Jake Brown celebrates after a Bob Burnquist slam guaranteed Brown the Gold
Here's six thoughts:
1. Pastrana is a stud. Ok, this is technically not breaking news, but with Travis Pastrana returning to Moto X Freestyle, many wondered what he had in store. And boy did he deliver. With Levi Sherwood looking solid all night, TP stepped up his game and killed it right from the get go. He pulled off a gorgeous double back flip on a run after he was already assured gold. Studly.
2. Big Air should only feature Jake Brown and Bob Burnquist. After a repeat of last year (Brown with the gold, Burnquist earning silver) it's so clear that these two are so much better than everyone else at this event. Jake is such a fan favorite, so pulling off gnarly tricks ensures a roar from any crowd that watches him. Burnquist was so close on pulling off a 900 on the quarterpipe. If and when he pulls that off it will immediately become tall-tale status.
3. Dave Duncan is still looking for his voice.
4. Sheckler is a man on a mission. He owned during eliminations and appears destined for a podium finish. If he doesn't win gold he should be disappointed.
5. Congrats to ZJ Board house on their win in the LA shop final. Between ZJ and Active, there were a dozen jaw-dropping tricks. Plus, they asked me to MC the medals ceremony, so you know I loved it.
6. BMX Park is going to be must watch on Saturday. Between Gary Young, Brett Banasiewicz, and Daniel Dhers this event will showcase riding like we haven't seen in years.
Back to the grind.
Brando covers Action Sports for 710 ESPN Radio in Los Angeles and is host of 710's Late Night Action on Friday nights 9-10p PST.