How about ending a heavy year for skateboarding with a bang? Street League Skateboarding (SLS) and Monster Energy present a special treat for the holidays: SLS Unsanctioned, the invitational contest presented by Monster Energy, returns for the third edition with a hand-picked roster of ten pro skaters battling for the title of Unsanctioned Champion at Skatebird Skatepark in Miami.
Presented by SLS broadcast commentator Andrew Cannon, the television showcase premieres on ESPN2 on December 26 at 10 pm ET. For the replay, fans can go online starting December 27 and watch the 47-minute video featuring all the action from the SLS Unsanctioned 3 event on the SLS YouTube Channel. The action-packed broadcast was produced by Thrill One Sports and Entertainment, the world’s largest independent action sports company.
The SLS Unsanctioned event series started in 2020 in response to the pandemic lockdown on skateboarding competitions. When the virus forced Street League Skateboarding to pause its renowned World Tour series, organizers wanted to keep bringing world-class skate competitions to fans.
The first installment of SLS Unsanctioned was contested inside pro skater Nyjah Huston’s private skatepark facility in December 2020 with Monster Energy as the presenting sponsor. The series continued in April 2021 with Unsanctioned 2 at Volcom Skatepark in Costa Mesa, with Monster Energy’s Ishod Wair clinching the win.
The year 2021 marked the return of the SLS World Championship Tour and SLS Super Crown World Championship in front of live audiences. But as a special treat to close out the year, SLS and Monster Energy present Unsanctioned 3 with the same formula that resonated with fans: Ten hand-picked pro skateboarders battling it out in a private setting according to SLS competition rules to crown a winner.
For Unsanctioned 3, the cast of pros included previous Unsanctioned Champion Dashawn Jordan, Brazil’s Carlos Ribeiro, as well as Monster Energy’s Kelvin Hoefler and Gabriel Fortunato. Calling the shots, a high-profile panel of judges watched the action closely: The all-female judge crew included proven SLS pros included Leticia Bufoni, Rayssa Leal, and Aori Nishimura.
As the action got underway, the invited pros brought world-class skateboarding to the recently finished public skatepark in Miami. When the dust settled, a new Unsanctioned Champ walked away with trophy… but we’re not giving away any spoilers!
To see the play-by-play of how the winner was crowned at Unsanctioned 3 at Skatebird Miami, make sure to watch on the SLS YouTube Channel.