street league 2011
Joe C and The CA Skateparks crew have been working non-stop to put the finishing touches on the STREET LEAGUE Kansas City course for this weekend’s 2nd tour stop at the Sprint Center. As you can see from the construction shots, this is going to be one of the best and most challenging courses yet! Stay tuned for final course overviews and details and coverage of tomorrow’s practice sessions.
Here is an exlcusive sneak peek at the course design for stop 2 of the STREET LEAGUE SKATEBOARDING 2011 season in Kansas City, MO. Joe C and the CA skateparks are once again doing the impossible by building a fully concrete plaza in just 4 day! All the event’s action is going down @ the Sprint Center this weekend June 11-12. Tickets are still available here and you won’t want to miss this! Njyah Huston looks to return to form and defend his victory from Seattle ealier this year, while many others are looking for their elusive first SLS victory. The World’s Largest Skateboard will also be on display and available to snap photos with, so be sure to check it out! Check back all week for continued coverage and media live from the event…
Nyjah Huston continues his STREET LEAGUE dominance, picking up where he left on in 2010 by winning the first stop of the 2011 season and second STREET LEAGUE SKATEBOARDING event championship of his career (Glendale, AZ 2010). Huston also won the Overall 2010 Season Championship and is the first to be a repeat winner on the tour. SLS history was made when he recorded the two highest single-best trick scores and cumulative point total since STREET LEAGUE’s inception. Nyjah stuck a backside 270 nose bluntslide on the big section rail (pictured above) to end the competition; earning him the event win, best trick bonus, two SL records, first repeat event winner, and crowd roaring admiration. Congratulations to Nyjah, well deserved! Next stop for STREET LEAGUE will be in Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center June 12 4-6p.m. ET. Don’t miss out, tickets on sale now here!!! Check back later for more exclusive SL news, media, and course info as it gets released!
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NYJAH HUSTON WINS STREET LEAGUE DC PRO TOUR FUELED BY MONSTER ENERGYSTOP ONE FINALS IN SEATTLE AND SECURED SPOT AT THE STREET LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
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
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“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.
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California Skateparks unveils design for first Stop of the 2011 Street League Tour
California Skateparks released today, it’s plaza style design for Street League Skateboarding’s first event of the 2011 season at Key Arena in Seattle Washington.
UPLAND, CA (May, 3rd 2011) – California Skateparks, the worldwide leader in the design and construction of skateparks and plazas, has joined forces with Street League Skateboarding for the second year in a row to create the world’s best environments for competitive street skateboarding. CA Skateparks Owner, Joe Ciaglia, and Lead Designer, Colby Carter, have collaborated with Rob Dyrdek once again to design 4 unique, highly detailed, concrete street plaza environments for the 2011 tour.
Skateboarding is limitless by design. Built on a foundation of progression, street skateboarding is one of the most technically intricate and dynamic sports in the world. No other past time, art form, or sport evolves the way street skateboarding does. The architecture and terrain skateboarders ride directly influences the progression of what can be done on a skateboard. Whether they are structures found in the urban environment or made for skateboarding, modern architecture has had a profound effect on the evolution of skateboarding.
California Skateparks design team creates technically detailed concrete skateboarding environments with authentic artistic architecture, while trying to replicate the organic nature of real street spots. To maximize the talents of the competitors, the Street League features have been meticulously designed to compliment the skater’s abilities and reflect the true power of street skateboarding. The plaza’s artistic design details and aesthetics inspires creativity and helps produce a high level of skateboarding.
The unique designs incorporate a diverse combination of materials, textures, colors, motifs and paving patterns punctuated with artistic elements and landscaping. The plazas are designed and constructed using new methodologies and techniques. They are ingenuously integrated into the arena so that it looks and skates like a permanent structure but can be set up and taken down in 5 days.
Design Inspiration for the Seattle Washington event at Key Arena
For the 2011 season Street League created a unique 4 color graphic for each event. The design of the 1st stop in Seattle, Washington was themed around the graphic incorporating the color way and line work from the pattern. Elements were chosen by Rob himself from our library of features and integrated into the configuration of this year’s events.
The design was heavily influenced by Seattle architecture and the blue, light gray, yellow and dark grey colors in the Seattle graphic. Drawing from the angular line work and color way in the Seattle graphic, the decorative paving pattern was designed in harmony around the artistic elements in each section of the plaza.
The design team gathered inspiration for their vision from indoor malls and entry plazas to create the setting for Key Arena. Implementing an angular theme, the design includes terracing, staggered planters, a variety of stairs sets and ledges, cantilevered detailing and interesting paving pattern giving this course design a unique style and flavor.
Our crew is beginning to arrive in Seattle to start an astounding 4 day build of the first STREET LEAGUE 2011 event! Tickets are still available but going fast. Don’t miss out on the epic skating! Click here to purchase.
The STREET LEAGUE 2011 season schedule has been released and the world of competitive skateboarding will soon be in full force. CA skateparks has been busy designing and preparing for construction of the courses. The endless hours or work are sure to provide fans with the most exciting skateboarding yet. This years events will have 4 stops (including a final “post season” championship round) that will feature LIVE coverage on ESPN. Check out STREETLEAGUE.com for more details and ticket information.