2011 turned into a year of validation for the 16-year-old skateboarder from Davis, California for his young but successful career. It’s not as though he needed to validate the success he’s achieved so quickly as a professional skateboarder but Nyjah’s 2011 competitive season did just that. His season consisted of three Street League victories and an X Games Gold becoming the youngest X Games Street champion. He was a victory shy of sweeping every contest he entered.
At times Nyjah was down right dominant leaving a talented field of skaters searching for ways to beat him. In his first three contest this season the 16-year-old earned over $465,000 in prize money. To top it off Nyjah pulled a massive backside 270 to noseblunt which earned him a 9.9, the highest total score in Street Leagues history.
For Nyjah, 2011 started with the much needed reunion with the skateboard company he began his career with. Alongside Element Skateboards he released his latest pro model skate deck The Rise Up 7.75 Deck.
Nyjah burst on to the scene in 2004 at the Volcom Damn Am when he was just nine years old. The next year he went on to win the prestigious Tampa Am. He also became the youngest-ever X Games competitor. Sporting his trademark dreads Nyjah quickly became a household name in skateboarding.
If 2011 was a statement year for him, maybe the loudest statement of all came when Nyjah decided to shed the dreads for a more aerodynamic down to business look.
The next step towards capping off his best year as a skateboarder will come in the form of being named Skater of the Year by Thrasher Magazine’s annual SOTY awards.
It’s too early to tell but if 2011 is any sign of what’s to look forward to then Nyjah may have just found the path to greatness.
Huston and the Element skate team will be on hand Friday Night for a free premiere of “Rise & Shine” as well as to celebrate the opening of the Element Los Angeles store at Universal CityWalk. Video starts at 7PM, with a team signing to follow inside the store.