ESPN Has Skate Spots
DeCenzo visits ESPN
On Tuesday, May 9, X Games hosted X Games Austin 2016 Skateboard Street gold medalist Ryan DeCenzo on the ESPN Campus. For perhaps the first time in ESPN history, DeCenzo got to scope out spots at ESPN buildings, throw down some grinds and bring street skating to the home of the X Games. What follows is a look inside DeCenzo's day.
DeCenzo arrived at ESPN Campus on Monday night and took some time to point out a few skateable areas within ESPN. When he returned on Tuesday, those areas were coned off and ready for him to skate.
First spot of the day
DeCenzo kicked off the morning with a little gap to sidewalk action. Keep in mind that he started skating shortly after 9 a.m. and was just as consistent as his X Games runs.
Kickflip for breakfast
Kickflip for breakfast? No problem.
Building 12 gap
Now a resident of Southern California, DeCenzo kept alluding to East Coast concrete not being as smooth as what he's now used to, but he made it work regardless.
DeCenzo reviews his latest early morning gap clips.
Not everything was skate ready on ESPN Campus. DeCenzo had to incorporate a few of his custom modifications for smooth run-ups, including this method which uses gaffer tape and sheet metal to cover up cracks.
DeCenzo gets the ESPN security escort from spot to spot.
The run up
DeCenzo eyes up a rail.
Definitely a first
DeCenzo fires out a textbook smith grind near the ESPN The Magazine office.
Footage review x 2
DeCenzo inspects the latest batch of footage.
A hockey fan, DeCenzo also got the chance to suit up and play ESPN hockey commentator Barry Melrose.
Defending the goal
It turns out it is all fun and games at ESPN: DeCenzo versus Barry Melrose.
This is SportsCenter
A visit to ESPN wouldn't be complete without a visit to the SportsCenter studio.