Real Street 2016
Meet the contenders
Real Street, the all-video, all-street skateboarding contest, returns for another year with eight skateboarders, and their filmer/editor teammates, vying for Fan Favorite accolades and X Games gold. Parts drop, and voting will begin for Fan Favorite here at XGames.com on May 4. The winners will be announced on an hourlong, behind-the-scenes "World of X Games" show airing on ABC on Saturday, May 14. Now, let's meet the skateboarder/filmer team contenders for 2016.
Tom Asta is on a roll this year. He just picked up a new board sponsor (Santa Cruz), placed third at the Tampa Pro, and is about to deliver a mind-melting video part for his second X Games Real Street competition.
Daewon Song has been a professional skateboarder longer than most and has more video parts to his credit than he even he, himself, can remember. At age 41, not only has Daewon reached undisputed "legend" status, he continues to innovate both on and off his skateboard, putting out some of the most creative social media content than any other professional skateboarder today.
Real Street 2011 silver medalist Ryan Decenzo is one of the all-time greatest skateboarders in North America. The Vancouver, British Columbia, native recently over came a terrible ankle injury and then proceeded to come out with one of the heaviest skateboarding video parts of 2014.
Chris Joslin turned pro shortly after he blew minds in his introduction video part in Plan B's movie, "TRUE." The Skateboard Mag's 2014 "Am of the Year" skates fast, and takes some of the biggest drops ever. Joslin is always on the grind. If you don't believe that, take a look at the posts he puts up daily on Instagram.
At 20 years old, Alec Majerus is one of the two youngest competitors in Real Street. The newly turned Flip pro has two more heavy video projects dropping after Real Street: Volcom's "Holy Stokes" and Adidas' "Away Days."
Chaz Ortiz kills it in contests, but has also dropped a handful of respected video parts through the years to show that he rips the streets just as much as any contest course. And he's about as natural on his board as anybody in the game, excelling at flipping tricks into and out of long grinds. Ortiz hails from Chicago, but traveled quite a bit with legendary East Coast filmer RB Umali for his first-ever Real Street video part.
Born and raised in Simi Valley, California, Torey Pudwill got his start at Skatelab Skatepark and then took his skills to the streets. Pudwill is known for his pop, technical combinations and positive attitude. Pudwill kills it in the streets and in competitions; progression is in his blood.
Everyone who saw the last enjoi video knows how and where Zack Wallin turned pro: After making an amazing trick down the legendary Wallenberg four-block, the enjoi team captain chased down Zack to present him with his first pro model. Wallin went all-in for his first Real Street video part.
Decenzo and Joslin's partner: Jared Lucas
Jared Lucas did the heavy lifting on two of the eight 2016 contenders' video parts: Ryan Decenzo and Chris Joslin. "Jared has a great work ethic and he motivates me," says Decenzo, right, of his choice. "I don't think I chose him," Joslin says. "He sort of just weaseled his way in."
Wallin's partner: Carson Lee
"Carson and I feed off each other," Zack Wallin says of his Real Street filmer teammate, Carson Lee.
Majerus' partner: Jade Torkelson
"Picking my filmer for X Games Real Street was a no-brainer," Alec Majerus says. "Jade Torkelson and I have been filming together since we were kids."
Pudwill's partner: Erik Bragg
"How could I not choose Erik to film my Real Street part," Torey Pudwill says of his filming counterpart, Erik Bragg. "He's the most fun dude to be around."
Ortiz' partner: RB Umali
"I picked RB Umali to film my X Games Real Street part because he just makes my life a lot easier," says Chaz Ortiz of his filmmaking teammate. "He never gives up on me."
Song's partner: Jon Fitisemanu
"Jon and I have worked on so many projects before together," Daewon Song says of his filmmaker teammate, Jon Fitisemanu. "So naturally I chose him to film my Real Street part."
Asta's partner: Ian Berry
"I chose Ian Berry because I think it's important to film with someone that makes it fun and feel natural," Tom Asta says of his filming teammate, Ian Berry.