Big Air BMX. Street skateboarding. Motocross. It’s big, it’s exciting and it’s coming down under for the first time ever. Yep, we are talking about X Games Sydney! And as the excitement builds we catch up for ride and a chat with two Aussie X Games athletes: Ryan ‘R Willy’ Williams from the Gold Coast and X Games first-timer, Lewis Mills from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
First, they head to a funky café tucked away in the laneways of Marrickville – Two Chaps – for an iced chai latte and a miso-filled salted caramel doughnut or two! Then, they give our presenter, Teigan Nash, an insight into what goes through their minds before launching off the Mega-ramp when competing in the BMX Big Air.
They then head to Five Dock Skate Park to show off some of the tricks and moves that they will be unleashing when the X Games Sydney is held at Spotless Stadium in Homebush 19 – 21 October. You can expect backflips, flairs (flips in the air) and all sorts of impressive moves.
Now a bit of X Games trivia for you… did you know that it it took three million shovels of dirt to build the jumps for the LA Coliseum for X Games? That’s a whole lot of dirt! The inaugural Extreme Games where first held in 1995 before becoming known as X Games in 1997. There have been many impressive sportsmen and women compete in X Games over the years but the best known has to be skateboarder, Tony Hawke. Over the years, 33 countries have been represented at X Games. And when it comes to the Top 10 medal winning countries in X Games, the Aussies are right up there! In fact, we are ranked in the top three, just after the USA. Pretty impressive stuff!
Tickets can be purchased here.