X Games moves to Austin -- BMX
X Games moves to Austin
For the past 11 years, X Games has called Los Angeles home. In 2014, that all changes. Next year, X Games is making moves to a new location: Austin, Texas. And while X fans will miss the cool nights and bright lights of L.A. Live, they can also look forward to a bustling new host city full of live music, good food and a thriving BMX scene. Here's a quick look at Austin's BMX potential, starting with X Games BMX Street competitor Aaron Ross throwing a downside tailwhip at local BMX trails in Austin.
Albie Bennett, gap
Since the mid '90s, BMXers from throughout the U.S. and Europe have traveled to Austin, Texas, to take advantage of temperate winters and abundant street riding spots. Here, Boston-area rider Albie Bennett jumps an Austin gap from the parking over the fence and into the grass.
Clint Reynolds, seat grab
In May, Austin hosted an X Games bid celebration that included BMX riding from the many locals in the area. Here, S&M Bicycles pro Clint Reynolds twists a seat grab in front of the state capitol in downtown Austin.
Austin BMX flatland scene
Austin also possesses a healthy flatland BMX scene, hosting weekly jams at a local parking garage for local riders and visiting pros.
Tom Dugan, Fun Fun Fun Fest
On top of BMX riding, Austin is also home to a thriving music scene, playing host to traveling music festivals such as the Fun Fun Fun Fest, hosted by Project Loop. Here, X Games BMX Park rider Tom Dugan inverts out of a Fun Fun Fun Fest quarterpipe.
Garrett Byrnes, fastplant
Skateboarders and BMXers have transformed many of Austin's drainage ditches into riding spots. Here, visiting N.J. pro Garrett Byrnes airs out of a recently discovered ditch to fast plant the fence above.
Due to humid summers, the Austin BMX locals keep it mellow during the day and head for Austin's many watering holes to cool down. Here, Austin locals Hanson Little and Tom Smith take a break from the heat.
Kert Petersel, tree ride
Austin is also a destination for many international riders, including Estonian pro Kert Petersel, who didn't need to look far to find an original spot to ride.
Peter Pan mini golf
A bit of Austin BMX trivia: Before becoming a sponsored pro who rides in BMX Park at the X Games, Fit Bike Co. pro Tom Dugan worked an as attendant at a local miniature golf course, Peter Pan Mini Golf.
South Austin legends and landmarks on South Congress Ave. Some legendary locations embody the 'Keep Austin Weird' tradition. And as an added bonus, trailer food culture has exploded in Austin too.
Stand-up paddle boarding and canoeing on Town Lake in Austin are a couple ways to keep cool on 100-degree days during the summer.