photo manipulation by nacrowe
i think everyone can appreciate a disruptor. someone that comes out of left fied and innovates to such an extent that an industry has to react in their wake.
in terms of sports i have written in the past about RODNEY MULLEN (blog entry linked HERE), a legendary skateboarder who found a way to incorporate (then-tragically unhip) freestyle elements into street skateboarding and basic birthed modern flat ground trick. what once was deemed outsider then became the very lexicon upon which the modern sport defines itself.
i don't think its hyperbole to put AUSTRALIAN 3X BMX BIG AIR X GAMES champion RYAN WILLIAMS on that same level. in terms of action sports, SCOOTERS are looked at as a joke. a kid's toy. probably ironically the same way people used to view skateboarding and bicylce riding. currently FREESTYLE SCOOTER is still not an X GAMES event. but FREESTYLE BMX is.
what's interesting about WILLIAMS is that being a FREESTYLE SCOOTER pro, he was able to incorporate various tricks into BMX that had never been attempted or considered before, things like BRI FLIPS, INWARD BRI FLIPS and my favorite, the FREE WILLY (SCOOTER-only).
again, a new lexicon of tricks get incorporate into the sport from an overlooked and undervalued related sport.