X Games 2016

X Games Austin 2016 – Skateboard Vert Final – June 3, 2016

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This year’s X Games is losing the fight to the one thing they can’t control – the weather. As last night’s Big Air competition was postponed due to lightning striking close to the ramp, here is a bit of coverage of the one skateboarding event that did go down – the Skateboard Vert Final. It’s funny how this is the one event that the X Games wanted to cancel a few years ago and is the same event that put the X Games on the map in 1999 with Tony Hawk’s 900.

The one thing that’s interesting about the 2016 X Games is the fact that the Americans are no longer winning Gold. In a surprise upset in the Skateboard Vert Finals, Sam Beckett claimed Gold for the U.K. and Japan’s Moto Shibata took Silver while CreatureFiend, Jimmy Wilkins, grabbed bronze for the good ol’ USA. Previous X Games medalists, including Bucky Lasek, made strong showings, yet didn’t make it to the podium.

Gold medalist, Sam Beckett, from the U.K., is one of the nicest dudes on the professional skate circuit and is also part of the Carve Wicked crew of bros whose motto is ‘to simply have fun.’ Silver medalist, Moto Shibata is not only a pro skater, but his dad owns a skate shop in Osaka, Japan, which not only features vert and bowl skating gear but also complimentary words of wisdom from Moto’s dad, Tetsu, about skate history and the ‘true essence of skateboarding.’ Of course, America’s Jimmy Wilkins is the real deal and always puts guts and grit into every run. Respect to all of the skateboarders that participated and gave it their all.

Gold – Sam Beckett 🇬🇧

Silver – Moto Shibata 🇯🇵

Bronze – Jimmy Wilkins 🇺🇸

Photos by Lee Leal

XGAMES_AUSTIN_MS Moto Shibata

Alex Perelson Alex Perelson

XGAMES_AUSTIN_BUCKY_01 Bucky Lasek

XGAMES_AUSTIN_JW_02 Jimmy Wilkins

XGAMES_AUSTIN_BUCKY Bucky Lasek

XGAMES_AUSTIN_JW Jimmy Wilkins

XGAMES_AUSTIN_SamB Sam Beckett

XGAMES_AUSTIN_SLOAN_02 Elliot Sloan

 

X Games Austin 2016 – Skateboard Vert

Final
Rank Name Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Best
1 Sam Beckett 48.00 89.33 53.66 89.33
2 Moto Shibata 83.00 88.66 55.33 88.66
3 Jimmy Wilkins 28.00 86.00 27.66 86.00
4 Bucky Lasek 85.66 59.33 85.66 85.66
5 Mitchie Brusco 74.00 84.33 2.33 84.33
6 Clay Kreiner 51.33 52.00 83.33 83.33
7 Elliot Sloan 81.33 62.33 59.33 81.33
8 Bob Burnquist 80.33 11.00 66.00 80.33
9 Paul-Luc Ronchetti 65.66 29.00 66.66 66.66
10 Rony Gomes 63.33 20.00 20.33 63.33
11 Alex Perelson 10.00 57.66 10.00 57.66
12 Jono Schwan 41.66 41.66 18.33 41.66

Austin 2016 – America’s Navy Skateboard Big Air

Severe weather and heavy rains disrupted the Big Air Competition… Stay tuned for Saturday nights Big Air Final.
Round One
Rank Name Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Best
1 Jake Brown 77.33 77.33
2 Evan Doherty 69.66 69.66
3 Leonardo Ruiz 65.66 65.66
4 Italo Penarrubia 39.33 39.33
5 Trey Wood 16.33 16.33
6 Justin Rivera 11.66 11.66
7 Clay Kreiner 10.00 10.00
7 Mitchie Brusco 10.00 10.00

X Games Austin 2016 – Skateboard Street Amateurs

Final
Rank Name Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Best
1 Tyson Bowerbank 89.66 77.66 55.00 89.66
2 Christian Dufrene 81.66 87.66 88.00 88.00
3 Jagger Eaton 86.66 84.00 74.00 86.66
4 Marcos Montoya 67.66 73.00 82.66 82.66
5 Jake Ilardi 82.00 78.00 39.00 82.00
6 Mason Silva 74.66 77.66 72.66 77.66
7 Alex Midler 56.66 15.33 76.66 76.66
8 Zion Wright 40.33 71.66 63.00 71.66
9 JS LaPierre 68.33 39.66 60.33 68.33
10 Gabriel Fortunato 65.66 41.00 35.00 65.66
11 Hermann Stene 45.00 54.33 51.33 54.33
12 Derek Holmes 45.33 46.66 44.66 46.66

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