Championship set to air LIVE on ESPN2 Sunday, August 28h 5 p.m. ET
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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, Sean Malto, 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:
- 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, Aug 28, 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.
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.