In 2020, the biggest action sports event to ever come to the UK will draw more than 100 of the world’s best action sports athletes to Cardiff.
Grab your tickets today to see a game-changing action sports competition, featuring the world’s best athletes in FMX, BMX, Skate, and Scooter. Designed to push progression, this two-day event will feature attempts at the biggest tricks in freestyle, meaning fans who see it live will have a chance to witness athletes attempting tricks that have never been landed in competition. In addition to the elite-level events, fans will enjoy accompanying family-friendly activities that will ensure it’s an action-packed weekend for everyone. To enjoy the full spectrum, come for the semifinals on Saturday and stay for the finals on Sunday.
Nitro World Games raised the bar for Freestyle Motocross competition with a game-changing format designed to recognize the most well rounded freestyle technicians. Riders must land a range of different types of tricks in a single run, leaving little margin for error as they reach deep into their arsenal in an attempt to take home a trophy.
Levi Sherwood has dominated this competition in the past, but Josh Sheehan has consistently made the podium, and with the progression we’ve seen in FMX over the last few years, when the bikes come out anyone has a shot to take home the win in this event.
BMX Best Trick is easily one of the most intense, edge-of-your-seat events in action sports. With one of the biggest ramps in the business and the cream of the crop in BMX big air competing, you just never know what you’re going to see happen.
In its first year, a scooter kid named Ryan Williams shocked everyone by winning his first-ever BMX competition on the back of enormous, competition-first tricks. Kurtis Downs landed the World First backflip quad tailwhip to earn second place, and Gavin Godfrey rounded out the podium. In its second year, R-Willy repeated as champion and also won the Scooter Best Trick event, making him the first-ever Nitro World Games competitor to win two events in two disciplines.
A staple of Nitro World Games in its first two years, BMX Triple Hit attracted a field of heavy-hitters, household names in the BMX competition world. The unique setup consisting of three jumps in sequence tests more than just a rider’s freestyle chops; to put down a worthy run, flow, momentum, and consistency are essential to success. This contest is always a tight one.
In the first year, Colton Walker entered as the youngest rider in the field and came away with the win. Walker repeated as champion the following year, beating Nick Bruce by eight-hundredths of a point and Brian Fox by twelve-hundredths of a point. With big names and stories like these leading to a tight competition, Triple Hit is consistently one of the most exciting events to watch.
Skate Vert is one of the most intense freestyle sports, with a high degree of difficulty and wall to wall excitement throughout. So when Nitro World Games welcomed the discipline in 2018, it felt like a no-brainer.
When the dust settled, Moto Shibata edged out a stacked field, with Elliot Sloan and Jono Schwan also making the podium. In a noteworthy result, Tate Carew, the first-ever winner of Nitro World Games Unlocked: Skate Vert, finished in sixth. Unlocked is a competition where up-and-comers compete for a spot in the semifinal, so to finish sixth overall was a huge accomplishment for the young athlete.
For the first two years, Scooter Best Trick went down in Salt Lake City, Utah, before moving in 2018 to Paris, France. In that first year, the Funk Brothers bookended the podium, with Capron taking the win and Corey earning a third. Jordan Clark finished second.
In 2017, the event grew to have one of the largest qualifying fields, and Ryan Williams got redemption by winning the event outright after a disappointing finish in 2016. Tyler Chaffin and Cody Flom rounded out the podium in a tight race for the prize.
R-Willy repeated as champion in Paris in 2018, cementing himself as the athlete to beat in this event.
Created by Nitro Circus and action sports icon Travis Pastrana, Nitro World Games pushes the limits of action sports competition. Featuring new big air formats, breakthrough ramp technology, and innovative judging criteria, Nitro World Games shifted the landscape for both athletes and the industry alike in its 2016 debut.