X Games Austin 2016 course previews
Skateboard and BMX Park
Women's Skateboard Park returns to the X Games for the first time since X Games Barcelona 2013 and will feature the youngest field of competitors of any event at XG Austin. Also featured in the park course this year: Dave Mirra's BMX Park Best Trick. As part of X Games' celebration of the late Dave Mirra's life and his lasting impact on action sports, a special Best Trick contest will be held after the regular BMX Park event. Eight athletes culled from the park roster will vie for a special gold medal designed in the shape of a pedal. Women's Skateboard Park goes down June 4 at 3 p.m. CT, men's takes place June 5 at 2:30 p.m. and BMX Park starts at 12 p.m., with the Dave Mirra contest following at 2 p.m.
Two Moto X events are returning to X Games after a hiatus: Best Trick hasn't been contested since 2012, and Freestyle hasn't been seen since Taka Higashino won two X Games golds in the discipline in 2013. QuarterPipe, which is a new FMX discipline that made its debut at X Games Austin 2015, returns for another year. Moto X Freestyle goes down Friday, June 3, at 6 p.m. CT, Best Trick takes place at 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, and QuarterPipe runs with the fan-judged Best Whip event, wrapping up four days of music and competition at X Games Austin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 5.
Skateboard and BMX Street
Though it has contested eight times at X Games since 2008, BMX Street wasn't part of the Austin roster in 2015. Garrett Reynolds holds claim to seven XG gold medals in the discipline and will be looking to pick up his eighth. Meanwhile, Men's Skateboard Street is defending champion Nyjah Huston's event to lose. He has won six of the last seven XG Street events. Women's Skateboard Street goes down June 4, at 11 a.m. CT with BMX Street following at 3 p.m. and Men's Skateboard Street wrapping up the day at 5 p.m.
The BMX Dirt competition features 12 BMX athletes competing on a four-jump downhill course with huge gaps, a variety of jump and landing sizes, and berms and gaps ranging from 22 feet to 26 feet. Riders are judged on a combination score of tricks completed over the jumps and tricks executed. It takes place at 1 p.m. CT on June 4.
Skateboard and BMX Big Air
The Skateboard, BMX and Double Big Air competitions features 12 skateboarders, eight BMX athletes and four 2-person Skate/BMX teams dropping in on the Big Air ramp from a 50 or 65-foot high roll-in. The athletes hit a kicker ramp over a 50 or 65-foot gap into a 27-foot quarterpipe. This will be Brazilian skateboarder Bob Burnquist's, who is competing in Big Air, Big Air Doubles and Vert at XG Austin, 25th X Games. Watch Burnquist drop in on Friday, June 3, at 8 p.m. CT in Skateboard Big Air, and Sunday, June 5, at 11 a.m. in Big Air Doubles. Two-time BMX Big Air gold medalist Colton Satterfield will try to top the untoppable double flair in BMX Big Air at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 4.
Skateboard and BMX Vert
The X Games Austin BMX and Skateboard Vert ramp is 60 feet wide with 11 1/2-foot transitions and two feet of vert. Bob Burnquist will lay claim to never having missed a summer X Games event ... ever ... when he drops in on June 3, at 4 p.m. CT, followed by BMX Vert at 5:30, where 2015 gold medalist Vince Byron will defend his medal against 12-time gold medalist Jamie Bestwick.
Come see the X Games in its final year in Austin. The action starts with Moto X Step Up and Harley-Davidson Flat-Track Racing (not pictured) on June 2.