Bastien Salabanzi and Rune Glifberg placed 3rd at the X Games in Street and Vert, respectively! The event started off with a bang (as loud as a shotgun going off next to your ear) on Thursday, August 5 in beautiful Los Angeles, California with the Street and Vert contests. Street was up first (featuring a legit street set-up, even), and Bastien destroyed the place, as usual. Some of the highlights: a frontside 270 to front board and a big spin flip to front board down the nine-stair rail, a backside flip, a big flip, and a Cab flip over the bush gap, a half-Cab flip and a backside flip down the four-flat-four, and loads of other stuff. Basically, too many tricks to name!
The Vert contest was held right after Street. As usual, Rune was breaking it off throughout all of practice, so anticipation was high for his smooth destruction of the massive vert ramp. Runes first run was flawless: heelflip frontside airs, back-to-back 540s, kickflip Indys and stylish backside tailslides were all in order. He even finished it off with a switch flip as time expired! Check out RuneҒs 3rd place run, as well as highlights from Bastiens 3rd place finish. Congratulations to both Bastien and Rune!
In more X Games news, Ryan Sheckler and Arto Saari were both there, as well. Ryan skated in the contest as Arto lurked about checking out the action. Ryan wasnҒt able to defend his title from the previous year, but he did throw it down with the rest of em, vying for the $50,000 1st place prize money. When the smoke cleared after a long day of skating (five hours in all, including practice), Ryan ended up in 9th place! Arto signed some autographs for the fans in attendance.
In other Sheckler business, Ryan leaves with Almost Skateboards this Friday, August 13 for a couple of weeks on Thrasher magazineҒs King of the Road II. Not sure if you remember the action from last year (see the January 2004 issue of Thrasher), but its basically a two-week road trip across the good Ғol USofA, with all kinds of missions and whatnots to be accomplished. More updates to come as the tour begins and progresses.
Stefan Janoski is in on the road at the moment, shooting photos and touring around the country of South Africa. No word yet as to how the trip is coming along, but as soon as we hear from him, well be sure to let you know the details. It must be going good if we havenҒt heard from him in a week.