The Summer X Games 2021 will be held in California from Wednesday 14 to Sunday 18
July, featuring all of the nail-biting, adrenalin pulsing action that the world’s top extreme
sports tournament is known for, with top-tier athletes competing in this larger-than-life
sporting event. Viewers on DStv and GOtv can enjoy even greater sporting action, with
ESPN and ESPN 2 having exclusive rights to the X Games.
This year’s Summer X Games will include Skateboard (Male, Female, Vertical, Trick,
Street Trick), BMX (Dirt, Tricks, Park, Street) and Moto X (Trick, Whip, Freestyle).
What makes this year’s X Games unique is the use of three ‘backyard’ locations (with no
fans allowed) in Southern California.
The Slayground, a private compound owned by seven-time X Games medallist Axell
Hodges in Ramona, northeast of San Diego, will host Moto X Best Trick, Best Whip,
Freestyle, Quarter-pipe and a new 110s racing discipline.
The Dreamyard, which takes up all of Pat Casey’s backyard in Riverside, will host BMX
Park, Dave Mirra’s Park Best Trick and BMX Dirt competitions.
BMX Street and Skateboard Street, Park, Vert, Vert Best Trick and Street Best Trick
competitions will be held at the CA Training Facility, located in an industrial park in Vista in
northern San Diego County. The CATF is the first and only high-performance training
centre developed for skateboarding and has full-sized concrete street and park courses.
Casey, a two-time X Games medallist, has been building his course for a few years, with
help from sponsor Monster Energy, and just filmed his fourth Monster video there.
“During the quarantine and all this coronavirus stuff, X Games didn’t really have anywhere
to go and since I have the facility already, they hit me up and saw if I was interested to
keep X Games going, and yeah, I was definitely interested. That’s insane. Like that was
never even a thought to begin with but it’s amazing.”
One of the key participants to look out for is BMX rider Courage Adams, who was born in
Nigeria and is set to be the only African on show at the X Games California in 2021. The
25-year-old has pushed back against the idea that he is representing all of the continent
for this event, insisting that Africa has its own style when it comes to X Games sports, and
BMX in particular.
“I don’t know… No, because the guys over there [in Nigeria] already know how to do some
tricks and they are really good,” said Adams. “They really represent Nigeria and Africa
more than I am doing, but for sure, I try to improve them and give them opportunities so
that in the future, they can build their careers properly.”
He added: “I represent Nigeria and Africa because I think how I ride BMX, how I figured
out some tricks, and how I do some stuff… I do it because that’s African lifestyle and
African power that gave me that energy and motivation to do what I do.”
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excitement. And while you’re on the move, you can stream the action on the DStv App.
X Games California broadcast schedule
Wednesday 14 July
6pm: X Games California, BMX Dirt – LIVE on ESPN
7:30pm: X Games California, BMX Dirt Best Trick – LIVE on ESPN
Thursday 15 July
11:30pm: X Games California, BMX Park – LIVE on ESPN
1am: X Games California, Dave Mirra BMX Park – LIVE on ESPN
5pm: X Games California, Moto X Quarterpipe – LIVE on ESPN
6:30pm: X Games California, Moto X Best Trick – LIVE on ESPN
8:30pm: X Games California, Moto X Best Whip – LIVE on ESPN
Friday 16 July
11pm: X Games California, Moto X Freestyle – LIVE on ESPN
1am: X Games California, Moto X 110 – LIVE on ESPN
5pm: X Games California, Skateboard Park, Men – LIVE on ESPN 2
7pm: X Games California, Skateboard Park, Women – LIVE on ESPN 2
Saturday 17 July
10pm: X Games California, Skateboard Vert – LIVE on ESPN
12am: X Games California, Skateboard Vert Best Trick – LIVE on ESPN
3:30pm: X Games California, BMX Street – LIVE on ESPN
Sunday 18 July
10pm: X Games California, Skateboard Street, Women – LIVE on ESPN 2
3am: X Games California, Skateboard Street, Men – LIVE on ESPN 2
5am: X Games California, Skateboard Street Best Trick – LIVE on ESPN 2