The second stop of the 2012 Street League produced a familiar storyline with Nyjah Huston earning another victory and $150,000 to his bank account.
Huston’s win at the Citizens Business Bank arena in Ontario, California gave him his seventh victory out of the nine total Street league events. Huston’s silky smooth style and level of consistency is the formula for success but whether it’s a good thing for Street League fans is another question.
The instant scoring system the series utilizes to separate itself from other skate contests thrives off competition and rivalries. And currently Street League competitions utterly lack rivalries as Huston continues to dominate. It could be argued that Chaz Ortiz and Sean Malto are his biggest challengers, but they lack the ability to win contests. Rivalries are critical to building a sport’s popularity. Take a look at the NBA with Magic and Bird or the MLB with the Yankees and Red Sox.
Both Ortiz and Malto have managed to motivate Huston, forcing him to elevate his skating. Malto has the other two Street League wins including last year’s championship in New Jersey, but has failed to challenge Huston on a consistent basis.
Although the sport lacks a true rivalry, the level of skateboarding is at an all-time high, which is evident in Nyjah’s Best Trick-winning Caballerial Kick Flip Backside Lipslide.
Stop three of Street League moves to Glendale, Arizona July 14-15.