Skateboarding is a sport and lifestyle pursued by many across the globe. However, it has never received the street credit it deserves, until now. Way past due, Street League Skateboarding has announced the expansion for the first ever skateboarding World Tour. With the world’s top 20 professional skateboarders competing in unique concrete skate plazas with an easy-to-follow, instant scoring format and the largest prize purse in skateboarding history at $2 million, street skateboarding will progress to a whole new level.
SLS competitor and multi X Games gold medalist Paul Rodriguez Jr. | Photo: The Surf Channel/ Katie “Sk8ie” M.
In partnership with ESPN, the Street League Skateboarding (SLS) will consist of a 7-stop world tour for the 2013 series. The first-ever world tour for professional street skateboarding will now include ‘Street League at X Games’ events in Brazil, Spain, Germany, and various states in the United States, from the East Coast to the West Coast. Just days away, the first stop of the SLS world tour will begin in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil from April 18 – 21. Newark, New Jersey will hold the SLS World Championship to conclude the epic competition on August 25.
Two-time SLS winner Nyjah Huston and 2011 SLS Champ Sean Malto will come back for another year of competition at SLS, along with big name skaters including Paul “P-Rod” Rodriguez Jr., Chris Cole, David Gonzalez, Ryan Sheckler, Shane O’Neill, Chaz Ortiz and 2013 Tampa Pro champ Luan Oliveira.
In addition, Street League is also launching qualifiers as the SLS Select Series for the first time ever to give skaters the opportunity of a lifetime to make it to the big boy league of skating. The SLS Select Series consists of 10 pre-qualified pro skaters and 5 local skaters from each Global X host city to battle it out for a spot in the Street League at X Games pro event the next day. The top 2 overall ranked athletes who dominate in the 4–stop SLS Select Series will qualify into next year’s SLS World Tour.
SLS competitor David Gonzalez and Thrasher Magazine’s 2012 Skater of the Year | Photo: The Surf Channel/Katie “Sk8ie” M.
Professional skateboarder and mastermind of Street League Rob Dyrdek, has dreamed big on a global scale. “There is no better opportunity to elevate Street League globally than our new partnership with the X Games. By launching a fully connected world tour, our pros now have 6 events to qualify into the Championship, with each tour stop utilizing the standard Street League format, course design, and prize money that has helped establish the series as the most elite tour in skateboarding,” Dyrdek stated, “This partnership not only gives more to our fans but also adds undeniable media support from ESPN to give the league a true global impact.”
With the Instant Scoring Experience (ISX) technology, judges can instantly score the skater’s trick and display it for the competitors and audience to see on the screen. For every trick, the standings of the athletes will be updated at that moment during their run. This innovational technology allows skateboarding to rise to a faster pace of progression and reveals the winner at the very second the last trick is scored. With five Street League judges, each will be given an ISX dial as they determine the point value for each trick stomped in the three sections of the skate course. The highest and lowest scores are dropped and then the middle three scores are instantly averaged to make the trick score that is added to the running point total.
Preparation of the 2013 Brazil SLS course | Photo: Street League Skateboarding/ Aguinaldo Melo
With 11 live broadcasts available in more than 198 countries and more than 40 hours of live content, the 2013 World Tour will receive the greatest television coverage that professional skateboarding has ever had. Don’t miss the historical event of the skateboarding world tour unfold on ESPN and ESPN3. The SLS Select Series of Brazil will be live on ESPN3 April 18 at 11a.m. ET. Following is the SLS Pro Prelims live on ESPN3 April 19 2-3p.m. ET and 3-5p.m. ET. The awesome conclusion of stop one in Brazil will be shown live on ESPN April 20 at 2p.m. ET for the SLS Pro Final.
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