It's finally that time again of late-to-mid-summer, when we
give in and install an air conditioner on our scrotum plunk down in front of our televisions and watch suicidal athletes from all over the world come together for the most exciting action sports competition of the year. No, not the Nathan's Coney Island Hot Dog Championship, The X Games.
With last night's commencement of the 15th annual X Games at L.A.'s Staples Center, the adrenaline junkies over here at Complex (seriously, did you know Vans could be used to actually skate in?) pulled together the top 10 moments in X Games history. You've heard 15'll get you 10, right? Yeah, it will. But we're gonna leave it up to you, dear devoted readers who are in front of their computer on a late Friday afternoon instead of being somewhere with a margarita and an agenda, to decide what the true crowning moment is. Kick, push, read on!
MATT HOFFMAN'S NO-HANDED 900 (2002)
It was the first time this move was completed in competition. We think we once saw it in a Jesse Jane movie, though.
TONY HAWK'S 900 (1999)
It took Tony over ten years and 11 failed attempts before he finally landed the 900. Of course, that was back when he was still in his 40s.
BOB BURQUIST'S VERT RUN (2001)
With this run, Bob took away any chance for his longtime friend Bucky Lasek to three-peat as vert gold champion. [mariocantone]We smell a frenemy![/mariocantone]
JAKE BROWN'S FALL (2007)
This shit knocked money's SHOES off. That's not a fall, that's a lightning strike. After this, Jake didn't touch a skate board for the next three months, only to return the next year and compete again. With balls that big, how does he wear pants?
RYAN SHECKLER WINS GOLD AT AGE 13 (2003)
Not a career high point: having your ass handed to you by someone whose balls haven't dropped yet.
TRAVIS PASTRANA'S DOUBLE BACKFLIP (2006)
This move was long thought impossible. Impossible it wasn't, but it was so dangerous that Travis' mother sat in the stands close to tears. Hey, that's how our mothers sit too! Well, that's because of what we've chosen to do with our lives, but still.
DAVE MIRRA'S 360 BACKFLIP (2008)
They call him "Miracle Man," and we always thought that was just because of his name, but now we realize that it might be because of things like this. Sure beats another season of Real World/Road Rules Challenge.
DANNY WAY'S GREATEST HITS (2008)
The last time someone got slammed like this and still went on to find success, Ray-J was holding the camera.
KEVIN ROBINSON'S DOUBLE FLAIR (2006)
Kevin famously said he would have stayed up all night trying that trick until he finally pulled it off. If we were gonna stay up all night for a trick, its name better be Keyshia.
KYLE LOZA'S ELECTRIC DOOM (2008)
Okay, forget what we said about Keyshia. "Electric Doom" is the dopest name for a trick, like, evar. It's also a good name for a a death metal band or a sex toy. Or anything, really. Foolproof name FTW!