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 FOX Sports 1 that includes live broadcasts on FOX Sports 1 and global distribution through the FOX family of networks.
New 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 2015 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.
The SLS Nike SB Pro Open in Barcelona, Spain will debut as the first-ever global, independent program on the SLS calendar. 2015 highlights the second year of the SLS Pro Open and marks as the second entry event that introduces two new non-SLS Pros to compete their way into the league. Like Tampa Pro, current SLS Pros gain extra championship qualification points to qualify to the Super Crown.
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, world-famous 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 – more than $1 million dollars.
The winner of each stop of the Tour, including Tampa Pro, receives a “Golden Ticket” guaranteeing them a spot in the Super Crown World Championship at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. Only the most elite eight pros qualify for the final event of the 2015 SLS Nike SB World Tour and only one gets the opportunity to claim the title ‘Street League Skateboarding 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. Fans in the United States can watch on FOX Sports 1 and customers of participating cable and satellite TV providers may access the live stream of the Tour stops through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS, Android, Windows and Kindle devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com. International fans can watch the live webcast exclusively on Streetleague.com
In the spirit of giving back, the Street League Skateboarding Foundation was established with the goal of increasing global participation in skateboarding and to create healthy, sustainable communities by promoting the inherent benefits of skateboarding throughout the world. Throughout the year, the SLS Foundation aims to empower communities with the mission of helping to build free, public skate spots, as well as create new SLS Certified Skate Plazas capable of hosting future events and additional league programs.