If this isn’t a hometown hero story, then we’re not sure what is. With skateboarding finally debuting in the Tokyo Olympics (a win for action sports in general), two Japanese riders took full advantage of their home court to make action sports history. First, in the men’s street competition, 22-year-old Yuto Horigome took home the first-ever skateboarding gold medal for his home country, only to be followed up by 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya in the women’s competition a day later. Horigome grew up in Tokyo, learning to skate from his father, who was also a professional skater. Nishiya became the youngest person to ever win gold for Japan. Check out the highlights from both competitions here, and keep an eye out for the upcoming skateboard park competition from Tokyo.
Here’s a quick reminder of how scary whitewater kayaking can turn in an instant. Paddler Archer McLeay was running BC’s Ryan River when he took the wrong line and ended up getting swallowed by an undercut he didn’t even realize was there. Miraculously, after realizing there was no way to roll up, he pulled his skirt and swam to a pocket of air and light he saw at the back of the cave. It led to an exit and he crawled back up on to the river bank, giving his buddies a real scare. His filmer
We’ve finally entered the beginning of summer kayaking season and J.T. Hartman and Quinn Martell already have a head start. In a recent video, they pound through the Deschutes River rapids of Bend, Oregon. The river is well known for its extensive collection of rapids ranging from Class I to VI, as well as its stunning scenery. The opening of the video is enough to get your adrenaline kicking, scenes of vicious whitewater ripping at the camera. Hartman and Martell make the mighty Deschutes
There are going to be a handful of new sports at this year's Summer Olympics, and skateboarding, in particular, is generating a lot of buzz and excitement to be included on the world stage. For Olympian Jordyn Barratt, the event is an opportunity to show the world what skateboarding has to offer. Her inspiration to represent the Stars and Stripes came from watching her pal Chloe Kim compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang games. Seeing Kim perform at such a high level motivated her to do the same in