The Best of 2013 X Games Skateboarding
The X Games expanded globally in 2013, kicking off the season in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, in front of the stunning backdrop of Iguaçu Falls. As action sports fans turned their attention to Foz and the X Games athletes, it was skateboarding that claimed the most scenic location to showcase its stuff. Here are the 10 greatest skateboarding moments from the X Games world tour.
10. Street League Skateboarding
In 2013, the X Games teamed up with Rob Dyrdek to bring Street League Skateboarding to all four global events, changing street skateboarding contests forever. Here, Dyrdek hangs on the course with SLS pro riders Matt Miller, Ryan Decenzo and Felipe Gustavo (left to right).
9. Leticia Bufoni
When the X Games made its debut in Brazil, all eyes were on hometown hero Leticia Bufoni to take gold in Women's Street -- and she didn't disappoint. With a cool flowing style and a lipslide down the big rail, Bufoni beat out Lacey Baker and 2012 gold medalist Alexis Sablone for the win.
8. Manny Santiago
Street League at X Games also debuted the Select Series, where 10 pros and five locals compete for a chance to compete in the Street League prelims. Manny Santiago, the 2012 Real Street Fan Favorite runner-up, took top honors in Foz and again in Barcelona, eventually winning a bronze medal behind Paul Rodriguez and Nyjah Huston.
7. Tony Hawk
What would the X Games be without Tony Hawk? The Birdman embodies all things skateboarding. In 2013, Hawk held a vert demo at each event with a handfull of pros and friends to hype the crowd for the Vert finals. Here Hawk backside bonelesses on the back of teammate Aaron "Jaws" Homoki.
6. Guy Mariano
The 2013 Real Street series was the closest competition to date. After four rounds of voting on the 16 Real Street videos, it was veteran pro Guy Mariano who earned a much deserved X Games Munich Real Street gold medal. David Gravette took home the fan favorite award.
5. Bucky Lasek
Bucky Lasek hasn't won an X Games gold medal in Vert since 2004. In 2013, the 40-year-old Lasek went undefeated in all four Vert events, demolishing his competition and landing never-before-done tricks like a frontside nollieflip stalefish revert.
4. Alana Smith
At 12 years old, Alana Smith became the youngest medalist in X Games history, winning silver in Women's Park in Barcelona. Smith wowed the crowd with her solid skating and McTwist attempts -- though she never landed the trick -- and had instant fame when Tony Hawk tweeted a photo of her to his fans.
3. Curren Caples
Though Pedro Barros came into the final Park contest in Munich as the reigning champion, it was young Curren Caples that had the biggest upset of the 2013 X Games season. Caples, a park and street ripper, challenged Barros in Foz and Barcelona but kept coming up short. In Munich, he put together a winning run on his final attempt to win a first X Games gold medal.
2. Nyjah Huston
Nyjah Huston might be the greatest Street contest skateboarder ever, and 2013 made the case even stronger. With a win in Foz, a last-second win over Paul Rodriguez in Barcelona with the "Hardflip Heard Around The World," and his easy victory in Los Angeles, Huston dominated the 2013 Street League at X Games events.
1. Jake Brown
In Foz do Iguaçu, Jake Brown landed one of the holy grails of skateboarding -- a 720 ollie over the gap in the Big Air competition. Brown had been trying the trick for years, but it wasn't until the spotlights were on him and the competition was at its best when Brown landed the maneuver. As the 2013 X Games season came to an end, it is Brown's 720 ollie that will be burned into the consciousness of skateboarding forever.