Innovative Big Air Competition Returns, Coming to Paris’ AccorHotels Arena on Saturday, December 1
Fans From Across the Globe Can Also Catch All the Action on the Nitro World Games Facebook Watch Channel
Paris, France – Following September’s epic Nitro Rallycross, FMX Quarterpipe and FMX Best Trick contests, Nitro World Games continues to add to its global 2018 lineup. Now, the best athletes in one of action sports’ fastest growing disciplines will shine in the City of Lights as Paris’ AccorHotels Arena hosts Scooter Best Trick on Saturday, December 1.
Nitro World Games exemplifies progression, giving the best action sports athletes on the planet the opportunity to push themselves, and their disciplines, to new heights. Scooter Best Trick is no exception, as past winners Ryan “R Willy” Williams and Capron Funk have emphatically raised the bar for their fellow riders.
This year Ryan Williams (AUS) has been invited directly to the Scooter Best Trick final to defend his 2017 title, but before he can step back on the podium he will have to face off against the best athletes in the sport. Leading off the initial list of announced semifinalists is three-time ISA world champion Jordan Clark (GBR). Joining him are fellow 2018 ISA World Final podium winners Dylan Morrison (AUS) and Dante Hutchinson (GBR) as well as last year’s ISA Best Trick champion and Scootfest King of Kings Richard Zelinka (CZ). 2017 Scootercon winner Chris Farris (USA), who relentlessly prepares for every comp, will battle the likes of Tyler Chaffin (USA), a first time Nitro World Games entry last year who shocked the field by taking second place. Estonia’s Roomet Saalik, a former ISA European champion, 2016’s Scootfest King of Street and the first scooter rider to land a 1440 spin, will also compete. Rounding out the first wave of invited riders are France’s own Quentin Martinet, Germany’s Tim Köhler, plus Americans Hunter Schuetz and Robby Mier as well as Australia’s Will Barlow, Jai Walker and Aussie veteran Jeremy Merrin, who returned to freestyle almost a year ago recharged and is now ready to take on this stacked lineup. Look for more semifinalists to be revealed soon.
In all, 24 of the best freestyle scooter athletes in the world will gather in Paris on December 1st. First, the 23 invited semifinalists will be narrowed down to the top 11 riders who will advance to the final, where they will attempt to knock off 2017 champion Ryan Williams.
Each finals competitor will then have three chances to show they have what it takes, with two attempts counting toward their final score. During each run, riders can earn a maximum of ten points (based on the difficulty of the trick, its height, the rider’s technical proficiency and their landing execution). The three athletes with the top combined overall scores will earn a coveted spot on the Scooter Best Trick podium.
How To Watch:
Once again, the world will be watching: As with the FMX, BMX and Skate contests held earlier this year, fans everywhere can catch all of the action – in real time and on any device — with the Nitro World Games Facebook Watch Channel livestream.
To see the competition go down live, simply buy a ticket for either of the Nitro Circus You Got This Paris shows happening at AccorHotels Arena on the same weekend — Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 — and you get to see Nitro World Games Scooter Best Trick for free. Tickets to Nitro Circus: You Got This are available here (seating for Nitro World Games Scooter Best Trick is general admission and subject to availability)
About Nitro World Games:
Created by Nitro Circus and action sports icon Travis Pastrana, Nitro World Games pushes the limits of action sports competition. Featuring new big air formats, breakthrough ramp technology and innovative judging criteria, Nitro World Games shifted the landscape for both athletes and the industry alike in its 2016 debut.
This news marks the latest phase in Nitro World Games’ 2018 expansion into a multi-site global event. Scooter is similarly on an upward trend; the discipline has been part of the forward thinking action sports competition from the beginning and Nitro World Games recently announced a partnership with the U.K.’s Scootfest. But now, as seen by media coverage such as this Rolling Stone feature story, freestyle scooter shows signs of reaching critical mass in popular culture.
Nitro World Games 2018 sponsors include the Utah Sports Commission, Kevlar, Yokohama, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and Rocket League.
For more information head to NitroWorldGames.com.