Kicking of X Games 16 in LA, I attended the press conference leading into the games. Atheltes in attendence were the veterans of the sport and had good insight to share, however the general media had no idea what questions to ask. This brings me to the point that somehow we are failing to promote what is the most important part of our sports, education. Without the basics of education and why we do what we do, how are we going to keep growing and increasing the sport? The action sports industry is on the cusp of hitting the biggest boom ever and we are held back by ignorance. When asked about the progression of BMX in the X Games, Ryan Nyquist readily admitted that the sport “is blowin up.”
Its been fun to watch the progression of tricks, younger kids doing things that we thought were not possible but then we see it in a competition. Dennis McCoy put even more plainly, newbies come in and the veterans take them under their wing to just ride bikes. Thats all. Its been a progressive change will just having fun riding bikes. These sports dont change over night, it comes from veteran leadership and new ideas. By having fun and learning from each other, all of the ideas of progression are mixed together and put into action through veteran guidence. That is how education and maturity leads to growth, that’s what people are missing.