Real Street 2015
Meet the contenders
Real Street, the all-video, all-street skateboarding contest returns for another year with nine skateboarders vying for Fan Favorite accolades and X Games gold. Parts drop, and voting will begin for Fan Favorite here at XGames.com on June 17. The winners will be announced on an hourlong behind the scenes "World of X Games" show airing on ABC on June 27. Now, let's meet the contenders for 2015.
Youness Amrani hails from Belgium and first graced the cover of the TransWorld Skateboarding "Am" issue in the summer of 2013. Since then he has put out parts for both TransWorld and Thrasher, earning him a pro model on Almost Skateboards in March of 2014 alongside skateboard legends Rodney Mullen, Chris Haslam and Daewon Song.
Silas Baxter-Neal took home Real Street gold in 2012, was Thrasher's Skater of the Year in 2008, had a part in Transworld's 25th video, "Perpetual Motion," in 2013, and rides a signature shoe on Adidas. When he's not traveling the world collecting footage, he's skating his private TF in Portland, The Grotto.
Mike Vallely is a living skateboard legend who has been releasing video parts before most of our other Real Street competitors were born. In 1987, Mike earned his first pro model and filmed one of his first parts for Powell Peralta's ground breaking movie, "Public Domain" in 1988. Vallely was way ahead of his time and has been stacking footage ever since. This year will be his first X Games Real Street part.
Mike Mo Capaldi
Mike Mo Capaldi exploded on the scene in 2007 with the opening part in Lakai's "Fully Flared" release. His most recent standout part was in Girl Skateboards' "Pretty Sweet." He was the first skateboarder to win the "Battle of The Berrics" flatground Game of SKATE, and also won ESPN's Game of SKATE in 2014. Capaldi was recently hurt in a golf carting accident, setting him back from filming up to his personal standard, but his Real Street part will impress with the footage he already had stacked prior to the injury.
Winning last year's Phoenix Am quickly set Matt Berger's career in motion. A few months later he earned himself a spot in Street League. Berger is known for doing some of the most technical flip tricks out of rails and holding slides for much longer than almost everyone. He's a rising force with both contest placings and technical ability, which is well-documented in his "Welcome" release from Flip. This is his first ever Real Street appearance.
Marius Syvanen hails from Helsinki, Finland, but grew up skateboarding in San Diego with 2014 Real Street silver medalist, Wes Kremer. Syvanen has a unique style and approach that earned him a pro model in 2014. He put out a full part in TransWorld's latest video, "Outliers," as well as dropping another part with OJ Wheels.
Jimmy Cao grew up skating in the streets of San Diego. His smooth style and amazing technique caught the eye of sk8mafia. In 2011, Cao and four of his close friends all turned pro for the sk8mafia at the same time. To date, this is still the biggest group to turn pro for a team at once. Cao's last video release was dropped in 2014 on Thrasher for his clothing sponsor, JSLV.
Brad Cromer grew up in Jupiter, Florida, skating with a small crew of friends, filming and making videos, which eventually sparked interest from Krooked Skateboards, ultimately leading Cromer to make the move out west and take up skateboarding as a profession after a long, underground stint as an am. His recently earned the closing part in Transworld's movie "Outliers." Cromer is known for his stylish approach to skating, as well as riding unique spots, and was the first person to ever land a wallride nollie flip.
Dolan Stearns jumped on the scene in 2013 and has ollied some of the biggest street gaps to date. In 2014, he landed the cover of TransWorld Skateboarding with a gigantic ollie up, over and through a tree. Since then he has had many offers to leave his longtime board sponsor, Lurkville Skateboards, to ride for larger brands, but remains loyal to those who believed in him first. Although he's technically an am, Dolan has been given the green light to turn pro whenever he wants. This year's Real Street might just be his first pro part.