The last stop of the Street LeagueSkateboarding Tour ended on a high note. First, on Friday, August 22, 2014, in honor of the 2014 Street League Skateboarding Nike SB Super Crown World Championship descending upon the Prudential Center in Newark on Sunday, August 24, pro skater Paul Rodriguez, rang the NASDAQ Opening Bell.
On Sunday, the world’s top 8 street skateboarders laid it on the line for the winner-takes-all conclusion of the 2014 SLS Nike SB World Tour. The $200,000 prize purse and coveted title of Champion went to Nyjah Huston, after his final winning trick. He also who won each of the Tours events including Chicago and Los Angeles previously in the Tour.
According to SLS, fan favorite Luan Oliveira kicked off the event with an exciting 8.9 Flow run, taking a slight lead over Nyjah who had a 8.6 and Torey Pudwill with an 8.5. Each of the Skaters threw down amazing Flow runs, all of which left the Flow Section with a final score of 7.1 and higher. Shane O’Neill had the lowest score with a 7.1 and got bumped out, putting Paul Rodriguez on the bubble.
The SLS Pros skated the Impact Section a little untraditionally and went up the Impact Section rather than skating down. Chaz Ortiz landed the first trick for the section scoring himself a safe 8.9 with a Crooked Grind Nollie Flip into the ramp. Shortly after, Nyjah took the first 9 Club of the day with a Cab 270 Noseblunt up the Impact giving him a 9.0. Then came SLS Rookie, Matt Berger who stole the show on his final attempt with an incredible 9.2 Backside Tailslide Big Flip going up the Impact Section making him now a member of the 9 Club and earning his way into the Control Section Finals for the very first time of his career. Luan was a bit too committed to landing a Fakie Flip off the Impact, which cost him the Championship. Going from first place to last and being bumped out of the competition.
Nyjah was less than six points away from taking first and sweeping the entire 2014 Season. Nyjah went above and beyond with his now signature Caballerial Flip scoring a 7.8 and did what he needed to seal the deal, and be crowned the 2014 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Champion.
Previously, on August 12, Street League Skateboarding and the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) announced a strategic partnership as the SLS endorsed ISF recognition by the International Olympic Committee as the official skateboarding federation. As a result of the partnership, SLS and ISF will work together to create an official guideline for the best practices for street skateboarding competition and also collaborate to evolve the SLS Super Crown World Championship global qualification system as it becomes the official street skateboarding World Championship for the ISF.
Final Standings of the Street League Skateboarding World Championships:
1. Nyjah Huston 51.5
2. Torey Pudwill 48.9
3.Ishod Wair 48.5
4. Chaz Ortiz 42.2
5. Matt Berger 41.8
6. Paul Rodriguez 37.2
7. Luan Oliveira 8.9
8. Shane O’Neill 7.1