The 2015 World Champion, competing in his fourth X-Games, put in an impressive performance in his first run.
With a huge crowd looking on, the sole Australian in the field had an average jump height of 14ft 10 inches, that impressed the judges and spectators.
James narrowly missed second spot by just two points, which was taken by Ben Ferguson of the United States, with Matt Ladley, also of the United States winning gold.
Unfortunately dual Olympic medallist and OWIA/NSWIS supported athlete Torah Bright was unable to compete after suffering a concussion.
Image: Scotty James at X-Games Photo: © Peter Morning Photography