More 2014 X Games Austin Moments [In Photos]
2014 X Games Austin this year was a bit of an adventure. Guaranteed to be taking place at Circuit of The Americas for the next five years. ESPN really knew exactly what they were doing at exactly the right time! Below are my personal favorite moments from the weekend.
5. Dillon Francis sparks attendees to rush the stage during his set:
During his set, Dillon Francis sent so much energy through the crowd that they rushed the stage. The small mob scared the fire marshal so much that he had the sound guy turn off sound to all but Dillon’s monitors. For what seemed about 5 minutes, all you could hear was the faint sound of his set coming from the stage. This photo captures the crowd’s feelings about the sound pretty well. After everything calmed down, Dillon did a wonderful job of getting the crowd hyped and energized before Derek Vincent Smith, Pretty Lights, came on to close out the first night of X Games Austin.
4. Tony Hawk taking video of competing players:
I wish I knew who the boarder was in this photo, where Tony Hawk can be seen recording on his cell phone. It was very humbling to see him take the time to pause and capture a moment like this.
3. Colton Satterfield landing his first X Games gold medal in GoPro BMX Big Air:
2. Lacey Baker also winning her first gold medal at the Austin X Games Women’s Street Skateboard finals:
I was absolutely impressed by Lacey Baker and found myself cheering her on. Her resilience in and out of each trick made it seem that every move she made was methodically thought out and planned. Not to mention she has a bad ass haircut.
1. Gary Clark Jr., enough said:
Gary Clark Jr started Sunday evening off with a bang. He played a mix of blues roots with contemporary soul and hip-hop, blending natural hybrid of both the past and present genres aimed at all age groups. He felt right at home in Austin, and the crowd welcomed his warm embrace.
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