X Games taps CA Productions for skate events
A new company formed under the California brand umbrella will oversee the majority of skateboarding events this year as X Games expands to Brazil, Spain, and Germany and completing its first global season in Los Angeles in August.
Handling aspects of sport organization at all four stops, the newly minted CA Productions will head up Skateboard Park, Skateboard Big Air, and Skateboard Vert.
"The X Games is looking forward to extending our current relationship with California Productions to add skate vert and skate park to their list of duties. As in previous years California Productions will continue to organize skateboard Big Air," said Tim Reed, senior director, X Games Content Strategy.
The production company will also work closely with CA RampWorks on course design and construction, according to its sports and competition director, Jeff Jewett, who runs CA Productions with cofounder Brian Harper, its director of operations.
"We have had an overwhelming response of support pouring in from athletes, promoters, team managers, and industry personnel about this new organization," Jewett said in a statement.
The news, however, was not well received by Danielle and Don Bostick, whose World Cup Skateboarding has been involved with X Games every year since its inception in 1994, when it debuted as the Extreme Games in Rhode Island, Conn.
"As recently as [last year's] X Games [Los Angeles], we were told . . . that [World Cup Skateboarding] would continue as the sport organizer for skateboarding at the new international events added for 2013. We were very excited," Don Bostick told ESPN.com via email.
"WCS is very proud to have been a part of the X Games story," he added. "I thank all of the WCS staff over the years that have committed their time and devotion to skateboarding in helping to build an event that skaters and the industry are now happy to be a part of."
According to Jewett, the CA Productions game plan makes sense for ESPN as it attempts to streamline event management heading into what's likely to become its busiest X Games season yet.
"Our business model works better," Jewett said. "ESPN realized that this is what they needed to do to more effectively run their business."
The CA Productions crew also includes pro skater Mimi Knoop -- to oversee women's events -- and Skatepark of Tampa's Ryan Clements.