• The second 2014 SLS Nike SB World Tour stop takes place in Los Angeles with its first-ever arena event in skateboarding’s hometown
• This Los Angeles event determines the final eight skateboarders for 2014 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship
• Finals air live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO on Sunday, July 27 at 8:00 PM ET
The 2014 SLS Nike SB World Tour makes the first-ever arena stop in Los Angeles on July 27 at the Galen Center at USC, featuring the world’s greatest skateboarders. As the second stop of the tour, current points leader and past tour champion Nyjah Huston looks to hold off some of the biggest names in the game including 2013 SLS Super Crown World Champion Chris Cole, Australian tech wizard Shane O’Neill, Brazilian Powerhouse Luan Oliveira and Southern California favorites Paul Rodriguez and Ryan Sheckler, in his quest for the $100,000 first-place prize and express “Golden Ticket” straight to finals the 2014 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship in August.
While Huston won the last stop, the margin of victory was razor thin with both Oliveira and O’Neill skating amazingly in Chicago and falling just a few points and essentially one trick short of the prize. Other challengers could emerge as well. Although 2013 Champ Cole hasn’t seen a win this season, he always has the potential to recreate his mind-blowing performance that earned the title last year. His main rival for last year’s title, Rodriguez, has been gaining momentum through this season and could easily use his hometown edge to prevail in Los Angeles. Adding further intrigue for both fans and competitors alike are the three rookie wildcards who have joined the Tour from the season-opening SLS Monster Energy Pro Open. As is so common in skateboarding, it is the unknown young gun like Matt Berger, Davis Torgerson and Trevor Colden, who break onto the scene and can pull off the unbelievable upset.
Added pressure is on all 24 competitors as this is the last stop to qualify for the $200,000 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship in August. With Huston already securing a win this season, seven spots remain for the rest of the field to fight over.
"This year's tour is picking up incredible energy heading into Los Angeles,” says Brian Atlas, President of Street League Skateboarding. "Not only did we see the last event in Chicago come down to the final trick with Shane and Luan battling Nyjah at the highest level, we saw the new blood from the Pro Open skate at an elite level as well. All in all, everyone will be busting out their best tricks at this stop because it’s the final chance to qualify for the Super Crown World Championship. It should be one of our best events yet."
As the only competitive platform for professional skateboarding in Los Angeles, the SLS Nike SB World Tour will completely transform the USC’s Galen Center with a custom built, one-of-a-kind concrete skate plaza. Constructed by California Skateparks, Street League’s innovative courses are a skateboarder’s dream complete with creative transitions, challenging ramps, and unforgiving steel handrails. To win, the world’s most elite skateboarders not only have to conquer these challenging obstacles, but also continually one-up their competitors with trick difficulty, consistency and style. It is this unique format and the clarity of the ISX scoring system that continues to draw unprecedented appreciation of skateboarding from both the skate and broader communities alike.
REMAINING SLS EVENT DATES AND VENUES:
· July 27: SLS Nike SB World Tour: Stop 2 | Galen Center at USC | Los Angeles
· August 24: SLS Super Crown World Championship | Prudential Center | Newark
The SLS Nike SB World Tour airs on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO, in addition to the official live webcast on www.streetleague.com.
FOX SPORTS 1 TELECAST SCHEDULE:
· SLS Los Angeles: LIVE: Sunday, July 27 (8:00 PM ET – 9:30 PM ET)
· SLS Super Crown World Championship: LIVE: Sunday, Aug. 24 (9:00 PM ET – 10:30 PM ET)
The Finals of the SLS Nike SB World Tour in Los Angeles air live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO on July 27 at 8:00 PM ET.
Following its inaugural season with presenting partner Nike SB, Street League Skateboarding continues to elevate competitive skateboarding and grow its audience. A new partnership with FOX Sports 1 this season expands Street League Skateboarding’s live television coverage throughout the United States and abroad.
About Street League Skateboarding
Street League Skateboarding (SLS) is the first-ever professional league for street skateboarding. The SLS season features 25 of the world’s most exciting skateboarders competing in an easy-to-follow, ISX™ instant scoring format on one-of-a-kind concrete skate plazas, all for the largest prize purse in skateboarding history. Each arena stop of the 2014 SLS season will air live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO with a live international webcast on Streetleague.com.
For more information, visit www.streetleague.com and follow @streetleague
About Nike SB
Nike SB is dedicated to serving skateboarders, delivering product innovation and creating new consumer experiences. Since 2001, Nike SB has supported a diverse team of inspirational pros and upcoming amateurs who continue to meet the demands of a constantly evolving sport. With influence in all corners of the world, Nike SB is uniquely suited to bring skateboarding to new audiences and grows the sport globally. Based at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, Nike SB is obsessed with finding new ways to support the skateboarder by championing innovation and individuality.
For more information, visit www.nikeinc.com and follow @NikeSB.
About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FOX Sports 1; FOX Sports 2; FOX’s 22 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com on MSN, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com and Yardbarker.com. Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network, BTN 2Go and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.