Paul Salfen interviews three incredible athletes for the Summer X Games in Austin Texas.
Armed with equal parts talent and style, the X Games Park silver-medalist attacks courses, finding unique, original lines and putting together impressive tricks combinations. Unshakably positive and brimming with energy, he studies his environment and squeezes every bit of potential out of it, coming up with creative moves and often a few surprises. The two-time NORA Cup award winner for Ramp Rider of the Year will make his seventh X Games appearance in 2015.Bezanson has 6 X Games Park appearances and took home his first X Games hardware — a silver medal in Park — at Austin 2014. In 2014, Drew also won the Baltic Games, Simple Session and the Toronto BMX Jam. He won Simple Session again in 2015, his 5th victory there in six years.
Age 25, medaled at all four 2013 X Games Big Air events, including gold — his first — in LA. He’s landed a 900 on the quarterpipe as well as a beautiful heelflip 720, and he aspires to land a 1080 overthe big air gap. He’s a dedicated mega ramp and vert skater (he has his own vert ramp in his backyard), plays guitar and bass in his own recording studio and has a talent for writing music. The soft-hearted Sloan takes in strays and has a pack of 4 dogs living at his house in Vista, CA. Elliot dropped out of high school when he was 16 to work construction and as a paralegal to help support his family after his dad passed away.
Louie Vito embodies style, power, skill and determination. Vito has won four of the past five U.S. Grand Prix Overall Championships, six X Games medals, two time Winter Dew Tour Cup Overall Champion and has made the podium at seventeen of the last twenty major contests since the Vancouver Winter Olympics. With his remarkable presence on the half pipe and endeavors off the mountain, he has cemented his place as one of the greatest snowboarders of his generation.