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His moment finally arrived. After dealing with injuries and spotty judging over the past couple years, Chase Hawk finally got his due. And it couldn’t have happened at a better time and place: at X Games in its inaugural year in a new town, Chase’s hometown of Austin, Texas.
Code Red never happened; not even Code Yellow. Cloudbreak was almost user-friendly to the average surfer for this year’s Fiji Pro. (Almost.) It was an event that appeared to cater to the seasoned veterans who knew best how to pull magic out of minimal waves. And yet, come the final day of the competition, it was four of the new-schoolers who would decide the podium. The day would favor the goofyfooters and it would eventually be the anointed surf star of Brazil, Gabriel Medina, who would take the champagne shower over Nat Young. With the win, Medina now sits atop the ASP World Championship Tour ratings.
Rune Glifberg has been apart of X Games since the beginning. He was on hand that first year in 1995 when the event was called Extreme Games and ESPN and the greater sporting landscape were still trying to wrap their respective heads around where action sports fit into the bigger picture. Nearly 20 years later, Rune is an icon in skateboarding, an eight-time X Games medal winner, and at 39 is still a contender for the podium every year.