On a hot afternoon in September 2014, Tony Zano, a father of five from Los Angeles, rode his son to the school’s skate park.
The skateboarder was a junior and he had just completed a class on tricks.
He had a few tricks to show, but the real star was a superlative one that Zano thought would work wonders on a regular skateboard.
“I had this feeling I could do this trick,” Zano says.
Zano got up from his seat and tried the trick, which was easy enough for him.
But as he tried to hold on, he heard the bell.
The bell sounded and he realized that it was the principal calling him in the middle of class.
“It was so funny,” Zanos mother, Linda Zano of Huntington Beach, says.
“We were like, ‘Why are you here?
You are not in class!'”
Zano called the principal, who told him to go to the front of the room.
“He said, ‘We have to get you out of class,’ and then he asked, ‘What is the trick?’
I told him I had this idea.
And then he told me, ‘I know it sounds weird, but you just can’t do it.'”
Zano knew what he was doing.
The trick would make his son happy.
Zanos son, Nick, who was in kindergarten at the time, was fascinated.
Zino said he needed to show Nick how to do something he hadn’t seen before.
The next day, Zano showed Nick the trick.
Nick loved it.
“My brother, I thought, I have to show him that, and he has no idea what it is,” Zanios son says.
It wasn’t until the next day that Nick realized that Zanias trick had been the secret to Nick’s success.
Nick went on to be the highest scoring skater in school history, winning the LA Regional Championships at age 14.
Zanioms son also took home the title of the most dominant skater on the school district’s skater team.
Zanao says his son has been an inspiration to other kids.
“This kid is my inspiration, and I want him to know, ‘Hey, you don’t have to be perfect to do this,’ Zanos son says, “so he can come to me and tell me that.