X marks the LA spot 32 Monday, 13 July 2009 London Lite HeadtoCaliforniafortheXGames,theOlympicsofextremesports BY OLIVIA WALMSLEY Extremely cool: check out the action at the X Games in Los Angeles spotLAthemarksX 3 other extreme events 1X Games Winter, Aspen: the14th Winter X Games takeplace from 28 to 31 January.xgames.com 2Red Bull X Fighters, London: on 22 August the Red Bull X-Fighters (freestyle moto-x) perform in London for the first time.redbullxfighters.com 3Voodoo Jam, New Orleans:the largest BMX flatlandchallenge in the US takesplace on 1 August at the Generations Hall. theflatlandvoodoojam.com WHATS GOING ON? THE Olympics of the extreme sports world, the X Games, take place for the third time in Los Angeles from 30 July to 2 August. The 15th annual alternative sports shindig attracts more than 200,000 spectators to check out 300 of the worlds top athletes from the worlds of Moto-X, skateboarding, BMX freestyle and rally car racing as they compete for medals and almost 600,000 in cash. Its where the biggest stars of extreme sports come to unveil new stunts -- skate god Tony Hawks achieved his 900 move (a trick involving a two-and-a-half time revolution) for the first time there in 1999. You can buy tickets at ticketmaster.com. BED DOWN DOWNTOWN LA is the citys business district -- it used to be quiet by nightfall, but the open- ing of the Standard Downtown (standardhotels. com) has given the area a shot in the arm. The hotel attracts a cool crowd, who head for the rooftop bar, with its infinity pool and m o v i e s p r o - jected on nearby buildings. Rooms from 151 per night. HIT THE TOWN THE organisers run X Fest as part of the games -- which means live bands, meet and greets with the athletes and autograph sessions. The Standard Downtowns rooftop bar is the place to be in Downtown LA. If youve got time to venture further afield, head to Silver- lake. Its where LAs alternative music scene and attendant hipsters are based. DONT MISS THE International Surf Festival takes place from 31 July to 2 August. As well as surfing there will be volley- ball, paddleboard, sand soccer and bodysurfing competitions to watch. See surffestival.org for more info. Wetellyouwheretogoandwhen... LosAngeles 32 Monday, 13 July 2009 London Lite32 Monday, 13 July 2009 London Lite HOW TO GET THERE RETURN flights with United Airlines from Heathrow to Los Angeles are from 787 per person. Departing 30 July. See expedia.co.uk MORE DETAILS xgames.com, discoverlosangeles.com index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html