The inaugural Street League DC pro tour, fueled by Monster Energy, announced plans to expand for 2011 on the heels of its final event, which generated an audience of more than 1.5 million viewers on ESPN2 and 15,000 spectators in the stands at the three contest stops: Glendale, Arizona, Ontario, Canada and Las Vegas, Nevada. More information from Street League’s official report follows:
Los Angeles, Calif – The inaugural year of the Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy has come to an end, forever changing the face of competitive street skateboarding with an unprecedented $1.2MM in prize money distributed to twenty-four of the most elite professionals in the sport. With its proprietary format and Instant Scoring ExperienceTM technology, skaters, for the first time, had to utilize strategy in order to win and viewers knew exactly what place every skater was in, at every moment of the event.
Each tour stop came down to the last two attempts with Nyjah Huston, Sean Malto, and Shane O’Neill battling the toughest competition in skateboarding history to each take home first place honors. In the concluding moments of the finale in Las Vegas, Street League SkateboardingTM creator, Rob Dyrdek, handed over the championship trophy to Nyjah Huston who won the overall series.
In its first year Street League has built a loyal audience of skate fans and non-skate fans alike, with more than 1.5 MM people tuning into the comprehensive coverage on ESPN2. With robust content on theberrics.com, international distribution in over 198 countries, and online re-airs on ESPN.com/action, the Street League DC Pro Tour Fueled by Monster Energy has already counted well over 400 million impressions worldwide.
In stop one, Huston’s “kickflip out to frontside boardslide” on the kinked rail shot him into the top spot. O’Neill’s final trick of a “switch three sixty-flip” missed Nyjah by only one and one tenth of a point and fifteen year-old Huston grabbed his first win since the age of thirteen.
In stop two, it was Chaz Ortiz who needed only two points to over-take Sean Malto on the last attempt of the contest. As Chaz fell to the ground on a missed “crooked grind” the crowd went ballistic and Malto took home $150,000.
In the series finale, Chris Cole met a similar fate and missed his last attempt of the finals allowing Shane O’Neill to “backside lip-slide” his way to victory. By taking second place in the first stop, winning the Zumiez 24/7 award, and landing a league record of five best-trick bonuses ($5000 each); O’Neill’s Street League winnings-to-date stand at an outstanding $262,000 – making him the highest grossing pro in the historical series.
Over the span of the three events, more than fifteen thousand fans filled the seats to witness their favorite skaters compete on real concrete skate plazas built inside an arena setting. The Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ, the Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA, and the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV were transformed by California Skateparks into authentic city-like skate plazas. All featured landscaping, beautifully designed concrete structures, and multi-color design patterns that raised the bar for professional sporting event aesthetics.
Presenting partners DC Shoes and Monster Energy commented on the success of the series. “We’re very proud of the long standing relationship we have with Rob and the opportunity to partner with him on the first Street League SkateboardingTM tour,” said Kelly Magrath, DC’s VP of Global Marketing. “Rob is redefining the professional skateboarding platform and we’re excited to be part of its future.”
“Rob is a leader in skateboarding and continues to be the driving force for the future of competitive street skateboarding with the success of the Street League SkateboardingTM series,” added Bruce Stjernstrom, Monster Energy’s VP of Sports Marketing. “Monster is proud to have him on our team and support him in his efforts to raise the bar and preserve the authenticity of street skating in a unique arena format where spectators can follow the action trick by trick to the very end.”
The 2010 series is just the beginning of what is sure to become the cornerstone of competitive skateboarding. “The second year will mark a nationwide expansion of the series with additional stops of the series, exclusivity with its pros, more prize money, and an even more exciting format,” says Street League creator Rob Dyrdek. “We will work with our riders, industry heads, and partners in the upcoming months to ensure that our on-going commitment in growing the sport of skateboarding world-wide is undeniably achieved with this series.”
For more information please visit www.streetleague.com.