Q. What are the event dates of the SLS World Tour?
SLS EVENT DATES AND VENUES:
• May 17–18: SLS Monster Energy Pro Open / Nike SB 6th & Mill Skatepark / Los Angeles, CA (privately held event)
• June 29: SLS Nike SB World Tour: Stop 1 / UIC Pavilion / Chicago, IL
• July 27: SLS Nike SB World Tour: Stop 2 / Galen Center / Los Angeles, CA
• August 24: SLS Super Crown World Championship / Prudential Center / Newark, NJ
Q. When was SLS established?
A. Founded by pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek in 2010, Street League Skateboarding (SLS) was created to foster growth, popularity, and acceptance of street skateboarding worldwide.
Q. Where can I buy tickets?
A. You can buy tickets by calling or visiting your local Street League arena box office as well as online at StreetLeague.com. Look for the type of seat or package that works best for you and your crew. Regardless of which seat you buy, and there will be many options to choose from – from Floor Seats to VIP packages, you will feel right in the mix. Tickets will not be available for SLS Monster Energy Pro Open as this is a private invite-only event.
Q. When will tickets go on sale?
A. Tickets will go on sale at streetleague.wpengine.com on May 30th.
Q. Where can I watch SLS?
A. FOX SPORTS 1 BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
• FOX SLS Pro Open Kickoff Special: Thursday, May 29 (8:00 PM ET)
• SLS Chicago: Live Broadcast: Sunday, June 29 (7:00 PM ET)
• SLS Los Angeles: Live Broadcast: Sunday, July 27 (8:00 PM ET)
• SLS Super Crown World Championship: Live Broadcast: Sunday, August 24 (9:00 PM ET)
Q. Who has signed to Street League?
- Tom Asta
- Chris Cole
- Ryan Decenzo
- David Gonzalez
- Austyn Gillette
- Nyjah Huston
- Sean Malto
- Billy Marks
- Matt Miller
- Chaz Ortiz
- Luan Olivieira
- Shane O’Neill
- Torey Pudwill
- Peter Ramondetta
- Dylan Rieder
- Paul Rodriguez
- Tommy Sandoval
- Manny Santiago
- Ryan Sheckler
- Bastien Salabanzi
- Mikey Taylor
- Ishod Wair
Q. Can I see them in any other contests?
A. Street League pros can compete in sanctioned events both domestic and abroad. The list of sanctioned events is determined at the beginning of each year. Please email email@example.com to inquire about Street League sanctioning.
Q. How is the course designed?
A. Each Street League course is designed by Rob Dyrdek and Joe Ciaglia of California Skateparks (www.californiaskateparks.com). 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 Street League’s three sections. Each section tests a different skill set within street skateboarding. The Flow Section highlights the skaters’ style and complete set of tricks as they must link together a 45-second run and utilize the entire course. Skaters in the Control Section perform their best technical tricks on lower features. The Impact Section is all about showmanship and having the resolve to attempt tricks with a high degree of difficulty on the biggest features of the course.
Q. What is new for the 2014 Season?
A. This year, the League has included the additions of major markets, Chicago and Los Angeles, as new Tour stops, as well as the first feeder event, the SLS Monster Energy Pro Open. This comes on the heels of SLS announcing their new partnership with FOX Sports to televise each arena event throughout the Tour live on FOX Sports 1 and distributed globally through the FOX family of networks.
The format is evolving further this year and will be testing the following key changes at the SLS Monster Energy Pro Open:
1. The Prelim Heats will now be two Flow Section runs and then five Control Section attempts ANYWHERE on the course, including the Impact Section features. In addition, for the Prelims only, SLS is counting the top four scores, regardless of which section skated. These changes will allow each skater the ability to skate to their strengths and also give the Flow Section more potential weight in the total score.
2. In the Final, the order will be switched as well as the scoring of the Impact and Control Sections. The Impact Section will now be the second section of the Final and the skateboarders’ top score out of four attempts is what will be counted. The Control Section will now be the final section of the contest and allow six attempts ANYWHERE on the course. The top four scores of the Control Section will count. This change is to further allow all of the pros to skate to their best ability and to add more diversity as to the type of skating that determines the winner at the end.
Q. What is the Super Crown World Championship?
A. The Super Crown World Championship is where the king of Street League is crowned and awarded the biggest prize purse in skateboarding history. The winner-takes-all championship event takes place on August 24th at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The Super Crown features the top 8 overall Street League pros from the Chicago and Los Angeles arena stops competing for the most elite title in skateboarding – the Street League Super Crown Champion. Chris Cole is the 2013 reigning champ and will be returning to SLS in 2014 to defend his title.
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, the FOX Sports 1 TV broadcast and even the online Fantasy League instantly.
Q. What does ISX do for the event?
A. This creates fast paced real-time understanding of exactly what place every skater is in at every moment of the event. This will allow the viewers and skaters to know exactly what place everyone is at every moment of the event, allowing the winner to be known at the very instant the last trick the event is scored.
Q. What goes into SLS judging?
A. There are five Street League judges. Each judge has an ISX dial. They judge each trick that is done in each section. The highest and lowest scores 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. What is the judging criteria?
Since last year’s SLS season, greater reward will be given for originality, risk taking and style, thus increasing the ability for a skater to do tricks scored 7.0 or higher as long as the trick demonstrates these characteristics. More common, safer tricks will be scored lower on the scale.
The inclusion of originality as a factor also means that tricks repeated in different sections will be given lower scores as they are repeated.
• Lower Range Scores (1.0 – 4.0): basic/common tricks.
More common/basic tricks for pros, such as tailslides, 5-0 Grinds, Nose-Grinds, Nollie Crooked Grinds, Switch Frontside Tailslides, & Kickflip Frontside Boardslides will likely score in the 1- 4 range unless there is something unique about how or where it’s done (making the trick original, stylish, or more risky).
• Middle Range Scores (4.0 – 7.0)
Middle range tricks demonstrate more risk and originality than the lower range scoring tricks. This may include technical ledge tricks such as back tail bigspins, Fakie 5-0 Grinds, Switch Ledge Tricks, as well as the tougher flip tricks and non ledge/rail tricks, like Frontside 360s, 360 flips, Hardflips, Bigspin Flips, Switch Big-Spins, etc. Again, if any of these tricks are done in a unique way (the hard-way, over a big section or large obstacle, or with special height/style) then they can be given higher scores.
• Higher Range Scores (7.0 – 10.0)
Higher range tricks are going to be tricks that are undeniably risky OR exceptionally innovative. This includes more technical ledge/rail tricks (Flip-In, Shove It Out, or Flip-In out Flip-Out, or manual tricks that include flip tricks out) or other tough technical tricks like Nollie Flip Frontside Nose Grinds, Switch Backtail Frontside Bigspins, switch 360 flips, nollie 360 flips, & Switch Backside Bigspins. In the big section, higher range scores may include tricks that would be considered middle range scores in any other section.
All of these tricks listed are just examples. Additionally, how clean the trick is done, what kind of obstacle it’s done on, and style will all be taken into account.
In 2014, the goal is to take repetition into account by including innovation in an effort to make sure a skater who does three hard tricks can keep up with and/or beat someone who does six or seven safer tricks in a section.
Q. How do I get media credential for this event?
A. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and explain the request.
Q. Who should I contact for sponsorship opportunities?
A. Please email email@example.com for more information
Q. What is Street League Foundation (SLSF) & SLS Certified Plazas?
A. The Street League Foundation launched in 2013 as a way to extended the SLS mission to increase global participation in street skateboarding. There are currently three SLSF certified plazas with more planned for construction in 2014. 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.
Q. What is the Monster Energy Pro Open?
A. The SLS Monster Energy Pro Open will be a 2-day contest at Nike SB’s 6th & Mill park in Los Angeles on May 17 – 18 and offers two key components: 1) Allows 20 invited pros that are not currently in the SLS roster for a chance to win their way into the series; and 2) offer current SLS pros an optional event to earn additional championship points to help qualify into the Super Crown. 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 Super Crown World Championship.
The event will be web-casted live on StreetLeague.com and also featured in our first ever kick-off special on May 29th at 8PMET on FOX Sports 1
• SLS will qualify 3 skaters and 2 alternates into the 2014 Tour
• The top 8 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 on the 2014 roster.
Q. How much prize money is at stake?
A. 2014 prize money details coming soon.