Huston’s Monster Energy teammate Ishod Wair also raised the bar in today’s Final as a crowd favorite.
Fresh off a win at last month’s CPH Open in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Thrasher magazine Skater of the Year stacked his best Finals Run with a huge alley-oop frontside air and frontside crailslide revert on the large quarterpipe, frontside nollie heelflip and switch 360 kickflip up the Euro gap, switch ollie blunt on the small quarter, and massive backside kickflip over the center kicker for 8.4 points, but could not lock in Best Trick hammers such as nollie heelflip down the big gap.
Also stoking out the Chicago crowd with strong skating today, Monster Energy’s Matt Berger
landed a perfect Prelim run full of technical street tricks including kickflip backside tailslide up the Euro gap rail, nosegrind on the quarter pipe, frontside noseslide and big spin frontside boardslide fakie on the centerpiece barrier, and a frontside bluntslide down the big hubba after the buzzer. But although he put down Best Trick hammers like backside 180 to switch Smith grind down the hubba and big flip frontside boardslide fakie on the center barrier, the street pro from British Columbia, Canada, missed a spot in today’s final eight.
Berger’s Monster Energy teammate and 2013 SLS Super Crown winner, Chris Cole, put down a perfect run in the Prelims, including fakie 5-0 grind revert on the rail to bank, frontside tailslide 270 out on the ledge, frontside 180 to switch feeble up the Euro Gap rail, backside 360 nosegrab over the center kicker, as well as frontside bluntslide and backside bluntslide down the hubba for 8.0 points. But although he landed a technical fakie frontside heelflip bigspin down the stairs in Best Trick, the two-time Thrasher SOTY could also not secure a spot in today’s high-stakes finals.
Now that SLS Nike SB World Tour Chicago is in the books, the final eight contenders for the 2017 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship are locked in. Will Huston claim his 20th career SLS victory and take back the Super Crown title? Stay tuned and make sure to follow the action on September 15 live from Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles, California.
If you missed today’s live Web Cast on ETN you can re-watch the action from today’s SLS Nike SB World Tour: Stop Two in Chicago on ESPN 2 on August 15 and on ABC’s World of X Games on August 27.
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