Go­ing to Ex­tremes in Shang­hai

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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.

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