ESPN has announced that the X Games are coming back to California July 14 through 18 featuring skateboarding, BMX, and more.
- The X Games returns to action sports’ roots July 14 through 18 in California featuring skateboarding, BMX, and Moto X.
- X Games 2021 will be the final competition for many skateboard and BMX athletes before heading to Tokyo for the Olympics.
- Those at home will be able to experience the “Virtual X Fest” allowing fans to create an avatar and explore a boardwalk filled with experiences, watch live competitions, and win prizes.
What They’re Saying:
- Pat Casey, two-time X Games BMX medalist: “I’m very excited to be hosting X Games at my house this year! It will allow me to share my ramps and dirt jumps with other amazing athletes and bring back BMX for our first major contest since COVID-19. I’m extremely humbled and thankful for this opportunity that ESPN and Monster Energy has given me, and can’t wait for the event!”
- Axell Hodges, seven-time X Games Moto X medalist: “Hosting X Games at my Slayground is a huge opportunity for the entire sport. From day one, Slayground was all about pushing the progression of freestyle motocross. I know everyone is ready to come back after an entire year without contests ready to send it and we’ll push the progression to the next level. Thanks to ESPN, Monster Energy and all my sponsors for making this happen. Let’s go!”
- Tim Reed, vice president, programming and acquisitions: “We are thrilled to produce an X Games this summer and once again showcase the premier athletes in the world across the ESPN and ABC networks. This year will be different – we’re excited about the unique opportunity to partner with our athletes to showcase some incredible facilities. We have no doubt that the Dreamyard, Slayground and CATF will put us in a great position to create memorable moments.”
X Games 2021 Venues
- “What began in 2013 as a basic backyard ramp when X Games BMX medalist Pat Casey purchased his first house at 18 years old has now become a private, full-scale technical dirt and park course. At nearly 10,000 square feet, Casey’s “Dreamyard” has been the stage for four epic video parts. BMX Park, Dave Mirra’s Park Best Trick and BMX Dirt competitions will take place at Dreamyard.”
- “Growing up just outside the surf and skate mecca of Encinitas, California, X Games Moto X medalist Axell Hodges’ “Slayground” originated at his childhood home. Though the property has always included a racetrack, Hodges’ Slayground is now a full compound complete with steep turns, quarterpipes, kicker ramps, wallrides, manual pads and massive dirt jumps. The third and latest installment of Hodges’ Slayground video part series was filmed entirely at the compound. Slayground will play host to Moto X Best Trick, Best Whip, Freestyle, QuarterPipe High Air and a new 110s racing discipline.”
- “The CA Training Facility is the first and only high-performance training center developed for skateboarding. CATF features both a full-sized concrete Street and Park courses created by the designers of X Games Street and Park courses. The CATF will be home to the BMX Street and Skateboard Street, Park, Vert, Vert Best Trick and Street Best Trick competitions.”
Fans will be able to see the action with over 15 hours of competition on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, and the ESPN App July 14-18. You can learn more at XGames.com.