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Nyjah Huston during practice for the SLS 2016 season in Munich, Germany

Nyjah Huston Takes 3rd Place at SLS Munich

Jul 032016

What a final, what a crowd! The first official stop of the 2016 Street League Skateboarding Nike SB World Tour at Olympic Park in Munich, Germany, had it all: technical street skating, 9 Club scores, and an intense fight for the top spot right down to final attempts. When all was said and done, Monster Energy’s Nyjah Huston walked away with a strong third place finish against the international street skating elite, including riders from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and a strong Brazilian contingent.

During the heated Prelims, the competition was dominated by a head-to-head rivalry between Huston and Australia’s Shane O’Neill. Both riders built strong scores with flawless routines in the Runs Section, followed by highly difficult Best Trick moves. And while 9 Club scores were a rare sight today in Munich, both skaters posted high scores above 9 points – including Huston’s backside 180 kickflip to backward nosegrind revert down the rail. When O’Neill moved into the Finals in first place, Huston stayed on his heels trailing by only 0.6 points.

When the action moved into Best Trick attempts, Tom Asta and Brazil’s Luan Oliveira rose to the top of the leaderboard. Going big, Huston claimed an early lead by blasting a backside kickflip off the kicker and over the entire Hubba ledge obstacle for an 8.3-point score. Maintaining his momentum, he followed up with a new move on the rail: the “over noseblunt” is a backside noseblunt overturned into a frontside crooked, earning him 8.7 points. But when L.A.’s Paul Rodriguez swept into first place on his fourth Best Trick attempt, Huston once again found himself with his back against the wall, needing a score of 8.9 points or higher. Putting it all on the line, Huston launched off the kicker clearing the 10-foot-gap into a frontside Smith grind on the rail, but could not ride away, leaving the win to Paul.

Now that SLS Nike SB World Tour Munich is in the books, the pros have one more chance to secure a spot in the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship: The second stop of the SLS Nike SB World Tour at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on August 28 holds one last Golden Ticket and the Championship Points for making the cut. Will Huston reclaim his title after closely missing the Super Crown last year? Stay tuned!


Next stops on the 2016 Street League Skateboarding Nike SB World Tour:

• August 28      SLS Nike SB World Tour: New Jersey | Prudential Center | Newark, NJ, USA

• October 2      SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship: Galen Center at USC | Los Angeles, CA, USA

If you missed today's finals, you can re-watch the action from today’s SLS Nike SB World Tour Munich on FS1 and FOXSportsGo tomorrow at 6:00 am ET.