For the third and final year, summer X Games went down in Austin, Texas. As an official product sponsor, Braven was there to support the athletes and get behind the scenes in the action.
We kicked off day one at the Braven booth, where Team Braven skateboarder Tom Asta came by for a poster signing. Tom was one of only twelve skateboarders invited to compete in the Men’s Street Skateboarding Finals on Saturday, and we were stoked to see how many of his fans came out to show their support.
Photos: Khris Poage
The Athlete Welcome Center, where competitors from all disciplines come together under one roof to relax and fuel up.
Athletes, agents, friends and family all hanging out in the lounge. Snacks where complimentary from the sponsors; energy drinks, protein bars…and most importantly, tacos.
June weather in Texas can be hard to predict. One minute it was 80 degrees and sunny, the next, a complete downpour with thunder and lightning.
Rain doesn’t mix well with skateboarding or BMX. The ramps get dangerously slick, you lose grip, and your equipment gets soggy and rusted. When the rain hit on Saturday afternoon, X Games staff urged everyone to find cover, and all events where put on hold, including Men’s Street Skateboarding Finals. Then, just an hour later, the storm seemed to roll over, and the X Games crew pulled out squeegees, fans, and leaf blowers, quickly drying the street course before it was too late.
Thanks to the crew’s quick work, the course was dry within minutes and the finals where called back on.
Team Braven Skateboarder Tom Asta came through in the finals with his signature consistent and smooth lines.
Tom Asta, SW Front Feeble. Photo: Khris Poage
In one of the most eventful finishes in X Games history, Ryan Decenzo took home Gold, disrupting Nyjah Huston’s four year dominance in Skate Street.
Decenzo floats backside. Photo: Trevor Brown
Aside from rain, the wind created an equally unfriendly environment for Big Air. Unfortunately, the weather never calmed enough for BMX or Skate Big Air Finals to go down, but we did get to stand on top of the Mega and witness a few practice runs. We imagine hitting this ramp feels like a roller coaster without the tracks.
On Saturday night, Pop punk legends Blink-182 rocked the arena. Their performance sounded like they haven’t skipped a beat since ’99 and the crowd went absolutely crazy.
Gold medals are great, but do they play music? We left Austin with our Limited Edition BRV-XXL covered in athlete signatures….now what should we do with this thing?
BIG thank you to the X Games staff, athletes, and fans who made this year so amazing. We love you Austin!