- By Jason Dougas Lewis
- In Action Sports
Originally published by the Los Angeles Sentinel. www.lasentinel.net
Photos by Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor (2010-2013)
Manny Santiago (left) from Puerto Rico flies through the air on the street course. In his first career appearance in the street finals he placed sixth. The gold medal went to Paul Rodriguez.
Nyjah Huston has been the biggest name in skateboarding over the past year after winning the gold medal at last year’s X Games street competition. He made another great run at the top spot, but he fell just short, finishing with the bronze medal.
Austin Coleman, who is from South Los Angeles and graduated from USC, performs a trick way above the vert ramp inside the Nokia Theatre. He took sixth place in the finals.
Earlier this year Chad Kerley won the gold medal in the BMX street competition at X Games Asia, and he nearly pulled off that feat at X Games Los Angeles as he took the silver medal, just behind Garrett Reynolds.
Ishod Wair finished in second place in the Game of Sk8, which is a “H-O-R-S-E” type of competition. He just missed the finals for the street event.
Andrew Arnold is not a professional, he just showed up to the X Games as a fan, but he was still able to show off his skateboarding skills at X Fest. Arnold, who is from Los Angeles, has competed in the past, and he perfects his tricks at skate parks in Westchester and Long Beach.
Within seconds the backdrop drastically changed for the BMX riders in the Big Air competition. They flew through the air, over 70 feet about the ground, as they performed acrobatic tricks.
At the X Games they do not just drive racecars around an oval track, they send them through Hot Wheels loops!
X Game athletes attempt to defy the laws of gravity, as flying through the air is one requirement of them. Sticking the landing is the other one.
Flying through the air while being upside down garners extra points, especially in the Moto X best trick competition.
Tshaka Armstrong of Fox 11 News interviews a BMX biker after the vert practice.