SAN DIEGO – More than a dozen athletes with ties to the San Diego area are competing in Summer X Games 2022 with many having a home-field advantage as the event plays out throughout North County.
From natives to transplants, the region is expected to be well represented in the annual ESPN showcase held July 20-24 and airing on the network’s family of platforms. Like last year, this year’s X Games will feature prominent area venues: Moto X rider Axell Hodges’ “Slayground” in Encinitas, the elite skateboarding venue known as CA Training Facility in Vista and new this year is BMX rider Elliot Sloan’s Vista-based “SloanYard.”
No fans will be in attendance once again this year, but those watching on ABC, ESPN and elsewhere are sure to be treated to a spectacle with highly decorated local names.
Hodges, an Encinitas native, and Sloan, who lives at the “SloanYard” property, headline a crop of more than 100 invited athletes vying to land on the medal stand against some of the world’s top competitors. For his career, Sloan is a 13-time X Games medalist, including five golds, while Hodges has won nine medals at the games, including three golds, the most recent of which came last year.
Perhaps the biggest local name is 10-time X Games gold medalist and skateboarding legend Bucky Lasek, a Baltimore native who has called the San Diego region home for more than a decade.
See a full list of local athletes planning to compete in the games below:
Gavin Bottger (Oceanside)
Tate Carew (San Diego)
Bryce Wettstein (Encinitas)
Kohl Denney (Ramona)
Axell Hodges (Encinitas)
Chad Kerley (San Diego)
Dennis Enarson (San Diego)
Skateboarder Elliot Sloan (New York native who now lives in Vista)
Skateboarder Sky Brown (British-Japanese skater who lives in San Diego)
Skateboarder Bucky Lasek (Maryland native who lives in Vista area)
Skateboarder Clay Kreiner (South Carolina native who lives in San Diego)
Skateboarder Jimmy Wilkins (Ohio native who lives in Vista)
Skateboarder Mitchie Brusco (Washington native who lives in Vista)
BMX rider Kevin Peraza (Arizona native who lives in San Diego area)
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