The 2017 Ultimate X Action Sports Festival took place at the GrandWest Casino in Cape Town over the weekend. A host of local and internationals Skateboarding and BMX athletes gathered to compete in this world-class park event.
USA’s Zander Gabriel impressed the judges by skating the big section as well as the tranny section really well. He was also the only skater going up the A Frame, Box and Tranny and tricking them. Gabriel qualified in 2nd but would end up finishing in 4th in the final.
Brandon Valjalo skated super consistent using the whole street section and landing a Bigspin Frontboard down the handrail, Flip Frontboard and Front Shuv to take the win. The not as consistent Dlamini Dlamini and Khule Ngubane were left to fight for the remaining podium positions. Dlamini edged our Ngubane for the 2nd while Ngubane’s unique lines including the tranny section were only enough for 3rd. Allan Adams scored himself the Best Trick win.
A definite highlight as each year the level of riding get more ridiculous with riders throwing down insane tricks. It was Tom Isted and Pat Casey that topped the qualifying rounds. Standout tricks from Isted included a Double Backflip, Flair No Hander and Barrel Roll Transfer. Casey had technical lines down and was the only rider to do them.
Brock Horneman came out swinging in the final with massive airs and combining Barspins into his already massive tricks to take the 2017 title. Declan Brooks, hot off his Night Harvest win earned himself 2nd place while Brian Fox rounded off the podium in 3rd.
Greg Illingworth and Ben Wallace entertained by blasting big Tables and Lookbacks out of the wall. Murray Loubser mixed tech street tricks with big airs over the box, as well as a Wallride Flair to earn himself the Local Hero award. Last year’s Ultimate X winner, Pat Casey won the Best Trick with an impressive Fakie to 360 Tailwhip.
Ultimate X again showcased the best Action Sports athletes the world has to offer, on a world-class skatepark. If you missed it, you missed out. We cannot wait for the 2018 installment.
Ultimate X 2018 Results
1st Brandon Valjalo (RSA)
2nd Dlamini Dlamini (RSA)
3rd Khule Ngubane (RSA)
Best Trick – Allan Adams (RSA)
1st Brock Horneman (Aus)
2nd Declan Brooks (UK)
3rd Brain Fox (USA)
Best trick – Pat Casey (USA)
Local Hero – Murry Loubser (RSA)
Photos by Eric Palmer and Grant Mclachlan