2014 Aqua Olympics in Austin
It's been about two months since X Games descended on its new home city of Austin, Texas, and in the time since, summer humidity has ground outdoor activities to a halt in the hot Texas town. That ended last week with the return of the fourth annual Aqua Olympics, which includes BMX lake jumping as well as an assortment of outdoor activities hosted by the creators of the Fun Fun Fun Fest. XGames.com's contributing photographer Sandy Carson was on hand to capture the action. Here, participants prepare to hit the water.
Here, an Aqua Olympics participant rolls into the lagoon launcher, built by Austin BMX local Ryan Corrigan.
Doubles front flip and back flip action by Mutiny Bikes rider Andy Martinez and lake jump veteran Big Rob Danemarks.
Bryan Nelson, president of The Austin Facial Hair Club, plays the National Anthem before a packed stadium crown at the 2014 Fun Fun Fun Fest Aqua Olympics.
Hoffman Bikes rider Jeremy Hrabel double 360 tailwhips the launcher into Lady Bird Lake at Fiesta Gardens.
Here, an unknown rider flip dismounts on the Austin version of a BMX foam pit at Lady Bird Lake. Anything goes, just make sure you're able to get your bike after hitting the water.
The Aqua Olympics isn't just about BMX lake jumping. A variety of "land" events transpires as well, including the Austin Facial Hair Club dunk tank, pictured here.
Stand-up paddle board joust
And then there were the non-BMX related water activities, including stand-up paddle boarding jousts, seen here.
Celebrity tug-o-war between "The Austin Facial Hair Club" and "The Tug Boat Queens."
An unknown participant swims his bike back to land after enjoying a lake jump.
Stretched cannonball from an unknown Aqua Olympics participant.
Back flip attempt
Much like foam pits, lake jumping is a good way to practice moves that aren't quite perfected yet. Here, an Aqua Olympics participant works on his back flip technique.
Summertime in Austin
The Aqua Olympics is perhaps the only event in the world where spectators assemble to watch BMX lake jumping.
Ever wondered how to practice X Games gold medalist Chase Hawks version of a dipped 360? This participant had them dialed.