Action Sports: Who is NEXT?
Ryan Decenzo, skateboard street
X Games 2011 Game of SK8 gold medalist; 2011 Dew Tour overall street skate Dew Cup champion.
Jess Kimura, snowboard
FAME CLAIM: Kimura's part in 2010's Right Brain Left Brain won Transworld Snowboarding's Women's Video Part of the Year and Women's Reader's Choice Award.
Levi Sherwood, freestyle motocross
FAME CLAIM: First athlete from New Zealand to medal at the summer X Games. He took silver in FMX in 2010.
Owen Wright, surfing
FAME CLAIM: Beat current world champ Kelly Slater head-to-head in the final of the Quiksilver Pro New York in August; No. 2-ranked surfer on ASP World Tour
Torin Yater-Wallace, skiing
FAME CLAIM: 2011 Winter X Games Ski Superpipe silver medalist
Every year since 1998, ESPN The Magazine has recognized an elite group of emerging athletes to watch in the year ahead -- athletes we call NEXT. They are competitors not only on the cusp of stardom, but on the verge of transcending their sports. NEXT is what happens when the hype is real.