Trey Wood Wants More Podium
Tucked away between the cacti and desert sands of Arizona lies a thriving skate culture, and Trey Wood is one of its finest achievements. Growing up in Queen Creek, Arizona, Wood was a prodigy on the deck who first jumped onto a skateboard at age 3 and was skating in his first local competition by age 6. He proceeded to take last place. He concedes, “It was a pretty crappy experience, but it gave me something to work for.”
That would be the definition of an understatement. As his surname might suggest, the drive to win burns in Wood like fire. By age 11 he was competing in his first X Games, becoming the third-youngest athlete ever to do so. He’s popped up on outlets ranging from Fox Sports to ESPN, defying gravity in bowl, mega, and vert contests at the Vans Park Series, Dew Tour, and many other premier events. Along the way, he has suffered various injuries, but those have only made him stronger. Last year, at the ripe old age of 16, Wood took third place in the Nitro World Games Skate Best Tricks event, with runs anchored by a huge backside 720. Check it out right here:
This month, Wood returns to Salt Lake City for another crack at the NWG podium. “Nitro gives everyone a chance to compete, but only the best make it through,” he says. “It’s a super cool contest and not like anything else.” Promising some new tricks in store for his second appearance at the NWG, Wood’s strategy for success fits right into his smooth, easygoing nature: “Stay calm and not let nerves get to me,” he says. “Along with being confident.”
Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Nitro World Games, which will be held on June 24 in Salt Lake City and broadcast live on NBC.