Other then the US Open of Surfing, the X Games is the next best extreme sports event to hit Southern California every year. Unlike the US Open the X games does cost for every event you want to see so it can be a pricey weekend, but it is a whole lot of fun. Over the course of the weekend you can watch everything from Rally cars and skateboarding to motor cross and BMX. Having only a couple hours between Pinks Hot Dogs and a Rage against the machine concert me and my friend Jerrod decided to go check out the mayhem and see what it was all about.
Our first stop on our trip to the X games was to check out the rally cars. I was blown away by how small of a course they have set up for these cars in downtown LA, and at some points there are 4 cars running at the same time, which makes for some vehicular carnage if you hit the turns to fast.
These riders made me feel like I was watching a video game and it was pretty cool to see them drift around corners and drive with ease in such a small track and with so many people watching. There was even a large jump dirt at the end that the riders hit before the finish line. It was a blast to watch.
After that we made our way to X fest, which is included with every ticket. X fest is primarily a large fair of extreme sports sponsors and booths. Shark week gave out hats, there was cars to look at, athletes signing autographs and lots of free samples to partake in. You could easily spend half a day walking around.
What was also really cool about X fest was that they had a lot of demos of amatuer skaters and BMX riders showing off tricks to the crowd on the make shift street courses. The skateboarder we saw was actually really good and it was a blast to watch him tear up the course.
After that we made our way to the prelims of skateboarding vert. The tickets for this event were around 25 dollars and it was completely packed as Sean White (Olympic gold medalist) was going to be competing in it. We took our seats in the back and enjoyed watching the other heats in anticipation of the last heat with Sean White and PLG (who had won the last three years) both in it.
During the final heat both Sean White and PLG were destroying the ramp. It was clear that there was a separation between them and the other riders as they both took it bigger and did crazier tricks then the others. You can see the pictures and video below showcasing some of the action from this heat. Apologies for the shaky video I was literally in the back of Staples filming it with my zoom lens.
When the runs were finished Sean White ended in second and PLG was in first, but Sean White would go on to win it later that night. All in all it was a great time and it was well worth the money to go down and see this event. I plan to go to more events next year when it comes back again.
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