Nyjah Huston poses for a picture in Costa Mesa, Calif. in August 2011 after winning the first three stops in the Street League Skateboarding tour.
AP Photo/Chris Carlson
By Jamie Lisanti
July 10, 2014

Skateboarding is going back to its simplest form and taking it old-school, as ESPN hosts Game of S.K.A.T.E., a new World of X Games event and show being filmed at the network’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn., on August 1.

Much like everyone’s favorite driveway basketball game H-O-R-S-E, the competition is a trick matching showdown on a flat stretch of pavement, with skaters battling head-to-head to test each other’s skills. A total of eight skaters will have to replicate the same trick performed by the first athlete. If he doesn’t land the trick, he gets a letter, and any athlete who spells out S-K-A-T-E is eliminated from the event. First place is awarded to the last skater standing.

Course rendering for the Game of S.K.A.T.E. at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.

The all-star lineup for the event includes X Games medalists Chris Cole and Nyjah Huston, previous Battle at the Berrics winners Mike Mo Capaldi and PJ Ladd, and Street League competitors Shane O’Neill and Tom Asta. X Games Los Angeles 2011 Game of S.K.A.T.E. runner-up Brandon Westage and Bill Marks will round out the field. 

The Game of S.K.A.T.E. will be streamed live on ESPN3, with X Games host Brandon Graham doing the commentary. It will also be televised as part of the World of X Games series on August 10 at 5 p.m. on ABC.

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