It was history in the making for skateboarding as the epic beginning of the Street League Skateboarding World Tour arose in beautiful Brazil for its first stop alongside the X Games. With the world’s best skateboarders rising to the occasion, the world’s respect for street skateboarding will rise to a whole new level.
Nyjah Huston wins Street League at X Games World Tour Brazil 2013 | Photo: www.streetleague.com
Given the Flow Section, Control Section and Impact Section, the street course for the Final round offered intense features for every aspect of skateboarding. Every skater took advantage of the fresh street course in order to make it on top with the $100,000 prize purse.
The fun began at the Flow Section as the top 8 skaters battled in the unique Foz do Iguaçu waterfall street course setup. With Shane O’Neill, Nyjah Huston, Mikey Taylor, Chaz Ortiz, Tom Asta, Luan Oliveira, Sean Malto, and Torey Pudwill, the guys brought the best of street skating to the world. Luan Oliveira repped his country of Brazil with perfection as he stomped a switch 360 flip down the stairs, followed by a switch frontside 360 ollie over the fake water gap, for an 8.4. Sean Malto flowed with a flawless run including a nollie back nosegrind down the Hubba for a score of 8.3. Despite the few fumbles from Shane O’Neill, he recovered with a clean switch 360 double flip down the stairs with. Earning the highest score of 8.5 in the Flow Section, Chaz “Steez” Ortiz impressed the judges with his steezy kickflip back lip down the handrail and crook to nollie flip out.
Chaz “Steez” Ortiz sets the bar high during Finals | Photo: www.streetleague.com
Narrowing down to the top 7 skaters with Tom Asta out, the Control Section was full of surprises. With an emphasis on technical skills, Chaz Ortiz lead the pack with a salad grind to kickflip out on the flat bar for a score of 9.0. Shane O’Neill stood out with his bigspin backside tailslide to bigspin out for a score of 8.7. Nyjah began to rise in the ranks with a 360 flip off the bump to 5-0 on the down ledge but had difficulty catching his board during other tricks, leaving room for others to move up on the scoreboard. Luan pumped up the crowd as he pulled off a nollie hardflip noseslide to 270 shove-it out on the down ledge, earning a score of 9.7- just .1 point lower than the highest trick score ever in competition.
Local favorite Luan Oliveira reppin’ Brazil at Street League World Tour 2013 | Photo: www.streetleague.com
The defining moment of the Final of SLS at X Games went down in the Impact Section. As Mikey Taylor was eliminated, only six skaters remained, needing to land four tricks to have the chance for sweet victory. As Torey “T-Pud” Pudwill made his first X Games appearance, he quietly rose in the ranks. Going big on the Impact Section, T-Pud’s beanie flew from his head several times, yet he rolled away smooth after landing a 360 ollie, nollie flip, and nollie backside flip down the Big Three. Malto had a few misfortunate fails on the hubba but had a huge recovery with a nollie backside overcrook on the handrail and a solid backside noseblunt slide.
Chaz Ortiz’s early lead in the Finals began to fade as he threw a kickflip front feeble on the handrail for an 8.7 but couldn’t follow up with bigger tricks at the time. Like Ortiz, Shane O’Neill couldn’t land enough tricks but managed to complete a nollie backside 180 heelflip down the Big Three and a bigspin front boardslide on the handrail.
2011 SLS Champion Sean Malto returns to Street League at X Games World Tour Brazil 2013 | Photo: www.streetleague.com
Local hero Luan Oliveira had much pressure from his country to take the win. Luan kept up the momentum by busting a hardflip and switch frontside flip over the rail for an 8.2 and 8.4, respectively. However, his solid flips planted him in 4th place for lack of handrail tricks on the Impact Section.
After winning 8 out of 12 SLS stops, and being the 2010 and 2012 overall SLS Champion, Nyjah Huston has continued to show his dominance. Nyjah solidified his win during the Final round of the Impact Section on the handrail with a ridiculous bag of big tricks including a backside 270 ollie to frontside lipslide, cab backside lipslide, 360 flip lipslide, kickflip back lip and nollie heelflip back lip. Nyjah Huston’s insane performance led him to a total score of 48.8 to grab the gold and claim the $100,000 prize in his pocket.
The crowd goes wild for the first stop of the Street League at X Games World Tour | Photo: www.streetleague.com
Following Huston with 9 points behind, Sean Malto claimed silver as Torey Pudwill finished with an overall solid score of 36.2 for bronze. Finishing in 4th, 5th and 6th place was Luan Oliveira, Chaz Ortiz, Shane O’Neill, respectively.
Get ready for some more prime skateboarding in Barcelona, Spain May 16-18.
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