Based in Vienna, Austria, Julia Brueckler has worked as an instructor at an indoor skatepark/school for years now, which has helped her to stay sharp on the rails, ledges, boxes, and trannies. Her favorite tricks include kickflips, treflips and “everything tech.” Although Austria has never earned a medal at an X Games summer event, Julia Brueckler is seeking to change that fact.
A force on the European skate scene, her invite to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Beijing gave her a new drive to invest more into her skateboarding. She quit her job as a social worker, moved back in with her parents and to fund her trip to Austin in 2016 (and other events along the way) and set up a Go Fund Me campaign to raise 10,000 Euros to pay for her travels. That effort produced a 4th place finish in Women’s Skateboard Street in 2015 and 2016. No Dutch athlete has ever earned an X Games medal in skateboarding, but Jacobs is as close as she can get to changing that.
One of the few street skaters in Albuquerque, Mariah Duran sessions with her brothers in the cement drainage ditches and skateparks near their home. Fresh from her high school graduation in 2015, she finished 8th as an X Games rookie in Women’s SKB Street. Since then, she’s put the pressure on other skaters by winning gold at X Games Minneapolis in 2017. Duran is now 21 and putting off college to pursue a transition into professional skateboarding. She loves filming and says a session isn’t complete unless she logs a clip or lands a new trick.’
Pamela Rosa won X Games Oslo 2016 Women’s Street, becoming the youngest champion in the discipline (age 16) and making X Games Austin a repeat. The golds came after earning silver at both Austin 2014 & 2015; she’s one of the most consistent skaters in the women’s game. Rosa is shy, and the attention she’s garnering is a bit intimidating. But competing sure doesn’t intimidate her, and she has a nice bag of flip tricks, including her favorite, a backside double flip.
Alexis is one busy woman: She’s a pro skater and graduate of MIT grad school. With a risk-taking nature on-course and huge pop, she goes for big tricks and frequently reaps the reward. Sablone is a super smooth skater who will go for tough trick combos. She also has really big pop that allows her to reach obstacles other women can’t, and perhaps the highest Ollie in the women’s game. “I like to be alone at competitions,” says Sablone. “I get too nervous if family and non-skateboarding friends are watching. I tell myself no one is watching [even though there are TV cameras].”
A skater’s skater, everyone else on the course wants her to do well, and that happened in 2017 when she earned her first X Games medal (silver). The 23-year-old is one of the most humble (and powerful) skaters on the scene, and her moment to shine is near. She flipped a 12- stair during the Ryan Sheckler Foundation event (May 2017) and she was one of 3 girls on the King of the Road tour (premiere June 2017). She’s an avid reader and never takes a trip without a book (paper, of course).
At 14, Lacey became one of the youngest X Games medalists ever when she earned Women’s Skateboard Street bronze. Today, she’s a full-time graphic designer who has kept her skills sharp enough to earn X Games medals. Baker’s assortment of creative lines and flip tricks make her tough to beat, and the video part she dropped in 2013 is heralded as one of the best female parts ever. Baker turned pro in 2014 and was added to the coveted Nike SB team in April of 2017.
Leticia is a corporate-backed rock star, one of the best-known skateboarders in the world. A skate rat at heart, she blazed a trail for Brazilian women, riding a skateboard when no one thought she should. Until recently Bufoni was considered one of the best contest skaters in the discipline, with 6 straight medals in X Games Women’s SKB Street and a bag of burly, jaw-dropping moves. The three-time gold medalist’s XG podium streak ended in 2014, but she has the skills to start a new one. Bufoni was the first woman to grace the cover of The Skateboard Mag (Oct. 2015) and the first woman on the Nike skate team. She has a huge online presence, with 1.2 million Instagram followers checking an account that’s equal parts skin and skate.
Tobias Christoffersen is part of the fresh generation of skateboarders coming out of Denmark. Skating with a crew including Alexander Risvad Kevin Baekkel, Tobias has travelled all over to some of the best spots around.
Cool, calm and collected. Alexander Risvad is a skater out of Copenhagen, Denmark that has technical abilities that are hard to match. Watching his skate is watching something of an art, whether he’s shredding on the streets of Copenhagen or cruising the streets of LA. Alexander is poised to make an impact as a rookie in Oslo on May 20th.
Growing up in Malmö, Sweden, Fernando Bramsmark earned his stripes skating at Bryggeriet every day growing up and mastering tricks like the stalefish early. The Columbian born skater carries himself with humility and confidence, making him an easygoing person and it shows in his skating. Much of his flow comes from how he’s feeling that day, which means he comes off as a natural skater and is able to stomp out tricks with fluidity.
David Jakinda is a ripper from Stockholm, Sweden. Growing up skating, he has filmed all over the world for magazines, Nike SB and others. His videos have been filmed in Stockholm, Paris, Berlin and California and have included Karsten Kleppan, Ville Wester and others. David Jakinda is making his X Games debut in Oslo this year.
Tiago Lemos has a bit of a Cinderella story. Born in a small city called Jaguariúna, Brazil, Tiago poured hours into skateboarding even through his parent’s initial disapproval. He started making waves locally and signed with DC Brazil in 2008, winning the DC King of São Paulo. Following this big win, DC was started taking him to places like Barcelona and California, when he caught the eye of Ty Evans. Ty Evans brought Tiago on board for “We Are Blood”, which put him in the limelight for all sorts of brands. From small-town troublemaker to an international skateboarder, it all culminated in achieving his dream of going pro last year. Tiago Lemos has maintained a humble attitude throughout all his success and continues to stomp out tricks that few others can.
Jaakko Ojanen is anything but your average boarder. This Finnish legend from Tampere is slotted to be one of the next big names in skateboarding, collecting titles from his home country and some international competitions like the Volcom European Wild. While he’s not in competition, Jaakko is travelling all over the world making videos independently and for Red Bull.
Samuli Kinnunen is a young Finnish skateboarder who is starting to make some waves. H has consistently won the Finnish skateboarding championships making him a force on the Finnish skate scene. He has taken his skateboarding internationally, travelling to cities like Barcelona to taste the different flavours.
Winning Tampa Am in 2016, the biggest contest in amateur skateboarding, helped propel Dashawn Jordan to the big leagues after spending years as a podium regular on the Damn Am series. He says 2017 was all about proving to himself that he can now hang with his favorite skaters. After being a late edition to X Games Minneapolis in 2017, he made his name known at the X Games by finishing 5th in his X Games debut.
Yuto Horigome’s rapid rise in the last few months makes him one of the most exciting stories in SKB Street entering X Games Minneapolis 2017. A late addition to the field after stellar podium performances in Street League and Dew Tour in 2017, his first major pro level contests, the Japanese skater finished 9th at Minneapolis. Nyjah Huston and O’Neill, his Nike SB teammates, both say he’s the biggest threat and the one to watch.
Kevin Bækkel is a skateboarder born in Hamar that has been steadily building a name for himself. After coming into the limelight making videos with Creature and being on the road with multiple skateboarders, Kevin found out through a tag on Instagram that he landed himself on the cover of Thrasher magazine. Just in 2017, Kevin was also nominated for Thrasher’s Skateboarder of the Year.
Kelvin Hoefler might be the person most deserving of a Skateboard Street invitation. The Brazilian skater took 7th in an X Games Foz qualifier event in 2013 but missed the cut, then received an outright invitation in 2016 after taking wins at major contests all around the world, including Street League, Dew Tour, and the Kimberly Diamond Cup, but had to skip it due to a leg injury. Now back to full strength, he says he’s been dreaming of competing at X Games ever since he was 8 years old, skating a box and rail setup in his mother’s kitchen and garage in Sao Paolo and pretending he was Bob Burnquist. All that work seems to have paid off at Minneapolis 2017 where he won gold.
Luan Oliveira is one of the older skateboarders at X Games Norway 2018, and one with a storied and vivid history. Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil 27 years ago, Luan had a tough beginning but found his passion and solace in skateboarding. Leaving the favelas and urban skateparks in 2007 thanks to a YouTube clip and Flip Skateboards, he started his career in a big way winning the 2008 and 2009 Tampa Arms. Since then, he has amassed 2 silvers and 3 bronzes at various X Games (including X Games Oslo 2016), has found the podium in just about all major competitions and shows no sign of slowing down.
With one of the best attitudes on the ramp, 17-year old Jagger Eaton is the youngest athlete to ever compete at X Games (11 in 2012). Jagger showed his true colors on the Big Air ramp, dedicating his run to his brother, Jett who wasn’t able to compete that year. He finished 4th in Big Air twice in 2013. Improving on his Skateboard Street Ams bronze in 2016, Jagger won gold in the same event this past year at Minneapolis.
Felipe Gustavo is a ledge assassin, destroying anything that comes his way with speedy, precise and stylish ledge combos. The Brazilian has been a mainstay of skateboard coverage since he won Tampa Am in 2007. He may have only been in the contest because his father sold the family car to get him there, but now he’s here for good, having turned pro in 2013 and establishing himself as one of the best skaters around.
Sean Malto’s skateboarding reflects his easygoing and relaxed personality. The 28-year-old from Kansas City, MO, is dominant in almost every aspect of his skating, whether it’s a massive handrail, ledge or just flowing down the street. He has medaled once–silver–in five X Games appearances. He has two first-place Steet League Skateboarding finished. Transworld Magazine’s 2009 Rookie of the Year has only gotten better over the years, a fact cemented by his amazing part in Girl’s “Pretty Sweet”.
Expect local fans in the sold-out Skur 13 Skateboard Street venue to go nuts when Oslo native Karsten Kleppan takes the course. Though he’s not known as a contest skater, his part in the 2015 video Nike SB Chronicles Vol. 3 announced to the world that he’s here to play in a big way.
Hermann Stene had his X Games debut in his home country at X Games Oslo in 2016 and we saw him again at X Games Austin the same year. Hermann Stene was born and raised in Larvik, Norway alongside 2 older brothers. The three siblings all got into skateboarding and would take turns videoing each other with their mom’s camera. Since then, Hermann Stene has gone on to make videos with Real Skateboards and Thrasher and has traveled all over the world following his passion for skating.
In 2003, Ryan Sheckler (13 yrs. 7 mos.) became the youngest gold medalist in X Games history. After a three-year medal drought, Shecks earned his 7th (bronze) at Austin in 2015. He’s been busy filming ever since, including a much-hyped appearance skateboarding alongside Leticia Bufoni in Justin Bieber’s video for “What Do You Mean?,” which has more than 160 million YouTube views since it was released. Sheckler’s stance is regular and his sponsors include Plan B, Indy, Etnies, Grizzly, CCS, Nixon, Oakley and Red Bull.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Shane is an Aussie ripper known for video game-like technical combos, a soft-spoken demeanor and gentle personality. He got on Nike at the age of 14 and has been strategic about choosing sponsors ever since. His measured approach to skateboarding has allowed him to keep progressing at a steady clip to the point where his technical and overall skating abilities are virtually unmatched.
There’s no way to exaggerate Nyjah Huston’s place in street skateboarding: He’s the most important athlete in the discipline. The 22-year-old wins most contests he enters, including 6 of the past 7 X Games Street comps he’s entered. He’s medaled in his past 11 XG Street starts; no one else approaches that success. A silver medal, just .33 points behind Ryan Decenzo on the rainy course at XG Austin ’16, left him fired up and ready for redemption (it was his first time off the top spot since 2012, with the exception of the XG Munich ’13 event he missed due to injury). Hot to start 2017, with two Street League victories and a win at the Red Bull Hartlines event.
We wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.