Going to Extremes in Shanghai
LAST month, Kia Motors hosted the annual Kia World Extreme Games in Shanghai’s Jiangwen Sports Centre, bringing together extreme sports stars from around the world.
Over the course of four days, over 200 of the world’s best extreme sports athletes travelled to Shanghai from almost 30 countries including Brazil, Japan, China and New Zealand.
These athletes competed for titles in events such as BMX Freestyle, Aggressive Inline, Skateboarding, Speed Climbing and the newly-added International Freestyle Motocross (FMX) category.
International superstars such as Vince Byron, Andy Macdonald, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Mitchell Brusco, the Yasutoko Brothers and China’s Zhong Qixin were all present at the Kia World Extreme Games this year.
In addition to competitions, fans also enjoyed various extreme sports performances daily, with well-known stars like BMX legend Mat Hoffman aka ‘The Condor’ putting on shows for his fans.
And to celebrate the addition of the Motocross cate- gory to this year’s competition, fans enjoyed a spectacular show from two of Australia’s top riders - Michael ‘Chucky’ Norris and Joel Brown.
Both riders performed their stunts while cruising in the air above a Kia Carens with the Shanghai skyline as backdrop.
The Skateboard Mini-Mega competition saw a new star, 13-year-old Trey Wood from the US who took the top spot in his first-ever Mini-Mega competition.
In the Skateboard Street Finals, 17-year-old Ryo Sejiri from Japan took the gold.
The Inline Vert competition again brought gold and silver to the Yasutoko brothers, Eito and Takeshi, respectively.
The siblings have now claimed the gold on the Vert for the past eight consecutive years.
The top spot of the BMX Street competition went to Kevin Peraza from the US, and Vince Byron took the gold for the BMX Mini-Mega event.
The gold for Skateboard Vert went to Jimmy Wilkins who made his first ever win in a skateboard competition. Trey skate-boarding his way to win the Skateboard Mini-Mega category at Kia World Extreme Games.