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Nitro Circus World Games show Utahns a glimpse of the future of action sports

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I loved being here in front of the home fans to compete. – Gavin Godfrey

SALT LAKE CITY — The world of action sports took a big step forward as the inaugural Nitro World Games reached an unprecedented level in front of a packed crowd at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

More than 25,000 fans witnessed four hours of nonstop competition that included 60 of the world's first tricks attempted, with over half of them being successful in landing them clean.

“I was absolutely floored to see the exceptional creativity from these action sports stars and future legends,” said Travis Pastrana, Nitro Circus co-founder. “They proved without a doubt that they are the world’s best. I have had the biggest smile on my face since arriving in Utah and seeing the riders begin to practice on the ramps that I helped to create. If nothing else, we established that even though the tricks are already extreme at a level, we showed that the creative mind can always produce something far greater than we could have ever imagined and that was on display tonight.”

Utah native Gavin Godfrey, who switched from riding mountain bikes to a BMX bike for the contest, took third in BMX Best Trick.

“I loved being here in front of the home fans to compete,” said Godfrey. “With every cheer and roar, I wanted to push myself even more and more and I loved being able to display all of the hard work that I have put in getting ready for this event.”

More than 100 freestyle motocross, skateboard, inline, scooter and BMX athletes from around the globe descended to Salt Lake City to showcase where action sports is going in the future.

The Nitro World Games was the brainchild of Pastrana but was brought to life with the help of Nitro Circus CEO and Creative Director Mike Porra.

“We are so proud of these incredibly skilled athletes who had the crowd roaring with approval all night,” Porra said in a news release.


Freestyle Motocross Best Trick

1. Gregg Duffy (USA) — landed the first-ever double front flip

2. Pat Bowden (AUS)

3. Josh Sheehan (AUS)

Freestyle Motocross — best combined score of 10 tricks

1. Levi Sherwood (NZL)

2. Josh Sheehan (AUS)

3. Taka Higashino (JPN)

BMX Triple Hit

1. Colton Walker (USA)

2. Logan Martin (AUS)

3. Alex Coleborn (GBR)

BMX Best Trick

1. Ryan Williams (AUS)

2. Kurtis Downs (USA)

3. Gavin Godfrey (USA)

Skate Best Trick

1. Elliot Sloan (USA)

2. Clay Kreiner (USA)

3. Trey Wood (USA)

Inline Best Trick

1. Chris Haffey (USA)

2. Roman Abrate (FRA)

3. Dave Lang (USA)

Scooter Best Trick

1. Capron Funk (USA)

2. Jordan Clark (UK)

3. Corey Funk (USA)

Tyler Tate is the owner and operator of T Squared Action Sports, Clean Lines Productions and the senior action sports analyst for 120 Sports TV. Follow Tyler for action sports coverage on all social media platforms: T Squared Sports