Shane O’Neill Wins the 2016 Street League Skateboarding Nike SB Super Crown Championship; Lacey Baker Takes Home Top Pro-Women’s Skateboarding Purse

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(DGIwire)  —  The 2016 Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Nike SB Super Crown World Championship touched down in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 2nd, for the first time in history delivering one of the most riveting competitions ever to go down in skateboarding, with seven skateboarders notching up at least one 9 Club score at the Galen Center at USC. In the winner-takes-all battle that was charged from the outset, Shane O’Neill triumphantly emerged victorious to take home the coveted SLS Championship trophy, $150,000 and a pair of personalized G-SHOCK watches presented in a custom case. Coming in second was Nike SB’s Nyjah Huston, followed by the ever-solid Cody McEntire. In the second season of SLS Women’s Division contest, Lacey Baker topped the podium taking home the largest prize purse in 2016 women’s skateboarding with Leticia Bufoni and Alexis Sablone coming in second and third respectively. As the official street skateboarding world championship, as recognized by the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF), this year’s Super Crown has been the most anticipated event in skateboarding’s action-packed calendar. With new talent entering SLS through the series of feeder events – starting with the Damn Am through the Tampa Am and Tampa Pro that lead into the SLS Nike SB Pro Open – a host of new shane_lacey_blabacphoto_dsc_0015blood has come up to challenge the SLS Pro roster. This year has also seen a selection of SLS Picks – outstanding street skateboarders that earned their way in the SLS Nike SB World Tour. And, for the second time, the Women’s Division brought together the toughest and most talented females in the sport to go head to head for the title of SLS Champ also. As the 2016 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship went live on FS1, the Top Eight pushed onto the course to compete for the four best scores of seven attempts, in which they each have two Runs of 45 seconds to skate the entire course, and the Best Trick section for five attempts at high-scoring hammers. With Nyjah Huston, Shane O’Neill, Paul Rodriguez, Luan Oliveira, Tom Asta, Ryan Decenzo, Cody McEntire, and Chris Joslin battling for the title, highlights from this most important competition in skateboarding included:

• As the first skateboarder to push into the arena, newcomer Chris Joslin set the pace with two back-to-back 9-Club Runs, the first an even 9.0 and the second a 9.2. The latter consisted of a super high-speed Frontside Ollie over the sixteen foot quarterpipe channel, popping off the kicker to Kickflip 5050 the hubba and straight into a quick Bigspin Frontside Boardslide down the handrail, a sketchy but fast Heelflip over the wedge gap, a quick Frontside Crooked Grind on the ledge, and finishing on the buzzer with a massive Backside 360 Ollie from the bump to flat

• Nike SB’s Shane O’Neill’s 9 Club Run, starting with a smooth 360 Kickflip over the wedge gap, up the bank to a Nollie Crooked Grind on the ledge and around into a Crooked Grind on the ledge with a Nollie Kickflip out into the bank, a Bigspin Frontside Boardslide on the down bar, a Switch Frontside Bigspin over the bump to gap, a Backside Tailslide on the ledge before finishing with an amazing Bigspin Backside Tailslide down the handrail for a score of 9.0.

• Seventeen-time SLS competition winner and Nike SB Pro Nyjah Huston’s first run was a crowd pleaser also, although not quite of 9 Club standard: Backside 180 Nosegrind, cab front board, frontside halfcab kickflip over bump to gap, gap lipslide (8.5).

• A contender in every Championship event in SLS history, Paul Rodriguez gave a solid first Run with a Frontside Bluntslide transfer off the ledge through the flatbar, a Switch Crooked Grind on the ledge into the bank and into a Switch Backside Smith Grind down the handrail, back to a Nollie Crooked Grind up onto the ledge, a Switch Kickflip over the bump to gap straight into a Switch Kickflip Frontside Boardslide down the handrail, and finishing with a little 5.0 Grind on the ledge for an even 8.0.

crowd_blabacphoto_dsc_8148• With such a strong start that put some heavy scores up on the board, the Best Trick section was set to produce even more significant hammers than normal. Crowd favorite Cody McEntire rolled away solid from all five attempts, first with a Nollie Backside Bigspin off the euro gap to the flat (8.0), then a huge Backside Kickflip all the way to the flat (8.0), a Switch Kickflip Backslide Lipslide down the handrail (8.3), a huge Switch Kickflip off the euro gap to flat (8.8), and lastly put down a super fast Nollie Bigspin Heelflip off the bump to flat for his first 9 Club (9.3).

• Also claiming his first 9 Club – as well as this being his first appearance in the Super Crown line up – Tom Asta laid down a Switch Heelflip Backside 5.0 Grind down the hubba (7.9), and a perfect Nollie Heelflip Backside Noseblunt Slide down the rail (9.3). Canada’s Ryan Decenzo’s massive gap to Frontside Tailslide from the bump to down-rail to fakie for a score of 8.2.

• Always technical and always smiling, Nike SB Pro Paul Rodriguez rolled into a Nollie 270 Switch Backside Lipslide down the handrail (8.2), and a Nollie Crooked Grind Nollie Heelflip out down the handrail (9.2) to claim his 15th 9 Club make.

• A regular on the SLS podiums, Nike SB’s Luan Oliveira stomped a lofty Frontside Flip off the euro gap all the way over the flat (8.2) and a Backside Kickflip right over the bump-to -flat obstacle (9.1), also for his fifteenth 9 Club make.

• Nyjah Huston, the most decorated SLS Pro ever, was not altogether in his typical form but still put down some solid Best Tricks, notably his high-speed gap from the bump to Noseblunt Slide the down-rail (8.8) and his massive Kickflip Frontside Boardslide along the same line (9.3), bringing his 9 Club all-time total to 44.

• As an SLS Pick joining SLS this year, Chris Joslin has been keeping pace with the veteran SLS Pros all season as shown with his two 9 Club Runs and another 9 Club Best Trick: an incredibly fast and lofty Blindside Ollie to Fakie right over the 16-foot quarterpipe channel for a welldeserved 9.5.

• Clocking up five 9 Club entries for the evening which saw him take the big win against skateboarding’s best, Nike SB Pro Shane O’Neill let loose in the Best Trick section with a Switch 360 Kickflip Frontside Lipslide down the handrail (9.0), a Switch Bigflip Frontside Boardslide down the handrail for 9.0, and an incredible Nollie 360 Kickflip to Frontside Boardslide down the handrail for the second-highest score of 9.4.

SLS Women’s Division Enter’s Second Year in Contest

Prior to the Men’s event of the 2016 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship was the second annual Women’s Division contest in which eight of the world’s top female street skateboarders had the chance to compete for the title of SLS Champ, $30,000 purse, and a pair of personalized GSHOCK watches in a custom case. This year’s Pros rolled into the arena were Lacey Baker, Pamela Rosa, Alexis Sablone, Aori Nishimura, Alana Smith, Mariah Duran, Monica Torres, and 2015 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Champion Leticia Bufoni, Highlights of this historic contest included:

• Fifteen-year-old and youngest in the contest Aori Nishimura’s opening Run, starting with a Crooked Grind down the hubba followed by a Frontside Lipslide down the handrail, a Backside 5050 Backside 180 out on the ledge, a Frontside 5050 down the hubba followed by a Backside Lipslide down the handrail, a quick Rock ‘n Roll on the quarterpipe to set for a Frontside Nosegrind on the ledge, and finishing with a floating Ollie over the euro gap (6.1).

• Nike SB athlete Leticia Bufoni’s first run was short but strong with a Backside 5.0 on the ledge, a Crooked Grind down the hubba from the bank below, a Backside Lipslide down the handrail, a Frontside Tailslide to Fakie on the ledge, into a nice 360 Boardflip over the euro gap to finish with a Frontside Disaster on the quarterpipe for 6.5.

• Lacey Baker’s opening run, which set the tone for her powerful performance all the way to the win: a 360 Boardflip over the euro gap, a Boardslide down the handrail, a Frontside 180 Ollie on the big bank, a Backside 5050 on the ledge, a technical Backside Noseslide Bigspin out down the hubba, a Frontside 180 Ollie off the quarterpipe into the bank, a Backside Noseslide Backside 270 out on the ledge, and casually finishing with a Frontside 180 Ollie off the platform for a score of 7.2.

• Having played it slightly safer in the Run section to get a foundation on the scoreboard, the Best Trick section really let the Women shine. Most notable was the Kickflip Backside Disaster on the quarterpipe by Alana Smith (6.9); the perfectly executed Hardflip over the euro gap by Mariah Duran (6.6); Leticia Bufoni’s Ollie over the euro gap all the way to the flat (6.5) and Frontside 180 Ollie over the same (7.2); the Backside Noseslide Backside 270 out on the ledge (6.5) and Backside Noseslide Bigspin out down the hubba (6.9) by Lacey Baker; and Alexis Sablone’s Kickflip Frontside Boardslide down the handrail (7.2) and Kickflip Frontside 5050 down the hubba (7.3) for the highest-scoring trick of the Women’s Division.

In partnership with FS1, the Women’s contest will have it’s own dedicated one-hour premiere telecast on FS1 and FOX Sports GO on October 9 at 7:30 PM ET in the USA.

Following the event, the #DIAMONDBESTTRICK contest presented by Diamond Supply Co. saw Australia’s Shane O’Neill take it up another notch with huge tricks like back to back Switch Tre Noseblunt and Switch Flip Backside Noseblunt sending the fans off with no doubt as to why he’s the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Champion.

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