After four days of competition, the final athletes for the 2017 Nitro World Games are set.
Qualifiers took place in Lake Perris, California last week and now after all the announcements of the wild cards, the field is set.
Nitro Circus is created by action sports legend Travis Pastrana with the Nitro World Games returning to Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, June 24. Rice-Eccles Stadium will again host the competition to see who will be crowned world champion in action sports’ disciplines: Freestyle Motocross, BMX, Skate, Inline Skate and Scooter. Again, like 2016, NBC will televise the event in primetime in the U.S.
When Nitro Circus announced in 2015 that they would bring a first ever, live competition to Utah this past summer, it was met with a healthy dose of excitement but also a skepticism with the nature of progression and discussion that the event was promising.
“When we began to discuss where the Nitro World Games would be hosted, it became clear there was only one place that we needed to be and that was Utah,” said Pastrana. “Nitro Circus has roots here in Utah. While Nitro was born in my mind, it was in Utah were it became a reality. The fans in Utah are easily some of the most knowledgeable consumers of the sport. As we travel around the globe with the Nitro Circus Live show, you quickly learn where you have to bring your best tricks, and Utah is at the top. So when the idea for a first ever Nitro competition with an actual points system and a winner began, it was apparent that Utah should be the host and I could not be more excited to be bringing this back to the state for the second Nitro World Games.”
Nitro Circus CEO and Creative Director Mike Porra echoed similar thoughts.
“From the roar of the stadium to the huge viewership on TV and online, it was clear that Nitro World Games struck a chord,” said Porra in a press release. “We can’t wait to come back to Salt Lake City. We have an obligation to both the fans and the industry to continue to innovate and we know that this year is going to be even bigger and better.”
Bigger and better is all Pastrana could focus on in discussing the upcoming Nitro World Games.
“We know that the ramps work and we know that the landings work,” said Pastrana. “Imagine standing on the balcony of a ten story building, this is how high Josh Sheehan (Freestyle Motocross) is at the apex of his jump will doing his triple backflip. This is made possible by great engineering in ramps and the drive of the athlete but to fall from the sky and land it safely and ride away, that is where the magic really happens. Now that we know how the ramps and landings are really going to function in a competition, it allows us as a competition committee to see where we can push to the next level, but it also allows the riders an entire year to prepare on the ramps and begin their progression to another world’s first trick. Familiarity and comfort with equipment is absolutely critical to breaking through the ceiling of progression again. You often hear that these tricks cannot be done or should not be done, and at the end of the day, I get to see them first hand and watch as these riders blow right through the laws of physics and create something that is indescribable”
The word progression has become synonymous with the Nitro World Games, from the world’s first tricks that were landed, the highest TV ratings of an action sports event in the last six years, and the time frame that the competition took place in, where does Pastrana find a place for new progression?
“As a competition committee we are constantly looking at places to expand and create something new every year, that is our obligation to the riders and to the fans as well,” said Pastrana. “We are looking at a new skateboard ramp and format, fine tuning the ramps for freestyle motocross and more. The evolution of the disciplines in the action sports community continues to grow and evolve and as it grows all around the world whether they are a Nitro athlete or not. We want to be the leader in competition progression and that means as the sports and athlete evolves breaking through the glass ceiling of progression, we have to evolve and grow with it. That is what makes having this event in Utah so fun. As we travel the world with the live show, a backflip or basic trick from an athlete will excite the crowd and get them to their feet. Utah fans just shrug and go that was it? They want to see that envelope pushed because they know its possible and they want to see that happen so they bring their energy, they passion and they scream till they are hoarse pushing every athlete to bring their best to the stadium.”
“When you get to watch a movie the second time around, you notice things that you missed the first time, but at the same time you also begin to memorize the script because it is the same. Each time we hold a Nitro World Games, we want to change the script and make it even better allowing action sports fans to experience the best the community has to offer one time a year.”
Athletes for the 2017 Nitro World Games
Freestyle Motocross Athletes
Levi Sherwood, Josh Sheehan, Taka Higashino, Clinton Moore, Harry Bink, Maikel Melero, Javier Villegas, Fred Kyrillos, Steve Mini, Leo Fini, Davide Rossi, Blake “Bilko” Williams, Cal Vallone, Anthony Murray, Adam Jones, and Libor Podmol.
Skate Best Trick
Elliot Sloan, Clay Kreiner, Trey Wood, Marcelo Bastos, Jake Brown, Evan Doherty, Rony Gomes, Italo Penarrubia, Leo Ruiz, CJ Titus, Asher Bradshaw, Mitchie Brusco, Beaver Fleming, Andy MacDonald, Justin Rivera and Jono Schwan.
BMX Best Trick
Ryan Williams, Kurtis Downs, Gavin Godfrey, Andy Buckworth, Brandon Schmidt, Jaie Toohey, Jacob Bailey, Robin Davis, James Foster, Brandon Loupos, Vince Byron, TJ Ellis, Dawid Godziek and Zach Warden.
BMX Triple Hit
Colton Walker, Logan Martin, Alex Coleborn, Nick Bruce, Irek Rizaev, Kenneth Tencio, Daniel Sandoval, Colton Satterfield, Dawid Godziek, Marcus Christopher and Andy Buckworth.
Scooter Best Trick
Capron Funk, Corey Funk, Jordan Clark, Cody Flom, Tyler Chaffin, Chris Farris, Will Barlow, Roomet Saalik, Tim Kohler, Clayton Lindley, Jamie Hull and Wyatt Brown.
Tickets start at $19 each while Nitro Club VIP tickets – the best seats in the house plus a special VIP experience – are $79 each (all ticket prices plus applicable service fees).