Welcome to skateboarding’s Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. As you may have deduced from his overall score of 48.8 and first place in the SLS season opener in Brazil—as well as his overall AST (Average Scored Trick) of 8.1—Nyjah might have been kidding when he told us this was the year it was all falling apart. With his eighth SLS win in 12 stops, Huston can rain another $100,000 on his total SLS winnings of $1.3 million, along with a golden ticket for the Super Crown Championship in Newark this August.
You may be asking yourself, “Exactly what does somebody who just turned 18 do with 1.4 million dollars?” So we asked Nyjah for you.
What did you spend your $1,400,000 in SLS winnings over the past three years on? What were the major purchases? I know you bought the Benz.
Yeah, I bought the Benz when I turned 16, about two years ago. It’s a CLS63 AMG [base price: $95,000]. I also bought a Chevy Tahoe to use as a skate car. Besides that, I’ve just been trying to save up to eventually buy a house, possibly in the next year or so. I’m renting a house right now, but I would love to own—real estate is a great way to protect your money. I’ve been working on trying to get a new car, as well. I love the Mercedes but I would love to possibly get something new again.
Yeah. I definitely spent some money on jewelry, mainly last year. When I feel like I did good and won one, I kind of splurged a bit and rewarded myself with some jewelry. The most expensive thing I bought was $19,000. That was for this diamond bracelet.
Didn’t you rent a mansion for your 18th birthday?
Yeah. For my 18th I rented out a really nice property in Palm Springs. Me and a ton of my friends all went out there and just had an awesome time. It was a great way to celebrate my 18th birthday, I was stoked.
How was it finally turning 18? With like a seven-year pro career behind you, you must be the oldest 18-year-old ever?
(Laughs.) Yeah. It felt good. I was definitely ready to turn 18. I do feel like I’m a little bit older than 18, but I think that’s a good thing. Also, since I turned 18 I feel like I’ve done a lot of growing up, too, like moving out on my own and learning how to take care of myself a little more. I’m really enjoying it.
Tune in for Stop Two in Barcelona on May 16 to see if Nyjah can keep adding to his stack.
Words: Mackenzie Eisenhour / Photos: Nyjah’s Instagram, @nyjah_huston