NYJAH HUSTON MAKES HISTORY BY WINNING STREET LEAGUE
DC PRO TOUR FUELED BY MONSTER ENERGY STOP TWO FINALS
Nyjah Huston Edges Out Four-Way Shootout in the Big Section on Final Attempt
Kansas City, MO. (June 12, 2011) – This weekend a crowd of over 15,000 filled Kansas City’s Sprint Center for the second stop of the 2011 Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy (SLS). Fans witnessed the world’s best skateboarders who battled it out for the top prize worth $150,000. After being one trick from elimination in the first section, Nyjah Huston, came from behind to make Street League history by winning his second consecutive SLS contest and walking away with now two first place purses totaling $300,000.
Fans were on the edge of their seats during the last section of the finals as Huston, Chris Cole, Chaz Ortiz and Kansas City’s own, Sean Malto, were neck and neck for the top spot. In the end Nyjah Huston landed a huge Nollie Inward Heel Flip off the top of the Big Section on his last try to take the top spot. Huston ended up with an overall Finals score of 72.6. While Cole came in second with an overall finals score of 67.1 followed by Ortiz rounded out the top three with a 63.8. Hometown hero, Malto, took home forth place overall with 63.4 points and some of the most consistent skating of anyone in the contest.
Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy Final Results – Stop 2
“I’m just super happy I was able to win two stops in a row!” said Huston. “Street League is by far the best skating contest ever and looking forward to the next stop in Glendale.”
“The excitement in Kansas City was incredible today” said Rob Dyrdek, Street League Founder. “Hometown hero, Sean Malto had an unbelievable comeback after his injury and Chris Cole was only a trick away, but ultimately Nyjah Huston refused to lose!”
Street League pros pulled no punches throughout the Stop Two Finals, landing innovative and technical tricks to avoid elimination. In the Technical Section, Mikey Taylor rolled away from an amazing Switch Frontside 180 to Frontside Feeble Grind down the handrail on his last attempt to jump ahead of Paul Rodriguez and Shane O’Neill. In the Line Section, Billy Marks put together one of the best lines of the contest with a Double Kick Flip down the stairs followed by an incredible Triple Kick Flip over the flat gap. Although Marks’ line just wasn’t quite enough to get him to the Big Section as he and Taylor were eliminated.
Another crowd pleaser was Ryan Sheckler, who won the last remaining spot in the Stop Two Finals during the Make Your Own Luck Last Chance Qualifier that was held immediately prior to Sunday’s Finals. Sheckler landed a Caballerial Kick Flip in the Big Section for 9.4 points. He went on to place fifth overall with 61.8 points and took home the Monster Energy Best Trick Award worth $15,000 for landing highest scoring trick of the day.
Huston was not the only pro with consecutive wins as collectively the 24 SLS pros voted a second time for Billy Marks to win the Zumiez 24-7 Award worth $7,000. After the finals, all the skaters had one more chance to skate in the Wonka Free Ride for a chance at $10,000. Tommy Sandoval, Torey Pudwill, Nyjah Huston & Billy Marks all skated solid, but it was Chris Cole who ended up with the prize, doing amazing tricks all over the course including a Backside 360 to Backside Nose Slide on the bump to hubba ledge.
Street League’s $1.6 million purse is the largest in skateboarding history and almost double the combined winnings for all other skate contests. Nearly $400,000 will be awarded at the next stop in Glendale, AZ at the Jobing.com Arena on July 16-17 with the SLS tour culminating in a winner-takes-all Championship in Newark, NJ at the Prudential Center on August 28. The SLS Championship will feature the winners of the first three stops of the 2011 tour along with the remaining top eight qualifiers who will compete for $200,000 as well as the title of Street League Champion. Finals for the next stop will air LIVE on ESPN2. Check www.streetleague.com for complete qualifying webcast schedule.
Street League Skateboarding is presented by DC Shoes and Monster Energy, with additional sponsorship by Windows 7, BillMyParents®, Wonka, Air Force Reserve, Nixon and Zumiez.
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Street League Skateboarding (SLS) is the premier professional skateboarding contest series worldwide. Founded by 20-year professional skateboarder and entrepreneur, Rob Dyrdek, Street League features 24 of the world’s top street skateboarders competing exclusively for a groundbreaking $1.6 million prize purse in a nationwide tour live on ESPN/ESPN2. Driven by the need to enhance the experience of live professional street skateboarding, Street League utilizes the ISX™ instant-scoring format that makes every single trick count. More information is available at www.streetleague.com.