Five years ago today, professional skateboarder Sewa Kroetkov stunned the skateboarding community by calling himself out during the Game of S.K.A.T.E. with Chris Joslin in BATB X.
The 32-year-old went to the Nine Club podcast and explained his side of why he had to redo his frontside flip trick against Chris Joslin.
The unexpected act of integrity and sportsmanship resulted in Kroetkov losing the championship but earned him admiration and respect for upholding the true spirit of skateboarding.
The Battle At The Berrics X contest between Kroetkov and Joslin had been eagerly anticipated, with both skaters known for their jaw-dropping tricks and incredible athleticism.
As the contest climaxed, the stakes were high, and the atmosphere went bonkers when Kroetkov had to redo his trick.
During one pivotal double frontside flip attempt, Kroetkov executed a move that initially appeared flawless, but upon review, he noticed a slight technicality that compromised the trick's authenticity.
Rather than overlooking or dismissing the flaw, Kroetkov took a courageous step. He called himself out, admitting the mistake and requesting a redo of the trick.
Kroetkov's decision to repeat the trick came at a significant cost. By doing so, he effectively forfeited the opportunity to win the championship.
It was a self-imposed setback that showcased his unwavering commitment to honor and integrity in skateboarding.
His actions demonstrated that true victory goes beyond mere titles and accolades; it lies in upholding the values that define his great dignity.