As the home of American sports, ESPN Africa will broadcast the Summer X Games 2021 extreme sports competition live across the continent, from 14 – 18 July 2021. This year’s X Games will feature all of the nail-biting, adrenalin pulsing action that the world’s top extreme sports tournament is known for, with top-tier athletes competing in this larger-than-life sporting event taking place in California. All events will broadcast live on ESPN (DStv 218, Starsat 248).

The X Games consists of two versions: a Summer competition and a Winter competition. The sports include a high degree of risk, involving speed, height, a high level of physical exertion and highly specialized gear. Participants from around the world compete in these high stakes activities to win bronze, silver, and gold medals, as well as prize money.

This year’s Summer X Games will include Skateboard (Male, Female, Vertical, Trick, Street Trick), BMX (Dirt, Tricks, Park, Street) and Moto X (Trick, Whip, Freestyle). 

Skateboarders compete in the half pipe, a hollow semi-circle made of concrete. Athletes skate up and down two opposing ramps and perform tricks when they reach the top. There is also a competition for the best trick and most air off a jump. In “street” competitions, skateboarders skate around a park of obstacles and perform tricks. BMX bikers also compete on a half pipe and a street course, also performing tricks. Motorbike riders have similar events, along with a “supercross” race around a dirt obstacle course with steep jumps.

The schedule for this year’s X Games on ESPN is as follows:

2014/07/2120:00BMX Dirt
2014/07/2121:30BMX Dirt Best Trick
2015/07/2101:30BMX Park
2015/07/2103:00Dave Mirra BMX Park Best Trick
2015/07/2119:00Moto X Quarterpipe
2015/07/2120:30Moto X Best Trick
2015/07/2122:30Moto X Best Whip
2016/07/2101:00Moto X Freestyle
2016/07/2103:00Moto X 110
2016/07/2119:00Skateboard Park (m)
2016/07/2121:00Skateboard Park (f)
2017/07/2100:00Skateboard Vert
2017/07/2102:00Skateboard Vert Best Trick
2017/07/2105:30BMX Street
2018/07/2100:00Skateboard Street (f)
2018/07/2105:00Skateboard Street (m)
2018/07/2107:00Skateboard Street Best Trick
  • All times stated in CAT / SAST.
  • Schedule subject to change.

Kyle de Klerk, Director: Sports Commercial & Business, The Walt Disney Company Africa says: “We are thrilled to be bringing this year’s Summer X Games to viewers across the continent, adding another premier sports competition to ESPN’s unrivalled portfolio.”

Christine Service, Senior Vice President and General Manager, The Walt Disney Company Africa adds: “X Games offers something totally unique for viewers who have an appetite for exhilarating, high-adrenalin sports action, and we cannot wait to witness these remarkable athletes with their breath-taking feats of immense physical and mental prowess.” 

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