Slideshow: Boise X Games 2018 Kick(flip) Off at Rhodes Skate Park 

click to enlarge roadtoxgames_6.15.18_16-x3.jpg

Jim Max

Flips, airs and grinds were the name of the game at the second Boise X Games qualifier, which began Friday morning at Rhodes Skate Park, but for a lot of attendees, it was all about kids. For some, it was a day out with the family, and for others, the X Games were a chance to let out their inner children.

"My [16-year-old] son comes down to this park once a week to skate here," said Alex Parker, who lives in Ontario, Oregon. "He's been skating for seven years, and he does it just for fun."

Families from all across the region traveled to Boise to watch the action. Parker said the X Games shine a spotlight on Boise.

"I think more and more events need to come to Boise," he said. "This region of the country is often overlooked, so people like me have to travel to Denver or Seattle to see these athletes or watch these sports."

click to enlarge - Professional skateboarders and BMXers signed autographs at the X Games qualifier on Friday morning. -  - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Professional skateboarders and BMXers signed autographs at the X Games qualifier on Friday morning.
Aaron and Sallie Cloud of Greenleaf brought their two young sons to watch the BMX competition. Sallie said the love for riding BMX bikes runs in the family, and she and her husband encourage their sons to participate one day.

click to enlarge - Josh Davis, president of the Boise Skateboard Association, said the X Games draw attention to skateboarding infrastructure in the Treasure Valley. -  - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Josh Davis, president of the Boise Skateboard Association, said the X Games draw attention to skateboarding infrastructure in the Treasure Valley.
"My husband did BMX when he was younger," she said. "Now my son is getting into it. These events are great for Boise's culture. They help bring people into town and show them how nice our city is. It supports the community here. People don't know enough about the X Games and this is an awesome event for kids and families."

At least one stakeholder was willing to say the X Games will forward his advocacy. The Boise Skateboard Association President Josh Davis said he hopes the event will draw attention to fundraising for and construction of new skateboarding facilities in the Treasure Valley.

"When we built [Rhodes Skate Park], we told [the City of Boise] all the benefits that could happen," he said. "We said maybe someday we'll get X Games here or ESPN. We built this park and we knew it was a really special park, but boom, within the first year, ESPN was here. I think this legitimizes what we're trying to do here."

On the Boise Skateboard Association's livecam of Rhodes Skate Park, people who can't make it to the qualifying events can watch them for free online.

click to enlarge - Nicole Hause traveled from Stillwater, Minnesota, to compete in Boise's X Games qualifying event. -  - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Nicole Hause traveled from Stillwater, Minnesota, to compete in Boise's X Games qualifying event.
For the X Games athletes, this event was an opportunity to show the sport to new audiences and explore the city. For Nicole Hause, who competes in the Women's Skateboard Park event, this weekend will be her second visit to Boise for the X Games. The Stillwater, Minnesota, native will skate on Saturday, June 16, for a slot at the X Games finals in Minneapolis, but said she enjoys coming to Boise.

"It's thumbs-up here, for sure," she said. "It's fun to come out here and explore Boise."

For Brandon Loupos, who hails from Sydney, Australia, and competes in Men's BMX Park, it's important to inspire young athletes wherever he goes.

"When I was a kid, I always wanted to do this," he said. "I knew if I stayed on track I could get here. It wasn't that I expected it, but it was always the dream. I never thought I would come to Idaho to ride bikes. I think it's important to showcase how cool our sport is—not just on TV." 
Pin It
Favorite

Comments


Comments are closed.


Submit an Event

Popular Events

  • Yoga With Martha @ Ada Community Library Victory Branch

    • Thursdays, 6 p.m. Continues through Dec. 13 FREE
  • GNL R0CK'N Bingo at The Woodshed @ The Woodshed

    • Fridays, 7-9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 26 FREE
  • GNL Trivia at Albertsons Broadway on the Rocks @ Albertsons Broadway on the Rocks

    • Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. Continues through Nov. 13 FREE

© 2018 Boise Weekly

Website powered by Foundation