Moto Shibata Wins Skateboard Vert At 'X Games Minneapolis 2017'


X Games saw the youngest ever podium at the Fruit of the Loom Skateboard Vert competition signaling a new era in halfpipe skating. In just his second X Games appearance, 21-year old Moto Shibata from Japan rolled away with the victory against a field of 10 riders from around the world. Simply put, it was Shibata’s style and spontaneity that won the judges over. Pulling off tricks like a font foot lien impossible as well as a frontside cab Madonna, the young rider is unlike any other on the ramp these days showing an old-school style spiked with next generation talent. His first run score of 90.00 held on to the top spot despite solid efforts from 23-year-old Jimmy Wilkins (89.00) and California’s Mitchie Brusco (88.66). Shibata won silver in his X Games debut last year, suggesting a changing of the guard atop the vert podium which has long been dominated by veterans. (All photos: ESPN Media)


Skateboard Vert Final

1. Moto Shibata, 90.00 (JPN)
2. Jimmy WIlkins, 89.00 (USA)
3. Mitchie Brusco, 86.66 (USA)
4. Marcelo Bastos, 83.66 (BRA)
5. Bucky Lasek, 81.00 (USA)
6. Andy Macdonald, 79.00 (USA)
7. Paul-Luc Ronchetti, 75.00 (GBR)
8. Bob Burnquist, 58.66 (BRA)
9. Clay Kreiner, 52.66 (USA)
10. Elliot Sloan, 30.33 (USA)