Update: Dirt Back in the X Games, No Longer a Maybe

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Well I wasn’t going to say anything about this since Dave has since taken down the pictures he posted on Instagram, but since Ride is running with it I’ll go ahead and do it. Dirt MIGHT be IS back in the X Games! Well the Brazilian X Games at least. Big whoop right? Though it’s just the Brazilian X Games it’s one step closer to it being in the main X Games. I’m not even into seeing a bunch of tricks that originated from foam pits but I really don’t matter. The people that do matter are the kids potentially watching the contest and getting stoked on bmx. Since dirt was removed the only bmx’n kids tuned into the X Games have seen is street, vert and MEGA ramp. The last two of those have limited accessibility for the average kid. Street though is easily accessible, and the correlation between its growth and its inclusion in the X Games can’t be denied. Hopefully having dirt back in the BIG show would have a similar effect and get kids interested in dirt jumping. Though for the most part kids today are lazy little shits, hopefully some of the less lazy ones will get psyched and go out and build a jump. Then hopefully that jump turns into two jumps, three jumps, and so on. Or maybe kids will get interested and go hunt out some jumps/trails in their town and become part of that scene. The lack of new blood at trails these days is pretty undeniable so anything that could potentially change that is fine by me. The X Games is basically just a huge event who’s sole purpose is to make money, but as much as that sucks it does have the potential to do good. Hell it was responsible for me really getting into riding. Though I always rode and built little jumps as a kid it wasn’t until I saw the dirt contest at the first X Games that I discovered that there were not only other people doing the same I was doing but doing it on a whole nother level. Check out the X Games press release and Skrillex approved promo here.