8:00 p.m. PST: Day two was no let down, even with the nearly unbearable heat, skaters still made it out. Some, like Sean Malto, let us know he would love to compete, but had to show hometown pride by playing tour guide for the Chocolate team back in Kansas.
Many of the street gatos and gatas didn't show up, but the street course was repaired for when they do start rolling through tomorrow. Vert was going off. Bucky had some heavyweight boxers come by to cheer him on. Alex Perelson explained one of the downsides of landing the 900. Big Air proceeded as normal and then Danny Way showed up, suited up and went at the rail. Tomorrow's another awesome day. We should see more street shralping, more bowl chomping and more vertical urges in the last full day of practice before competition for X Games 15. Check back often.
7:26 p.m. PST: It's no wonder that Jake Brown and Bob Burnquist are always in the running, but there are some guys out there that have stepped up their game. Adam Taylor's bucking and almost getting tré flip mute grabs. Rob Lorifice is boosting back-to-back 360s with rad style. But, man, is Bob far advanced. What are your predictions though, for this year's Big Air?
6:56 p.m. PST: There's a group of kids here and when Adam Taylor got off the ramp, the little kid asked, "Hey dude, does it hurt when you fall?" and Adam Taylor responded, "Not unless I fall wrong." So far, he's been falling all right.
6:45 p.m. PST: Rob Lorifice and Adam Taylor are trying backflips. That's kind of insane.
6:35 p.m. PST: ESPN: To ride the Big Air ramp, what do most people wear?
Andy Mac: a lot more than you've got to put on for any other discipline in skating. Most of us use at least some type of knee brace underneath our pads. That's to stabilize the impact. A lot of guys wear long-sleeved shirts...Elbow pads...are standard. Then, you see a lot of guys looking all buff-they wear a moto-type armadillo chest and back protector. A lot of people use a lace-saver. They'll put duct tape over their laces. It really does a number on their shoes, cause you're sliding across the ramp. I have these leather lace protectors from the '80s. They used to come on Airwalks. I don't wear the chest and back protector. I like to move. And, I have the smallest bag out of anybody. Also, I forgot, hip pads, too. I don't run them, but most people do. It's a lot of gear.
6:00 p.m. PST: Here's a quick "Face Time" video with vert up-and-comer Alex Perelson. To watch, click here.
5:21 p.m. PST: The park course is crowded for the first time this week with all types of legendary rippers. Just a few of the guys out there killing it: Chris Miller (amazing style and huge frontside airs); Hosoi (going for it all over the park), Omar Hassan (backside airs in the 10 foot section), Jimmy "The Greek" Marcus (handling dirty business in every corner and pocket) and Lance Mountain (cruising with style and even trying some kickflips over the little ramp gap). This an inspiring session to watch.A.S.
5:15 p.m. PST: On my way to the car to head up to Staples for Big Air practice and saw some metal kids in the parking lotlong flowing hair and black leather jackets in the middle of summer is devotion.
4:30 p.m. PST: Bucky Lasek just showed up and he's skating. Alex Perelson's here, but he's cold lampin'.
4:14 p.m. PST: Email from Shane at Virginia Tech: Is there a link where we can watch streaming video of the practice sessions? What about the actual events?
Beginning Thursday, ESPN360.com will be streaming a ton of X Games coverage live. ESPN360 is available through many Internet Service Providers, so click that link to find out if you get service. And click here for a schedule of what's streaming when.
4:05 p.m. PST: over the capsule. A bunch of skaters have done it, but certain dudes are still mustering up the courage to take their tricks over that gaping chasm. Steve Caballero showed up with frosted tips and said hello to Hosoi. Cab was checking out the grind over the capsule too and said, "Man, it looks scary. Is it scary?" Hosoi responded, "Scariest thing I've done, beside drop in on the MegaRamp." Does that mean Hosoi did the MegaRamp? Because that's seriously rad if he did.
4:01 p.m. PST: Hosoi was at Park Legends practice ... riding a Hammerhead!
3:50 p.m. PST: Tweet from @Filmer4dayz: "Hey, well who do you personaly think is gonna take Men's Street on Saturday?"
Tough question @Filmer4dayz. Personally, I'd love to see a dark horse like Nick Dompierre or Mike Mo: someone with raw street skills. But, realistically, I think the likely winner will be one of the guys that really spend a lot of time working on the contest side of skating. Chaz Ortiz, Ryan Sheckler and Greg Lutzka would all be pretty safe bets. Let's put it to the fans though. Who do you guys think is going to take Street on Saturday? Leave some predictions in the comments. A.S.
3:22 p.m. PST Rune Glifberg, Omar Hassan, Andy MacDonald, Alex Chalmers and a few groms are warming things up on the park course under a seriously blazing sun. Omar is starting to really tie some lines together. Andy Mac is the only guy on the course rocking a helmet and a full set of pads (Maybe he's going to do battle with some serious tricks in a moment.) Interestingly, he's also wearing the exact same shorts, shirt and shoes that he was wearing at the Dew Tour in Boston last Sunday where he placed third in the vert comp. Let's hope he washed them between then and now.
3:01 p.m. PST: Bucky Lasek has a serious fan contingent checking out Vert practice: Scott Alexander, Dominic Breazeale, Lionel Davis, and Josiah McCormick stopped by to give their boyand all the prosprops. They're all heavyweight boxers.
2:51 p.m. PST: Tweet from @Flor_G: "Is Alex Perelson going to be in Big Air?"
Well @Flor_G, Alex IS on the Big Air Invited Athlete list. He's practicing vert right now but we wouldn't be surprised to see him warming up on the Big Air ramp at that practice later this afternoon. We'll keep you posted.
2:48 p.m. PST: Jono Schwan, one of the little vert groms, just landed proper back-to-back 540s. Jono's dad filmed the whole thing from the stands. Skateboarding is America's new pastime. Father and son, making memories.
2:43 p.m. PST: I know, I know what you're thinking. Is Alex Perelson trying 900s?
Wellno, not at all. But, he kills it and I've never seen a vert skater with such a straight face. Dude doesn't even look like he's exerting himself.
2:35 p.m. PST: Jordan Price, one the vert ams, just got an ankle tat of a heart made out of a skateboard deck broken in half. PLG was razzing him about it a bit, but everyone agreed it was pretty cool.
2:20 p.m. PST:
Bucky Lasek, Pierre Luc Gagnon, Alex Perelson, Danny Mayer and vert ams Nolan Monroe, Jordan Price and Marcelo are all shredding the ramp right now. Bucky's back lips are seriously so proper.
2:05 p.m. PST: Tweet from @Filmer4dayz: "Hey do you know if Andrew Reynolds is going to be there this year?"
Hey @Filmer4dayz, Andrew IS on the invited athlete list. Whether he shows up day of the comp is up to him. Seeing Drew do a nollie inward heel down that double set would sure be sick, though. Cross your fingers.
1:20 p.m. PST: Email from Todd in Minnesota: "Who's out on the street course right now?"
Things are pretty mellow right now Todd. You know skaters don't like to get out of bed before the afternoon. Right now the street course is being used by bowl ripper, Bruno Passos and his kids. I'm sure some more street guys will show up as the day progresses.
12:57 p.m. PST: Sean Malto won't be making it out to X Games 15 but he thought you all should know the reason why. Here's what he had to say on the matter: "I try to do a few contests a year and X Games is definitely one of those contests. There's just something about it that I kinda like, free food in the lounge, access to anywhere to watch everything, and the course and jam format is always a good thing. Unfortunately this year I couldn't make it. I'm on a US trip, filming for the new Chocolate video and the weekend of the X Games is the same weekend we're going to be in my hometown, Kansas City. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to watch all the people on Girl and Chocolate skate the spots that I grew up skating. It's going to be awesome! Sorry I couldn't make it this year. I'm looking forward to the next one in 2010." So there you have it. See you next year Malto!
12:52 p.m. PST:
The repairs that Paul Rodriguez and Terry Kennedy recommended yesterday were fixed today; the rail and ledge on either side of the pyramid gap were lowered. I think the skaters will certainly be a little happier with the slightly more accessible obstacles.
12:39 p.m. PST:
In a past post, I mentioned that Jake Brown showed up to Big Air practice last night. During the practice, he had a relatively mellow slide out on the vert ramp and just bumped his face. It looked harmless, but he came off complaining of hitting his tooth loose. Apparently it was a tooth he had knocked out before, which he replaced with a gold tooth (turns out that wasn't just a cool accessory). Anyway, he seemed fine, but just bummed.
10:44 a.m. PST: Hi there, 'tis Josh again and I'm back to bring you more behind-the-scenes coverage of XG 15. Tuesday is packed with more practice--the Men and women's street practice, the park practice, legends practice, men and woman's vert practice and finally big air and rail jam at the Staples Center. I'll give you more updates on who's skating, what they're doing and what they're saying around the course. Plus, I'll digitally string and can some photos to you for your viewing pleasure. Stay tuned for more on why Sean Malto dropped out of street, what happened to Jake Brown last night and more.