If you debut a worthy trick in Big Air, you pretty much get the gold every time. When Texas’ Chuck Carothers threw down the first-ever 360 body varial, he knew chances were good that he had just won his first X Games medal—and a gold one at that.[IMAGE 1]
Actually, he was so confident in his new trick, that in the final round he simply did a victory lap, throwing an old-school one-hander off the jump, even though Travis Pastrana and Nate Adams had yet to make their final passes.[IMAGE 2]
The trick of the night was the 360 backflip, which Brian Deegan, Pastrana (with a one-handed variable thrown in), and Nate Adams all pulled off to perfection. [IMAGE 3]
Adams pulled the trick off the 75-footer like it was a walk in the park, and earned second place for the second year in a row. Pastrana earned a close third after pulling a Superman seat grab Indian-air backflip in his final pass.[IMAGE 4]
Deegan earned fourth with his Mulisha Twist (or off-axis 360 backflip, as it’s also being referred to as), and Jeff “Ox” Kargola earned fifth with a Superman seat grab backflip.
As is usually the case with freestyle, the pictures tell the story better than the words.
Moto-X Best Trick
1. Chuck Carothers, 93.202. Nate Adams, 91.603. Travis Pastrana, 91.204. Brian Deegan, 88.205. Jeff “Ox Kargola, 87.806. Jeremy Stenberg, 87.407. Ronnie Faisst, 84.008. Niki Danielsos, 83.609. Mike Metzger, 81.4010. Kenny Bartram, 81.40