Skateboarding Sensations Hurtle Toward 2016 World Championship


(DGIwire) – August 28, 2016 was a day to remember for skateboarding fans in the Garden State. At the Prudential Center in Newark, the world’s top skateboarders convened for the 2016 Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Nike SB World Tour. These extraordinary athletes brought their best to compete for the $80,000 prize—as well as for last remaining chance to make it into the street skateboarding competition that matters the most: the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship.

On perhaps one of the interesting and challenging courses of the season—requiring a lot of speed to work in enough tricks during the Run section and technical skill on the big obstacles for the Best Trick section—the most decorated SLS Pro ever, Nyjah Huston, emerged victorious ahead of 2016 SLS Pick Chris Joslin and SLS Rookie Tommy Flynn to take home the $80,000 prize and his first win since taking the podium at the 2015 SLS Nike SB Pro Open in Barcelona.

This stop in Newark marked the last opportunity for the SLS Pros and SLS Picks to claim their spot for the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship, which is the official World Championship for street skateboarding as sanctioned by the International Skateboarding Federation. Adding to this tension, there remained just one available slot within the Final Eight. SLS Rookie Chris Joslin won that honor, meaning he joins seven of his competitors—Shane O’Neill, Paul Rodriguez, Nyjah Huston, Tom Asta, Luan Oliveira, Cody McEntire and Ryan Decenzo—who claimed their positions through outstanding performances at events throughout the entire season.

In front of a high-energy crowd, the competitors brought their best—both in the Prelim Heats that cut the lineup to just eight, as well as in the evening’s Final. Chris Joslin clinched his position in the Prelim with a flawless Run, starting with a big gap Backside Lipslide on the kinked rail, rolling up for a Kickflip transfer off the bank to upper deck, around to a Frontside Trailslide down the hubba, a 360 Flip over the banked gap, a smooth Frontside Smith Grind on the quarterpipe, a Frontside Boardslide along the flatbar into the bank (8.3) then stomping a perfect Backside Bigspin down the stairs just after the buzzer.

During the Final, four out of Nyjah Huston’s five Best Tricks scored high enough for him to take the clear lead and the big win, firstly with a gap Kickflip Frontside Boardslide on the kinked rail (8.5), then a Caballerial Backslide Lipslide on the handrail (8.7) and two 9 Club hammers—a gap Kickflip Frontside Lipslide on the kinked rail (9.1) and a Backside 360 Noseblunt Slide down the handrail (9.4)—to bring his 9 Club all-time total to 43 tricks.

It’s all leading up to the 2016 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship, taking place October 2 at the Galen Center at the USC in Los Angeles. U.S. fans can watch on FOX Sports 1 and customers of participating cable and satellite TV providers may access the live stream through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS, Android, Windows and Kindle devices, as well as on desktops through International fans can watch each event webcasted live exclusively on May the best skateboarder win!