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Birth of the tailwhip -- Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson discusses the origin of tailwhips, a once-impossible trick

Updated: July 28, 2012, 8:47 PM ET
By Brian Tunney

In 1984, pro vert rider Mike Dominguez attempted a flyout that astonished fellow pros and early BMX fans. In mid-air, Dominguez kicked the bike out under his feet, attempting to whip the bike around underneath him. Today, it's better known as a tailwhip, but in the mid '80s, it was a BMX impossibility discussed in passing by the pros of the time.

Four years later, a pro from Massachusetts by the name of Joe Johnson changed all that. Johnson had come up through the local ...

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