Founded by pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek in 2010, Street League Skateboarding (SLS) was created to foster growth, popularity, and acceptance of street skateboarding worldwide. Since then, SLS has evolved to become a platform that serves to excite the skateboarding community, educate both the avid and casual fans, and empower communities through its very own SLS Foundation. In support of SLS’ mission, Nike SB joined forces with SLS in 2013 to create SLS Nike SB World Tour.
In 2014, SLS began a new multi-year television partnership with FS1 that includes live broadcasts on FS1 and global distribution through the FOX family of networks.
Also in 2014, the SLS Super Crown World Championship became the official street skateboarding world championship series as sanctioned by the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF).
In 2015, SLS announced a long-term partnership with Skatepark of Tampa (SPoT) to create a premium global qualification system that spans from amateur events to the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship. The SPoT partnership officially transitions Tampa Pro into becoming the SLS North American Qualifier that gives two non-SLS Pros the opportunity to become part of the current SLS roster and compete in the World Tour. Tampa Pro will also serve as a way for current SLS Pros to gain extra championship qualification points to qualify to the Super Crown. SLS is now also the exclusive channel for live streaming of Tampa Pro and Tampa Am. This past March, SLS Pro, Shane O’Neill took his first ever win at Tampa Pro, gaining him the first Golden Ticket of the year straight to Super Crown. Carlos Ribeiro and Micky Papa skated well enough to solidify their spot in SLS.
Also in 2015, the SLS Nike SB Pro Open in Barcelona, Spain debuted as the first-ever global, independent program on the SLS calendar. 2016 highlights the third year of the SLS Pro Open and will be returning to Barcelona, Spain. This contest serves as the second entry event that introduces two new non-SLS Pros to compete their way onto the SLS Roster. Like Tampa Pro, current SLS Pros gain extra championship qualification points to qualify to the Super Crown.
New in 2016, SLS introduces a new gateway program with SLS Picks – four new Pros, hand picked by SLS and SLS fans, will skate in the 2016 Season. The SLS Picks is being added for Pros that may not skate contests but deliver incredible video parts and raw street skateboarding. SLS Picks include Kyle Walker, Kevin Bradley, Miles Silvas, and Chris Joslin.
As the premier competitive series in skateboarding, the SLS Nike SB World Tour elevates street skateboarding and showcases an international roster of skating’s elite pros as they compete in an easy-to-follow, instant scoring format.
At each stop of the Tour, arenas are transformed into custom concrete skate plazas, challenging the pros to be innovative and take skateboarding to new highs as they compete for the largest purse in skate history.
The winner of each stop of the Tour, including Tampa Pro, receives a “Golden Ticket” guaranteeing them a spot in the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship at the Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles, California. Only the most elite eight pros qualify for the final event of the 2016 SLS Nike SB World Tour and only one gets the opportunity to claim the title ‘SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Champion’.
SLS offers options for fans across the world to tune in and watch skateboarding’s most prestigious competition series. International fans can watch each event webcasted live exclusively on StreetLeague.com. Fans in the United States can watch SLS on FS1 and customers of participating cable and satellite TV providers may access the live stream through the FOX Sports Go app for iOS, Android, Windows and Kindle devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGo.com.