Jimmy Wilkins, the future of skate vert
Jimmy Wilkins and X Games gold
At X Games Austin, Creature Skateboards team rider Jimmy Wilkins rose through the ranks of Skateboard Vert to claim his first X Games gold medal. And in the process, Wilkins became the youngest skateboarder in the history of the X Games to win gold in the Skate Vert discipline. Now back at home in Carlsbad, California, XGames.com caught up with Wilkins to learn more about the rising vert star.
Wilkins rose through the vert ranks on the amateur series known as the Free Flow Tour, taking an early win at the Free Flow tour stop in Mission Valley, California. A few years later, Wilkins was getting invites to X Games and Dew Tour, and skating for brands that include Rockstar Energy, Skeleton key MFG, Creature skateboards and Bones Wheels. Here, Wilkins floats a huge frontside ollie at the Vans Skatepark Combi Bowl in Orange, California.
Frontside ollie alternate view
At X Games Austin, Wilkins said he'd estimated his chances of winning at "none," but walked away with the gold medal. Following his win, Wilkins was was almost speechless. "It's both shock and anxiety," murmured Wilkins, who became just the seventh different skater to win gold on the vert ramp in the 20-year history of X Games.
Wilkins, 20, is much more than a competitive vert skater, though. He can adapt to any transition put in his way. Here, Wilkins throws a stylish stalefish out at a Quikreted ditch in Southern California.
Wilkins is part of a new breed of younger vert skaters carrying the torch from the older generation of skaters. He's also being mentored by those who came before him, including Tony Hawk. Here, Wilkins airs a frontside nose bone in an outdoor bowl.
Wilkins calls Elliot Sloan's Rockstar Energy vert ramp his favorite place to skate, but he doesn't limit himself if there are new opportunities to explore backyard pools. Here he frontside lipslides some freshly drained concrete.
Something most people dont know about Jimmy Wilkins? He's allergic to peaches. He can also frontside rock with style.
Wilkins' frontside ollie on vert is as good as it gets. Here's the F/S ollie at the Tony Hawk compound. "I look up to and have been supported by Tony," Wilkins says.
Stalefish to disaster
Wilkins resides in Carlsbad, California, but takes time to visit the Washington Street park in San Diego. Here he throws a stalefish to disaster.
The older generation of vert skateboarders sees Wilkins' approach to transition skating as a good thing. "It's good for skateboarding," fellow vert skater Sandro Dias says. "When my generation stops skating as professionals, we know we have a new generation to keep it going. Vert is not going to die."
That is a three-foot vert extension, on top of a stylish sugarcane grind. And the future looks bright for both vert skating and Jimmy Wilkins.