Monster Energy’s Nyjah Huston Wins the 2017 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship in L.A.

Monster Energy’s Nyjah Huston Wins the 2017 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship in L.A.

I’m pretty beat up right now, but I’m the type of person who’s always down to go through a little pain to compete – Nyjah Huston

Facing the world’s top street skateboarders in the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship in Los Angeles, Monster Energy’s Nyjah Huston claimed first place and his third Super Crown World Championship. In front of a high-energy crowd at USC’s Galen Center and thousands of viewers tuned in via live stream on ETN, the 22-year-old from San Juan Capistrano landed the highest-scoring trick of the entire season in a performance that netted his 20th SLS competition win.

Tonight’s title win was an uphill battle for Huston. Although he qualified into the Super Crown on the strength of two Golden Tickets plus the season’s highest overall score at 280 qualifying points, a recent head trauma from a street skating injury almost prevented him from competing in Los Angeles tonight. Further adding to the challenge, the California Skateparks-designed street course offered none of the big gaps, handrails, and transfers that Huston dominates. Instead, versatility and technical creativity were the keys to winning the SLS World Championship in Los Angeles, as the season’s top eight street skateboarders attacked the course.

Tonight’s contest kicked off with a Runs section worthy of a Super Crown World Championship. Los Angeles local Louie Lopez, who qualified into Street League as a newcomer by winning Tampa Pro in March, set the bar high by posting two perfect runs netting Nine Club scores at 9.1 points and 9.4 points. Further increasing the heat, reigning 2016 Super Crown World Champion Shane O’Neill posted a Nine Club Run score at 9.2 points, with Brazil’s Kelvin Hoefler trailing closely behind.

Skating what is now his seventh Super Crown finals, Huston responded to the pressure by putting together two perfect runs of his own, both earning Nine Club scores at 9.0 points and 9.2 points. Highlights included frontside kickflip over the platform hip, backside Smith grind the long bump gap rail, backside 180 to nosegrind revert the Hubba, kickflip backside lipslide the…

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