It won’t be long now! The 15th edition of the XGames will take place the weekend of July 30th through August 2nd in Los Angeles, California.
This is an annual event that showcases extreme sports, such as Bungee Jumping, Eco-Challenge, In-line Skating, Skysurfing, Sport Climbing, Street Luge, Biking and Water Sports & Skateboarding.
It was the creation of ESPN in 1995. Originally generated every two years, it’s popularity has exploded to be an annual event. In 1997, a winter version of the X Games was created. The popularity of the X Games led to the inclusion of some of its sports into the Olympic Games.
The most popular sport in the X Games is skateboarding. It’s most recognizable ambassador is Tony Hawk. In 1995 he took home the first XGames gold medal in the vertical skateboarding category. His popularity has generated numerous skateboarding video games starting in 1999 with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Since then, the series has spawned over 10 titles.
Another popular skateboarder is Shaun White, who is nicknamed “The Flying Tomato”, because of his shaggy red hair. White also performs in snowboarding and received a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics at Torino, Italy in Men’s Halfpipe.
It takes lots of practice to perfect the stunts skateboarders do. Years and years of it. It’s not uncommon for skateboarders to have various injuries, such as broken arms, legs, necks & torn cartilage.
It helps to have a high quality skateboard. One website has a wide selection of longboard skateboards, ranging from $64 dollars up to $489 dollars. The site also has a web page devoted to what to look for when buying a skateboard.
Now, whether your purchase for the website will lead you to become the next Tony Hawk or Shaun White is clearly up to you.