|LA goes X-Games crazy!|
|Around the Academy:
There was a time when skateboarding, BMX and inline skating were for rebellious teenagers out to annoy their parents.
But these extreme sports are now highly respected followed by millions - and all eyes will be the X-Games in Los Angeles which begin on 16 August.
The competition is now in its ninth year, with athletes travelling across the world to prove they can defy gravity on skates, bikes or boards.
While the line-up at this year's competition is dominated by Americans, the Brits are out to dash their medal hopes in the bike events.
Former gold medallist Jamie Bestwick, who's originally from Nottingham but now lives in the States, is tipped to give the eight-time champion Dave Mirra a ride for his money.
Other British biking stars include Chester's Alistair Whitton, last year's silver medallist Simon Tabron, who won bronze in 2002 and London's Phil Dolan, who also won bronze.
Although women are only able to compete in the wakeboarding (a cross between water skiing and snowboarding) and inline skating competitions, there's one star who'll be breaking down barriers in California.
Six-time gold medallist Fabiola da Silva from Brazil will be competing against the men in the inline skate vert competition.
Meanwhile Guildford's Jenny Logue competes against da Silva in the inline park discipline.
While you can expect a few cuts and bruises for your tricks, there's plenty of money on offer to numb those aches and pains.
The top stars can earn six-figure incomes through competitions, sponsorship and video games.
The most famous "extreme" star is skateboarder Tony Hawk, who landed the first ever 900 degree turn in 1999.
Hawk's success since the 1980s has brought him multi-million dollar rewards and worldwide stardom - as well as a guest appearance on The Simpsons!
Other sports featured at the Los Angeles event include wakeboarding, moto X, which involves motorbikes being ridden on a course set up to attempt high-flying tricks mid-air, and the granddaddy cool of all extreme sports, surfing.