kid learns to learn, it can learn anything. The only way to learning is achieving excellence in a field. Putting emphasis on mediocrity in many is a mistake. Considering that education sucks and cannot even imagine the needs of the future, our kids may as well learn 720s...
  • + 25
 @denomerdano: The kid sends it because its what he enjoys no doubt, I don't see his parents on the sidelines forcing him to be better. If the parents want to facilitate this kids riding then that's amazing and he is one lucky kid.

And who knows maybe Harry knows how to play a guitar and speak Spanish, you've posted an opinion without all that much knowledge of his life and that's why you have been down voted sir.
  • + 2
 Wise words!

I would add, stay away from alkihol, cheap girls and "reality enhancement recreational substances" of any kind. Oh, and never mind the crowd, just S E N D IT!
  • - 3
 @WAKIdesigns: @WAKIdesigns: Hey you may have a point...
I think being big and strong will at the end be a far useful tool for basic survival. and being able to take a slam has alot to do with it.

There is no user manual for this parenting stuff.
I do it my way, you do it yours. We will both be wrong anyways. Each kid is unique...
There are some skill sets however that need to be instilled at earlier ages and biking is not one of them.
Brain needs nurturing at earlier ages and concussions will not help its growth..

Just let me ruin my kid my own way.. i swear i will be good at it..
  • - 2
 @denomerdano: you are sure he'll burnt out??? Wrong words!!! Better to live a short live and having fun than be smart with 3 languages and waiting for death with no memories!!! You dont like biking as much as we do!!!
  • + 8
 @denomerdano: l don’t know how to raise kids. All I know is that there is wich thing as learning to learn and it’s best done by devoting yourself deeply to a particular art. I use mental skills I developed through biking on daily basis at my work. I am where I am today as an architect because I was obsessively drawing airplanes, which later changed to 3d modelling airplanes giving me principles of 3d modelling, allowing me to learn any software in a breeze, giving me more time to do other things at work than fight with a dumb computer.

You can even get it from Musashi: once you study an art deeply you can see it in all things.

Don’t be a tight ass, look forward to what future brings, you never know what leads where.
  • + 3
 @denomerdano: www.pinkbike.com/video/497594 Just watch where the kid has come from, see how he acquired the skills. You'll quickly come to the understanding Harry isn't the normal child...We're are witnessing something beyond what we have ever seen before. Check out the progressive 5 to 8yo video on the link. Wink
  • + 6
 Most positive string of waki posts in recent memory @WAKIdesigns:
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 @meandros: Hey! Those reality enhancement recreational substances make me a better rider rider OK!
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 @WAKIdesigns: I reckon a 720 counts for two A's at high school level
  • + 2
 If I had the time to cruise the internet searching BMX coaching sites I would, but... Actually I'd do something else with the time and let someone at PB do the work.
  • + 2
 @denomerdano: Most burn out but some continue and excel. That is the odds on how the great ones are formed in any discipline. And maybe he knows three languages, odds of that are much better than a kid doing 720's.
  • + 4
 @Skunkrace - thanks for posting that. I can show it to my 5yr old son who loves to see other kids do stuff on bikes. Both of my kids get more "turned on/triggered" by watching other kids do things (especially in first person) than when watching adults. That is the message I would like to show my kids. It takes smart practice and time to get good at something. None of "work hard" or "talent" nonsense. Talent exists, but it is overrated, just like hard work. Any idiot can work hard and in fact often ends up working hard, with little result. Then just because it looks easy, doesn't mean it's easy. Practice and experience makes things look easy. I am fortunate to be a member of community that allows me to get better and better every month. I can say that I do deliberate practice.

@mrwynnewillson: probably yes, but currently I am in awe of how he boosts jumps. Then some video where he manual-jumps a double or manuals a set of few deep rollers. Anyone who has tried that, knows. That is prime bike control. If you can do that, it means that you got your principles dialed, which means you can learn almost anything.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: I get ya! ...Harry has put in loads of hard work on the bikes over the years, you can see that from 5yo and all the bumps and bangs he's taken, he still does today!...The thing that set him apart from any other kid before him, is the fact he shreds & sends everything and on anything. His talent is born from love of wheels, it probably gives him freedom beyond what can be measured, only admired, just like an artist.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: "how risky is to get hospitalised because you develop 3D models ?" as a father I would frequently ask my self this question about my son and I fully agree you never know what leads where but there is anther thing in life called "chances".
  • + 3
 @denomerdano:
Gotta love it when Waki gets effectively trolled.
  • + 2
 @bikegreece: haha, quite easy, like overdose of cocaine, chronic depression, brain wrecking lack of sleep, not getting laid - these are some of the possible effects of getting good at 3D Graphics. Grass is always greener. I will tell you more, safe life leads to a horrific realization while you are old and can’t put it right anymore: you realize that you haven’t really done anything worth mentioning on your funeral. Knowing that you are anonymous, that you were a pack fill. If this doesn’t scare the sht out of you I don’t know what does

Make sure you didn’t write it because you felt intimidated as a rider and as a father. Worry about your own kid, mind your own backyard man.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: haha, and how far have you been? you are not Calatrava either but, pls spare us and do not be today any more extrovert..
  • + 2
 @bikegreece: I meant that whatever you do or don't do, there is risk involved. There are only a few better feelings in life than seeing your kid learning something that is close to your heart, as well as seeing your dad being genuinely proud of you. There is a difference between "Oooooh my God Bobby, holy damn!" and "Good work Bobby, yes nice car you drew there, yes"
  • + 12
 Not only is this kid going big and pulling some huge tricks but he's got some serious steez too! Really impressive. Keep at it Harry. Big things in store for you.
  • + 4
 Now, please excuse me while I go cry in the closet for a minute.
  • + 6
 If Bike companies had any clue they would have this kid a full factory sponsorship, Like Shaun White getting signed by Burton when he was 7 years old. This kid would get tons more eyes on a brand than any non podium DH, Enduro racer or Joyride competitor. Kid is the definition of Young Talent
  • + 7
 I don't know what his age has to do with it. I'm 29, and I can barely move.
  • + 3
 Kid's got moxie. Nicely done, Harry.

Rogue anecdote to follow. Kids these days simply brim with talent. If they see it done, they seem to somehow learn it so easily. My first ever 360 was landed at a spry age of 35. Never give up, I guess; keep having fun with it; and, do cool skids.

Also, age gracefully.
  • + 6
 Inspiring stuff Harry. Enjoyed the videos and can’t wait to show them to my 6 year old boy !!
  • + 43
 "Here, you little sh**, you have two years left!" Big Grin
  • + 9
 My oldest just turned 8 and still rides like he has his training wheels on. Damn karma
  • + 5
 @dro-cfr: Blame it on genetics.
  • + 1
 @Fenderrbenderr: ahhahahahaha
  • + 7
 Big Gulps huh?
  • + 2
 Nails everything, everything is dailed in & shreds & sends everything on anything with wheels. Wink
www.pinkbike.com/video/497594
  • + 2
 Alright! Welp, see ya later!
  • + 1
 oh ! Now my 6 year old won’t like that !!
  • + 2
 @denomerdano: I'm a high school drop out, didn't look so promising in the earlyu days, but I now have more than two decades of college, speak multiple languages, expert carpenter and mechanic, great job working with kids, and all I got to say is that kid is a wicked good rider.

Don't compare your kids to anyone else's kids or try to justify how you "trained them", your kids will turn out the way they want to, and you'll have very little to do with it. Just sit back and let them at it!

My kids are wonderful for everything that are, f*ck what they're not!
  • + 3
 wow impressive! looks like hes having fun doing it. I raced MX when i was younger and you talk about some kids getting burnt out thats where it was, dads screaming on the side of the track and shit.
  • + 4
 this kids already as good as Jackson Goldstone, where are his factory sponsorships! lol I know who's gonna be winning crankworx in a few years!
  • + 2
 This is absolutely crazy. To be able to do those tricks is one thing, but his overall bike control (pumptracks, manualling rollers) and the way he is able to pull those tricks so smoothly, is what is really special. That control is something you can't just 'huck and hope', but skills that require huge levels of control and dexterity. Truly amazing to have that at 8 years old.
  • + 2
 This is utterly inspiring Harry. Good on you for showing the hard work and dedication it must have taken to get this good at this age..... keep having fun on your bike and even greater things will surely follow. That is all.
  • + 1
 Well the repair to my floor is gonna be expensive...
Because my jaw just dropped straight through it!
By the time he grows into that big bike, he'll already be well on his way to the world championship podium, probably even still as a junior racing in the seniors..

Just wow. He's 8 years old.. :o
  • + 4
 Harry finally makes it to Pinkbike, about time. Paul you must be one proud dad right now!
  • + 2
 This dude 's got the moves! The fact Harry has them hardwired at such an early age should allow him to go into uncharted territory once he hits young adulthood. Here's to young master Schofield!
  • + 2
 Need to put him in touch with the following people, Danny mcaskill, Aaron gwin, Dan atherton, Daniel dhers, chase hawlk, or aaron ross Tony bou Colton haaker And insert favorite mx racer here
  • + 2
 If I was Leatt or some other safety equipment company, I'd sponsor Harry for life...so sick, so inspiring. Keep at it and enjoy your studies, music, art, sports, whatever. Cannondale will be knocking on your door soon.
  • + 4
 the combination of shedloads of talent and monumental disregard for consequences only a kid can have is a thing of beauty
  • + 2
 HAHAHHA Absolutely! He's one tough cookie....... www.pinkbike.com/video/497594 Wink
  • + 3
 ive followed this kid on instagram for a while serious skills and seams to love what he is doing his handle is @Harry_2010_beast
  • + 3
 i can't show it to my kids, it will drive them a way from the bike, Harry is going to be the next saminuk
  • + 2
 I'm sure E.T and master Yoda are hiding somewhere nearby in the videos, feeling there training of harry has gone rather well.
  • + 3
 When I was 8, Me and my friends would pump each other up to jump off a curb on a scooter.
  • + 3
 What a lil freak! It seems I've wasted last 8 years of my riding to learn a wheelie.
  • + 4
 holy crap! that kid is on another level!
  • + 4
 Upcoming Pro!! Awesome...
  • + 3
 I never really came close to doing a 720. Always came 300 short and landed somewhat backward and disoriented.
  • + 2
 I know the feeling: www.pinkbike.com/video/448349 at about 1:06
  • + 2
 At 8 years of age, we were driving fake BMX bikes and Rog Pony on streets (no helmets or any other equipment).
  • + 3
 Since no one else said is "YOU'RE A WIZARD, HARRY"
  • + 2
 This little dude, have a big progress)
I am wait next video)
Man please go ride more))))
Good ride 2019
  • + 3
 Jesus, how can an 8 year old kid be that good? So awesome!
  • + 1
 Take a look how he got there. www.pinkbike.com/video/497594
  • + 1
 @Skunkace... 15 posts on the page: 14 glowing about Harry, 13 linking the video, 9 containing a Wink . You must be his parent? Razz
  • + 2
 Take a look at what it takes for a kid of 8yo to get as good as Harry is today. www.pinkbike.com/video/497594
  • + 3
 semenuk reincarnated without even dying
  • + 2
 This is sad I have been mountain biking for 10 years and I can’t do half the stuff he can do like honestly HOW
  • + 2
 how long till yt signs him?
  • + 2
 That got me stoked and hurt my soul all at once.
  • + 3
 Wow... That's Awesome!!!
  • + 3
 Absolutely incredible!
  • + 2
 jeez he's insane! he seems pretty hench for an 8 year old!!
  • + 0
 See him from the age of 5yo; Wink www.pinkbike.com/video/497594
  • + 2
 My three year old has a healthy level of stoke after watching this today!
  • + 2
 Got to be one proud Dad right there!!! And one nervous Mom....
  • + 3
 Impressive lad!
  • + 0
 www.pinkbike.com/video/497594 He's Harry at 5,6,7 & 8yo Wink
  • + 3
 WOW..the futureSmile
  • + 2
 Ahahaha wow ! Can't imagine in 20 years....
  • + 1
 No that it actually makes a difference but he is 9 years old
  • + 0
 A few days...Still this video was taken from the age of 8yo. Check out his progression video from 5yo. Wink www.pinkbike.com/video/497594
  • + 2
 I quit
  • + 1
 Holy crap! That's raw talent right there.
  • + 1
 Mesmerising! Feel the need to press send more when out next!
  • + 0
 www.pinkbike.com/video/497594 Take a look at Harry's progressive video from the age of 5yo. Wink Absolutely amazing!
  • + 2
 Miniripper2019!!!
  • + 1
 God damn.

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