Day 2 of X Games began with a bright and sunny day in Texas, which of course to us natives means heat & lots of it. Today brought Skateboarding, Moto X, and BMX to the spotlight. Skateboard Street Amateurs brings young skaters from all corners of the globe to one place to compete for the gold. Making a name for themselves in front of the entire world.
Veterans and rookies alike battled it out during the Skateboard Vert finals one of X Games’ longest running events. Crowds gathered on each side of the Vert and on the grassy knoll overlooking the track where all the competitions took place. Circuit of the Americas iconic tower stood tall in the background making it a great backdrop for photos. English skater Sam Beckett took home the gold with an impressive and unseen backside Ollie 540. Moto Shibata came out of nowhere with strong technical skills and throwing in classic old-school tricks. It was a massive Madonna to fakie that help him take home the silver. Jimmy Wilkins took home the bronze in Skateboard Vert.
Jamie Bestwick walked away with his 13th golden medal in X Games BMX Vert. His incredible performance narrowly edge out Simon Tabron who took Silver and 49 year-old legend Dennis McCoy who received the Bronze placing third.
After watching Unchained: The Untold Story of Freestlye Motocross at the premiere last month. We were excited to see the discipline shine and blow away the audience with incredible feats. One such was the double back flip on Australian Josh Sheehan’s final run that earned him the gold. Rob Adelberg beat Clinton Moore for the silver and for Moore it would be his first X Games medal snagging bronze.
As we were making our way to Big Air to snap some pics of the practices we could see a fast approaching wave of water from terrifying storm clouds. The winds blasted the grounds as if an explosion went off in the air. Everyone ran to cover and safety thanks to the preparation & planning X Games did before the event started. They kept in check with the weather with local and national sources throughout the day. Unfortunately the rain did not cease and the Big Air competitions were rescheduled for the follow day. The musical performances from Logic and G-Eazy were cancelled for the evening.
Photographs taken at Circuit of The Americas on June 3rd of 2016
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