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FACE OFF

7/10/2012

DAY 1 HOSTED BY BOB BURNQUIST

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AUG. 2-5 LOS ANGELES, CALIF. LIVE: ESPN, ESPN2, ABC FOR COMPLETE COVERAGE: EXPN.COM

FACE-OFF

MEGARAMP RIDING BROUGHT MOTO STYLE TO SKATEBOARDING. DAILIES HOST SKATEBOARDER BOB BURNQUIST SWAPS BIG AIR WITH FREESTYLE MOTO X HEAVY ADAM JONES.

BURNQUIST: Watching you guys jump, I'm always on edge. Makes me think I should try anything and stop complaining.

JONES: We can't bail out of a trick like skateboarders. Last time I bailed, I snapped my leg. Time before that, I snapped my leg. So I quit doing that.

BURNQUIST: I've got loads of respect for you guys. Not being able to bail or knee slide, that takes being prepared mentally. If I went through the injuries you guys go through, I wouldn't be able to get back on my board that quick.

JONES: As soon as you can walk, you can ride. It's about getting over the fear. You think about the last time you were on your bike-crash. It stays with you. The first backflip after an injury is scary.

BURNQUIST: I remember going to the beach and trying backflips on the sand. It's so unnatural to go upside down. I'd always get scared, cork it to the side and not fully commit. Then I started skydiving, and it became so natural.

JONES: Once you flip, it's the easiest thing in the world. The beginning, that's tough. But freestyle compared to skateboarding and BMX is almost slacker. What you do is so technical. The movements we have memorized are way less intense. And for us, coming back from an injury means getting your head around being on a bike, but it doesn't take the muscle memory you guys need.

BURNQUIST: But I can break my arm, put on a cast and skate.

JONES: True. I can break a finger or a toe and still ride. Anything else, and I'm out.

BURNQUIST: Well then, break a leg. But not really.