The Skateboard Vert and Skateboard Big Air competitions bring out the best skaters in the world. Guys like Tony Hawk, Andy Macdonald, Bob Burnquist and Rune Glifberg have all paved the way to the newest generation of riders and shown that the possibilities are endless in skating.
Will Shaun White pull the first ever 1080 on a skateboard? Tune in or head on down to X Games later this week to find out.
Click more to learn about the Skateboard Vert and Skateboard Big Air competitions, and find out which riders you need to know and when you can watch them.
SKATEBOARD VERT & VERT BEST TRICK
Skaters pull a variety of spins, flips and grinds in a 60-foot wide halfpipe ramp with 11.5-foot transitions and two feet of vert.
Men: Pierre-Luc Gagnon (’08,’09), Shaun White (’07)
Women: Lyn-z Adams Hawkins (’09)
Amateur: Sam Bosworth (’09)
Athletes You Need To Know:*
Pierre-Luc Gagnon: Canadian Pierre-Luc is a fixture on the X Games podium. He owns a total of 14 medals — including 5 gold — and is going for the Vert three-peat in 2010. His past two seasons have been his most successful yet, and you can bet this tech wizard is about to become even more dominant with a personal ramp at his disposal. He found out after XG 2009 that he doesn’t have a PCL in his left knee, but he is just doing strength training, no surgery.
Shaun White: Shaun is a superstar in two pro sports. He had his most successful season on a skateboard in 2007, then went on to a fairly successful (just not perfect) snowboard season. He hasn’t competed at XG since his Vert bronze in 2008, when it was jam format, but he’s back for 2010. Red Bull built him his own Olympic-sized halfpipe for the 2010 winter and it paid off when he won Winter X and his second winter Olympic halfpipe gold. The kid who started competing at WX at age 13 is now 23. He’s already got 2 snowboard video games and his latest game, this for skateboarding, drops in fall 2010.
Lyn-z Adams Hawkins: A seven-time XG medalist (3 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze), Lyn-z is a legend in women’s skateboarding and she is only 20. The defending Vert gold medalist became the first woman to land a McTwist, turning the trick in fall ’09. She’s known for her amplitude on the Vert ramp and is the master of all board sports. In addition to skateboarding, she is also a competent snowboarder and surfer. Over the spring 2010, Lyn-z was one of the only women invited to tour with Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus show in Australia.
SKATEBOARD BIG AIR & BIG AIR RAIL JAM
Riders fly down a 60 or 80-foot roll-in ramp and launch over a 50 or 70-foot gap where they will throw down some crazy trick variation, which then shoots them into a monster 27-foot quarterpipe where they can pull off a massive finishing trick. The big-air ramp is one of the most dangerous objects at X Games, as we learned in 2007 from Jake Brown as he fell from over 40-feet in the air and was lucky enough to walk away alive.
Big Air: Jake Brown (’09)
Rail Jam: Danny Way (’09)
Athletes You Need To Know:
Bob Burnquist: Bob grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and epitomizes skateboarding and progression with his innovative switch stance skill in vert and Big Air. Bob is one of just four athletes who has been at every X Games, and his skill and dedication has earned him 17 X Games medals. A role model for fellow Brazilian skaters (and all skaters, really), Bob is heavily involved in business, with signature bamboo sunglasses and a website, Skateboard.TV, through his company Zoobamboo Entertainment.
Rob Lorifice: Twenty-two year old Rob Lorifice double medaled in 2009 at X Games (Big Air and Big Air Rail Jam bronze), his first medals in five XG appearances. A Southern California skater, Rob came onto the vert scene around the same time as Shaun White, and two skate together. Rob is a regular in the finals at major vert comps, and he’ll compete in 3 events at XG ’10: Vert, Big Air and Big Air Rail Jam.
- The Women’s Vert Final will take place on Friday at Nokia Theatre from 2:15-3:00pm
- The Men’s Vert Final will take place Friday from 6:00-7:00pm
- The Vert Best Trick will take place Friday from 8:00-8:30pm
- The Big Air Finals will take place at the Coliseum on Thursday from 6:45-8:00pm
- The Big Air Rail Jam will take place at the Coliseum on Saturday from 8:15-8:45pm
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