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STREET LEAGUE DC PRO TOUR FUELED BY MONSTER ENERGY

2012 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

Los Angeles, CA – March 20, 2012 – The world’s premier professional skateboarding series, Street League Skateboarding, announced today the 2012 schedule for the DC Pro Tour fueled by Monster Energy. This summer, the league will feature a four-stop nationwide tour:

· Stop One: May 18 – 19th – Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO

Live on ESPN2, May 19 – 9:00PM ET

· Stop Two: June 15 – 16th – Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA

Live on ESPN2, June 16 – 9:30PM ET

· Stop Three: July 14 – 15th – Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ

Live on ESPN2, July 15 – 7:00PM ET

· Championship: August 26th – Prudential Center, Newark, NJ

Live on ESPN2, August 26th – 5:00PM ET

The Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy continues to present the largest purse and highest stakes in all of competitive skateboarding with 24 of the best professional skateboarders in the world competing for more than $1.6MM in prize money and the title as Street League Champion.

As the only tour with street skating’s biggest stars, Street League has had astounding growth since its launch. The 2011 season was the highest attended and viewed contest series in skateboarding history with nearly 50,000 fans in attendance and over 1.4 billion global impressions. Last year’s champion, Sean Malto, emerged above the world’s best to walk away with the Championship, and in the process denied teen phenomenon Nyjah Huston a first-ever season sweep. Huston enjoyed an historical year winning the first three events, giving the 2010 League Champion an unprecedented four career Street League victories. Along with Malto and Huston, the heavy hitting roster of Street League remains stronger than ever with stars like Chris Cole, Paul Rodriguez, Ryan Sheckler, Chaz Ortiz, and Torey Pudwill ready to stake their claim to the 2012 Championship

One of the most exciting additions to Street League this year is the qualifier for the newly open spots that will replace the bottom six ranked pros from the end of 2011 season. In April, the league will release a video-based qualifier that utilizes votes from fans, Street League, and its pros to select the winning entrants. A similar qualifier will be launched at the DC Embassy Park in Barcelona, Spain for one European Pro to join the league. Further details on the first-ever Street League Pro qualifier will be released in the upcoming weeks.

“Our goal is to continue to refine the series and make it better year-after-year,” said Street League creator Rob Dyrdek. “Beyond the evolution of our courses, format, and qualification process, 2012 will mark significant expansions in Street League’s licensed products, permanent plaza efforts, and international presence as we solidify our position as the definitive professional skateboarding property.”

This year the one-of-a-kind skate plazas built in each arena will expand the number of features in its design, to allow for full timed-runs on every obstacle of the course for the Line Section. The Tech Section will highlight the single best trick out of five attempts. Concluding each event, the reformatted Big Section will count the top four scores of six trick attempts. This will allow the Street League pros to push the boundaries of competitive skateboarding even further while maintaining the easy-to-follow format that Street League is known for.

Tickets for the Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy will go on sale April 2nd at www.streetleague.com. The series will be available live on ESPN2, ESPN3, Street League’s official Facebook Page, and distributed to over 198 countries via the ESPN Family of Channels.

 

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Street League Championship TV schedule.

Street League Championship Prudential Center in Newark, NJ August 28th
 
Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy Championship; Prudential Center in Newark, NJ Aug 28th 
 
Championship set to air LIVE on ESPN2 Sunday, August 28th 5 p.m. ET
 
 
Los Angeles, CA:  The biggest contest in skateboarding history – the Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy Championship – comes to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on August 28th. This historical winner-takes-all Championship airs live on ESPN2 at 5PMET and will feature the top ten Street League pros battling it out for the highest 1st place prize purse in skateboarding history at $200,000 and title as Street League Champion.           
 
Created by Rob Dyrdek, 20-year professional skateboarder and entrepreneur, the Street League Championship adds unprecedented stakes to the 2011 series.  As championship qualifiers, each one of the top ten pros has a chance to take the top spot and be crowned champion in the winner-takes-all format.  These top contenders include Mike Mo Capaldi, Tommy Sandoval, Mikey Taylor, Billy Marks, Paul Rodriguez, Shane O’Neill, Chaz Ortiz, Ryan Sheckler, Chris Cole, and Nyjah Huston.   
 
Winning on August 28th won’t be an easy task; the series grand finale is following Nyjah Huston’s highly publicized three-peat performance from the first three stops of the tour.  Huston is not only Street League’s youngest pro but he may be the rising star of action sports; never finishing worse than 3rd place in the league and raking in total contest earnings estimated at nearly $800,000.   If the 16 year-old phenom wins the Street League championship, he will be the first professional street skater ever to earn more than $1MM in contest earnings alone.   
 
“We wanted to create the “Super-Bowl” of skateboarding by adding the winner-takes-all championship to the series,” says Dyrdek.  “Despite Nyjah’s historical winning streak, on August 28th whoever skates the best when it matters most will be named Street League champion.  The stakes have never been higher.”  
 
Nyjah added, “Winning the first three stops of Street league has been a big accomplishment in my career.  The championship is the biggest event of the season though, so the pressure is on!  I think Chris Cole is going to give me a run for the money. Either way, we’ll put on a good show for the fans.”
 
Clearly, the question on everyone’s mind is if young Nyjah Huston can keep his winning streak going for the most important event of the series – the Street League Championship, or will one of the other pros step up and win the most important contest of the year? Chris Cole, who is currently ranked 2nd headed into New Jersey, had a chance to take the win over Huston on his final trick in Stop Two in Kansas City but came up short.  Ryan Sheckler, who is currently ranked 3rd behind Cole, was battling Huston trick-for-trick in Stop 3 until Huston finally edged him out in the final attempts in the big section.   On August 28th, we’ll see if these two pros or any other Street League star can beat the 16-year old phenomenon.
 
The complete schedule of the weekend’s live coverage is as follows:
 
For more information, exclusive video content, and tickets to the Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy championship please visit streetleague.com.
 
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 where a fortune can be won or lost on a single trick.  More information is available at www.streetleague.com.
 
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HUSTON THREEPEAT AT STREET LEAGUE STOP THREE

HUSTON THREEPEAT AT STREET LEAGUE STOP THREE

 

Nyjah Huston Clutches First Place After Event-Long Battle with Ryan Sheckler to Secure Victory

Glendale, AZ (July 17, 2011) – A crowd of over 16,000 fans packed Glendale’s Jobing.com Arena for the third stop of the 2011 Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy (SLS). Fans witnessed some of the world’s best skateboarders go for broke for the top prize worth $150,000. In a trick for trick battle with Ryan Sheckler and Chris Cole, Nyjah Huston came out on top, continuing his streak for an unprecedented third consecutive SLS contest win this year, and walking away with his now third first place purse, totaling $450,000.

Fans watched in anticipation as Sheckler and Huston went back and forth between first and second with each other during the Big Section of the Finals. Neither Huston nor Sheckler held back bringing in huge scores at every attempt with tricks like Ryan’s Backside Lip Slide down the huge Hubba ledge and Nyjah’s Kick Flip Backside 5-0 Grind. In the end Nyjah Huston was out of reach from the pack being over ten points ahead of the rest of the pros with a 77.8 over Sheckler’s 66.0 score. Chris Cole rounded out the top three with a 59.6 score and landed the highest scored trick of the weekend with an amazing 360 Flip 50-50 Grind down the chest high Hubba Ledge in the Big Section.

Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy Final Results – Stop 3

RANK

NAME

SCORE

1

Nyjah Huston

77.8

2

Ryan Sheckler

66.0

3

Chris Cole

59.6

4

Paul Rodriguez

48.8

5

Shane O’Neill

45.8

6

Billy Marks

41.2

7

Luan Oliveira

22.9

8

Tommy Sandoval

19.0

9

Chaz Ortiz

6.9

10

Eric Koston

2.5

 

“This is the best win yet,” said Nyjah Huston after winning his groundbreaking third SLS contest. “This course was really gnarly, so I had to work for this one a lot more. It feels really good!”

“Huston is unstoppable!” said Rob Dyrdek, Street League Founder. “It’s unbelievable to see a 16 year old, let alone anyone, skate the way he skates. Sheckler was on fire, Ryan gave him a real run for his money. Today was professional skating at its’ best.”

Street League pros put it down at the Stop Three Finals, skating a course with obstacles that were fairly larger than any previous Street League course.  It did not stop Chris Cole, however, from taking home the Monster Energy Best Trick Award worth $15,000 for landing a 360 Flip 50-50 Grind in the Big Section. 

Sandoval won the last remaining spot in the Stop Three Finals during the Make Your Own Luck Last Chance Qualifier that was held immediately prior to Sunday’s Finals, marking his first time to compete in Finals and ultimately qualified him to the Street League Championship in Newark, New Jersey on August 28th.

The 24 SLS pros voted for Sean Malto to win the Zumiez 24-7 Award worth $7,000. Malto was forced to drop out of the finals after sustaining an injury during practice. After the finals, all the skaters had one more chance to skate in the Wonka Free Ride for a shot at $10,000. It was once again Chris Cole who ended up with the prize, doing amazing tricks all over the course including a Frontside 180 to Switch Crooked Grind on the Big Section Hubba. This is Cole’s third consecutive Wonka Free Ride win.

By the end of Stop Three, 10 skaters stood on top of the overall standings after consistently dominating over each stop of the series. Nyjah Huston, Ryan Sheckler, Chris Cole, Paul Rodriguez, Shane O’Neill, Billy Marks, Chaz Ortiz, Mike Mo Capaldi, Mikey Taylor and Tommy Sandoval have all qualified to compete at the SLS Championship – a winner-takes-all event that is positioned to be the biggest contest in skateboarding history.  The SLS Championship takes place on August 28th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey and will feature the top ten ranked pros of the 2011 competing for a $200,000 first place prize, the Nixon Championship watch and ring, and the revered title as Street League Champion. The Finals will air LIVE on ESPN2 at 5PM ET.

Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy Championship Contenders–

RANK

NAME

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

1

Nyjah Huston

300

2

Chris Cole

251

3

Ryan Sheckler

248

4

Chaz Ortiz

234

5

Shane O’Neill

230

6

Billy Marks

216

7

Paul Rodriguez

206

8

Mikey Taylor

184

9

Tommy Sandoval

158

9

Mike Mo Capaldi

158

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 atwww.streetleague.com.

 

 

 

Nyjah Huston Wins again – Street League Kansas City


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.