• Jen Booton

Red Bull’s Crashed Ice is Now Called Ice Cross

Red Bull Crashed Ice has rebranded to Ice Cross and it's on to an adrenaline-pumping start.

Red Bull has changed the name of its Crashed Ice event to Ice Cross, and the extreme skating series known for steep vertical hills and roughhousing racers held its first top-level event of the season this past weekend in Japan.

Defending world champion Cameron Naasz, 30, won the first 1,000-level race of the season in Yokohama. Naasz beat 2012 world champion Kyle Croxall, of Canada, by the length of a skate blade in the final, giving him control of the championship chase.

Canadian Maxie Planté, who is a 27-year-old pilot by day, won her first 1,000 ice cross event in the women’s race. She upset American Amanda Trunzo and Canada’s Jacqueline Legere, who are both former Ice Cross world champions.

"I've been racing for six years, I waited so long for this moment," Planté said in an interview with Red Bull.

Red Bull hosts the ice cross league alongside the sport’s sanctioning body, the All Terrain Skate Cross Federation (ATSX). Race weekends are categorized by three levels: ATSX 250, 500, or 1000. The higher the level, the more difficult the tracks and the more championship points on the line.

Red Bull Ice Cross, which can be thought of as a mash-up between ice hockey and high-speed racing on tracks built on downtown city streets, has evolved over the past 18 years. Since Red Bull revived the Canadian pastime, the event has gone from mere spectacle to full-blown action sport.

It even has the potential to grow into an Olympic sport, though it needs more international support to meet the International Olympic Committee’s requirements of 25 national organizations. Ice cross downhill is officially recognized in 14 countries, though the 2019 season attracted racers from 32 countries.