Volume One Focuses on Makua Rothman, Marie-France Roy, Jeremy McGrath and Danny Way
Being, a four volume series of in-depth profiles of some of action sport’s biggest names, debuts this weekend on ABC as part of the diverse and expanding World of X Games original programming lineup.
Being, Volume One profiles big-wave surfer Makua Rothman, snowboarder Mari-France Roy, motocross rider Jeremy McGrath and skateboarder Danny Way. It will air Saturday, April 11, at 3 p.m. ET on ABC. Details of volumes two, three and four will be announced at a later date.
Being…Makua Rothman: Being, Volume One begins with a look into North Shore native, Makua Rothman’s unlikely rise to an Hawaiian hero on quest to prove his doubters wrong and bring the big wave world title back to Oahu. At just 18, Rothman gained fame by winning Billabong’s XXL competition on a 66-foot wave. Being examines his humble beginnings, drive to become a champion and determination to never forget where he came from. Against the odds, Rothman not only became one of the top professional big wave surfers, but also a top big wave world tour competitor.
Being…Marie-France Roy: Raised by a single father in a small town in Quebec, Marie-France Roy became a legend in the snowboarding world by doing things her own way. One of the few female snowboarders to find success in both competitive snowboarding and video parts, Roy had a unique style and grace that was undeniable. Her passion for snowboarding also led her to fund and produce a documentary, The Little Things, which focuses on snowboarders living sustainable lifestyles and the message that if we each do a little it will help a lot.
Being…Jeremy McGrath: Nicknamed “Showtime,” seven-time AMA Supercross rider Jeremy McGrath is undoubtedly the sport’s biggest name. After a breakout season in 1993, McGrath dominated the Supercross circuit for the next decade, becoming the winningest rider in Supercross history. However, his toughest battle came off the track when his wife, Kim, was diagnosed with breast cancer and then leukemia – the latter of which she developed as a side effect of treatment. Battling through both forms of cancer, Kim is now healthy and McGrath has returned his focus to racing — this time pursuing a new passion, off-road truck racing.
Being…Danny Way: His childhood marred by difficult circumstances, Danny Way was already skating with the likes of Tony Hawk and Kevin Staab at just six years old. After losing a series of male role models in his early life, Way was driven deeper into his skateboarding. He rose quickly within the scene and dropped video after video that pushed the boundaries and progressed the sport. His life and story took a turn after Way suffered a near fatal injury while surfing. After a long recovery Way returned better than ever, winning five X Games medals, releasing groundbreaking video parts and breaking records and creating iconic moments like jumping the Great Wall of China.
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