Behind the scenes at X Games Austin 2015
The four days of action at X Games Austin 2015 are now over, and we're still reeling from the action. But in between the gold medals, action sports progression and Metallica, there were a handful of outtakes that captured our eye. What follows is a glimpse behind the scenes at X Games Austin, which begins with an unidentified X Games attendee driving a couch around the Circuit of the Americas track.
Big ass fans
X Games Austin 2015 had a new sponsor this year: Big Ass Fans. And their fans were strategically placed throughout the venue for fans and athletes to cool off. Here, Pierre-Luc Gagnon ices his neck and grabs some fresh air before going on to win gold in Skateboard Vert.
Go-carting at X
The Circuit of the Americas track is not used extensively for X Games competition, but that doesn't mean it doesn't see any action during the week. From extreme couch races to go-carting, the smooth pavement at Circuit of the Americas was put to good use during the weekend at X Games Austin.
Pro athletes competing at X Games often get huge swag bags of product upon signing up for competition. This year, that swag included hammocks, and Curren Caples put his to good use on the Skateboard Street course. Later on in the weekend, Caples would go on to win gold in Skateboard Park.
Getting product shipped around the Circuit of the Americas is not an east task. The venue is enormous, and fork lifts are often used to transport shipping around. Here, a fork lift operator gets stuck in some loose sand during the lead-in at X Games.
And there there were the crashes. Here, Ryan Sheckler struggles to stay on his feet during practice for Skateboard Street.
Ryan Sheckler takes a break from practice to meet and greet fans at X Games Austin. Although Sheckler didn't take home the gold medal at X Games Austin, he's still a fan favorite.
The galleria at X Games Austin was filled with unique attractions, including Twiggy the water skiing squirrel. Twiggy did three shows per day at X Games Austin, and was one of the standout attractions in the galleria.
Birdhouse Skateboards pro Ben Raybourn showed up for Skateboard Park, made it into the six man finals, and then did 1980s inspired tricks like sad plants around the course. He also wore a homemade t-shirt that he dubbed "so punk."
Having a laugh
When things didn't come together for Leticia Bufoni during Women's Skateboard Street practice, she took things in stride, laughed it off, got back up and tried it again.