It's that time of the year, When atheletes and fans converge on L.A. to test limits. Of course, not everything at the X-Games happens according to plan (Youtube: Jake Brown, Mega Ramp). So we asked four action-sports stars to talk us through their worst-case scenarios. Take notes.
How To Escape From A Flipped Car...While driving in May's Oregon Trail, Tanner Foust lost his front brakes on a steep downhill. "We were going off the road," he says. "I had a cliff to my left and a ditch on my right, so I chose the lesser of two danger." He steered in the guylly, and the car bounced, then rolled. I eventually came to rest on its side. Here's how he escaped with co-driver Chrissie Beavis.
TURN OFF THE CAR. "As long as a car is on, fuel is pumping. That could start a fire"
LOOK BEFORE YOU UNCLICK SEAT BELTS. "This is tricky hanging upside down. Try not to land on a passenger or anything important"
CLIMB TO SAFETY. "In a rally car, use the roll cage [ike a ladder. In a standard car, step on solid things [ike the steering column or the seats."
OPEN THE DOOR. "It's incredible how heavy the door is when you're lifting it straight up. Be careful not to let it slam back on you or a passenger. If both doors are blocked, kick out the windshield. Start at the corner and work your way down the seam until it pops out"
ESCAPE. "Be careful, and don't jump down; Chrissie sprained her ankle that way. Once you're out, it's difficult to get back in, so remember to take important things like your phone."
TANNER FOUST, RALLY DOB: 06/13/1973
Stunt driver in The Dukes of Hazzard, The Bourne Ultimatum
Host of NBC's Top Gear
2007 X Games champ
HOW TO BAIL BEFORE BIFFING (TM)
At first, MAT REBEAUD wouldn't even try the biggest jump on the best trick course at the 2006 X Games. "I was scared," he says. "It was a 115-foot gap, and I had never jumped that far off a ramp." He avoided it during the first two practice sessions, then finally tried it an hour before qualifying. His approach was too slow, and he biffed the landing. Here's how he walked away.
LOOK FOR A PLACE TO LAND. "Once my bike was in the air, I knew I wasn't going fast enough and was in trouble. I figured I was about eight feet short and would smash into the face of the landing."
EJECT! "Bring your legs toward your chest, and push down on the handlebars with your boots. This shoves your front wheel into the landing and gives you a little more height to get over the top."
PREPARE FOR IMPACT. "Lead with your feet, but lean back at an angle similar to the landing's downslope. Keep your legs together so they hit the dirt at the same time and don't twist."
SLIDE. "Absorb some of the hit with your legs, and then slide on your butt. The landing's so steep, you won't hit your head too hard."
TRY AGAIN. "I knew if I didn't hit the jump right away, I would never do it. Sure enough, the next jump was perfect."
MAT REBEAUD MOTO X
Doesn't have a motorcycle license
Owns a sports shop, My Way Dreamstore, in Payerne, Switzerland
2006 X Games best trick silver medalist
SURVIVE A GROUPIE RUSH (TM)
The idea of throngs of screaming teenage girls running at you sounds like a dream ... until it turns into a stampede. Skateboard heartthrob PAUL RODRIGUEZ experienced the ugly side of adoring fans while working the circuit with fellow crush magnet Ryan Sheckler. Here's how PRod gives them the slip.
IDENTIFY AND EVALUATE THE THREAT.
"The majority of groupies sit and scream at you, but there are always a few aggressive ones pinching your ass. That sets off a chain reaction"
BE DIPLOMATIC. "If it's a few girls, tend to them. But if they say nasty things, move on"
IF DIPLOMACY FAILS, RUN. "If they're relentless, get to a car, lock the doors and be out."
NO CAR? TIME TO HIDE. "Dip into a supermarket and blend in."
TRY A DISGUISE. "Change your shirt or hat, and lay low until they give up the search. Watch The Bourne Identity for tactics."
LET THEM DOWN EASY. "At some point, you have to come clean and tell them you can't take everyone home."
YOU GO, GIRLFRIEND! "You're safest around your girlfriend, because she'll smack them down. Find one who's not afraid to tell a girl to back off."
SKATEBOARD DOB: 12/31/1981
Co-creator of website sk8site.com
Father is comedian Paul Rodriguez
2004, '05 X Games street champ
SPLINT YOUR ARM WITH DUCT TAPE (TM)
While performing a front flip in Germany three years ago, RYAN GUETTLER crashed and suffered a huge hematoma on his left forearm. "Within 10 seconds, it swelled so much, it looked like I had three arms in one," says Guettler. He went to a hospital, and the doctors wouldn't let him leave. (Sprechen Sie Englisch?) "So I escaped," he says. Six days later, Guettler won a Dew Tour event in Denver-but only after splinting his arm with the handyman's best friend, duct tape.
MAKE THE DECISION.
"My doctors said it was my call to ride With the Dew Tour up for grabs,I wasn't about to miss the race."
KEEP IT CLEAN
"Bandage your arm with gauze, and pull a long-sleeve up for grabs, T-shirt over it."
"Use layers and layers of gauze over the shirt for padding. If you thought it hurt before, wait until you bang it again. It hurts 10 times worse."
DUCK AND COVER.
"Tape it up tight. You don't want the bandage coming loose during your ride."
GO FOR IT.
"Being hurt can help you focus. I feel like I ride my best when I have an injury. If you think it can't get any worse, try your hardest and see what happens."
RYAN GUETTLER RALLY DOB: 07/17/1983
Grew up in Beenleigh, Australia
Babysitter taught him to ride at 7
2005 Dew Tour champ