Road To X Games Boise 2018
Welcome to Boise
The Road To X Games Boise 2018 Park Qualifier kicked off at the Rhodes Skatepark in Boise, Idaho on Friday. Beginning with Women's Skate Park Eliminations, Road To X delivered nonstop action, progressive skating and a fair share of characters. Here, Julz Lynn shows off some of her latest artwork before park eliminations.
In the Hause
Nicole Hause spared no time in blasting the corner bowl at Rhodes Skatepark in Boise. Hause finished third in eliminations.
X Games royalty
Japanese Park skater Sakura Yosozumi poses with skateboarding pioneer Willy Santos, who skated in the first Extreme Games in 1995. Santos still skates, still produces video and is still a highly sought after selfie opportunity.
Look ma, no hands
BMX Park Eliminations provided a mix of style, tricks and creative park riding. Larry Edgar combined all of those elements to land a spot in the finals.
Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing finished off the night, and from a huge field of competitors, Stephnie Pietz was the lone woman on the course. Fresh off a flight from Europe, Pietz spared no expense in her race game.
Cocoa Beach, Florida's own Grace Marhoefer can skate anything, from vert to street to park. Marhoefer finished sixth in the Womens Park Final, but there's always a chance that she can earn a wildcard spot.
Bird is the word
Boise has no shortage of interesting characters in town. Here, an eager Road To X Games fans exposes the world of action sports to his pet parrots and dogs.
Clay Kreiner can skate everything, and sure enough, he does. Kreiner already has invites to X Games Minneapolis, but flew to Boise to throw his hat in the Skate Park mix.
The Hooligan field
Hooligan racing combines ingenuity, home grown skills and determination. Here, an unknown Hooligan racer displays his Flat-Track slide boot.
The Road To X Games Boise Qualifier coincided with the Boise Pride Festival, so it wasn't uncommon to spot onlookers decked out with pride flags as they watched Saturday's events at Rhodes Skate Park.
Not rusty at all
Rusty Butcher (#22) was the talk of the town in Boise.
Dog on course
X Games spares no expense in helping keep the Earth clean.
Harley-Davidson Hooligan Racing took the city of Boise by storm on Friday at the Road To X Games Boise.
From left to right: J. Flarity, Brad Spencer and R. Rinauro are on their way to X Games Minneapolis 2018.
In the deep end
Bryce Wettstein grinds the deep end of the Rhodes Skate Park bowl.
Wave the flag
Brad Spencer spots the checkered flag on his way to a win in Harley Hooligan Racing on Friday at Road To X Games Boise.
A long drive to Idaho
Gary Young drove from his home in San Diego, California to compete at Road To X Games Boise and try to secure an invite to X Games Minneapolis. Here, he over grinds the deep end of the park.
Keeping it stylish
Keegan Palmer keeps it stylish in the deep end.
On the vert wall
Roman Pabich may have been the only skater in the Men's Park Finals that can lay claim to having a hamburger sponsor and a skateboarding dad that plays punk music on the side.
Maddo on course
This was an unlikely addition to the Harley Hooligan Race: FMX superstar Robbie Maddison came out to ride.
Earning her way
Yndiara Asp boosts a fastplant on her to a spot in the Women's Skate Park finals on Saturday.
New year, new tricks
Throwing out casual finger flip lien-to-tails in the middle of a Park run is no joke, but Lizzie Armanto managed all that and more in Women's Skate Park finals. Armanto finished out of qualifying range, but definitely rolled the dice throughout the day.
Fresh off an X Games Norway silver medal in Skateboard Street, Jagger Eaton descended on The Road To X Games Boise Qualifier with his heart set on securing a Park invite to X Games Minneapolis 2018. Though he was bumped out of contention late in the contest, it's easy to see Eaton's ability to skate anything in his path.
Style for miles
BMX Park is a unique mixture of riders that push height and style versus riders that push trick progression. As evidenced here, Fly Bikes pro Larry Edgar is on the height and style side of things. Edgar finished just out of qualifying to X Games Minneapolis 2018, but he was a crowd favorite.
Not a menace
San Diego's Dennis Enarson seemed to be having an "off" day as BMX Park Finals rolled around, but by run three, Enarson was back on fire, securing a qualifying spot to X Games Minneapolis 2018. As a reminder, an "off" day for Enarson is still a ridiculous display of bike control.
Not a bail
Not your typical kickflip stalefish grab, but Hericles Fagundes isn't your typical skateboarder either. Fagundes didn't fare too well in the Men's Skate Park Finals, but there are still wildcard spots up for grabs.
Proving a point
Not typically known for Park riding, Mykel Larrin descended on Boise to prove a point, and oh, how he did. Larrin's first run catapulted him into first place, and from there, he one-upped himself with a better score on run two. Larrin is now slated to compete in BMX Park, Vert and Big Air at X Games Minneapolis 2018.
"My goal is to become pro and travel the world," says 15-year-old Grace Marhoefer. With invites to the Vans Park series, a Road To X appearance and a spot on the Alva team, that goal seems to be happening very quickly.
Came out swinging
Ocean City, Maryland has always had a burgeoning skate scene, and that legacy continues with the Pabich brothers. Roman Pabich, pictured here, is the younger of the Pabich brothers, but he came out swinging in Boise. With unique lines, Pabich placed ninth in the finals.
Didn't get the memo
Blasting 540s out of the deep end is a tall order for anyone at Rhodes Skate Park, but Keegan Palmer didn't get the memo. The 15-year-old Australian blasted in Boise with height, style and a bag of big tricks, but couldn't land a full run in the finals.