Ultimate X is now in its 5th year and growing immensely year by year. This year featured more international riders than ever before and the fans definitely came out in their masses to show their support.
Hosted in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, Ultimate X is now South Africa’s biggest extreme sporting competition with a total prize money of R120,000, across all the various disciplines.
2014 saw the return of Maxime and Matthias, the 2 French BMX internationals who, once again, came and showed off their MAD skill to a large cheering audience. The addition of street rider Paul Ryan, who ended up snapping up second place, and Ben Lewis, both coming all the way from Liverpool UK… making the BMX section a crowds favourite.
Coming to represent SA and Durban was the mooked, Colin Loudon, who came with a force and eagerness getting some big air and landing one huge backflip, but it was local BMX idol Malcolm Peters who put together some styling combinations and mad flares to place 3rd for the day.
Monster Army skateboarders, Khule Ngubane and Adam Woolf both came looking to take the right of being called the Ultimate X champion 2014, but sadly the votes didn’t add in their favor. Khule pulled off some insane tricks but Adam had a few solid runs to win himself 2nd place.
The grandfather of FMX, Stewart couper and new team mate Shaun Blaaw make the trip all the way down to Cape Town to show off their skill with all the other FMX boys, but it was Botswana born, Masters Of Dirt rider, Alastair Sayer, who took all the prize money for doing his world renowned backflip.
Monster Energy athletes represented in true style in the wakeboarding section, but it was local hero Dylan Mitchell who stood out as he won first place. He landed some insane runs and it was Jordan, the international, who took best trick and also grabbed second place.
Photography by Eric Palmer and Grant Mchlaglan