The 2015 Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Nike SB World Tour continued this weekend at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, with the full line-up of all 25 SLS Pro skateboarders giving it everything for their last opportunity to make it to the coming SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship.
In a heated final that saw some of the most intense competition of the season, Nike SB Pro Luan Oliveira finally rolled away in first place ahead of reigning World Champion Nyjah Huston and SLS Rookie Kelvin Hoefler. With four SLS Rookies introduced into the roster this year, the season has become more unpredictable than ever.
Running hot from his first SLS victory in Los Angeles, Luan Oliveira kept stealing the show into and right through the Best Trick section. His Switch Frontside Tailslide through the long ledge with a Frontside Heelflip out earned him an impressive 8.9, but the real hammer came out as be stomped the day’s highest-scoring 9 Club trick: a 360 Flip Noseslide down the hubba with a 360 Shovit out that scored a dizzying 9.5. While not having to skate his last attempt, having already secured first place, Luan gave the fans what they came for with yet another – his third for the event – 9 Club gem: the most stylish and calm Switch 360 Flip down the big set that deserved its 9.0 and the crowd’s screaming rise to their feet.
Nyjah Huston’s following 9 Club run: a casual 360 Flip over the pyramid, lofty 360 Ollie over the gap, Halfcab Kickflip back over the gap, Fakie Kickflip up the Euro gap, Backside Smith Grind up and along the flat bar, Kickflip Backside Lipslide up to the flatbar on the platform, Switch 50-50 down the handrail, Nollie Heelflip on the flat bar, Nollie Kickflip over the gap, and Backside Nosegrind transfer into the bank (9.0).
Showing why he deserves his place among the world’s best street skateboarders, Kelvin Hoefler earned his first 9 Club spot with an amazing Halfcab Noseslide to Backside Tailslide on the long hubba, rolling away fakie with a score of 9.1 and a place at the Super Crown. Also earning his first 9 Club spot, Ryan Decenzo nailed a lofty Kickflip right over the gap to Backside 50-50 Grind down the hubba for 9.1. As if picking up the challenge, Nyjah Huston then claimed another 9 Club for his career with his super technical Halfcab to Backside Smith Grind down the big hubba with a Backside 180 out for a clean 9.0.
In order of Season Standings based off of cumulative Championship points, the Top Eight heading to the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship in Chicago are Luan Oliveira, Nyjah Huston, Kelvin Hoefler, Chaz Ortiz, Paul Rodriguez, Shane O’Neill, Cody McEntire and Chris Cole.
The 2015 SLS Nike SB World Tour continues on to the season’s culminating arena event in Chicago, Illinois on October 4, where all will be given for the title of Champ. As the street skateboarding competition that matters the most, nothing will be withheld at the official street skateboarding world championship as sanctioned by the ISF – the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship.