Hello there, I’m back! My hiatus was unplanned with some unexpected life changes and the problem with my old editing program. However, I’ve got a new version of Paint Shop Pro, and I’m slowly trying to get back in the habit of blogging while handling increased work responsibilities. X Games Austin has come and gone, but we still have the memories so let’s revisit them, shall we?
I didn’t head to Austin until Friday due to work and lack of events prior to Friday afternoon, but I did catch Step Up and Flat-track on TV. So here were some of the things I noted.
- I was bummed to miss out on Step Up again since this year was Matt Buyten’s last. I’ve been following his career for more than 10 years, and he’s just an awesome guy. Unfortunately he got knocked out pretty early.
- Bryce Hudson has “Soap Boy” on the back of his jersey, which was adorable.
- It was interesting to see who was close friends with whom. The cameras kept showing Bryce and talking with Jarryd McNeil (and even giving him pointers) while Matt was chatting with Ronnie Renner a few times.
- Matt and Ronnie’s friendship must be like a trip through the history of Step Up. Both guys have a ton of jumps under their belts.
- I could not believe this was Jarryd’s first X Games Step-Up competition. He flew so high.
- I was not a fan of the shared gold medals. While I understood the time limits with live TV, it felt SO anticlimactic. It would have been awesome to see how high Jarryd and Libor Podmol could have gone. I was stoked for both winners though.
- I didn’t get the hype over it. It’s just not as exciting as say, motocross. Also I don’t know why they didn’t have women’s racing too.
- Tough luck for last year’s winner Bryan Smith. He crashed around the first turn and took another guy out. I thought he could gain some ground, but once you’re out, you’re out. The 20 laps went by super fast.
- Redemption for Jared Mees was clearly the headline for the night.
After the weather (and my parents) threatened to make Austin a no-go, we made it and it was freakin’ hot and sunny. The earlier rain had made Dallas cooler so I thought it would be the same. Nope. I got to COTA as Skateboard Vert under way, and the skaters were flying high despite the heat.