Behind The Big Air Benefit Review - Kicking Off X Games 15

July 29, 2009 – Behind the Big Air Benefit Kicked Off X Games 15 with an exclusive VIP meet and greets with X Games athletes in support of The V Foundation for Cancer Research and STAPLES Center Foundation.

Myself with Pro Skater Felix Arguelles

Held at the Los Angeles STAPLES Center, the event was hosted by ESPNs anchorwoman Dana Jacobson. Guests rocked out to music provided by the world famous KROQ radio station and were dinned with delicious food that included mini hot dogs, sirloin sliders, sushi, and other delicious delights provided by the award-winning cuisine of Levy Restaurants. Athletes, music, and good food were a great combination for a great time, and I know the guests were having a fantastic time at the benefit! I sure did!

Pro Skaters Felix Arguelles and Peter Smolik signing autographs in Hell Mag Books

Pro Skaters Felix Arguelles and Peter Smolik were kind enough to meet all their fans and sign autographs in the new Hell Mag Books they are featured in. Publisher of Hell Mag, Mike Ballard, gave out plenty copies of the book for fans to enjoy.

Jakks Pacific Inc. unveiled their all-new GX™ Extreme Performance Vehicle toys for children to race with at the party.  The new performance vehicles Road Champs GX™ line, which also includes skateboards, races up to 600 scale MPH. I viewed a demonstration of the vehicle racing and boy do they go fast! The kids loved them!

GX™ Extreme Performance Vehicles

A silent auction filled with sports memorabilia highlighted the evening. Some of the auction items included two tickets to Cher in concert in Las Vegas, a signed Tony Hawk Birdhouse Skateboard, Lebron James signed jersey, VIP package to the 2010 GRAMMY Awards.

X Gamer Competitors Sandro Dias, Dan Cesar, Eugino Almaral

Guests also had the opportunity to participate in a special Autograph Alley and collect signatures from their favorite Skateboard Big Air competitors. Athletes Sandro Dias, Dan Cesar, Eugino Almaral and a few others mingled amongst the guest, took pictures, and signed autographs for their fans.

Myself with X Gamer Sandro Dias

My favorite part of the evening was the being able to have exclusive access into the arena where the X Games 15 will be taking place. The competitors were practicing for this coming weekend’s competition. All the guests were able to see behind scenes how these competitors practice and prepare for their big weekend of X Games 15 in Los Angeles.

Guests loved the food!

Overall, the Behind the Big Air Benefit Kicked Off X Games 15 Party was a real hit! Athletes, music, food, X Games 15, and a great cause made the night memorable for everybody. Not to mention a great way to kick off X Games 15 at the Los Angeles, Ca STAPLES Center July 30 - August 2, 2009.

Inside the Arena where all the action will take place!

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