“Congratulations to the LOCKLESS Nyjah Huston: the winningest skater in Street League’s history! And he just may retain that title for the rest of this century”. I bet you. I bet you ANYTHING that is what we will be saying in a couple of weekends when the Street League Championship rolls through the heartland of America, NEW JERSEY. The dude has been racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars this summer like it’s going out of style. Not to use that as a metaphor for getting rid of the locks for going out of style because I loved those things, but he must be feeling so good right now for what he has achieved in his young illustrious career. Looking at Nyjah Huston encourages me to do more with my LIFE. Realistically it won’t, but nonetheless, it should motivate you.
Street League DC Pro Tour comes to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on August 28th. This will be the last stop of the tour this year and what a way to go out. New Jersey. 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. If Nyjah wins it again, they should just call the event “Nyjah’s Magical Skate Contest That Nobody Else Will Ever Win Because He’s Just Too Good”. Name it that and it could be worth billions.
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 of course the man himself, 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:
· Saturday’s Live Preview Show: facebook.com/streetleague Aug 27, 5-7PM ET
· Sunday’s Finals: Live on ESPN2, Aug 28 at 5-7PM ET – (international audiences can watch on facebook.com/dcshoes)
· Sunday’s Wonka Free Ride (Jam Session Encore): facebook.com/streetleague, July 17, 7PM ET
For more information, exclusive video content, and tickets to the Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy championship please visit streetleague.com.