Riders Chosen for X Games Austin 2014 Real Street Video Competition
Videos to Premiere on XGames.com on May 13
Sixteen skateboarders will compete in X Games Austin’s all-video, all-street skateboarding competition, Real Street. Each competitor has teamed with an editor to produce a video that will present their unique style and vision of street skateboarding. All 16 of these never-before-seen video parts will debut on May 13 on XGames.com/RealStreet. Each athlete’s video part will be judged by a committee of well-respected action sports industry icons and professionals who will award a first-place prize of $50,000 as well as gold, silver and bronze medals for the top 3 finishers during the telecast of X Games Austin. Fans will also have a chance to view each video online at XGames.com/RealStreet and to vote for their favorite, using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to register their picks with the fan favorite winning $10,000. The 16 athletes invited to compete:
- Billy Marks (Corona, Calif.) – A 2011 Real Street competitor, Marks has 10 X Games appearances, with a best finish of ninth at X Games Barcelona. Marks is best-known for appearances in Fallen Footwear’s Ride the Sky and Toy Machine’s Good and Evil.
- Clint Walker (Altus, Okla.) – Recently featured on the cover of Thrasher Magazine, Walker just turned pro for Birdhouse and was featured in Ambig’s Modern Art in 2013.
- Dane Burman (Sydney, Australia) – A 2013 Thrasher Skater of the Year nominee, Burman recently dropped a video part in Zero’s Cold War.
- David Reyes (Denver, Colo.) – Reyes released a full video part in 2013, Etnies Presents: David Reyes.
- Davis Torgerson (Plymouth, Minn.) – Best-known for his opening part in the Minnesota-focused video, Boondoggle, Torgerson had a standout video part in Real’s 2103 video Since Day One.
- Evan Smith (Orlando, Fla.) – Smith has four X Games appearances after competing in the Skateboard Street Pro Qualifier at each stop in 2013, with a best finish of fourth in Barcelona and Los Angeles. His video part Evan Smith Experience also dropped in 2013.
- Forrest Edwards (Riverside, Calif.) – Best-known for his video part in Thrasher Magazine’s 2012 video Unhinged, he turned pro in 2013 with Threat.
- James Hardy (Harvest, Alabama) – Hardy released a video part with Thrasher Magazine in 2013, James Hardy Homecoming, and landed the opening part in Real’s Since Day One video.
- Luis Tolentino (Queens, N.Y.) – Well-known for his high Ollie contests, Tolentino set the high Ollie record in 2009 at 44.5 inches.
- Mikey Taylor (Newbury Park, Calif.) – After five X Games appearances, Taylor has a best finish of sixth at X Games Barcelona. In 2013 he launched his first signature shoe with DC and co-founded Saint Archer Brewery.
- Moose (Oxnard, Calif.) – Bursting on the scene with his part in Bones’ New Ground, Moose turned pro and released his full video part in The Deathwish Video in 2013.
- Nick Dompierre (New Bedford, Mass.) – With three X Games appearances, Dompierre’s best finish was second in Street Best Trick in 2007. He recently was featured in Real’s Since Day One.
- Riley Hawk (Carlsbad, Calif.) – Hawk was named The Skateboard Mag’s Year’s Best Am, released a pro model with Baker and had a video part in Shep Dawgs 4 in 2013.
- Rodrigo Petersen (Curitiba, Brazil) – Peterson is best-known for his full video part in Boulevard’s film Amburger, released in 2012.
- Tyler Surrey (San Diego, Calif.) – Recently added to the New Balance Skate team, Surrey’s latest video part was featured in Sk8mafia/Sweet’s Skateboarding to Every Extent.
- Wes Kremer (San Diego, Calif.) – TransWorld Skateboarding’s Rookie of the Year 2013, Kremer also was featured in Sk8mafia/Sweet’s Skateboarding to Every Extent and released a pro model shoe with DC in 2013.
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The Real Series began in 2010 with the debut of Real Street at X Games Los Angeles. Based on the success of this series, Real Snow was added to the X Games Aspen lineup in 2011 as a way to bring urban snowboarding to X Games. The Real Series has also included competitions in Real Surf, Real Women, Real Ski Backcountry and Real Snow Backcountry. Information on Real Street can be found on www.xgames.com and on www.espneventmedia.com for media only.
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