Monster Energy’s Athletes Ramp Up for the X Games

August 3, 2006 8:18am

Summer’s smokin’ hot action sports competition/festival gets 
rolling in Los Angeles with a host of Monster Energy-backed athletes 
competing for the hallowed X Games gold!


CARLSBAD, Calif., (Aug. 3, 2006) – Monster Energy’s athletes will 
take the global center stage beginning on Thursday (Aug. 3rd) when 
the best skateboarders, BMXers, FMXers, wakeboarders, supermoto and rally car racers converge on Los Angeles for the white hot action
sports crucible that is the annual ESPN Summer X Games.

“Monster Energy’s done its homework and backed what we feel is the finest stable of athletes competing in the games,” said Mark Hall, 
President of Monster Energy. “I’d like to say ‘Best of luck’ 
to all the athletes running the iconic Monster Energy clawed ‘M’ 
logo. Be strong, be healthy, drink Monster and bring home the 

In all, Monster Energy-backed athletes won FIVE gold medals last year at Summer X, ten metals total (5 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze). Here’s a breakdown of the Monster Energy-backed athletes that will be 
competing in this week/weekend’s ESPN Summer X Games:


Vert – Jake Brown & Jean Postec*

* New to the Monster Energy skater stable, Postec, from France, is 
considered one of Europe’s top vert skaters. He’s living in 
Encinitas (Calif.) this summer.

Note: Monster Energy’s Pierre Luc Gagnon (PLG) injured his knee 
while sessioning the Mega Ramp and will act as commentator during the X Games, representing Monster Energy. PLG was skating’s top dog last year, winning the Vert and earning silver in both Best Trick and Big Air.

Big Air (aka “Mega Ramp”) – Jason Ellis and Jake Brown

Vert Best Trick – Jake Brown

Street – Greg Lutzka (returning silver medalist)


Park – Dave Mirra (’05 gold medalist) and Ryan Guettler (last 
year’s Dew Tour BMX Park overall champion)

Vert – Mirra

Dirt – Guettler (’05 bronze medalist)

Big Air (first year on the Mega Ramp) – Mirra

Note: Monster Energy’s Mirra is the all-time winningest athlete at 
the X Games, competing and medaling at every X Games since 1995. 
Mirra has won an astonishing 20 X Games medals, 14 of them gold.


Freestyle – Mike Metzger and Adam Jones

Step Up - Metzger

Note: Metzger has eight Summer/Winter X Games combined FMX medals, comprised of 3 gold and 5 silver


Moto X SuperMoto – Doug Henry (’05 gold medalist) and Mark Burkhart


Wake Pool Rail Jam (inaugural event) – Danny Harf (’05 
Wakeboarding gold medalist and ’06 Pro Wakeboard Tour Champion), Shawn Watson and Daniel Watkins

Note: Monster Energy’s Shane Bonifay, who battled Harf in the finals 
of last week’s U.S. Wake Tour in Reno, injured his knee and will not 
compete at Summer X. He was one of the favorites to medal.

Rally Car

Rally Car (inaugural event) – Ken Block

Monster Energy supports the sport. Be it motocross, surf, skate, 
snow, BMX – name it – the athletes are rockin’ Monster Energy 
more than anything these days. Check out all the flavors – Original 
Monster Energy, Monster Lo-Carb, Monster Assault and the new Monster/fruit juice hybrid called “Khaos.” All the boyz racing rockin’ 
the Monster Energy logo at the Dew Tour dig ‘em – so will you. On 
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