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Samstag, 24. Juni 2017

NYJAH HUSTON GEWNNT DIE SLS NIKE SB WORLD TOUR

The Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Nike SB World Tour landed at Olympic Park in Munich, Germany, today with the world’s top skateboarders bringing their best to compete in the first official stop of the 2017 SLS Nike SB World Tour.

Returning to Germany after a great event at the SLS Nike SB Pro Open in Barcelona, Spain, SLS has once again created some memorable skateboarding moments in 2017. This stop in Munich marks the third opportunity for the SLS Pros and SLS Picks to claim their spot in the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship, which is the official World Championship for street skateboarding. Pros either have to advance through the winning of a Golden Ticket as part of the first-place prize package, or through the accumulation of more Championship Points than fellow SLS Pros. In front of a high-energy crowd, the competitors brought their best for the Prelim Heats that would cut the lineup to just eight to continue to the evening’s Final.

The Prelims really got underway in Heat 2 where the two rookies, Yuto Horigome and Dashawn Jordan, battled SLS’ most winningest Pro, Nyjah Huston, to see who would reign supreme. At the end, it was Dashawn Jordan in 1st, followed by Huston in 2nd, and Horigome in 3rd with scores of 33.3, 33.0, and 32.8, respectively.

In the following heat, 2016 SLS Super Crown World Champion, Shane O’Neill, skated less consistent than normal and his scores suffered as a result. Surprisingly, Shane wound up on the chopping block going into Heat 4. This SLS contest was shaping up to have a different outcome than what we’ve come to expect in recent years. Ultimately, the Final consisted of Dashawn Jordan, Nyjah Huston, Chris Joslin, Miles Silvas, Carlos Ribeiro, Torey Pudwill, and Kelvin Hoefler.

The Munich Final proved to be one of the most competitive in SLS history. While there were many 9 Club scores from practically everyone competing, it quickly became apparent that the contest would be a battle between Huston and Horigome. Both started off strong with 8.9 and 9.0 scores in the Run section, respectively.

They would then go trick for trick in the Best Trick section. Horigome landed bangers including nollie cab back tail down the rail and nollie inward heelflip from the wedge over the quarter pipe gap which earned him a 9.1 and an 8.8. Despite missing one trick, Huston was able to fire back with kickflip front board to fakie on the flat-tokinked rail and an incredible kickflip gap to back lip down the rail that was done at such speed it sent him flying off the quarter pipe onto his back on the other side. The latter would earn Nyjah a 9.3. In the end, Horigome would bail his last trick sealing Huston’s second SLS win of the 2017 season and 18th overall. Looking forward, it’s clear from their performances that Yuto Horigome and Dashawn Jordan are indeed going to be serious threats in SLS. Yuto came dangerously close to winning his first SLS contest this afternoon. But, in true champion fashion, Nyjah Huston showed that he was able to rise to the Occasion and will not be lay down easily for the new generation.

And with Shane O’Neill absent from the Final, there’s no way of knowing how he would have impacted things. We shall see how all of this plays out in Chicago on August 13.

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