X Games qualifier comes to downtown Boise

A big crowd is watching the event at Rhodes Park.

BOISE - Some of the world’s best extreme athletes in the world are at Rhodes Skate Park in Boise today and Saturday for the X Games Park Qualifier.

The park qualifier is part of the road to X Games Series and will feature three events -- men's skateboard park, women's skateboard park and BMX park.

Thousands came out to watch today's competition, which kicked-off at 2 o'clock.

A total of 60 athletes are here in Boise to compete.

Once the weekend is over, a total of 16 athletes, six from men's BMX, six from men's skateboard, and six from women's skate will receive invites to Summer X Games Minneapolis.


"The way I like to refer to the X Games, I say it's the Olympics for action sports. It's the best of the best," Andy Buckworth said.

This is the first time in over a decade, riders have actually been able to qualify for the games. Previously, a committee comprised of BMX riders and skateboarders would choose who could compete based off of their previous competitions.

"We get to come out to Boise, ride this amazing skate park and qualify. So it gives a few riders that might be flying under the radar a little bit a chance to qualify and a chance to make it to the big show," Buckworth said.

It's brought riders from all across the globe, like Andy Buckworth who's come to the Boise from Australia.

"I'm pretty sure I've done a nitro circus live show here," he said.

Although, this is not Andy's first time to Boise, he's got to experience some new things while he's been here.

"The river is just charging,” Buckworth said. “I don't know, it's mesmerizing. I love seeing like cool things like that. I've never seen a river that's just absolutely pumping because of snowmelt."

Many of the riders arrived in Boise early this week to take some practice runs on this world-class skate park. The park opened up just one year ago, after receiving a million-dollar makeover.

"If this was in my local town, You'd find me here every day," Buckworth said.

This as the city of Boise looks to pull off the first X Games qualifier in more than a decade.

"Show off the city and show off the park, but really give our fans a first-class, world-class experience here at Rhodes Skate Park," Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway said.

"It's so good when cities come together and build awesome skate parks,” Buckworth said. “it gives something for the kids to do after school, gives something for the kids to go hang out on the weekends, and something as good as this under the bridge, in the shade, this is amazing."

Top finishers in Friday's elimination rounds will move on to the finals on Saturday.

Final rounds for all three events will take place Saturday afternoon starting at 12:30 p.m.

MORE: Road closures continue through weekend for X Games competition

The festival area surrounding Rhodes Skate Park opens at 11 a.m. today and tomorrow.

ESPN will live stream Saturday's competition.

If you're heading down to the competition today, two big names to lookout for are skateboarder Ryan Sheckler and BMXer Ryan Nyquist.

Those two and the entire field are sure to put on a great show.

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