Street League Skateboarding is coming to Jacksonville! – Action News Jax
Street League Skateboarding (SLS) is coming to Jacksonville!
The 2021 SLS Championship Tour kicks off in Salt Lake City, Utah on the weekend of August 28, followed by a stopover in Miami, Fla. On the weekend of October 30.
The tour will conclude with the SLS Super Crown World Championship, which will take place at the Riverfront Plaza in Jacksonville on the weekend of November 13.
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Find out more about the location and event, including how fans can purchase tickets to witness skateboarding history in the making, ahead.
“This major event will bring together 25 of the world’s greatest skateboarding athletes and thousands of fans in our city,” said Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry.
Paul Rodriguez, a household name in the sport, will be competing.
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He helped make the announcement and says he’s also here to give skateboarders the recognition they deserve.
“I feel like skateboarders are elite athletes like any other mainstream sport we have out there,” Rodriguez said. “And it’s important for me to see our culture get that kind of pedestal that I think we deserve.”
“It’s cool, it’s sick. You know, it’s Paul Rodriguez. He’s a legend, ”said Riley Lewis, 16, who can’t believe the event is happening here.
“In general, they hold [these events] like in California, or something like that, in the big big cities, but it’s great that they’re doing it here, ”he said.
The Championship will take all street skating obstacles to a major scale, to fill the Riverfront Plaza space in November.
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The course will span 8,000 square feet and feature tricks you’ve probably never seen before.
“These will be the most avant-garde elite tricks. I can’t even tell you what’s going to happen to be honest, ”Rodriguez said. “The talent that is out there today, these young guys are really, really pushing the bar.”
“I promise you this will be the best street skate you’ll see in competition,” he said.
Riley says he’ll check out all of this talent in person.
“It takes a lot of skill of course, a lot of balance, a lot of practice, just for them to combine tricks,” said Lewis.
“I’m very excited, actually! “
For more Street League Skateboarding news, including Championship Tour updates, broadcast information and more, visit www.streetleague.com and follow Street League Skateboarding on Instagram and Facebook.
Since its inception in 2010, Street League Skateboarding has propelled street skateboarding from a collection of independent standalone events to a world renowned series.
Events take place in custom-built, unique, SLS-certified plazas in major cities around the world, with the best in sport competing for the highest stakes. For more information visit www.streetleague.com.
(Street League Skateboarding is also part of the content company Thrill One Sports & Entertainment.)
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