Q. Who launched Street League Skateboarding? What is the goal of SLS?
A. Founded by pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek in 2010, Street League Skateboarding was created to foster growth, popularity, and acceptance of street skateboarding worldwide.
Q. How long has SLS been around?
A. SLS is in it’s eighth year.
Q. What are the 2017 SLS Nike SB World Tour dates and locations?
May 20-21: SLS Nike SB Pro Open
June 24: Munich
August 13: Chicago, Illinois
September 15: SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship | Los Angeles, CA
Q. How can I watch an SLS event?
A. SLS offers a range of options for fans around the world to tune in and watch skateboarding’s most prestigious competition series, the SLS Nike SB World Tour.
• Fans worldwide can access the live stream through the ETN app for iOS & Android, as well as on desktops through ETNlive.com.
• Within North America, ESPN2 runs complete finals coverage of each event, including a dedicated show featuring the Women’s Division of the Super Crown World Championship.
• For those that missed the action, a highlight special will be aired as part of the World of X Games on ABC the weekend following each event.
Q. What is the SLS Nike SB Pro Open?
A. The SLS Nike SB Pro Open is a 2-day contest at Skate Agora BDN in Barcelona, Spain and offers two key components: 1) Allows invited Pros that are not currently in the SLS roster for a chance to win their way into the series; and 2) offers current SLS pros an optional event to earn additional Championship Points to help qualify into the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship. There will be more than $75k in prize money spread across both days and the winner of this event will also get a Golden Ticket to the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship.
· SLS will qualify two (2) skaters and (2) alternates into theSLS World Tour
· The top 7 skaters in the Pro Open on Day 1 will qualify into the semi-final heats on Day 2. · Day 2 will include semifinal heats with the current SLS Pros and SLS Picks.
Q. What is the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship?
A. Winning the Super Crown World Championship is the most coveted title in competitive street skateboarding. The winner will not only receive the biggest prize purse in skateboarding history and the Super Crown trophy, they’ll join a club of the best of the best in skateboarding history. The Super Crown features the top 8 overall SLS Pros and SLS Picks from the current season competing for the most elite title in skateboarding – the SLS World Champion. Shane O’Neill is the 2016 reigning champ.
Q. What is ISX instant scoring?
A. ISX stands for the Instant Scoring Experience (www.isxscoring.com). The ISX judging dials and system provide instant, real-time results for every trick and updates these standings to arena displays, announcers, and the TV broadcast.
Q. What does ISX do for the event?
A. ISX creates fast paced, easy-to-follow real-time scoring while the contest progresses. The viewers and skaters know the exact standings at every moment of the event, and allows the winner to be known at the very instant the last trick of the event is scored. These buzzer-beater moments are the first of it’s kind in skateboarding thanks to the addition of ISX scoring. The level of strategy and progression in competition skateboarding has never been higher.
Q. What goes into SLS judging?
A. There are five SLS judges. Each judge has an ISX dial. They judge each trick that is done in each section. The highest and lowest scores for each trick are dropped and then the middle three scores are instantly averaged to make the trick score that is added to the running point total.
Q. How is the course designed?
A. Each SLS course is designed by Rob Dyrdek and Joe Ciaglia of California Skateparks. California Skateparks is the worldwide leader in skate plaza design and they bring an artistic approach to each plaza’s features and aesthetic design. Each event’s skate plaza course will have a unique design but stay within SLS’s two sections. Each section tests a different skill set within street skateboarding. The Run Section highlights the skaters’ style, consistency and how they utilize the entire course as they must link together a 45-second run. The Best Trick Section highlights skaters’ ability to land very difficult tricks consistently.
Q. Who are the major Pro Athletes in SLS this year?
A. SLS features the best skateboarders coming from different parts of the world. See the Pro page for more detail.
Q. Who are the rookies / upcoming Pros in SLS this year?
A. This year, SLS will be joined by SLS Picks Louie Lopez and Tyshawn Jones, and three upcoming rookies. Dave Bachinsky secured the first slot at the North American Qualifier – Tampa Pro this past March. Two new Pros will secure the remaining two slots at the SLS Nike SB Pro Open in Barcelona, Spain.
Q. How has SLS evolved the landscape of skate contests?
A. Since it’s inception, SLS became the first-ever 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. To feature the best skateboarders in the world, SLS created a qualifier to give the international pool of pro skateboarders not currently in SLS, to become part of the elite SLS roster through the SLS Nike SB Pro Open. SLS continues to establish a global qualification system to give any skateboarder in the world a clear path to the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship, which is recognized by the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) as the official world championship of street skateboarding.
Q. Why does the International Skateboarding Federation matter to SLS?
A. In 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) nominated skateboarding to the shortlist of new
events considered for the 2020 Olympics.
In partnership with the International Skateboarding Federation, SLS is the official qualification system to the world championship of street skateboarding. From amateur to World Champion, skateboarders across the globe trust SLS to help them take their careers to the next level.
Q. What are some of the key elements of the SLS concept that have made it a success?
A. SLS’s success comes from:
· Easy to follow format
· Buzzer beater moments that keep fans on the edge of their seats
· Best Pro street skateboarders in the world
· Changing course designs that push the progression and innovation in skateboarding · Making it accessible worldwide in person and thru multiple media outlets
· Premium partners like Nike SB, Monster Energy, and GoPro
· Undeniable entertainment for the casual and most dedicated skateboarding fan
Q. What is new to SLS?
A. New in 2016, SLS went back to it’s roots and introduced the SLS Picks program. This new program brings in Pros that don’t skate contests but are known for their heavy street parts and raw street skateboarding, into the SLS World Tour. SLS also added another international stop in 2016 in Munich, Germany as a partnership with Olympic Park. Lastly, Los Angeles, the North American mecca of street skateboarding, is the new home of the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship.
Q. What is the SLS Foundation (SLSF) & SLS Certified Plazas?
A. The SLS Foundation launched in 2013 as a way to extended the SLS mission to increase global participation in street skateboarding. SLSF helps skateboarding grow though community outreach, support, and guidance, including the promotion of legal, public skate plazas. SLSF assists municipalities and non-profits with the design, development, and construction of such skate plazas, as well as assists with educational programs that both increase understanding and encourage the sport of skateboarding. SLSF seeks to foster healthier communities by both promoting and providing the inherent benefits of skateboarding to all levels of society equally; the programs even include the donation of skateboards within low-income communities. Though often mischaracterized or misunderstood, ultimately skateboarding is a proven way to instill self-confidence, promote self-expression, and encourage an active lifestyle. SLSF hopes to provide more access to skateboarding for more communities for years to come. Find out more on StreetLeagueFoundation.org.
Q. How do I find my local webcast start time?
Click here to find your local event time.
Q. How does the SLS format work?
A. PRELIM HEATS
Full Field of Skaters
5 Heats of 5-6 Skaters
Section 1: RUN – Two 45-second runs per skater Section 2: BEST TRICK – Five trick attempts per skater The top four overall scores– Run and Best Trick – count The Top 8 highest scoring skaters advance to the Final
1 Heat of 8 Skaters
Section 1: RUN – Two 45-second runs per skater Section 2: BEST TRICK – Five trick attempts per skater The top four overall scores– Run and Best Trick – count
The highest scoring skater wins
Five Judges utilize ISXTM Instant Scoring
Run Section Score: Each 45-second Run is a combination of several tricks. Each judge assigns a score of 0-10 for each overall Run attempt
Best Trick Section Score: Each of the 5 trick attempts in this section receive a score from 0-10
For each Run and Best Trick attempt, the highest and lowest scores from the judges panel are discarded. The average of the three remaining scores is used to determine the overall score
The top four scores across both the Run & Best Trick Sections count towards a skaters overall contest score
Maximum score possible is 40
Scores do not carryover from the Prelim Heats to the Final
Highest score from the Final wins the contest
Overall scores from each contest contribute to a skater’s ongoing ranking throughout the Season leading into the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship
SLS NIKE SB SUPER CROWN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
How to Qualify:
Skaters qualify via Golden Ticket for winning Tampa Pro, Pro Open or an SLS stop.
The remaining spots for the Championship line-up are filled with the top ranking skaters from the Season
Final Format and Scoring
Only 8 Skaters
No Prelim Heats
The winner becomes the SLS World Champion
Final scores contribute to the skaters’ overall season ranking