From humble beginnings in Racine, Wisconsin, BMX rider Mykel Larrin discovered the local skatepark and inadvertently met his mentor, Kuko Padilla. With a new bike, a desire to learn and an eventual dream to turn pro, Mykel Larrin became a super local at the skatepark, learning to ride transitions of all types in the process. “The skatepark changed the trajectory of my life,” says Larrin. “And the community that existed at the skatepark kept so many kids off the street.” With his dreams set in motion, Larrin continued to focus on school and BMX riding, traveling to local competitions and demos throughout the Midwest. Eventually, the demanding schedule caught up with Larrin and he was forced to make a choice: continue college or pursue BMX riding. Larrin chose to put school on hold and pursued BMX riding. Following international trips to do BMX demonstrations for Armed Forces members in the Middle East, and a few choice contest placings, Mykel Larrin was invited to ride X Games. From there, the proverbial sky has been the limit for Larrin. This is BEING: Mykel Larrin. Watch Mykel compete at @xgames Minneapolis 2019: BMX Vert: Aug. 1 | 8pm ET BMX Big Air: Aug. 2 | 9:45pm ET
To avoid the encroaching gang life surrounding Hawaiian Gardens, California, @chrisjoslin_’s grandmother introduced the young skater to El Dorado, the nearby skatepark in Long Beach. There, even at a young age, Joslin avoided the transitions, preferring to jump over entire pyramids straight to flat. This tendency sparked something in the young skater, and by his teenage years, Chris Joslin was traveling throughout Southern California in search of huge stair sets and setups to jump down. Eventually, word spread of Joslin’s exploits, and he was invited to join the esteemed Plan B Skateboards team and film for their 2014 video “True.” His part shocked the world of skateboarding, and from there, things went from zero to one hundred pretty fast for Joslin. More video parts followed, more sponsorships followed, and he turned pro a short time later. But along the way, Chris Joslin had to check himself. “We both knew we were drinking too much,” says teammate Ryan Sheckler. Luckily, Joslin recognized his issue and and corrected his path. Now a committed family man, Chris Joslin hasn’t lost his focus or ability to progress. This is BEING: Chris Joslin. Chris Joslin competes in Men’s Skateboard Street at X Games Minneapolis 2019, 3:45 p.m. CT on Sat., August 2. Watch Chris Joslin compete at @xgames Minneapolis 2019: Men’s Skateboard Street: Aug. 2 | 4:45pm ET
At 33, @tompages became the first European to win #XGames Freestyle and the oldest victor. He backed it up with another dramatic Freestyle gold at @xgamessydney: Torrential rains made for challenging conditions, and Pages crashed during Run 1. The old Tom Pages may have packed it in. Instead, Pages landed another brilliant pass and captured a walk-off gold. Before XG Minneapolis 2018, Pages had won every major freestyle contest in the world (including the Red Bull X-Fighters series in 2013). Except #XGames. In fact, he’d never even completed a clean Freestyle run at X Games despite making his first Freestyle appearance back in 2008. His best finish in the discipline was a 7th at X Games Austin 2016.
Since the birth of freestyle motocross at the X Games, France’s @tompages was a fan. With roots in BMX and motocross racing, Thomas Pages, along with his brother Charles, pursued the desire to become good at racing motocross. But along the way, the freestyle side of the Pages emerged. During races, they started throwing tricks. “It felt natural,” says Charles Pages. From lake jumping BMX bikes to attempting backflips on dirt bikes into rudimentary DIY foam pits, the Pages brothers pushed each other to explore the realms of freestyle motocross, with older brother Charles leading the charge. And by 2010, the Pages had gained worldwide renown as progressive freestyle innovators. But with the renown came pressure to push the limits of freestyle motocross even further. In the quest for the FMX front flip, Charles Pages crashed in Bercy, France in 2010. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and never rode professionally again. “The only way I could sort it out was to ride,” said Thomas. He took his anguish, his anger, and channelled it into his freestyle riding. He was now riding for both Pages brothers. And he became a freestyle motocross winning machine in the process. This is BEING: Tom Pages. Watch Tom compete at @xgames Minneapolis 2019: Moto X Freestyle: Aug. 2 | 11pm ET Moto X Best Trick: Aug. 3 | 2:30pm ET
Dubbed “The Golden Child” at a young age, @colbyraha was raised on two wheels. From BMX riding to motocross racing, the Raha family pushed for Colby to achieve professional supercross status. But Colby Raha burned out from racing at age 15 and started exploring the freestyle aspect of both BMX and motocross. The road wasn’t paved with immediate success though. Through the ups and downs of learning to live life outside the boundaries of race life, Colby Raha stumbled. But he got back up, dusted himself off and got back on the bike. Channeling his aggression into freeriding, Colby Raha is now one of the most respected freestyle motocross riders in the world. And he’s done it all on his own terms. This is BEING: Colby Raha. Watch Colby compete at @xgames Minneapolis 2019: Moto X Step Up: Aug. 1 | 9:45pm ET Moto X QuarterPipe High Air: Aug. 2 | 10:15pm ET Moto X Best Whip: Aug. 3 | 10pm ET