The X Games are as big, wild and extreme as you can get in action sports. They are the ultimate test of the top athletes in their field, boosting higher than the year before and stomping the sickest tricks as they introduce new moves, innovation and impeccable style. As summer begins in beautiful Southern California, fans everywhere gathered in the heart of downtown Los Angeles this weekend at the Staples Center where X Fest 2012 took over the town.
Kickoff parties began early Thursday as the world prepared to watch the ultimate show in action sports, where history is always made and danger pushed to the next mind shattering level. This years’ X Games saw many familiar faces like pro skater Bob Burnquist, Big Air’s gold medalist, sharing the podium with Mitchie Brusco and Nolan Monroe. This summer’s epic Staples Center LA vert ramp also introduced the youngest skateboarders ever to appear at the games — in Big Air nonetheless. Young American skaters Alex Sorgente (14 years old), Tom Schaar (12 years old) and Jagger Eaton (11 years old) were charging the ultimate X Games vert ramp and boosting higher than most of the competitors, throwing down huge 900′s and making it look easy.
Ladies also took to the stage with an epic Street Skateboarding final, Alexis Sablone taking home the gold medal, Brazilian superstar Leticia Bufoni with silver, and Rachel Reinhard cruising in with bronze. Men’s Street Skateboarding Finals were ill featuring a sick setup and everyone taking advantage. The podium only had room for three: Paul Rodriguez, Ryan Sheckler and of course, Nyjah Huston.
Enjoy three sets of photo galleries from the highlights of X Games 2012 – Los Angeles: X Fest, Big Air Skateboarding Heats & Finals, Women’s Street Skateboarding Heats & Finals…
X Fest Photos by The Ski Channel /Shannon Q