Road to X Games in Boise inspires the next generation

Posted at 11:18 PM, Jun 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-10 01:18:33-04

As the pros put on a show at the X Games Qualifier at Rhodes Skate Park in Boise, fans both young and old watched in awe.


"I'm having lots of fun. I've seen some pro skateboarders and I got to take a picture with one of them, and it was really fun," said Draze Croy, who came out to watch.

He was just one of hundreds who came out to Rhodes Skate Park on the first day of the the two-day competition.

Croy's favorite trick: "360 flip, no doubts about it."

Athletes of all kinds came out to watch show.

One former Boise State Bronco football player, and former NFL fullback, attended with his son. He says skateboarding is a sport that teaches independence.

"One thing that I think is unique to skateboarding is that the athletes have to push themselves," said Bryan Johnson. "They don't have coaches they don't have parents yelling at them and they're just out here pushing themselves and pushing each other and having a lot of fun."

While many fans can only dream of pulling off some of the tricks the pros do right now, they say having the X Games right here in the City of Trees is inspiring them to work at the sport.

"To see them do it, I want to do it," said Croy.

The games continue Saturday afternoon. While tickets for the the bleacher seating have sold out,  there is still plenty of room to catch all the action for free.