The Best of Boise: Road To X Games Qualifier
Welcome to Boise
On Sat., June 10, the world's best skateboard and BMX athletes descended on Boise, Idaho for a new era in X Games: The Road To X Games Boise Park Qualifier. The top finishers in Men's and Women's Skateboard Park, plus BMX Park grabbed invite spots to the big show at X Games Minneapolis 2017 in a month, and the showing in Boise was mind blowing. Here, Women's Skateboard Park competitor Yndiara Asp (who traveled from Brazil to compete) gets in a line during practice.
Hanna Zanzi (representing the Rebel Alliance) grabs over the hip on her way to grabbing an invite spot to Women's Skateboard Park at X Games Minneapolis 2017. Zanzi placed second in Boise.
Ogawa is in
Japanese skater Kihana Ogawa grabbed third in Women's Skateboard Park, earning an invite spot to X Games Minneapolis. Ogawa was so excited to be competing that she kept skating after her runs ended.
Zeuner in the lead
Brighton Zeuner was in the top four until her last run of the competition, when she stomped an entire run and catapulted to the top of the leader board. Needless to say, Zeuner finished first and grabbed an invite to X Games Minneapolis 2017.
Poppy Star Olsen was the final woman to grab an invite spot to X Games Minneapolis 2017. She finished fourth with moves like this judo Andrecht.
Nicole Hause finished 8th in the finals, and her runs were stacked with big airs, if that's any indication of how heavy the competition was.
Sorgente is in
Six skaters from Men's Skateboard Park received invites to X Games Minneapolis 2017, and sure enough, Alex Sorgente was one of them. Here, Sorgente blunts to fakie.
Tom Schaar and 540s are getting just a little too common as of late. Schaar managed to squeeze out a few consistent 540s mid-run, maintaining speed and balance on his way to first place in Men's Skateboard Park.
McClain is in
Brad McClain sat on the bubble for quite some time in the Men's Skateboard Park finals, but managed to hold onto his 6th place position, securing an invite to X Games Minneapolis 2017.
Kreiner is in
Clay Kreiner has been on the rise for a few years now, and that continued in Boise. Kreiner finished second in Men's Skateboard Park and grabbed an invite to Minneapolis in the process.
Rennie gets the invite
Tristan Rennie has an effortless, flowing style of skating that worked incredibly well in Boise. Rennie finished fourth place and grabbed an invite to Minneapolis for his efforts.
Hawaii in the house
And then there was Heimana Reynolds. The native Hawaiian skated most of practice and qualifier with his shirt off, smiling and laughing the entire time, before stomping some incredible runs in the finals. For his efforts, Reynolds finished third and scored an invite.
Licensed to compete
Each competitor that secured an invite to X Games Minneapolis went home with a unique invitation to X Games.
Look back and laugh
You know the BMX competition is fierce when riders such as Drew Bezanson are finishing off the podium. Bezanson finished in ninth place, and although there are still wildcard invite spots open for X Games Minneapolis 2017, there's still a chance we might not see him compete this summer.
Sandoval is back
Daniel Sandoval remained atop the leader board for most of the competition, until Nick Bruce changed all that in his final run of the competition. Sandoval still finished in second place and secured an invite to X Games Minneapolis 2017 in the process with moves like this ridiculously inverted invert.
Casey is in
Pat Casey went from releasing a ridiculous backyard ramp edit for Monster Energy on Friday, to earning an invite spot to X Games Minneapolis 2017 on Saturday. Here, Casey tailwhips the bowl corner on his way to sixth place in the finals.
Doubling up and down
Kevin Peraza is already in X Games Minneapolis 2017 for BMX Dirt, but he decided to double up in Boise, securing an invite to BMX Park as well. Peraza finished third place with moves like this ridiculous seat grab no-footed cancan.
Canadian Mike Varga wowed the crowd with big tricks, consistent lines and moves like double barspin 540s on his way to fourth place in the finals. Look for Varga to be repping Canada in Minneapolis next month.
Number one in BMX
Introducing Nick Bruce, your number one qualifier and Ohio powerhouse. Bruce patiently waited until his final run of the competition to grab the number one spot, and he will be competing in X Games Minneapolis 2017 with a renewed focus. X Games Minneapolis 2017 kicks off on July 13, 2017 in Minneapolis. Don't miss out!