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After a slow start to the 2014 X-Fighters season, reigning world champ Tom Pagès made up for lost time in Madrid. In a sport renowned for its constant progression, the Frenchman had something extra special to share with the FMX community: the Bike Flip. We’d seen grainy footage online and across the social spectrum, but Pages waited until Spain to unveil the trick in competition – and what an unveiling it was. “I’ve been waiting to unveil the Bike Flip for a while now. I’m so happy,” Pagès said. “The runs here were loaded with special moves that made it like a best trick competition where every trick could have been the best.”
The prestige level of the Oakley Skate Team took another step up this past month. Welcomed to the team is Street League champion, video part master and all-around good dude, Sean Malto. The 24-year-old Jayhawk (born in Leavenworth, Kansas) may look like the boy next door with equal manners, but the guy is chilling in a contest setting, with a steely nerve that allows him to dismiss what the rest of us would consider high stakes nerves. While the contest accolades and jaw-dropping video parts (see “Pretty Sweet”) equate to the sort of reputation that makes him a big-damn-deal in skateboarding, Malto still finds himself in awe of all he’s experienced due in large part to a grippy piece of wood with wheels. During his first visit to the Oakley Compound – alongside some high-profile travel companions (Eric Koston, Atiba Jefferson and Curren Caples) for a project soon to be announced – we took a few minutes to run some tape.
His moment finally arrived. After dealing with injuries and spotty judging over the past couple years, Chase Hawk finally got his due. And it couldn’t have happened at a better time and place: at X Games in its inaugural year in a new town, Chase’s hometown of Austin, Texas.