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X Games 2012 – Results

We’ll be posting up the daily results of the X Games skateboarding events here at this one news page:

 

Via press Release: June 30, 2012

X Games Los Angeles 2012: Skateboard Vert Final Results
Final standings from the Skateboard Vert competition held at The Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, Calif. on June 30, 2012.
 

  Name Bib # Hometown Score
1. Pierre-Luc Gagnon 5 Carlsbad, Calif. 91.00
2. Bucky Lasek 8 Baltimore, Md. 91.00*
3. Andy Macdonald 9 San Diego, Calif. 85.66
4. Sandro Dias 4 Braganca Paulista, Brazil 85.33
5. Danny Mayer 10 Omaha, Nebr. 85.33
6. Rony Gomes 7 Sao Paulo, Brazil 83.00
7. Tom Schaar 14 Malibu, Calif. 81.66
8. Elliot Sloan 15 New York City, N.Y. 69.66

 
*In the event of a tie, the tie breaker averages the five judge’s scores from the best run breaks the tie.           
 
The Skateboard Vert Heats were held immediately before Final competition. The winner from each heat and the next four highest scores from either heat not already qualified advance to the Final.
 
Heat 1

1. Bucky Lasek 8 Baltimore, Md. 87.66
2. Tom Schaar 14 Malibu, Calif. 83.66
3. Adam Taylor 16 Cocoa Beach, Fla. 66.66
4. Rob Lorifice 17 Encinitas, Calif. 36.00

 
Heat 2

1. Danny Mayer 10 Omaha, Nebr. 87.00
2. Mitchie Brusco 2 Encinitas, Calif. 80.33
3. Paul-Luc Ronchetti 13 Wymondham, Great Britain 78.66
4. Lincoln Ueda 19 Sao Paulo, Brazil 78.00

 
Heat 3

1. Andy Macdonald 9 San Diego, Calif. 87.33
2. Sandro Dias 4 Braganca Paulista, Brazil 83.66
3. Elliot Sloan 15 New York City, N.Y. 83.00
4. Jono Schwan 18 Colorado Springs, Colo. 75.33

 
Heat 4

1. Pierre-Luc Gagnon 5 Carlsbad, Calif. 87.33
2. Rony Gomes 7 Sao Paulo, Brazil 81.00
3. Rune Glifberg 6 Copenhagen, Denmark 69.33
4. Alex Perelson 12 San Diego, Calif. 48.66

 

 

June 30, 2012  X Games Los Angeles 2012: Skateboard Park Final Results
Final results from the Skateboard Park competition held at The Event Deck at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, Calif. on June 30, 2012.
 

  Name Bib # Hometown Score
1. Pedro Barros 1 Florianopolis, Brazil 84.00
2. Ben Hatchell 10 Manassas, Va. 83.00
3. Rune Glifberg 6 Copenhagen, Denmark 78.00
4. Kevin Kowalski 12 Seal Rock, Oreg. 71.00
5. Ben Raybourn 17 Rosenberg, Tex. 69.00
6. Andy Macdonald 14 San Diego, Calif. 62.00

 
The Skateboard Park Heats were held immediately before Final competition. The winner from each heat and the next two highest scores from either heat not already qualified advance to the Final.
 
Heat 1

  Name Bib No. Hometown Score
1. Kevin Kowalski 12 Seal Rock, Oreg. 72.00
2. Andy Macdonald 14 San Diego, Calif. 70.00
3. Taylor Bingaman 3 Cameron Park, Calif. 59.00
4. Kyle Berard 2 Virginia Beach, Va. 53.00
5. Andrew Langi 24 Redwood City, Calif. 49.00

 
Heat 2

1. Rune Glifberg 6 Copenhagen, Denmark 80.00
2. Aaron Homoki 11 Phoenix, Ariz. 59.00
3. Chad Bartie 21 Gold Coast, Australia 43.00
4. Kalani David 22 Oahu, Hawaii 41.00
5. Greyson Fletcher 23 San Clemente, Calif. 39.00

 
Heat 3

1. Ben Hatchell 10 Manassas, Va. 80.00
2. Ben Raybourn 17 Rosenberg, Tex. 71.00
3. Tom Remillard 18 San Diego, Calif. 65.00
4. Curren Caples 5 Ventura, Calif. 60.00
5. Brad McClain 25 Livermore, Calif. 32.00

 
Heat 4

1. Pedro Barros 1 Florianopolis, Brazil 78.00
2. Grant Taylor 19 Atlanta, Ga. 67.00
3. Omar Hassan 9 Costa Mesa, Calif. 58.00
4. Wilis Kimbel 27 Portland, Oreg. 53.00
5. Robbie Russo 26 San Pedro, Calif. 45.00

For X Games media information, including press releases, logos and additional images from past events, log on to www.espneventmedia.com. To view medalist runs, visit the Winter X Games You Tube Channel – http://www.youtube.com/xgamesand follow the X Games on Twitter at Twitter.com/xgames
 
ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will televise 21 hours of LIVE high-definition programming, while ESPN3 will provide three additional hours of content. ESPN 3D will televise all 21 hours of X Games over the four-day event.

Via press Release: June 29, 2012 


X Games Los Angeles 2012: Skateboard Big Air Final Results
Final standings from the Skateboard Big Air competition held on Chick Hearn Court in Los Angeles, Calif. on June 29, 2012.
 

Skateboard Big Air Final Results

RANK     NAME         BEST 1         BEST 2         BEST 3         BEST 4     BEST 5     BEST SCORE
1     Bob Burnquist     94.33          20.00          20.00          11.66     11.66     94.33
2     Mitchie Brusco     93.00          92.33         86.66          11.66     10.00     93.00
3     Nolan Munroe     91.00          20.00         20.00         20.00     20.00     91.00
4     Jake Brown     90.00          90.00         20.00         20.00     18.33     90.00
5     Rony Gomes     90.00          86.66          10.00         8.33     8.33     90.00
6     Tom Schaar     89.33          89.33          88.33         8.33     8.33     89.33

 

 Skateboard Street – Women

RANK     NAME             BEST 1         BEST 2         BEST 3         BEST 4         BEST SCORE
1     Alexis Sablone         85.66      72.66      49.00      22.00         85.7
2     Leticia Bufoni           81.00      77.33      66.66      60.66         81.0
3     Rachel Reinhard     80.33     67.33      34.33      24.00      80.3
4     Marisa Dal Santo     76.66      64.66      60.33      40.66      76.7
5     Lacey Baker               68.33         59.00      55.66      21.00      68.3
6     Elissa Steamer         62.00         60.33     46.66      13.33      62.0

X Games 2012 – Course preview

The X Games publicity team invited me out to get a sneak peek of the construction of the courses on Thursday. Here’s a few pictures that do far better then my words to give you a description of the terrain that will get ripped up. The crews are working hard!

The Skatepark Course:

This shot above will soon look like this model below

 

 

The Street Course:

This picture above will soon like this Model Below:

A couple more to think about…

 

CA Skateparks crew blowing shotcrete onto the big bank.

Hey contestants! You might want to brush up on your launch ramp skills.

 

Thanks to CA Rampworks for sharing the designs.

 

 

X Games skateboarding schedule 2012

All Times are PST
Thursday, June 28th:
12:00 p.m.     Park and Street Practice (BMX and Skate)     Event Deck at L.A. Live
1:00 p.m.     Big Air Practice (BMX and Skate)     Chick Hearn
6:00 p.m.     Skateboard Big Air Elimination     Chick Hearn

Friday, June 29th:
10:00 a.m.     Skateboard Hometown Heroes Final     Event Deck at L.A. LIVE
1:00 p.m.     Women’s Skateboard Street Final     Event Deck at L.A. LIVE
6:00 p.m.     Skateboard Big Air Final     Chick Hearn

Saturday, June 30:
12:30 p.m.     Game of SK8     Event Deck at L.A. Live
2:00 p.m.     Skateboard Park Final     Event Deck at L.A. Live
7:30 p.m.     Skateboard Vert Final     Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

Sunday, July 1:
12:15 p.m.     Skateboard Street Heats     Event Deck at L.A. Live
3:00 p.m.     Skateboard Street Final     Event Deck at L.A. Live

X Games Expands to Brazil, Germany and Spain

X Games Expands to Brazil, Germany and Spain

Three New Cities Join L.A., Aspen and Tignes to Host X Games Beginning in 2013

 ESPN, the leading action sports content provider, and creator of the X Games, will bring the X Games to Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Munich, Germany and Barcelona, Spain beginning in 2013. Those cities will join Aspen, Colo.; Los Angeles, Calif. and Tignes, France to host the X Games in an effort to expand globally. With relevance to contemporary youth around the world, this expansion is a transformation from an action sports competition brand into an action sports lifestyle brand that will highlight new locations and enhanced cultural and digital elements around the world.
 
ESPN conducted a formal bid process starting last May which resulted in significant interest from locations around the world that bid to host one of three new events (which join Los Angeles, Aspen and Tignes).  Beginning today, local organizing committees for Foz do Iguaçu (pronounced Fawz Day Ig wah soo), Munich and Barcelona will collaborate with ESPN for the next three years to bring the premier action sports event to their cities, launching an annual, six-event X Games calendar  – four of which will be summer events and two winter.
 “ESPN has been committed to the X Games franchise for nearly two decades and is incredibly excited for the future and this new endeavor,” said John Skipper, president, ESPN and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks. “We are bringing significant focus to this expansion because we believe in the universal appeal of these sports and competitors and want to share the X Games experience with fans around the world.”
 Motorsports icon Travis Pastrana, who has 17 X Games medals to his name, supports ESPN’s decision to expand the X Games globally. "ESPN is giving athletes the opportunity to really chase their dreams, and the X Games are the most important and biggest events ever created for our sports,” said Pastrana. “The concept of bringing them to different places around the world is awesome, and I’m excited to see what it will do for action sports.”  
 Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Action sports is an integral part to the lifestyle in Foz do Iguaçu, especially those linked to nature and water, and action sports participation is growing every year. As one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the city of Foz do Iguaçu, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1986 and center for environmental thought and dialogue, uniquely offers the integration of the event with nature and the concept of environmental sustainability as a true pillar. Located on the borders of Argentina and Paraguay, X Games events will be held at the Iguaçu Falls, the Itaipu Dam and the Foz Do Iguacu Convention Center.

Munich, Germany
The cosmopolitan city of Munich offers a perfect backdrop as numerous sports festivals and top-quality, major international competitions in both professional and recreational sports have been staged within and around the Bavarian capital. The sporting infrastructure already exists and will be used sustainably: The Munich Olympic Park will provide a unique area in the middle of the city with all sports venues for the X Games contained within the park.
 
Barcelona, Spain
The resounding success of organizing the 1992 Olympic Games contributed decisively to projecting Barcelona’s sports image abroad. The organization of the Olympics improved and endowed the city with a whole series of first-class infrastructures that have since been used to host major sporting events. All X Games activities will be consolidated in Montjuïc Park’s Olympic Ring area, a unique space that combines different top-level sporting facilities with spectacular views over the city.
 

Log on to www.xgames.com to view or download video in the following languages: English, Spanish, Catalan Spanish, German and French.
 
X Games 2013 Schedule:
 
Aspen, Colo., USA:                   January 24-27
Tignes, France:                         March 20-22
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil:                April 18-21
Barcelona, Spain:                      May 9-12
Munich, Germany:                     June 27-30
Los Angeles, Calif., USA:          August 1-4 
 
X Games Global Expansion
The X Games events will spotlight the world’s best action sports athletes in BMX, Skateboard, Moto X, and Rally Car Racing at the X Games; and Skiing, Snowboard and Snowmobile at the winter version of the X Games against the backdrop of the host city and country.  Each X Games event will take on its own distinguishing character that will set it apart from the others, including the introduction of new sports and cultural elements that are drawn from the host cities themselves.  In the past the X Games has successfully organized smaller action sports events, qualifiers and demonstrations in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Philippines and UAE. 
 

 
For cities interested in hosting future X Games or Winter X Games, log on to www.bidxgames.com.
 
For media information, including press releases, logos and additional images from past events, log on to www.espneventmedia.com.
 
For general information, log on to www.xgames.com. Follow the X Games on Twitter at twitter.com/xgames.  
 
Contact:          
 
Katie Moses Swope, ESPN Communications, 303-290-7888; Katie.moses-swope@espn.com
 
Rob Tobias, ESPN Communications, 860-766-2240; rob.tobias@espn.com 
 

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Tom Schaar wins X Games in Asia with a 1080

April 30, 2012

American Tom Schaar Lands First 1080 in Competition While at KIA X Games Asia
Takeshi Yasutoko Earns Four-peat in Aggressive In-Line Vert

Consistently one of the most exciting and popular events at KIA X Games Asia, the Skateboard mini-Mega Ramp competition did’nt disappoint. In a field so deep even two-time defending gold medalist Pierre-Luc Gagnon did not qualify for the final, it was 12-year old Tom Schaar who proved himself king of the mini-Mega Ramp.

After landing the first 1080 on a MegaRamp in practice only weeks before heading to China, all eyes were on Schaar throughout the competition. On his second to last run, Schaar exceeded everyone’s expectations and left the rest of the competition to battle for silver after the backside 1080 scored him a 94.00, making him the youngest X Games Asia champion in history.
 
"I tried the 1080 one time before the contest and then three or four times during the contest and was stoked to get it,” an exhilarated Schaar said. “I’m just excited to be here and be skating with all of these pros that I’ve looked up to. It’s the best feeling!”
 
Skateboard MegaRamp pioneer Bob Burnquist added, “He’s very advanced for his age. In his head he’s very cool and that usually comes with time, but he’s had that right away. He’s going to go a long way and we’re going to have to deal with Tom for a long while.”
 
Bob Burnquist’s best run earned him a silver medal with a score of 84.00 and fellow Brazilian Ronaldo Gomes rounded out the podium with a score of 83.00
 
Aggressive In-line Vert Finals
Continuing his dominance of the Aggressive In-Line Vert competition, Takeshi Yasutoko led the Japanese podium sweep to win his fourth consecutive KIA X Games Asia gold medal. After securing two solid runs, giving himself a comfortable lead over the other riders, Takeshi and brother Eito dropped in together to give fans a taste of their Vert Doubles riding skills.
 
“I’m so glad to be here again and to be wining!” said Takeshi. “With my brother here this time and all the other good skaters who skate doubles it made it harder to win.“This is the most important event.”
 
Brother Eito added, “We performed a great show. My brother and I are a team and today we showed the people everything we can do, even doubles so it was good. I am so happy and the contest was very exciting.”
 
In a competitive final, Takeshi battled with his brother for the top spot throughout the competition, finishing on top with a score of 91.00. Eito settled for silver with an 87.00, while last year’s bronze medalist Yusuke Aihara defended his bronze with a score of 81.00.
 
BMX Street Finals
In his first KIA X Games Asia appearance, Chad Kerley took home a surprise gold in the BMX Street Finals. Qualifying second, Kerley stepped it up in the final, leading throughout the entire jam. His creativity and style coupled with various manual tricks and the best combos of the competition led him to gold with a score of 86.00.
 
“I had a good song playing, so I just went for it. My adrenaline was going and I’m with my friends, so I wasn’t too stressed,” said Kerley about his performance. “Just knowing that I’m in China I feel grateful,so I wanted to make the best of it and I had a lot of fun.”
 
Last year’s gold medalist Jeremiah Smith finished with a silver medal with a score of 76.00 and German rider Bruno Hoffman took home his first KIA X Games Asia medal with a 73.00.
 
Catch the Skateboard Street, BMX mini-Mega and Skateboard Vert competition at KIA X Games Asia LIVE and exclusive on ESPN3 from 1:00 a.m. ET to 3:00 a.m. ET on May 1.
 

KIA X GAMES ASIA – Course Preview

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KIA X GAMES ASIA Underway, Less than a Week Away!
Asia X Games Street Course

The 2012 Kia X Games Asia is less than a week away (April 28-May 1) and California RampWorks is in full gear building the courses for the event. Construction of the Mega 2.0 (formerly the Mini-Mega), Vert Ramp, Street course and FMX jump have been underway since the crew’s arrival in Shanghai on April 16th. Professional skateboard and bmx riders from 30 different countries will start arriving early this week.

Tom Schaar, who just became the first ever skateboarder to land a 1080, will be competing in Mini-Mega and Vert events. He will have a chance to make history again, as being the first to land a 1080 in competition. It’s also heard that Mitchie Brusco will be attending X Games Asia, another young competitor who has been on the brink of a 1080 recently. It will be an event you won’t want to miss. LIVE video schedule is below.

Here’s a sneak peek into what the athletes will be riding and a video of the California RampWorks crew in action.

Tom Schaar, Ellen Show

Click to watch construction of Asia X Games. 

X Games Asia build

California RampWorks’ is building  all four event courses: Street, Vert, Mini-Mega and FMX jump.

WATCH IT LIVE ON ESPN3.COM: VIDEO SCHEDULE
Sunday April 29- 1 a.m. – 3 a.m. ET (BMX Vert Finals, AIL Street Finals )
Monday April 30- 1 a.m. – 3 a.m. ET (AIL Vert Finals, SKB Mini Mega Finals )
Tuesday May 1- 1 a.m. – 3 a.m. ET (BMX Mini Mega Finals, SKB Vert Finals)  

California RampWorks
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KIA X Games Asia 2012 Returns to China for Sixth Consecutive Year

March 7, 2012

KIA X Games Asia 2012 Returns to China for Sixth Consecutive Year
Seven-time X Games Gold Medalist Pierre-Luc Gagnon Will Attempt Skateboard Mini-MegaRamp™ Three-Peat in Shanghai April 28 – May 1
 
China will again host KIA X Games Asia April 28 – May 1 from KIC Jiang Wan Sports Center in Shanghai’s Yangpu district for the sixth consecutive year. Headlining Asia’s biggest action sports competition will be seven-time X Games Skateboard gold medalist Pierre-Luc Gagnon – attempting a three-peat in the discipline of Mini-MegaRamp – along with eight-time gold medalist Andy Macdonald.  Leading a world-class BMX field are four-time X Games gold medalist Kevin Robinson, three-time gold medalist Chad Kagy, four-time gold medalist Garrett Reynolds, six-time medalist Steven McCann, four-time medalist Dennis Enarson and two-time X Games Asia gold medalist Vince Byron.  Additionally, Japan’s high-flying Takeshi Yasutoko will attempt to win an unprecedented sixth-consecutive gold medal in Aggressive In-line Vert.
 
The 14th edition of Asia’s premiere action sports event will feature more than 150 athletes from more than 30 countries, treating fans to world-class competition in the sports of Skateboard, BMX, Aggressive In-Line Skate and Moto X Big Air demonstrations. Competitors and spectators can look forward to a newly designed street course during this year’s event, while viewers can catch the broadcast live on ESPN STAR Sports’ networks across Asia and Shanghai Media Group’s Great Sports.  Additionally, the event will be telecast on ESPN International networks in the U.S., Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and Africa.
 
"ESPN is delighted to return to Shanghai again to showcase the world-class talent of X Games Asia athletes," said Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president of programming and Global X Games.  "We look forward to building upon the success of last year’s event; delivering exciting and compelling competitions, while continuing our mission to serve action sports fans all over the world."
 
Last year’s event saw attendance records set yet again for a fifth consecutive year with 62,100 spectators over the course of four days of competition.  Since moving to Shanghai in 2007, the X Games Asia event has attracted more than 261,700 visitors and is expected to draw another large crowd this year.
 
Additional information for KIA X Games Asia 2012 will be forthcoming on www.kiaxgamesasia.com for the public and www.espneventmedia.com for media.
 
Event Sponsors and Partners
KIA X Games Asia 2012 enjoys sponsorship support from Kia Motors Corporation (Title Sponsor); Quicksilver (Gold Sponsor), Mountain Dew (Silver Sponsor); X-Mini Speaker, Challenge Skateboard, Melrose Pizza (Official Suppliers). Other partners include Linktune (Music Partner) and Holiday (Official KTV).
The event is also supported by various media partners, including: Great Sports, International Channel Shanghai, 94 FM Music Radio,  Shanghai Daily, Sports Illustrated, Belong Magazine, Slam, All Sports, Outside, 1626, Fresh, Yoho, Ustyle, City Weekend, Shanghai Weekly, Elite Traveller, Shanghai Family, ESPNSTAR.com.cn, PPTV, RenRen and Sina Weibo social media, HDT and Minfo mobile media, Smart Shanghai, Shanghai Expat and Yoho.cn.
 
The event is sanctioned by the Chinese Extreme Sports Association and is organized by ESPN STAR Sports, the Shanghai Media Group and Shanghai Sports Federation. The Shanghai Yangpu District Government is the event’s special organizer and the Shanghai Sports Competition Management Centre is the co-organizer, while the Great Sports and Shanghai Extreme Sports Associations are supporting organizers.
 
About ESPN’s X Games Franchise
ESPN held its first X Games in 1995. ESPN’s Global X Events and Development group is responsible for creating the company’s action sports programming currently airing on ESPN, ESPN2 and across its various international networks.   In addition to the two U.S.-based X-branded events – X Games, and Winter X Games, ESPN has held X Games competitions and demonstration events around the world, including Dubai, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, Korea, Malaysia, China, France and Spain.  The global X franchise has also expanded its reach to ESPN.com/Action, the definitive site for action sports fans, and to consumer products such as X Games bikes, protective gear, skateboards and DVDs.
 
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X Games cancels Womens Vert

According to ESPN, and they should know, Womens Vert has been cancelled.

"We look for sports that have a solid year-round infrastructure, a growing participant base, an established annual competition schedule, rising youth talent pools, ample access to courses, low barriers of entry into the sport and myriad other factors," a statement from ESPN X Games read. "After thoughtful discussions and evaluation of many of those factors, we have decided to discontinue the women’s skateboard vert competition from X Games 17."

Read the full story here:

http://sports.espn.go.com/action/skateboarding/news/story?id=6595750

X Games to expand to six events in 2013

 

The X Games will expand to six action sports competitions annually beginning in 2013.

Called Global X, the initiative will combine three new international events with the X Games in Los Angeles and Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., and Tignes, France. The sites of the three new events will be determined by a competitive bidding process beginning in 2012.

Although the X Games has experimented with global events before, the new plan calls for competitions equal in size and scope to the current flagships in Aspen and L.A., according to Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president of programming and Global X for ESPN.

"The six events we’re talking about, it won’t deviate from the core in terms of progression, top athletes, and pulling out the biggest tricks," Guglielmino said. "What we are going to do specifically is build around and embellish the cultural elements." Each event may feature subtle differences, from scoring to sports. And the festival environment surrounding the competition will be tailored to reflect the culture and fashion of that particular region.

"Action sports as a category of sport travels very well around the world," Guglielmino said. "There aren’t many sports that travel well. Soccer certainly travels well. Baseball certainly travels well in certain areas around the world. Action sports travels very well."

All six events will be treated equally from a competition, content, programming and marketing standpoint, he said. In fact, ESPN has committed to distribute 130 hours of live programming internationally around the six events.

"The idea here is to make sure each of these events lives up to the X Games brand from all of those aspects," Guglielmino said.

Unlike the Dew Tour, a competitive winter and summer action sports series operated by NBC, the new Global X events will stand alone.

"What we’re going for here is a series of majors," Guglielmino said, likening the structure to those found in tennis and golf, "events that are under the X Games brand that are from a competitive perspective the most significant action sports events on the planet."

A press conference to announce the plan is scheduled for Tuesday, but a few athletes were aware of the news last week. Pro skateboarder and X Games legend Tony Hawk has been an integral part of the X Games since its inception.

"It has been incredible to see the X Games grow from its relatively underground inception in 1995 to a thriving global competition circuit today," Hawk said. "Our sports have benefited greatly from the positive exposure over the years, and I am proud to have watched it all evolve since the beginning."

Sandro Dias, 36, a vert skater from Brazil who has won six X Games medals, said the number of skateboarding competitions worldwide has been cut by half in the past few years as a result of the worldwide economic downturn. Meanwhile, he said he’s watched action sports surging in popularity. "I’ve been doing this for 25 years and everything is growing so fast," he said.

Sarah Burke, who has won four gold medals in Ski SuperPipe at Winter X, noted how the competition schedule for free-skiing had already grown increasingly crowded now that Halfpipe will be added to the Olympics at the 2014 Games in Sochi. "I didn’t compete in Dew Tour last year and it felt like a lot," she said. "In 2013, when this comes into play, it will be a hard year with a lot of events."

Still, Burke said that in the event of scheduling conflicts, Winter X Games would prevail. "It’s the prestige of X Games," she said. "It’s every kid’s dream and goal. It’s my dream and goal."

First held in 1995 in Rhode Island, the X Games is now in its 17th year (X Games 17 returns to Los Angeles from July 28-31). This year two events were held outside the United States — Winter X Games Europe in Tignes, France, and X Games Asia in Shanghai, China. In past years, competitions have been held in 14 countries including Brazil, Mexico and Malaysia.

Beginning in January 2012, ESPN will conduct a formal bid process to determine the X Games host cities. Final cities will be selected next year for a three-year agreement and will work with ESPN to stage the event.

"Back in 1995 when we got started it was more of a fringe element to action sports when it came to the sporting and cultural landscape," Guglielmino said. "Clearly action sports has moved far more mainstream as a category of sport. For us this is the next logical step."