Rayssa is on a roll! Rayssa Leal took first place at SLS Seattle on Sunday. In the second stop of the 2022 Street League Skateboarding Championship Tour, the 14-year-old from Imperatriz, Brazil, took home the win on the final attempt of the street contest inside Angel of the Winds Arena in front of a high-energy crowd. The Olympic silver medalist also maintained her lead on the 2022 SLS World Tour rankings.
At SLS Seattle 2022, skaters took on a California Skateparks-designed course decked out with big concrete obstacles in an asymmetrical layout. As per a recent rule change for the 2022 season, overall scores are now computed by always factoring in one score from the Line section. This means: Skaters can no longer recover from a less-than-perfect Line performance on the strength of Best Trick scores alone.
When the action moved into the Women’s Skateboard Street Final, the rider to beat was Monster Energy’s, Rayssa Leal. After earning a spectacular walk-off victory at the first tour stop, SLS Jacksonville, Leal ranked at the top of the season leaderboards. She qualified for Sunday’s final in first place and led a field of eight riders, representing Brazil, Japan, as well as the United States, and the Netherlands.
In her first of two 45-second runs, Leal put together a perfect routine including, frontside bluntslide the square rail, frontside nosegrind the out-ledge, ollie the kicker, frontside lipslide and frontside boardslide the gap ledge, as well as backside 5-0 grind and backside Smith grind the 12-stair Hubba ledge for 6.5 points and an early lead. On her second run, Leal upped the ante by finessing a kickflip frontside boardslide the gap rail and backside 180 ollie down the triple set.
Heading into the Best Trick section, Leal ranked at the top of the order with fellow Brazilian Pamela Rosa in close pursuit. But Leal found herself falling behind after missing the first two of four Best Trick attempts. With fellow Brazilian Pamela Rosa taking the top spot, Leal needed two landed tricks to stay in the contest.
Playing it strategically, Leal landed a backside boardslide the gap to rail for 5.7 points. On her fourth attempt, the Olympic silver medalist followed up by putting down a perfect backside lipslide on the gap to rail for 8.1 points to make the Super Final and receive two more Best Trick attempts.
In the Super Final, kept the tension high by missing her first trick attempt. But with everything riding on her last trick in the final, Leal proved her nerves and technical skills by clinching a perfect backside tailslide down the 12-stair Hubba for 7.8 points and the overall winning score of 22.4 points. Talk about a down-to-the-wire win!
“I want to thank God, my family, and my team. I was nervous before the last trick, but I talked to my mom and that gave me the confidence to do it,” said Leal upon taking the win in Seattle and retaining first place on 2022 SLS season leaderboards. “I also can’t wait for the Super Crown to be in Rio and skating with my friends. That's what skateboarding is all about!”