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10.04.2017 13:02
Louie Lopez Interview

Louie Lopez is on fire right now. He was chosen as one of this year’s SLS Picks and won the 2017 Tampa Pro. Winning Tampa achieves one of the ways SLS Picks can earn full status as an SLS Pro and it guarantees Louie’s spot in this year’s SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship.…

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Louie Lopez is on fire right now. He was chosen as one of this year’s SLS Picks and won the 2017 Tampa Pro. Winning Tampa achieves one of the ways SLS Picks can earn full status as an SLS Pro and it guarantees Louie’s spot in this year’s SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship. On top of that, he dropped a serious Spitfire part in March that had the internet going nuts. The momentum is definitely on Louie’s side right now. We’re expecting big things from him at the SLS stops this year—which is why we decided to ring him up for an interview to get his take on everything.

How was Tampa?

Tampa was epic. It was definitely a Tampa for the books.

How many Tampa Pros have you been to?

Tampa Pros, I’ve probably been to about three I think. But I’ve been to a bunch of Tampa Ams. My first one was probably like eight years ago or something. It was a while ago. It’s crazy to win one.

Going into the whole weekend, did you think you were going to do as well as you did?

No, I didn’t at all. I was actually stressing because I never really do good at the Tampas. I never even made it to Finals. It’s just trippy. I didn’t even think that at all. I was like, “Whatever, Tampa’s fun either way.” You get to see all the homies—so it’s going to be fun no matter what. Once I got into the Finals, I was like, “Oh, damn, this is very cool. I made it into the Finals. I can check that one off the list.” And then—right as I was doing the run that I won on—I was like, “I just want to skate, whatever happens happens. I just want to get this over with at this point.” I could barely walk. I somehow landed everything, so I was like, “alright, cool.”

Did you have your run planned out or were you freestyling as the day went?

I tried to switch it up as much as possible as opposed to doing the same run 15 times throughout weekend. I had the first couple of tricks planned and then I was pretty much just seeing what happened after that.

I always like it when it’s not planned and it’s not seeing someone do the same run for two days straight.

Yeah, cause then you start to get to know what they’re going to do. It doesn’t get that exciting anymore. It’s like, “oh, he’s doing this, he’s doing that.”

Was the fakie tre at the end dedicated to Tom Penny? You had your arms out like his and everything.

It’s definitely a Tom-inspired trick for sure. I look up to Tom’s skating. He definitely inspired that one.

After winning Tampa, what’d you do to celebrate?

Not much really, after the contest we went to the Bricks and everyone was just hanging out there. Got turnt there. Then the next day was the flight home. Actually, when I got home I just went bowling with a bunch of friends. We had some drinks and went bowling. It was pretty fun.

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Frontside Kickflip Disaster

What about the $20,000 that you won, any plans to spend that?

Nah, I’m not gonna spend that. I’m just gonna put it in the bank and figure it out from there. I’m definitely not just gonna blow it though.

Is that how you usually are with your dough? You’re not a big spender right, you’re kind of smart with your money.

Yeah, I’m not trying to win a bunch of money and I don’t know… you can buy something for $20,000—but I don’t need anything that’s worth $20,000. So yeah, I’ll just have it chilling for a bit.

What’s your approach for skating contests? Do you do anything to prepare for them, or do you just show up and skate?

I don’t really do much preparing. I skate a lot already. So it’s not like I have to go to the skatepark. I just show up and whatever happens happens. I’m not too strict on it.

How did you first hear about SLS, do you remember at all?

Obviously, when it first started up I remember hearing that everyone was being a part of it. There were a bunch of skaters that aren’t in it now. So you’d definitely hear about it. I remember going to watch one. It was crazy. It’s pretty insane to watch what people can do. It’s crazy in person.

This year, you’re an SLS Pick. And next year you’ll be an official SLS pro since you won Tampa. How does that feel?

It’s crazy. I was super happy to be a Pick. They probably felt bad for me because I always miss it by one every year. So they probably felt bad and were like, “Alright, we’ll just throw him in there.” I’m stoked that it all worked out. And I’m super stoked to go to Barcelona too. That will be fun.

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Louie’s Future Looks Bright

How does skating a contest compare with filming a trick in the streets. There’s a certain amount of pressure involved with both. Do you approach them in the same way?

I definitely think that filming a trick in the streets and doing a trick in a contest are a little different in the sense that in the streets, depending on the spot you’re skating, you could have more time or less time. Sometimes you could have as long as you want to try to land a trick—take a couple of hours. You can try something that you’ve never done before. But in a contest, it’s more you gotta land it this try. You’re gonna go for what you have on lock as opposed to trying something that you’ve never done. But there’s some spots where you gotta land stuff first try. I guess in that sense, it goes hand-in-hand.

You’ve grown up in the skate industry. What, if anything, has changed in your perspective on skating over the years?

Not much, I still love skating just as much as I did when I was 10. I’m super hyped that it’s still that way. I guess I skate a little different now. I can ollie higher than I could when I was 10—so that’s better. But yeah, it’s still just the same love for it.

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Backside Noseblunt

You’re such a well-rounded skateboarder. What shaped that? Who did you look up to when you were younger that influenced that type of skating?

When I first got on Volcom, I was all tranny. I was skating in pads in bowls. At one point, I was skating tranny more than street. I don’t like to be focussed on just one thing and only skate that. I don’t like to do the same thing every time. Even if it’s learning a new grab, that’s fun. One of the first videos I saw was Birdhouse The End and Rodney Mullen vs. Daewon Song Round 2. I just remember that there were always different sections—obviously the vert skaters and the street skaters, and mini ramps and stuff. Then there was, like, Daewon. He could do everything. He could do crazy shit on the quarterpipe, skate tables, and do manuals. I guess just seeing different things in different videos is what I wanted to do.

Do you have anything planned between now and the SLS Pro Open in May?

Right when I got back from Tampa I got back to the streets. I’m just trying to get as much footage as possible for the Converse video that’s going to come out next year. So I’m just trying to get some footage for that. I have a trip coming up to the East Coast for the Converse video. And then after that, I go to Barcelona.

Watch Louie Lopez skate the 2017 SLS Nike SB Pro Open in Barcelona May 20 & 21. Tickets available now!

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04.04.2017 12:37
2017 Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets for the 2017 SLS Nike SB World Tour are here! Our events always have a sold out crowd so head to streetleague.com/tickets and secure those premium seats now before they’re all gone!

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Tickets for the 2017 SLS Nike SB World Tour are here! Our events always have a sold out crowd so head to streetleague.com/tickets and secure those premium seats now before they’re all gone!

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03.04.2017 10:09
2016 SLS Nike SB World Tour Recap

  With tickets for the 2017 SLS Nike SB World Tour going on sale on April 4th, we decided to take a look back at the incredible 2016 season. It was definitely one for the history books!   Chris Joslin – 360 Flip The 2016 SLS Nike SB Pro Open at Skate Agora BDN in…

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With tickets for the 2017 SLS Nike SB World Tour going on sale on April 4th, we decided to take a look back at the incredible 2016 season. It was definitely one for the history books!

 

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Chris Joslin – 360 Flip

The 2016 SLS Nike SB Pro Open at Skate Agora BDN in Barcelona kicked off the 2016 season with a heated Qualifier round on Day One. 30 non-SLS pros from 14 different countries battled it out in five action-packed heats. The Top 8 finishers would advance to the next day to skate in the Semi Final against the SLS Pros. The top two non-SLS finishers on Day Two would become SLS Pros. Tommy Fynn came out strong—consistently landing tricks including fakie 5-0 down the rail, backside noseblunt down the hubba, and his patented fakie ollie switch blunt down the rail. His performance earned Tommy a first-place finish at the end of the Qualifier round. Ryo Sejri, Boo Johnson, Tiago Lemos, Karsten Kleppan, Curren Caples, Moses Adams, and Madars Apse rounded out the Top 8 and would all skate alongside Tommy and the SLS Pros in the Semi-Final the following day.

 

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Kevin Bradley – Frontside 360

The Semi Final was a classic example of what it takes to advance to an SLS Final. The level of skating was absolutely incredible. Tommy Fynn and Tiago Lemos did not make the Final, but were welcomed into SLS as the top placing non-SLS pros.

 

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New SLS Pros Tiago Lemos & Tommy Fynn

The Final of the 2016 Pro Open in Barcelona seemed to be anybody’s for the taking during the Run portion. Just about everyone took the top spot after they completed their run. But it was Shane O’Neill’s flawless second line that included a switch flip front board down the rail and bigspin fakie 5-0 on the ledge that catapulted him to the head of the pack with an 8.7 score.

 

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Shane O’Neill – Switch Flip Front Board

Nyjah Huston tried his best to bump him down with a flawless run of his own including a backside 360 kickflip on the wedge-to-wedge ramp, but fell short with an 8.4 score landing him in 2nd. During the Best Trick portion of the contest hammers were dropped. Some notables were Joslin’s ollie up onto the bench on top of the volcano bigspin off to flat, Luan Oliveira’s nollie bigflip noseslide on the bump to ledge, and Nyjah Huston’s cab front blunt down the rail. But when it was all said and done, it was Shane O’Neill’s switch flip back lip and switch big flip front board down the rail that earned an 8.5 and 9.2, respectively, that sealed the deal on the win. Barcelona definitely set the stage for the 2016 season.

 

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The Munich Course

Stop Two of the 2016 SLS Nike SB World Tour returned to Munich. The course was smaller—which translated into some seriously technical skating. Everyone went all out during the Prelims trying to secure a spot in the Final. New SLS Pro Tiago Lemos came out swinging with a gigantic switch pop shove it over the rail with so much style during his run. He followed that up with a fakie ollie switch frontside crook down the rail and a nollie backside flip tailslide down the hubba that cinched his spot in the Final in his first official SLS event.

 

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Tiago Lemos – Kickflip Crooks

Shane O’Neill’s momentum from winning the Pro Open showed during his perfect runs in the Prelims. In the Best Trick section he dropped a switch double 360 flip down the stairs for a 9.0 and followed that up with a bigspin back tail bigspin out down the hubba for a 9.3—the highest score of the day. Shane would go on to finish the heat in front of the pack. As always, Nyjah came out with his big guns blazing. During the Best Trick section he landed a backside flip fakie nosegrind back to regular earning him a 9.2! The roster for the Final shaped up to be Shane O’Neill, Nyjah Huston, Tom Asta, Tiago Lemos, Ryan Decenzo, Carlos Ribeiro, Luan Oliveira, and Paul Rodriguez.

The Munich Final really all boiled down to the Best Trick section. During the Run portion, Shane O’Neill shined with a flowing line that earned him an 8.9. Paul Rodriguez perfectly executed a line that was almost entirely switch and Nyjah Huston did not fall on a line that included a 270 lip down the rail. Shane’s performance landed him on top at the end of the Run section.

 

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Paul Rodriguez Wins Munich

During Best Trick, it came down to consistency and heavy tricks. Paul Rodriguez showed what champions are made of with a crooked grind nollie heelflip out on the rail for a 9.3 and kept it going with an 8.7 on a switch flip backside nosegrind down the hubba that landed him in 1st place. Despite the best efforts of guys like Luan Oliveira who frontside flipped and hardflipped off the bank ramp over the barrier of the course and Tiago Lemos who did a nollie nosegrind off the wedge onto a waist-high rail—nobody could best Paul’s lead and he ended up taking home the win. The final results were Paul Rodriguez in first, Luan Oliveira in second and Nyjah Huston in third.Paul’s win proved that consistency is key when it comes to an SLS victory.

 

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The New Jersey Course

The New Jersey stop was a departure from Munich. Both the size of the course and obstacles were quite a bit larger—which took some getting used to for many of the pros. Given the distance to cover, you had to be quick to get in the amount of tricks to rack up points. The stakes were high too –7 of the Top 8 spots for the Super Crown World Championship had been clinched leaving everyone battling for that last spot. This course was the perfect recipe for seasoned SLS veteran Nyjah Huston who was hungry for a win after not winning since the 2015 Pro Open over a year before. He dropped tricks including fakie ollie switch nosegrind and switch front feeble down the 12-stair rail with ease. Paul Rodriguez handled business on the stairs with a switch flip, switch heel, and switch frontside flip. And Evan Smith blew minds with his incredible frontside flip over the channel that earned him a whopping 9.3 score. When it was all said and done, the line-up going into the Final was Evan Smith, Nyjah Huston, Chris Joslin, Paul Rodriguez, Tommy Fynn, Chris Cole, Carlos Ribeiro, and Luan Oliveira.

 

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Evan Smith – Stalefish 

In the Final, the pressure was on and the cream rose to the top. SLS rookie Carlos Ribeiro and SLS Pick Chris Joslin came out hard with solid flawless runs—Joslin’s included a perfect backside 360 down the stairs. And Nyjah Huston had the eye of the tiger while flowing through runs that included bangers like nollie back 5-0 and nollie backside overcook down the rail that earned him an 8.1 and 8.5, respectively. After grabbing an early lead the Best Trick section was all about the Chris Joslin and Nyjah Huston show. Joslin rifled off gap to back smith on the wedge to rail, backside 360 off the wedge over the quarterpipe, hardflip revert down the 12 stair, and bigger flip off the wedge to flat. Not to be outdone, Huston fired back with a kickflip front board on the gap to rail, cab back lip down the 12-stair rail, kickflip back lip on the gap to rail, and a mind-blowing 270 noseblunt down the 12-stair rail to take his first win in over a year! Chris Joslin placed right behind him in second clinching the last remaining spot for the Super Crown World Championship and SLS Rookie Tommy Fynn took third for his first podium finish at his second event as an SLS Pro.

 

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New Jersey Top 3: Chris Joslin, Nyjah Huston, Tommy Fynn

The winners and the highest scoring SLS Pros of the season are the Top 8 Pros that skate in the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship. The 2016 Super Crown World Championship contained some of the best skating in SLS history and was a true cliffhanger right up until the end. The top spots for the 2016 Super Crown went to Shane O’Neill (2016 Tampa Pro & Pro Open winner), Paul Rodriguez (Munich winner), Nyjah Huston (New Jersey winner) with the remaining spots going to the highest scoring SLS Pros of the 2016 season – Tom Asta, Luan Oliveira, Cody McEntire, Ryan Decenzo & SLS Pick Chris Joslin.

 

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Chris Joslin – 16 Foot Channel Ollie

Chris Joslin started the Run Section off with a bang starting his run with a 16-foot ollie over the quarter pipe channel gap and ending it with a huge backside 360 from the wedge gap to flat. Joslin became the first pro in SLS history to earn back-to-back 9-Club scores in the Run section. He scored a 9.0 on his first and a 9.2 on his second. Nyjah Huston put in a solid performance punctuated by gap to lipslide on the wedge gap to rail for an 8.5. And Shane O’Neill’s flawless footwork that included crooked grind nollie flip out on the ledge into bank followed by a bigspin front board on the rail and a bigspin back tail down the rail earned himself a 9.0 rolling into the finals.

 

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Nyjah Huston – Gap to Noseblunt

The Best Trick portion of the contest was something that had to be witnessed to be believed. There was only one score below an 8.0 and a total of nine 9-Club Scores! Literally, everyone was on fire. Some of the insane highlights were Nyjah Huston’s gap to noseblunt and kickflip gap to front board on the wedge gap to rail, Luan Oliveira kickflipping and backside flipping the box on flat, Paul Rodriguez’s nollie crooked grind nollie heelflip out on the rail, Chris Joslin’s 16-foot blindside ollie to fakie on the quarterpipe channel gap, and Shane O’Neill’s jaw dropping bangers – switch 360 flip lipslide, switch bigflip front board, and nollie 360 flip front board on the rail. Shane’s massacre on the rail sealed the deal and he was crowned the 2016 SLS World Champion.

If the 2016 season is any indication, then 2017 is going to be absolutely insane. You are definitely not going to want to miss a moment. Tickets go on sale this Tuesday, April 4.

 

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2016 SLS World Champion Shane O’Neill

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23.03.2017 12:11
2017 SLS NIKE SB WORLD TOUR DATES & LOCATIONS

Today, we’re excited to announce the dates and locations for the 2017 SLS Nike SB World Tour! For this year’s announcement, we caught up with Paul Rodriguez, Cody McEntire, Evan Smith, and Louie Lopez during the off season to help unveil this year’s stops.  Tampa Pro kicked things off on March 4 and 5. SLS…

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Today, we’re excited to announce the dates and locations for the 2017 SLS Nike SB World Tour! For this year’s announcement, we caught up with Paul Rodriguez, Cody McEntire, Evan Smith, and Louie Lopez during the off season to help unveil this year’s stops. 

Tampa Pro kicked things off on March 4 and 5. SLS Pick Louie Lopez took home the win along with a Golden Ticket straight to the Super Crown World Championship and Dave Bachinsky won his way into SLS.
 
The SLS Nike SB Pro Open returns to Barcelona, Spain in May at the Skate Agora BDN plaza. 30 Pros will battle it out for two open spots in SLS and SLS Pros will compete for a Golden Ticket to the 2017 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship. Skate Agora BDN is a concrete plaza built by Lateral Thinking in conjunction with Nike SB, the City of Badalona, and designed by CA Skateparks.

Including 2017 SLS Picks Louie Lopez, Tyshawn Jones, and the three new SLS Pros, the 2017 SLS Nike SB World Tour officially gets underway in Munich, Germany in June for the headline event at MUNICH MASH. 

A stop in Chicago, IL in August will solidify the Top Eight pros from the 2017 season advancing to the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship in Los Angeles. And for the third year in a row, SLS will include a Women’s Division as part of the Super Crown World Championship.

We’re going to have a lot of new blood in the 2017 roster, making this the most exciting SLS Season to date. Tickets go on sale on April 4! Stay tuned for more details, contest coverage, and information. 

May 20 – 21 • SLS Nike SB Pro Open
Skate Agora BDN • Barcelona, Spain

June 24 • Stop One
Olympic Park • Munich, Germany

August 13 • Stop Two
UIC Pavilion • Chicago, IL

September 15 • SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship
Galen Center at USC • Los Angeles, CA

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23.03.2017 12:10
True Skate Big Screen

TRUE SKATE, the world’s most popular mobile skateboarding game, presents its long-awaited evolution to the BIG SCREEN. The unique custom-built physics engine behind the success of True Skate is being amplified to 4K quality to be played on PC and console platforms. True Skate has developed a demo far enough along to demonstrate just how…

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TRUE SKATE, the world’s most popular mobile skateboarding game, presents its long-awaited evolution to the BIG SCREEN. The unique custom-built physics engine behind the success of True Skate is being amplified to 4K quality to be played on PC and console platforms.

True Skate has developed a demo far enough along to demonstrate just how good a 4K skateboarding game can look. The demo includes a generic True Skate character, but it aspires to add pros and other customizable character features to enhance the experience from True Skate mobile. They have also figured out ways to translate its intuitive real-time flick controls to the analog sticks on a gamepad, and is currently playable with an Xbox controller.

If you would like to support True Skate’s transition to the big screen, visit its Kickstarter here.

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