Tuesday, December 8, 2015
In a press release posted on Nitro Circus' website yesterday, a new action sports competition was announced. The Nitro World Games will be held in Salt Lake City, UT on July 16, 2016. Travis Pastrana said, "Action sports is about progression, pushing the envelope to go bigger, faster and farther than ever before," adding that "With the Nitro World Games, we wanted to create an event that raised the bar and took action sports to the next level.”
The event roster lists Scooter Best Tricks alongside categories like FMX Biggest Trick, BMX Triple Jump, and Skate Best Trick. Anybody is eligible to compete- qualifying events will be held at Woodward West as well as Pastrana's own "Pastranaland" compound. The event will be televised live in a three hour special on NBC during primetime as well as streamed online.
What does this mean for scootering? Good, bad, neither? Ryan Williams has been a mainstay in the Nitro Circus Live show for a few years now, with a few other riders performing over the years, providing a ton of exposure to the sport. Many scooter riders have made it their goal to make it into the X-Games, and this is definitely a big step forward for them. I think it will be very interesting to see how they depict scootering, from the judging to announcing to how much airtime they get. We'll see in seven months.