The Elite of Street Skateboarding Face Off for the Title of World Champion
• The 2014 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship will see the world’s eight best street skaters battle for the title at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey
• Can Nyah Huston continue unbeaten in 2014, or will New Jersey’s Ishod Wair come through as the homegrown Champ?
• Finals air live on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, August 24 at 9:00 PM ET
The Street League Skateboarding Nike SB Super Crown World Championship descends upon the Prudential Center in Newark on August 24, with the world’s top eight street skateboarders laying it on the line for the winner-takes-all conclusion of the 2014 SLS Nike SB World Tour. While this season has produced levels of skill and performance previously unseen in skateboarding, the $200,000 prize purse and coveted title of Champ will ensure that absolutely nothing is held back at the coming SLS Super Crown event.
The last remaining stop of the Season and final chance for the 26 SLS Pros to earn their much-needed Qualification Points for a spot at the 2014 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship was held in Los Angeles. In front of a sold out Galen Center at USC, a high-octane contest climaxed in a showdown between just three skateboarders. Nineteen-year-old Nyjah Huston took home the $100,000 first place prize as well as the highest scoring trick of the contest, landing an enormous Backside Bigspin Kickflip on a borrowed skateboard. Close on his heels was Chicago’s Chaz Ortiz, continually turning up the pressure to secure second place and knocking 2013 Champ Chris Cole out of the Season. Torey Pudwill, well supported as a California local but always a crowd favorite, put on the strongest performance of his season and earned a well-deserved spot ahead of the pack in third place.
“This season has shown how exciting competitive street skateboarding really is, most especially with a rookie addition making his way to the Super Crown,” says Brian Atlas, President of Street League Skateboarding. “Please indicate required quote detail”.
The eight finalists for the Super Crown, in descending order of Qualification Points, are Nyjah Huston, Luan Oliveira, Torey Pudwill, Shane O’Neill, Paul Rodriguez, Chaz Ortiz, Matt Berger and Ishod Wair. While the safe money may be on Nyjah Huston, who despite a series of injuries has remained unbeaten throughout this year, all eight SLS Pros skating at the top of their game as legitimate contenders for the title of World Champion. Notable in the final cut is newcomer Matt Berger who broke heavily onto the SLS scene earlier this year with his impressive win at the SLS Monster Energy Pro Open that kicked off the 2014 Season; in a game-changing first for skateboarding, this contest allowed the best non-SLS Pros to compete for the opportunity to join the ranks of the world’s best in the SLS Nike SB World Tour. Despite his Season Standings putting him at the bottom of the finalist list, Ishod Wair is definitely one to watch in Newark; voted 2014 Skater of the Year, this New Jersey native will be sure to leverage his immense local support and lay it down to earn another 2014 career-crowning title as Champ.
The finals of the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship in Newark will air live on FOX Sports 1 on August 24 at 9:00 PM ET.
Following its inaugural season with presenting partner Nike SB, Street League continues to elevate competitive skateboarding and grow its audience. A new partnership with FOX Sports 1 expands Street League’s live television coverage throughout the United States.
SLS NIKE SB SUPER CROWN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Sunday, August 24: Prudential Center | Newark
FOX Sports 1 Telecast: Sunday, Aug. 24 (9:00PM ET–10:30PM ET)
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.
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 Sport 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.