X Games LA BMX athletes on Instagram
XGLA BMXers on Instagram
The final stop of the 2013 Global X Games arrives in Los Angeles at the beginning of August. As part of our previews rolling into L.A., we decided to explore the social media side of athletes invited to compete in Los Angeles. What follows are photos of nine BMX Street and Big Air athletes, with links to their Instagram accounts. And don't forget about Chase Hawk (pictured here from XG Munich), who can be found @chase_hawk on Instagram.
BMX Street powerhouse Dakota Roche returns to X Games after recovery from a knee injury earlier this year, and with him comes a brand of powerful and stylish street riding that's one-of-a-kind in the BMX Street class. Roche calls Huntington Beach, Calif., home, and his Instagram feed mixes BMX, surfing, skateboarding and the occasional lizard. Follow Roche here.
Garrett Reynolds has won every gold medal in BMX Street since the discipline was introduced to X Games, and he comes into Los Angeles the defending champ. On Instagram, Reynolds has almost 40,000 followers, and his photos mainly focus on his riding exploits with friends in the San Diego area. Follow Reynolds here.
The person most likely to end Garrett Reynolds' gold-medal reign in BMX Street is Chad Kerley, Garrett's teammate, friend and riding buddy. The rivalry between the two is nonexistent, though -- they'd prefer to cheer each other on during competition. For car photos and more from Kerley, follow him here.
Over five years ago, Sean Sexton was able to beat Garrett Reynolds at an international X Games stop in Mexico, and in the time since he has remained on the invite list for BMX Street, able to throw down switch and regular grind and tailwhip variations with a casual ease. Sexton's Instagram, though not updated frequently, shows the rider outside of his BMX realm. Follow him here.
BMX Street invite Jeremiah Smith is the type of rider who seems to spend more time tapping the "like" button on Instagram than actually riding his bike. Yet he always seems to be able to throw down the most insane lines come competition time. Follow him on Instagram for the latest GT frame giveaways and more.
Defending BMX Big Air gold medalist Chad Kagy arrives in Los Angeles for yet another MegaRamp showdown. This year, Kagy is documenting his exploits via Instagram for his sponsors and his fans. Kagy's feed isn't just about BMX though. Sometimes, he even asks his fans to pick the jersey he'll wear in competition. Follow Kagy here.
Zack Warden, a BMX Big Air double gold medalist in 2013, might not be looking to reclaim gold in Los Angeles (he claims that just walking away from Big Air is a victory), but he will be on hand to throw down one-of-a-kind tricks, including the backflip bike flip to late tailwhip. If gold happens, it happens. If not, Zack will continue to post photos of himself eating cupcakes. Follow Warden here.
Since the introduction of the MegaRamp to BMX at X Games, Kevin Robinson has been a pioneer of big air and bigger tricks on the big ramp. Although Robinson suffered a head injury at X Games Brazil in April, he's back and ready to ride, while also posting family photos, travel photos and the occasional demo photo on Instagram. Follow Robinson here.
BMX Big Air gold has eluded Morgan Wade all year long, but he doesn't let the silver- and bronze-medal placings get to him. Instead, Wade concentrates on height, clocking in some of the highest BMX Big Air aerials of the year at Global X. He then laughs at himself and eats too much candy, which is documented on Instagram. Follow Wade here.