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Nyjah Huston Makes History and Takes First Place Overall
Winning His Second Consecutive SLS Contest and $300k With His Two Combined Wins
Kansas City, Missouri – (June 12, 2011) – The action was off the charts today at Kansas City’s Sprint Center where 15,000 fans witnessed the world’s best skateboarders compete in an explosive, down-to-the-wire battle for a $150k purse. When the dust settled, Monster’s Cole walked away $65,000 richer. He locked down a solid, second place finish and took away top honors plus an extra $10k in cash for winning the Wonka Free Ride Best Trick contest.
With consistency and strategy Cole worked his way toward the top slots in the early part of the final: flip to flip combos in the line section, backside blunt on the Hubba, and huge tech moves in the Big section, Cole put every other competitor in the final under serious pressure. In the Line section, Chris dealt a five-o up to flip out followed by a flip to front board on the flat bar. With that, he posted his highest single-trick score of the day, an 8.3. With a string of eight back-to-back tricks, Cole moved comfortably into the top three, then proceeded to fight trick-for-trick in the final “Big” section with Huston, where he stuck the back 3 ollie, 180-Switch crooks down the Hubba, and held the lead all the way until the last trick.
“There was only one option—get buck!” said Cole, who went for the incredible kickflip backside 360 down the big set. Narrowly missing, he left the opportunity open for Huston and yielded the victory by just a few points.
After the final went down, a 20-minute, best-score heat went down for the Wonka Free Ride Best Trick event. Cole unleashed the never-before-seen-at-Street League, backside 270 to noseslide on the bank-to-Hubba feature. This was Cole’s second Wonka Free Ride Best Trick win of the season – he also took the cash at the Seattle stop with a tré bomb-to-50-50.
Combining his second place finish here in Kansas City with his sixth place finish in Seattle, Chris Cole now moves into the 3rd place overall spot for the series with a total of 166 tour points.
Street League’s $1.6 million purse is the largest in skateboarding history and almost double the combined winnings for all other skate contests.
Nearly $400,000 will be awarded at the next stop in Glendale, AZ at the Jobing.com Arena on July 16-17 with the SLS tour culminating in a winner-takes-all Championship in Newark, NJ at the Prudential Center on August 28. The SLS Championship will feature the winners of the first three stops of the 2011 tour along with the remaining top eight qualifiers who will compete for $200,000 as well as the title of Street League Champion. Finals for the next stop will air LIVE on ESPN2. Check www.streetleague.com for complete qualifying webcast schedule.