The X Games California 2023 witnessed a remarkable display of talent from a new generation of skateboarders that left audiences completely mesmerized. Young skaters took the stage, defying age norms and showcasing their skills with awe-inspiring tricks and daring maneuvers, winning the hearts of many. The extraordinary talents of skaters like Reese Nelson, Arisa Trew, and Gui Khury have brought fresh energy and excitement to the sport. Their fearlessness, determination, and passion for skateboarding exemplify the future of this exhilarating sport, setting the stage for an exciting and progressive era in skateboarding history.
The Age-Defying Podium
At the Pacifico Women’s Skateboard Vert, the PA announcer humorously pointed out that the combined age of the top three medalists was still younger than himself, highlighting the youth-dominated trend at the X Games California. The podium featured 13-year-old Arisa Trew clinching gold, 10-year-old Reese Nelson securing silver, and 16-year-old Asahi Kaihara taking home the bronze. The X Games women’s skateboard street event featured an average age of 17, with 14-year-old Cocona Hiraki claiming the gold. X Games California continued this trend with 22% of the field comprising pre-teens and teens. Young talents like 13-year-old Chloe Covell and 14-year-old Gui Khury have proven that age is no barrier to success in the sport.
Tony Hawk’s Influence
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk has played a pivotal role in inspiring the new generation of skaters. His groundbreaking achievements motivated youngsters like 14-year-old Gui Khury, who replicated Hawk’s iconic 900 during the men’s skateboard vert event. Hawk’s influence has extended the boundaries of skateboarding, encouraging kids to start early and pursue the sport passionately.
The Inclusive Skateboarding Community
Skateboarding has evolved into a more inclusive and diverse sport, welcoming skaters of all ages and backgrounds. The emergence of young talents at the X Games California exemplifies the sport’s diversity, with age proving to be just a number. The supportive and tight-knit skateboarding community fosters camaraderie among even the youngest skaters, creating a sense of belonging and mutual inspiration.
As golf players were making headlines this summer, the game’s number one icon could only sit by and watch, but Tiger Woods is now back as an unofficial liaison for the PGA Tour. Woods’ preparation for the British Open happened during LIV’s London launch on June ninth, and he could not shine in any way on the field. So, what was going on with the legend before that time? He had extensive medical problems and physical limitations and became 46 years old. Still, he had accumulated a substantial net worth.
Tiger Woods and Colleagues Discussed Big Players Leaving the PGA Tour
With many golfers moving to the LIV league and leaving the PGA, Woods flew to Delaware to become the second FedEx Cup playoff to get involved in discussions with his other tour pros about the defections to the rival league. The meeting was well-attended and highly productive, and commissioner Jay Monahan announced changes to the 2024 schedule the next week. While everybody knew about the influx of prize money and boost to the Player Impact Program, the emergence of Tiger Woods as a proactive ambassador certainly was not common knowledge. While the Delaware trip went overlooked, the focus was on the mission itself, and that was covered adequately.
Woods Has Embraced a Good-Will Ambassador Role for the PGA Tour
Years ago, Tiger Woods wouldn’t have been involved in any legislative issues, policy boards, or any of this kind of politics. Back then, he was a superstar with tunnel vision. But, now, Woods felt the hand of competitive mortality resting on his shoulder and decided to act. After he worked hard to sharpen his game for the British Open and failed to pull it off, he acknowledged that his career was just about over. So, with the LIV invasion, the PGA Tour needed him once again. Woods sprung back into action, using his presence and effect on the young players to give his own contribution in Delaware, and this will probably not be a one-time deal.
Tiger Woods Still Looks Like the Most Important Person in Golf
It seems that Tiger Woods is still the most important person in golf, and some even say that if he was to decide to become the next commissioner, it would take him around 20 minutes to get it done. But, apparently, that is not what Woods is aiming at currently. The golf legend is of greater value to the PGA Tour in his unofficial capacity as ambassador, communicating with the players. Being the liaison they so desperately need and handling things that only he and perhaps a few other people on the planet could handle while imparting an overall positive impact is way more important now.