The ESPY for Best Male Action Sports Athlete went to 24-year-old pro street skateboarder Nyjah Huston from Laguna Beach, California. Huston’s 2018 season was a comeback story: Sidelined by a knee injury for the first half of the year, Huston returned to winning form to claim gold in Skateboard Street at X Games Minneapolis 2018 and win the 2018 Street League Skateboarding World Championship. In March 2019, Huston was announced as part of the official U.S. Skateboarding Olympics team to represent the United States at the Tokyo games in 2020. He now holds three ESPY Awards and ten X Games gold medals in Skateboard Street – the most medals earned in the discipline – and 15 medals total (ten gold, three silver, two bronze).
Taking home the ESPY for Best Female Action Sports Athlete, 19-year-old snowboard phenom Chloe Kim from Torrance, California, continues her dominance in halfpipe snowboarding: She now officially holds all of snowboarding’s major titles after claiming gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics as well as X Games Aspen 2019 and the 2019 FIS Snowboarding World Championships. Kim was listed among the ‘Most Influential People of 2018’ by TIME Magazine. At the 2018 edition of the ESPYs, she received awards for Best Female Athlete, Best Female Olympian, and Best Female Action Sports Athlete. Kim made history by becoming the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal at the age of 17 at the 2018 winter games.