Action Sports Articles by Date

July 2011

  • Golden Boy: Oakley’s Shaun White Reclaims Skateboard Vert Glory at X Games 17


    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Gold Medals can’t evade Shaun White for too long. Oakley’s multi-sport superstar, fresh off yet another Superpipe Gold at Winter X, finally reclaimed the elusive Skateboard Vert Gold on Saturday – snatching the victory from the three-year grasp of Pierre-Luc Gagnon. But this one was far from being over…until the very last second. Incredible drama unfolded as the Final heat smashed into action – with the two favorites battling head to head. Shaun’s early run – racking up a solid 89.33 – was quickly clipped by a few huge runs from PLG, who quickly claimed the lead and held it for most of the session. It seemed insurmountable for many of the global fans watching the action on the broadcast and the nervous bunch on hand at Nokia Center. Then again, when is it ever a good idea to doubt Shaun White?

  • The Legend Returns: Bob Burnquist Claims Big Air Gold at X Games 17, Brazilians Rock Oakley on the Megaramp


    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    He already had 20 X Games medals. But Oakley Skate Legend Bob Burnquist hadn’t claimed Big Air Gold in two long years. Until Friday, that is. Make that 21. The timeless Brazilian bomber launched his way to his third gold medal on the Megaramp – throwing down a massive switch 5 into lein rodeo to grab and retain the lead in the contest. No one would come close.

  • Bronzed: Ryan Sheckler Claims Skateboard Street Bronze at X Games 17


    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Ryan Sheckler wasn’t quite in top form this past week at X Games 17. But Oakley’s skate team superstar displayed his natural talent in grabbing the Skateboard Street Bronze amidst fierce competition from the young phenoms on the course. Ryan’s full runs didn’t materialize the way he’d hoped, with the only complete planned run ending with a long, solid rail grind.

  • Elevation: Bob Burnquist Gears Up for X Games 17 Skateboard Big Air Glory


    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    If you know anything about skateboard history, you know Bob Burnquist. Hell, even if your knowledge is limited to skateboard video games, you still know and love Bob. Well the Legend is back for more. With 20 Summer X Games medals in the bag, it still isn’t enough for Oakley’s Brazilian bomber. Let’s just say, this year is going to be absolutely all-time. Coming off a Summer X last year where he landed a massive switch stale 540 into an indy 540 to earn a 93 and Silver medal, Bob is also fresh the heels of landing the first-ever fakie to fakie 900 on a megaramp – in his backyard. Which begs the question, what kind of aerial insanity will be going down this year? Will there be a 900 in competition?

  • Going For GOLD: Shaun White Charges Into X Games 17 for Vert Glory, Inspired by Gold Holbrook Collection


    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    There’s no surprises here. Shaun White is going for Gold. Oakley’s multi-sport superstar is dropping into X Games 17 in Los Angeles on the heels of yet another glorious Winter X Games Superpipe Gold. And there’s absolutely no doubt that he’s aiming to power himself back to the top of the Skateboard Vert podium in the summertime. Although he will definitely be keeping it fun, as he does always, his ultimate goal is that shiny Gold medal. And if his past Vert Golds weren’t enough motivation for him, his brand new Oakley Gold Holbrook collection should do the trick.

  • Starring Roles: Ryan Sheckler Set to Defend Skateboard Street Gold at X Games 17, Ripper Milton Martinez to Make Debut


    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Ryan Sheckler is focused. Oakley’s superstar skate team rider has been in top form – shooting for a prominent video part and preparing to defend his X Games Skateboard Street Gold at Summer X 17. But make no mistake, as much as he’s intensely pumped for this week’s action sports spectacle in Los Angeles, he’s relaxed and enjoying the moment. Don’t forget Oakley’s own Argentinian ripper Milton Martinez, who is, without a doubt, one of the most talented street skaters on the Planet. The catch? The dude hasn’t ever competed in an X Games on American soil.

  • Young Icon: BMX Ripper Chase Hawk Cruises Into X Games 17 With Speed and Style


    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Don’t know about Oakley’s roots? Now’s the time for a little refresher. X Games 17 is the ultimate reminder of the company’s roots in BMX. From the company’s founding in 1975, the sport has been at the brand’s core. Whether it’s our very first product, high-tech BMX/Motocross grips, to our first athletes, BMX has been at the very heart of the Big O. So let’s take the time to introduce you to the future. Enter Chase Hawk. Oakley’s BMX ripper, known far and wide in the industry as one of the most respected riders for his sheer style, speed and fluidity, Chase is a model of what the O BMX Team stands for these days. And he’s about to drop into X Games 17’s BMX Park contest, his own way.

  • A Casa! Dany Torres Triumphs on Home Turf at Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Dany Torres must love those Tapas (traditional mini dishes). Oakley’s Spanish FMX star took advantage of that home cooking to emerge victorious at Red Bull X-Fighters Madrid in late July, racking up a perfect five-out-of-five vote before 25,000 raucous home fans in the country’s largest bullfighting arena, Plaza de Toros. “It’s the best day of my life,” Dany said, rocking his Oakley motocross goggles. The talented Spaniard threw down a variation of a super can Indian air flip, Hart Attack Indian air flip, and a dead body flip – as well a surprise secret trick that proved enough to seal the deal: A McMetz to cliffhanger.

  • Back-to-Back: Jordy Smith Claims Resounding Victory at Home at Jeffreys Bay

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    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    You know what they say about home cooking. Jordy Smith sure does. Oakley’s South African surf star toppled Mick Fanning on his home turf to emphatically rack up back-to-back Jeffreys Bay titles. The O team phenom employed superior wave selection in tough three-to-four foot conditions to take out Fanning with combined wave scores of 15.60 to 14.83 – powering Jordy up three places in the World Tour rankings to No. 2 behind Aussie Joel “Parko” Parkinson and just ahead of fellow O teammate Adriano de Souza.

  • LIVE! Oakley Pro Junior San Sebastian Webcast Up, Europe’s Brightest Young Surfers Collide in Basque Country (Spain)


    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Europe’s brightest young rippers are colliding. Right now. In San Sebastian, Basque Country (Spain) for Oakley Pro Junior on the Iberian Peninsula. From this very minute to July 24, catch all the action live at’s killer webcast – complete with live scoring:

  • Live Chat with Ryan Sheckler on "Inside X"


    Posted about 3 years ago by Elishia Matta

    Don’t miss X Games gold medalist and Oakley’s own Ryan Sheckler on “Inside X,” ESPN’s weekly webcast bringing the biggest names in action sports to you LIVE every Tuesday heading into X Games 17.

  • Oakley World Pro Junior on NBC’s WORLD OF ADVENTURE SPORTS


    Posted about 3 years ago by Elishia Matta

    The 2010 Oakley World Pro Junior will be featured on NBC’s action and adventure sports television series, WORLD OF ADVENTURE SPORTS® this weekend. The broadcast is set to air Saturday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT on your local NBC station.

  • Life on the Road: O BMX Star Josh Harrington Documents Estonia Contest Trip


    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    You watch the sick footage. You’ve witnessed the intense contests. But what is it really like being a sick BMX athlete traveling to another country for a big competition in a foreign land? Chances are, you probably have no idea. Oakley’s BMX Star Josh Harrington is giving you an inside look of his recent trip to the Eastern European country of Estonia for the Simpel Sesssion Contest (Oakley-sponsored). Don’t miss this exclusive look from our friends at Defgrip.

  • Grand Bizarre: Oakley Ski Stars Throw Down in Newest Poor Boyz Visual Spectacle


    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    The Poor Boyz crew is at it again. And of course, this new film creation is just as sick as ever. Featuring Oakley’s most prominent rippers, of course. Synopsis from Poor Boyz:

  • One for the Road: O Ski Rippers Shine in Teton Gravity Research’s 2011 Ski/Snowboard Flick


    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Think gnarly road trip. Oakley-sponsored Teton Gravity Research film, “One For the Road,” is a ski and snowboard flick following some of the world’s most progressive sports athletes, documenting their lives on the road and capturing some of the most epic riding to date. And of course, amongst the best of the best are Oakley Team Stars.

  • 100 Point Lead: Amber Wing Victorious at Pro Wakeboard Tour Stop in Monroe, Extends Queen of Wake Advantage


    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Amber wing is still on a roll. A big roll. Oakley’s Australian ripper extended her championship standings lead to 100 points after claiming victory at the Pro Wakeboard Tour Stop in Monroe, Wash. – displaying her continued dominance this season over a talent-packed field that includes the likes of fellow Oakley rider and defending Queen of Wake Nicola Butler. “I was super nervous about finals today,” Amber said, rocking her Oakley gear and eyewear. “I really want to be the overall winner, and as the season gets closer to the end, the more the pressure builds up.”

  • Oakley Soho: Live Painting with Artist Don Pendleton at New York Store


    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Oakley has been synonymous with high-end style and art. So it’s no surprise that the Big O enjoys partnerships with artists entrenched in the lifestyle community. Already displaying collaborative work with artists through the Artist Series Program and similar activities, Oakley is taking its role in art and skate culture to a new level with Don Pendleton. For the first time ever, Oakley hosted an event on Wed June 29th to showcase Don’s creations. The rocking gathering – in the middle of New York’s stylish Soho community – offered media, art followers, special Guests and Oakley accounts the chance to see art that ties directly into skateboarding, pop, lifestyle and relevant culture…along with the O’s brand passion, of course.

  • Summer Pow: Sick Footage from Oakley-Sponsored High Cascade Snowboard Camp


    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    It’s at the peak of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. And the sun is blazing. But that’s not stopping the rippers at Oakley-sponsored High Cascade Snowboard Camp from partaking in some major shreddage in Mt. Hood, Oregon.

  • “The Ordinary Skier” David Rosenbarger, Seth Morrison and Nate Wallace ski the North Face of the Aiguille du Midi


    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    You’ve been anxiously waiting. Don’t worry, Fall will be here in no time. But for now, you’ll have to settle for some sick footage from Chamonix from last April. With filming wrapping up, it’s only appropriate to keep the teaser episodes rolling. For your viewing pleasure, of course.

  • Mr. Price Pro Ballito: Oakley Surf Team Drops In on Barrel Mania in South Africa, Jordy Smith Advances on Day 4


    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    If a perfect 10 thrown down by Kolohe “Brother” Andino on the first day isn’t enough to demonstrate Oakley’s killer week at the Mr. Price Pro Ballito, a huge Day 4 victory by Jordy Smith will do the trick. O’s native South African star dominated the round by topping Sean Holmes – a wildcard who toppled veterans Cory Lopez, Taj Burrow, Andy Irons and Kelly Slater at J-Bay and turned industry heads. But it wasn’t an easy feat. Holmes brought the heat, throwing down a 6.5 and 7.5. Although Jordy raged back with powerful rides for a 6.5 and 7.5 (highest heat score of the day), he fully recognized the tough competition.

  • Perform Beautifully: Wake Star Amber Wing #amberROCKSoakley Twitter Contest Launches – Killer Prize Pack Up for Grabs


    Posted about 3 years ago by Andrew De Lara

    Amber Wing straight up rips. Oakley’s Aussie Wakeboard Star has been rampaging through the Queen of Wake series this year – racking up wins everywhere. More importantly, she dominates…beautifully. In other words, she looks good while she does it – just like every Oakley girl. Now you have the chance to win a killer Amber Wing prize pack, worth more than $700, just by sharing your stoke on Oakley, Rockstar and Amber. It’s all the stuff she loves: • Oakley Caveat Eyewear • Oakley X-Back Swim Top (Bikini) • Oakley Ruched Bikini Bottom • Oakley First Blush Board Shorts • Oakley Re-Tro T-Shirt • Liquid Force Wakeboard Signed by Amber • Pack of Pink Rockstar Energy Drink