X Games Asia 2010

この数年、日本選手が活躍している中国上海の X Games Asia が今年もやってきます。しかし、ネットには情報が流れてこない・・・と思っていたら、何と!X Games Asia から Inline Skate の種目が消えていました。ESPN の本国アメリカでは、とっくに排除されていたので、その意向がアジアにも波及してきたようです。スポンサー KIA の韓国でも、アグレッシブ系の盛り上がりに欠けているので、もしも、この条件でのスポンサー契約3年だとしたら、残念です。

なお、5月28日から30日まで開催の KIA X GAMES Asia Shanghai 2010 には、いつも通り Aggressive Inline として
Street と Vert 競技が載っています。安床エイト、タケシ兄弟、金島総一郎さんなどが参加するそうです。

Inline Vert and Inline Park were excluded from the X Games Asia 2010.

China played host to the Asian Pacific region's first-ever X Games in 2007 and the event returns once again in 2010. Delivering high-octane action among the world's top class Skateboarders, BMX Bikers and Moto X riders, this event is eagerly anticipated by a growing local audience and continues to produce some of extreme sports finest talents.
International Syndication.espn.com: X Games Asia
KIA X GAMES Asia Shanghai: http://www.kiaxgamesasia.com/

ESPN & KIA Motors Ink Three-Year X Games Asia Title Sponsorship

by Bart (Dec. 8, 2009)
ESPN and ESPN STAR Sports, Asia's largest sports content provider, along with KIA Motors have renewed title sponsorship of KIA X Games Asia for three more years through 2012. Next year's event will be the 12th edition of Asia's biggest action sports competition, and the fourth consecutive year it will be held in Shanghai. The latest edition, held in May of this year, was enthusiastically received by athletes, sponsors and fans and

broke attendance records with 54,500 fans at Shanghai's KIC Jiangwan Sports Center.

"As the X Games Franchise continues to grow on a global scale, we could not be more excited to further our relationship with KIA and continue our tradition of bringing world class action sports competition to China,” said Rick Alessandri, senior Vice President, X Games franchise.

Manu Sawhney, Managing Director, ESPN STAR Sports, said, “We are very pleased to renew our partnership with Kia Motors, a passionate supporter of action sports. We are also heartened by the enthusiasm of Shanghai's Yangpu District and the Shanghai Media Group, in addition to our category sponsors and co-organizers in making KIA X Games Asia a truly spectacular experience for fans. We look forward to working closely with our partners to deliver another exhilarating edition of KIA X Games Asia event to fans in Shanghai.”

KIA X Games Asia 2010, will showcase more than 200 of the best action sports athletes from more than 20 countries and five continents in world-class competition in the sports of Skateboard (Vert and Street), BMX (Vert and Street), In-Line Skate (Vert and Street) and Sport Climbing (Men Speed and Women Speed). Televised live from Shanghai’s KIC Jiangwan Stadium, X Games Asia will air on ESPN Asia networks and will be organized by sports broadcaster ESPN STAR Sports along with the Shanghai Media Group and Shanghai Sports Federation. The event will also be shown on ESPN International networks in Latin America, Australia, Middle East and Africa. Kia Motors has been a proud sponsor of the X Games Asia since 2005 and became its title sponsor since 2007 when it was first held in Shanghai, China.

“KIA X Games Asia continues to evolve every year in line with the growing popularity of extreme sports in China and the entire Asia region.” said Byung-Tae Yea, Executive Vice President of Kia Motors. “We at Kia Motors are delighted to be a big part of such a dynamic competition featuring some of Asia’s best athletes. As a brand, Kia Motors strives to appeal to adventurous and young-at-heart consumers, and the X Games Asia is a perfect fit for our global brand ambitions.”

X Games Asia was the first international X Games outside of the US and was launched in Phuket, Thailand in 1998. Since then, the event has been held across Asia, which also saw editions held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Seoul, Korea.
FAT BMX Magazine: ESPN & KIA Motors Ink Three-Year X Games Asia Title Sponsorship

KIA X GAMES ASIA 2010 Set To Thrill Shanghai with New Mini-Megaramp

(Mar. 30, 2010)
Asia's biggest action sports competition features star-studded line-up of top athletes

Aggressive Inline Skateboard BMX FreestyleMotoX
Street
Vert
Street
Vert
Mini-MegaRamp
Street
Vert
Mini-MegaRamp
Big Air


The 2010 KIA X Games Asia, organised by ESPN STAR Sports' Event Management and ESPN X Games with title sponsor Kia Motors, returns to Shanghai bigger and better than ever before with a line-up of exciting new disciplines, headlined with the new mini-MegaRamp™ structure that will be showcased for the first time in Asia during the four-day action sports extravaganza from 27 to 30 May 2010.

Held in Shanghai for the fourth consecutive year, the 2010 KIA X Games Asia will debut the monumental structure towering more than three stories high, and longer than two basketball courts. The mini MegaRamp™ contests will feature Skateboard and BMX athletes dropping into a structure with a 9.2m high roll-in, launching over a gap 7.6m long and continuing into a 5.5m quarter-pipe. Most significantly, decorated international action sports athletes will entertain passionate local crowds by parading never-seen-before tricks on the mini-MegaRamp™.

Among the X Games medallists confirmed to compete at 12th annual event are eight-time gold medallist Andy Macdonald, six-time gold medallist Bucky Lasek, and five-time gold medallist Pierre-Luc Gagnon in the skateboard disciplines, as well as four-time gold medallist Kevin Robinson and eight-time medallist Simon Tabron for the BMX Freestyle events. The Yasutoko brothers Eito and Takeshi, a popular draw amongst Asian fans, return to extend their dominance in the aggressive in-line vert.

The bolstered event, following the renewal of a three-year title sponsorship by Kia Motors till 2012, also welcomes the addition of new brands such as Clear as a Premium Sponsor, as well as Official Suppliers in Challenge Skateboard, ELECOM, and Pizza Boy picking up sponsorship packages – bringing the total number of sponsors and partners to 49 this year. All the brands stand to benefit from various promotional and marketing opportunities as part of their association with the KIA X Games Asia.

“Coinciding with the renewal of our title sponsorship with Kia Motors, the KIA X Games Asia promises to be the biggest and most exciting edition we have seen to date. With the new mini-MegaRamp™ competition, a new double-sized vert ramp and a spectacular list of world-class athletes in all competitions competing for an increased prize purse, we are taking this iconic sports event to new heights together with our sponsors. We look forward to showcasing another exhilarating event to action sport fans in Shanghai” said Harvey Davis, ESPN STAR Sports Vice President, Event Management.

The KIA X Games Asia will feature another impressive line-up of nearly 200 of the best athletes from more than 30 countries competing in the region's No.1 action sports competition. This year, competitors can look forward to an increase in prize money, which has been raised from US$130,000 last year to US$150,000. In addition to the mini-MegaRamp™, this year's event will feature the sport disciplines of Aggressive Inline (Vert and Street), Skateboard (Vert and Street), BMX Freestyle (Vert and Street) and Moto X Freestyle demonstrations (Big Air).

The KIA X Games Asia has earned a strong global reputation with a significant increase in awareness about action sports in the region and the 12th edition of Asia's biggest action sports competition is expected to draw another capacity crowd this May. Since 2007, the annual event has attracted more than 141,200 visitors in Shanghai, and recorded its third consecutive record-breaking attendance last year with 54,500 spectators at Yangpu District's KIC Jiangwan Sports Center.

In addition, competitors can look forward to a new ‘jam session’ format to KIA X Games Asia in the Vert and Street disciplines of Skateboard, BMX Freestyle and Aggressive In-Line Skate that will raise competitive levels and heighten the audience's appreciation of the competition. In this new format, athletes will make multiple attempts per feature to score points during the elimination rounds and the Final, instead of having consecutive runs.

Visitors to this year's KIA X Games Asia can also look forward to a festival atmosphere with many exciting entertainment and music performances, as well as an interactive activity arena with games and prize giveaways. In addition to the high-level competition, many young and trendy artists, musicians and dancers will give spectacular performances - including the event ambassador Eassy Xiao-Kun Wong with the original theme song “Round and Round”. The highly entertaining concerts will also feature performances by the Band Crystal Butterfly and Black New New, Andrew Zhi-Lin Cheung, and Miki Dan Tang.

The KIA X Games Asia 2010 will be broadcast live on Great Sports in Shanghai and across Asia on ESPN from 1.00 to 3.00pm on 28-30 May.
KIA X GAMES Asia Shanghai 2010: Set To Thrill Shanghai with New Mini-Megaramp

AGGRESSIVE IN-LINE Athletes

STREETVERTICAL
  • Soichiro Kanashima (JPN)
  • Yuto Goto(JPN)
  • Nicholas Schopher (AUS)
  • Jeerasak Tassorn (THA)
  • Zhang Chi (CHN)
  • Zhang Hekai (CHN)
  • Brian Aragon (USA)
  • Chaz Sands (GBR)
  • Jenna Downing (GBR)
  • CJ Wellsmore (AUS)
AIL:Street XGA Qualifier
  1. Jeff Stockwell (USA) 89.67 Point
  2. Chris Van Der Merve (RSA) 82.67
  3. Worapoj Boonnim (THA) 81.33
  4. Chien Kai Hung (TPE) 76.00
  5. Anthony Avella (FRA) 72.67
  6. Chihiro Azuma (JPN) 69.67
  7. Norachawut Boonnim (THA) 65.67
  8. Nik Suhaily (MAS) 64.33
  9. Cui Wentao (CHN) 58.33
  10. Toru Shirai (JPN) 58.33
  11. Kyung Min Lee (KOR) 57.67
  12. Cheng Tze-Wang (HKG) 55.67
  13. Meemeh Mansor (MAS) 55.00
  14. Wan Su Sim (KOR) 53.33
  15. Fariq Mohamed Esa (MAS) 53.33
  16. Yoshiki Kimura (JPN) 51.00
  17. Chi Zhang (CHN) 50.00
  18. Sunchai Sorasak (THA) 50.00
  19. Zhang He Kai (CHN) 41.33
  20. Lee Kang San (KOR) 22.67
  • Takeshi Yasutoko (JPN)
  • Eito Yasutoko (JPN)
  • Shane Yost (AUS)
  • Nel Martin (ESP)
  • Marco Di Santi (BRA)
  • Ayumi Kawasaki (JPN)
  • Yuusuke Aihara (JPN)
  • Cesar Andrade (BRA)
  • Anthony Avella (FRA)
  • Rich Parker (GBR)
  • Doug Peel-Yates (GBR)

Frustation for Eito, elation for Takeshi

(May 29, 2010)
Yasutoko brothersFate for the two Yasutoko brothers could not have been more different as Takeshi took gold for the fourth consecutive year while Eito failed to nail that one big trick up his sleeves.

The Y-Brothers, qualified for the Finals along with Brazilians, Marco Di Santi and Cesar Andrade with Rich Park round up the top five.

The leader-board at the end of the day was a repeat of last year's result with no change in the top four positions.

Takeshi was clearly at the top of his game from the get go with some high-powered moves which set the standard for the rest of the field.

Takashi's GoldEito on the other hand, was determined to pull off ‘the twister', a move which he failed to pull off back in the 2008 Asian X, but failed yet again.

Marco Di Santi came out aggressive and was a fan favourite as he bantered the crowd to cheer him on.

"The ramp this year was super hard. And I had to skate better simply because the other skaters, like my brother (Eito) and Marco were putting together very good runs which put me under a lot of pressure. And that is why I am so happy to have won gold this year." said Takeshi as he collected his gold medal.

The AIL Street Finals will be held on Sunday, featuring Soichiro Kanashima, Jeff Stockwell and Chris Van Der Merve.
KIA X GAMES Asia Shanghai 2010: Frustation for Eito, elation for Takeshi

X-GAMES ASIA 2010 "AIL VERT FINAL" Part1


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WQ_IY-xIPE

X-GAMES ASIA 2010 "AIL VERT"Part2


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVuuLQuffZ4

VERTICAL Final Games

Familiar faces returned to the podium in the Aggressive Inline Vert finals, once again proving that Kobe, Japan's Yasutoko brother are unstoppable in the vert field. After grabbing the first place podium spot in 2008 at the Asian X Games, Takeshi Yasutoko returned to the top spot, finishing with a score of 87.00, followed by Marco di Santi in second, and Eito Yasutoko in third. Aggressive Inline finishes up tomorrow with Street Finals at 4 p.m. Shanghai time.

  1. Takeshi Yasutoko (JPN) - 87.00
  2. Marco Di Santi (BRA) - 79.00
  3. Eito Yasutoko (JPN) - 73.00
  4. Cesar Andrade (BRA) - 66.00
  5. Rich Park (GBR) - 65.00

STREET Final Games

The final day of the 2010 Kia Asian X Games finished up with a heated (literally) Aggressive Inline Street comp. To say that the finals was an international gathering of the world's top skaters would be understatement, with competitors from Thailand, Japan, France, Russia and the U.S. all representing. On top at the when it was all said and done was U.S. pro Brian Aragorn, followed by fellow U.S. skater Jeff Fellow in second place, and Thailand's Jeerasak Taasorn in third place spot.

  1. Brian Aragon (USA) 84.00
  2. Jeff Stockwell (USA) 83.00
  3. Hung Chien Kai (TPE) 79.33
  4. Soichiro Kanashima (JPN) 78.67
  5. Jeerasak Tassorn (THA) 78.33
  6. Yuto Goto(JPN)
  7. Worapoj Boonnim (THA)
  8. Anthony Avella (FRA)
  9. Chris Van Der Merve (RSA)
  10. Chihiro Azuma (JPN)

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