Monster Energy’s Nyjah Huston came into the 20-minute jam session with a score to settle after his streak of three back-to-back Skateboard Street gold medals was cut short by Japan’s Yuto Horigome the night before.
On the centerpiece obstacle of the concrete street course, Huston sent two massive transfer tricks over the entire platform and onto the downward ledge: A perfectly rotated Caballerial kickflip transfer to backside lipslide fakie and a highly technical Caballerial backside nosebluntslide fakie left no doubt who took home the win in this gold-medal only event. As the most decorated street skateboarder in X Games history, Huston now owns 17 medals in total (11 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze), plus one gold in the Real Street video contest.
He will have his next shot at precious metal really soon in the upcoming X Games Norway on August 31. Also raising the bar for technical street skating, Huston’s Monster Energy teammate Matt Berger popped a bigspin backside tailslide bigspin out over the bump to ledge for a strong third-place finish in this progression-driven event that will hopefully become an X Games staple.
Progressive moves were also the keys to success in the fourth annual Dave Mirra’s BMX Park Best Trick. Named in memory of BMX trailblazer and 14-time X Games gold medalist Dave Mirra, the contest featured eight of the world’s top BMX freestyle riders in a 20-minute jam session across the entire concrete bowl park.
Coming into the contest looking for his first-ever X Games medal, rookie pro Mike Varga commenced to put on a clinic on blasting 900 aerials – spinning two-and-a-half full rotations through the air – from a vertical quarterpipe into an adjacent bank.
After dialing in the rotation on a regular 900, Varga pushed the envelope with a never-been-done variation on the move: An ultra-technical 900 tailwhip, spinning the entire bike by the handlebar in mid-air. The crowd erupted as he pulled the history-making move on his second-to-last attempt. Next, the Canadian upped the ante by ways of a 900 barspin – this time spinning the handlebar in mid-air through the 900 rotation – and took home gold, his first-ever medal in four X Games starts. Definitely keep an eye on Varga in the future!
Also bringing the stoke to BMX Park Best Trick, Monster Energy’s Kevin Peraza pulled a tech combo featuring double bar spin 180 onto the sub-box to Half Cab tailwhip into the bowl. The 24-year-old from Tucson, Arizona, ended with a strong third-place finish in this gold medal-only competition.
Supported by Monster Energy as the official drink sponsor for the sixth consecutive year, X Games Minneapolis once again proved the ultimate showcase of progression in BMX, Skateboard and Moto X disciplines. When all was said and done, Monster Energy athletes claimed 13 medals – 3 gold, 5 silver, and 5 bronze – throughout the action-packed weekend.
Rounding out an amazing final day, fans experienced performances from psychedelic surf rockers The Blind Shake and iconic California alt-metal band Incubus at The Armory music venue, where SWMRS, Wu-Tang Clan and Diplo played earlier this weekend.
For X Games fans in the United States who missed the action, ABC will show four hours of event recap coverage beginning Saturday, August 10, as part of the World of X Games series as well as a one-hour Best of Show featuring athletic and musical highlights on Saturday, August 17.