X Games athletes in Austin, Texas
Welcome to Austin, Texas
This week, a handful of the world's greatest action sports stars (including X Games athletes from skateboarding, BMX, Rally and FMX) descended on new host city Austin, Texas, in advance of this summer's 20th anniversary of the X Games. During their stay, they took in some of this historic city's most famous sights, and captured it all for XGames.com. Did anyone say "meat skateboard?"
Ken Block does a doughnut around a doughnut in front of Gourdough's Big Fat Donuts, if you can wrap your head around that.
X Games Skateboard Big Air and Vert athlete Mitchie Brusco was on hand for a mini ramp session at Patterson Park in Austin. And with the help of Franklin BBQ, a makeshift rack of ribs skateboard was made, and later skated. Here, Mitchie samples the goods.
Josh Hansen shocks comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of "Tim and Eric Awesome Show" goofing around in front of the famous Greetings from Austin mural.
Josh Hansen takes a straight jump in front of the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Hansen will be busy at X Games, competing in Moto X Best Whip and Step Up.
From left to right: Skateboard Street competitor Nyjah Huston, Skateboard Park competitor Curren Caples, and Skateboard Street competitor Ishod Wair share a laugh in Patterson Park during the mini ramp session.
Nate Adams gets up on one wheel with the Texas State Capitol building in the background. Adams will try to add to his treasure chest of X Games gold medals in Moto X Speed & Style.
Ken Block pulls up to Gourdough's Big Fat Donuts truck to check out the menu.
Ken Block gives his order and peels out, giving some patrons a little scare for good measure.
Kickflip over a country music singer? No problem for X Games Austin Skateboard Street invite Nyjah Huston.
Meat on deck
The Franklin BBQ skateboard was actually skateable. This could potentially be the first time that edible food and skateboarding have been combined so seamlessly, and Curren Caples stepped up to the drop-in challenge.
Local X Games ramp builder Ryan Corrigan was commissioned to construct a giant armadillo for the top of the mini ramp, and it was used as an obstacle by both skaters and BMXers during the mini-ramp session.
2013 Thrasher Skater of the Year Ishod Wair keeps it smooth with a 5-0 grind on the Patterson Park mini ramp.
Adams, Wair and Tim and Eric parade down a street in downtown Austin, proving you can be as weird as you want in South Texas.
And earlier this week, Curren Caples became the first professional skateboarder to air a mini ramp on a rack of ribs.
BMX in Austin
X Games BMX Park and Dirt competitors Chase Hawk (mid-manual) and Ryan Nyquist cruise the streets of Austin near the infamous 9th Street trails in downtown. The BMX jumps are sanctioned by the city, and have existed in Austin for more than 20 years.
Chase Hawk, Tim & Eric
And to keep it entertaining, comedic duo Tim & Eric were on hand to make the athletes laugh. Here, Chase Hawk, who actually grew up in Austin, bunnyhops over the duo before more bicycle shenanigans involving a horse costume and a tandem bicycle.
The Texas sun shined bright for Josh Hansen jumping over the state history museum.
Chase Hawk grew up riding the 9th Street trails in downtown Austin, and is one of the first BMX riders to cultivate the dipped style 360 executed here. This is about as dipped as one can get during a 360, not to mention stylish. Well, in not mentioning stylish, we're saying it's stylish. Semantics...
Ishod Wair hitches a ride with Nate Adams in downtown Austin.
Tim & Eric did not make it through any BMX jumps in this costume or on this bike, but they tried.
Need a lift?
Ken Block swings by Nyjah Huston's steps to give him a ride.
Sunset on Texas
And as things draw to a close and athletes head back home, the sun sets on another day in Austin, Texas. X Games Austin starts June 5. Be sure to tune in.