Skateboarding Champs Make History in Chicago

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(DGIwire) – October 4 was a momentous day in the world of professional skateboarding. At Chicago’s UIC Pavilion Center, two Brazilians, Kelvin Hoefler and Leticia Bufoni, took home top honors at the 2015 Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Nike SB Super Crown World Championship—the official street skateboarding world championship as recognized by the International Skateboarding Federation.

16-leticia-bufoni-sls-womens-finals-shigeophoto-7656This year’s championship was remarkable for two reasons. For the first time in Street League history, SLS rookie Hoefler went trick for trick with seven SLS veterans—Luan Oliviera, Nyjah Huston, Chaz Ortiz, Paul Rodriquez, Shane O’Neill, Cody McEntire and Chris Cole—and came out on top to take the crown. His reward? The $200,000 first-place prize purse and a one-of-a-kind Nixon watch.

Just as historically important, this year witnessed the inaugural Women’s Division contest, in which eight handpicked female street skateboarders—Lacey Baker, Pamela Rosa, Samarria Brevard, Alexis Sablone, Vanessa Torres, Marisa Dal Santo, and Alana Smith, in addition to Bufoni—had the chance to compete. Bufoni’s championship earned her the $30,000 first-prize purse—the largest prize purse in 2015 women’s skateboarding—and a Nixon watch.chris-cole-bsflip-sls-mens-finals-shigeophoto-7852

Both champions proved their chops early. Hoefler gave a crowd-pleasing run, starting with a Frontside Bluntside transfer into the bank, a Frontside Grind Smith over the gap onto the flatbar, straight into a Kickflip 50-50 up onto the ledge and around for a 360 Flip over the gap up onto the platform, a loft Frontside Ollie on the quarterpipe, a Kickflip Backside Lipslide down the handrail, a stylish Backside Ollie on the quarterpipe, into a Kickflip Nosegrind on the ledge, and finishing strong with a long Frontside Bluntside through the longrail.

paul-rodriguez-fsfeeble-sls-mens-finals-shigeophoto-7891Meanwhile, Bufoni began with an Ollie down into the bank, a Frontside 180 over the bank-to-bank gap, a Frontside Lipslide on the quarterpipe, a Backside 5050 Grind right through the long down-ledge, over the gap for a Krooked Grind on the ledge, and finishing with a lofty Ollie.

For both Hoefler and Bufoni, victory came down to their very last “trick.” In Hoefler’s case, it was a brutal assault on the handrail: first with a Kickflip Backside Noseblunt Slide that brought the stadium to their feet, then with two 9 Club bangers: a Halfcab Nosegrind Revert, and to take out Nyjah Huston for the win, he came through with an amazing Cab Backslide Tailslide to fakie. As for Bufoni, her 360 Boardflip over the wedge gap sealed the deal for first place against Vanessa Torres.

luan-oliveira-360flip-sls-mens-finals-shigeophoto-8070After the World Championship contests, a separate event—the #DIAMONDBESTTRICK contest—was held, with Cody McEntire sealing his win with a Nollie Backside Bigspin Heelfip.

The Championship will air adjacent to FOX NFL single-header football games on Sunday, October 11 in most markets, either preceding or following football (check local listings). For full highlights and re-airs of the exclusive Championship webcast, visit StreetLeague.com. The Women’s Division will have its own dedicated one-hour telecast on FS1 and FOX Sports GO on Sunday, October 18 at 4:00pm ET.

This article was contributed by DGI staff editor Sebastian Thaler. 

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