2005 X-Games Relocates To Puerto Escondido


LOS ANGELES – The ESPN X Games 11 Surfing competition will move to Puerto Escondido, Mexico from its previous home in Huntington Beach, Calif. where it was held for the past two years. The news was announced today by Ron Semiao, senior vice president, ESPN Original Entertainment. Puerto Escondido is famous for the big powerful waves of Zicatela Beach, earning the moniker, “Mexican Pipeline*.” The competition is scheduled to be held on August 1, with August 2 being a make-up day, depending on swells. Aside from Surfing, X Games 11 will be held August 4-7, 2005 in Los Angeles for its third consecutive year. The move coincides with the announcement that ESPN Deportes, the U.S.-based Spanish-language network, will air the X Games live for the first time ever alongside ESPN and ABC’s live telecasts.

The X Games is the definitive annual action sports competition featuring more than 150 of the world’s best athletes competing in: BMX {{{Freestyle}}}, Moto X, Skateboard, Surfing and Wakeboard. X Games Los Angeles-based venues include STAPLES Center, The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. and Long Beach Marine Stadium. The Surfing and Wakeboard (Long Beach venue) competitions will be free to the public. All competitions at STAPLES Center and The Home Depot Center are ticketed events, which can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com beginning June 15.

“Moving to Puerto Escondido will provide the X Games Surfing competition with some of the best waves in the world.” said Semiao. “We’re also thrilled at the timing of moving Surfing to Mexico with ESPN Deportes dedicating live programming to the X Games this year.”

X Games added Surfing to the lineup of sports in 2003 with a discipline called The Game(tm). Developed by pro surfer Brad Gerlach, The Game places surfers into opposing teams – East Coast and West Coast at the X Games – competing for an overall highest score and the team victory. For the past two years, the East Coast team has taken home the gold. Invited athletes will be announced at a later date.

Due to its earlier date, the Surfing competition will be taped to air as part of X Games’ Saturday, August 6, live telecast on ABC from 3-6 p.m. ET. ESPN Deportes will have its own original telecast of the event and will also air it on its Saturday, August 6 telecast (time TBD).

Puerto Escondido is a traditional Mexican fishing village located 180 miles south of the city of Oaxaca and 70 miles west of Huatulco Bay in an area known as the Emerald Coast for its brilliant jade-green waters. It has long been known as one of the world’s heaviest places to surf. The area’s wave season is from May through October, making August an optimal time for the X Games to hold its Surfing competition. Its reputation as the”Mexican Pipeline” derives from the fast hollow waves that break in shallow water allowing surfers to pull in to giant tubes.

ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Action {{{Sports}}}, first developed its X Games franchise in 1995. Three years later, the first International X Games event was launched with the Asian X Games. Today, several International X Games events and competitions are staged throughout the world. Last year at X Games 10, competing athletes represented 13 countries.

X Games will remain in Los Angeles through 2009.