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X Games 15: Here Comes Bubba!

X Games 15
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Flip it, kick it, jump it, climb it; we love us some X-Games.


The next chapter in the X-Games summer saga starts on July 30 in [kwlink]Los Angeles, California[/kwlink]. The angles of the skateboarding, BMX, motocross and rally car racing worlds all throw down for glory thru August 2 in X Games 15.


This year marks the first time that motocross champ James “Bubba” Stewart will rocket across the courses of the X-Games.


Stewart’s domination of recent times is growing into legend. In 2007, he won both the World Supercross GP and the AMA Supercross Series. In 2008, he went perfect , winning the title of AMA Motocross Champion by going 24 for 24 in the races he competed in . He was only the second rider in history to be perfect on the circuit.


This season, on May 3, Stewart captured the 2009 AMA Supercross Championship title after a year that resembled an extended scene out of the movie Gladiator (with motorbikes added of course).


“This is the toughest I have ever had to fight to win a title,” Stewart told Cylenews.com. “It has been a hard-fought championship for everyone. I just want to thank everyone that has been involved in everything we've accomplished this season."


Stewart will have to have it buttoned up tight if he wants to knock off the likes of Jeff Ward and Robbie Horton, who finished last year’s SuperMoto Final in first and second respectively.


Something tells us he’ll be ready.


In other action, Garrett Reynolds defends his BMX Street Style title and Bob Burnquist tries to outdo his switch backside 180 and a backside 360 in the skateboarding Big Air. Another win would give him a third straight gold in that event.


Burnquist has to be considered among the greatest, most innovative skateboarders of all time and check out the kind of cool stuff he says:


"I’m just really excited about life, about everything that’s going on, and I’m so thankful and blessed in so many different ways, I’m just going to keep on moving, and keep on growing, and skating-wise keep on progressing, keep on pushing the skating limits, keep on learning."


The Brazilian-born superhero might be old at 32, but man, he’s still killin’ it.


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