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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.

 

(Chaz Ortiz)

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

 

RANK

NAME

SCORE

1

Nyjah Huston

72.6

2

Chris Cole

67.1

3

Chaz Ortiz

63.8

4

Sean Malto

63.4

5

Ryan Sheckler

61.8

6

Torey Pudwill

57.2

7

Mikey Taylor

21.9

8

Billy Marks

20.1

9

Paul Rodriguez

7.4

10

Shane O’Neill

6.8

 

“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.”

 

(Nyjah Huston)

“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!”

 

(Chris Cole)

(Ryan Sheckler)

(Sean Malto)

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.

Street League Skateboarding™                    
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.

NYJAH HUSTON WINS STREET LEAGUE DC PRO TOUR – SEATTLE

NYJAH HUSTON WINSSTREET LEAGUE DC PRO TOUR FUELED BY

MONSTER ENERGYSTOP ONE FINALS IN SEATTLE AND SECURED SPOT

AT THE STREET LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

 

Chris Cole and Shane O’Neill at Street League Seattle Finals from Mike Metcalf on Vimeo.

Huston Scores 104.6 Points and Highest Trick Score in History of Street League Skateboarding

 

Seattle, Wash. (May 8, 2011) – The first stop of the 2011 Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy lived up to the hype with thousands of fans witnessing the world’s best skateboarders competing for a top spot worth $150,000 and a golden ticket directly to the SLS Championship. When it was all over, 2010 Street League Champion Nyjah Huston was the winner, edging out Shane O’Neill and Chaz Ortiz for the top spot. Perhaps the most memorable moment was on Huston’s last attempt, when he landed a backside 270 nose bluntslide on the big section rail for the highest scoring trick of Street League to-date and ending the event as the crowd roared. With that trick, Huston also took home the Monster Energy Best Trick Award worth another $15,000.  Stop One’s finals also showcased some fresh faces in the series, with Mike Mo Capaldi, Mikey Taylor, and Billy Marks making their finals debut. 

 

 

Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy Final Results – Stop 1

 

RANK

NAME

SCORE

1

Nyjah Huston

104.6

2

Shane O’Neill

78.1

3

Chaz Ortiz

77.2

4

Ryan Sheckler 

74.1

5

Torey Pudwill 

73.8

6

Chris Cole

65.8

7

Billy Marks

41.0

8

Mike Mo Capaldi

38.4

9

Mikey Taylor

18.0

10

Paul Rodriguez

11.1

 

 

Hyjah Huston – backside 270 nose bluntslide

“It’s the best feeling in the world to win the best skateboarding contest,” said 16 year-old Nyjah Huston after taking home the top prize in the Street League Stop One Finals.

 

“Today was the ideal way to kick off our 2011 series and first-ever live ESPN broadcast, said Rob Dyrdek, Street League Founder.   “We got to see some fresh faces in the finals battling it out with the top Street League pros from 2010 in the grandest stage possible.   Nyjah is clearly a star and his performance today will be remembered for years-to-come.”   

It was a trick-for-trick battle throughout the entire three sections of the Stop One Finals. In the first two sections, the Street League pros held no punches as they landed undeniably difficult tricks one after another in order to not be eliminated. Mikey Taylor, Mike Mo Capaldi, Billy Marks, and Paul Rodriguez got bumped out before they could get their shot at the final seven attempts in the big section of the course.

 

It was Billy Marks, however, who squeaked into the finals during the Make Your Own Luck Last Chance Qualifier held immediately prior to Sunday’s Finals, to win the last remaining slot. Marks landed the highest scoring trick with a switch bigspin heelflip on the big section to land the 10th and final spot. He would go on to skate his way into 7th place with 41 points and capture the 24/7 Zumiez award worth $7000 cash, which is decided by a collective vote from all 24 street league pros.

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 each of the remaining three stops beginning with Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center) on June 11-12, Glendale, AZ. (Jobing.com Arena) on July 16-17 and the SLS Championship in Newark, NJ. (Prudential Center) on August 28 featuring the top ten pros. Finals of each stop will air LIVE on ESPN2. Check www.streetleague.com for complete webcast schedule of qualifying.

 

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.

Street League Skateboarding™                    
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.

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Autograph Signing with Rob Dyrdek and Chris Cole

Sony Kicks Off Team PIIQ, Signs Skaters Chris Cole and Tom Asta

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Sony Electronics
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Sony Kicks Off Team PIIQ, Signs Skaters Chris Cole and Tom Asta
Athlete Deals Mark Entry of PIIQ Headphones to the Scene


[January 25, 2011] – Sony today announced the signing of both Chris Cole, one of the most recognized skaters in the industry, and Tom Asta, one of the most exciting emerging skaters on the scene, to the newly founded PIIQ headphones team.  
“Skate has always been at the forefront of culture, and is often the place where new music and new gear emerge first,” said Ken Byers, senior brand manager from Sony Electronics.  “Signing top pros like Chris Cole and Tom Asta is a perfect way for PIIQ to establish our roots in the skate scene. Look for us to expand to both snow and surf in the next year.”

Keep an eye out for PIIQ at various competitions and events throughout 2011.

WHO WE ARE:  PIIQ™ <http://www.pitchengine.com/www.piiq.com> ("[peek]") headphones are the result of a massive design initiative within Sony.  It brings industry leading sound engineers together with tastemakers, artists, musicians and athletes.  The product is a collision of meticulous, high-octane design from Tokyo and a splash of US flavor to balance the look.  Compromise is not an option. It’s all about bringing the rawest sound with a fresh dose of style.

ABOUT CHRIS: Born outside of Philadelphia, Chris is one of the most recognizable names and faces in the world of pro skating, and is only one of two skaters to be twice named Thrashers Magazine’s “Skater of the Year” (2005 & 2009).  Among his impressive accomplishments are back-to-back gold medals in the X Games as well as victories at Dew Tour, Maloof Money Cup and Battle of the Berrics 2.  Known for his creative skating style and fun personality, Chris was also recognized with Transworld’s “Reader’s Choice Award” in 2010.  He currently skates in Street League (streetleague.com), a premier pro skating league that debuted last year and continues to gain momentum, with impressive plans in place for 2011.

ABOUT TOM: An up-and-comer in the pro skater circuit, Tom has finished second in both the 2010 East Coast and West Coast Maloof Money Cup events, and second in “Best Trick” at the Woodward Beijing grand opening celebration (2010). Buddies with Chris and from the Philly area himself, Tom has recently been featured in TransWorld SKATEboarding’s “Skate and Create” issue.

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