It’d be easy to say that Alex has been top of his game lately, but that would simply be untrue. In fact, Australia marked Alex’s official return to riding after spending a year off the bike due to a torn ACL. It obviously had no effect on Alex in competition, as he somewhat unassumingly managed to win his first ever gold. But, as Alex puts it, “The X Games is just a skatepark and filming on street is a different ballgame.” Things started off a bit slow in Sydney as Alex worked on both finding spots and his confidence: “At the start of [filming] I was scared to even pegs a rail, so it did take me a while to build the confidence up.” With a few clips stacked in Sydney, the need to switch up the scenery crept in. Alex and Rich rented a camper van and took the leisurely route to Brisbane looking for spots (none), beaches (lots), and a few koalas to pet (too many) along the way.
Once in Brisbane Alex began to hit a stride, and as he puts it, “Towards the end I felt so good; I was right back into it. I felt like I was just getting started and I didn’t want the trip to end. It was what I needed to get back into riding.” If three full minutes of near impossible crook combinations, a feeble-to-360-smith-to-180, a massive uprail bar, and every mind-numbing trick in between is just getting back into it... Damn.