The Street League Series has taken the skateboarding world by storm since its launch in 2010, with Rob Dyrdek successfully making it one of the most important skate contests in the world. Some of the most technically-gifted skateboarders in the world take part in the event, and this year on the 27th of May, the series kicked off in London’s Copper Box Arena – the first time Street League has made its way across the Atlantic to our shores. A lineup that included stars like Shane O’Neill and recent breakthroughs like Yuto Horigome was sure to provide a stellar event, and we weren’t disappointed.
The day kicked off with the Men’s preliminaries, which decide who moves on to the final later in the evening. Across five hotly-contested heats, a host of names including Ishod Wair, Mark Suciu, and Sean Malto all fell to the wayside as trailblazers including Gustavo Ribeiro and Trent McClung brought their absolute A-game to advance to the Finals. The Finals lineup was very interesting, with only one American skater present and four non-SLS pros, proving that it all comes down to what you produce on the day. Kelvin Hoefler came flying out of the blocks with a 9-scoring run, and Ivan Monteiro and Trent McClung were close behind with 8.6 and 8.4 scores respectively. Yuto decided to absolute destroy the course, though, racking up back-to-back 9-scoring runs to take the lead. As if that wasn’t enough, he then decided to throw down a nollie 360 switch back tail for ANOTHER 9-club score, and from there things were pretty much a formality. Yuto claimed the victory, with Vincent Milou and Kelvin Hoefler close behind in second and third respectively. An amazing event overall, and with any luck, SLS will be returning to London very soon. Peep some more pictures from the event below, and be sure to check out the highlights on Youtube.