The Semifinal of the 2016 SLS Nike SB Pro Open in Barcelona is over and the top skater heading into the finals is last year’s winner, Nyjah Huston. Nyjah was one step ahead of everyone else today in every way.
Shane O’Neill, currently in second, also had a strong showing but is only separated from Chris Joslin, in sixth, by four tenths of a point. Joslin, an SLS Pick this year, has been extremely impressive and looks so comfortable skating in SLS that it wouldn’t be surprising for him to come up with a victory today.
Luan Oliveira was great despite his position in the 7th spot, and Chaz Ortiz absolutely earned the 8th spot. The standings reflect how very tight it was out there on the course. Ortiz was in 20th place when he landed a kickflip backside tailslide to fakie that took him straight into the very last spot available in the finals.
Paul Rodriguez, Cody McEntire and Ryan Decenzo are in spots 3 through 5 and really put in the work necessary to make that top 8 cut. The three of them steadily landed great tricks even as the stakes mounted, and more of that is sure to be seen from them in the Final.
Two skaters who won’t be seen in the Finals, but will be seen for the remainder of the 2016 SLS Nike SB World Tour, are the two new SLS pros: Tommy Fynn and Tiago Lemos. Fynn and Lemos crushed yesterday’s Qualifiers, and despite being in the early heats today, built up point totals that kept contenders like Louie Lopez, Boo Johnson and Curren Caples at bay. Their trick selection and focus is what helped them perform well this weekend and we can expect to see more of that from them at the next stop in Munich on July 2nd. Congratulations Tommy and Tiago!
Standings heading into the Final:
1. Nyjah Huston – 32.7
2. Shane O’Neill – 31.7
3. Paul Rodriguez – 31.6
4. Cody McEntire – 31.5
5. Ryan Decenzo – 31.5
6. Chris Joslin – 31.3
7. Luan Oliveira – 30.5
8. Chaz Ortiz – 30.2
Stay glued to streetleague.com for the live webcast of the 2016 SLS Nike SB Pro Open Final.
Words by Reggie Altema