In 2012, The Summer X Games celebrated 18 years of limits breaking and envelope pushing. Evidently, the action sports festival already came of age, shattering records, setting trends and establishing household names year after year. By now, it all must be legal, right?
The event wrapped up yesterday and since we're dealing with adulthood status, best to break down the skateboarding competitions in a series of reports and examine (of course) the contests and the skate side of the things in a bit more depth.
On the huge stage that is the Megaramp, this year, one movement was evident: a new generation of rippers has arrived and is already threatening to dethrone many of the old-time veterans.
Young guns Tom Schaar and Mitchie Brusco pulled top scoring runs with enviable skills, transforming the previously elusive 900 into an almost compulsory maneuver in this discipline.
Although 12-year old Schaar did not land the anticipated 1080, he finished on a strong sixth; 15-year old Brusco pulled an 18-foot high 900 with cheerful confidence and took home the silver. It is undeniable that the talent these grommets showed is proof that they will be around the podium for many years to come.
I could not be prouder of all my fellow Brazilian comrades; five of them qualified for the finals: Rony Gomes, Edgard “Vovô” Pereira, Italo Penarrubia, Lincoln Ueda, alongside defending gold medalist Bob Burnquist.
Bob took a hard fall during practice on Tuesday and his presence was uncertain until Saturday’s semi-finals. Even then, with missed tricks and more bails, it was obvious that the competition took a big bite out of him. Still, he managed to pull one strong run, dropping switch into a sketchy backside 180 ollie over the 65-foot gap and next sticking (and squatting) a forward-to-fakie indy grab 720 on the 27-foot quarter pipe, earning him a score of 94.3 and his 9th gold medal (a record 4th in this event alone). Nolan Munroe rounded up the podium with the bronze.
Skateboarding Big Air Final Results
RANK NAME BEST SCORE
1 Bob Burnquist 94.33
2 Mitchie Brusco 93
3 Nolan Munroe 91
4 Jake Brown 90
5 Rony Gomes 90
6 Tom Schaar 89.33
Check out the slide show and don’t miss the next article, recapping the Vert competition.