2014 Street League stop two
2014 Street League stop two -- USC
Stop two of the 2014 Street League Nike SB World Tour returned to Los Angeles (The Galen Center at USC) and not surprisingly, Nyjah Huston rose to the top and claimed another Street League win despite a harsh fall in practice on Saturday. Here, SLS competitors (from left to right) Torey Pudwill, Felipe Gustavo, Ishod Wair and Billy Marks converse prior to the semifinals.
Chaz Ortiz traveled out from Chicago and came about as close as possible to beating Nyjah Huston in the finals. Ortiz claimed second place with moves like this backside tailslide on the triple Hubba ledge.
Chris Cole's first competition as a free agent (he recently left sponsor Zero Skateboards) did not go as well as planned. Cole failed to make it to the finals, but did land moves such as this backside nosegrind on the triple Hubba ledge. After maintaining seventh through most of prelims, Cole fell short and was bumped out by Paul Rodriguez. And for the first time in SLS history, Cole won't be in the Super Crown Championship.
Street League royalty Eric Koston aims a t-shirt gun into the packed crowd at USC's Galen Center.
Street League fans reach out for a chance to win a signed Nyjah Huston Element deck from one of the Monster Energy crew.
Nyjah Huston broke his truck's kingpin trying to big flip over the entire manual pad in the Control section. Huston borrowed a board from Shane O'Neill and posted the biggest score of the day -- a 9.2 -- for a bigspin kickflip on his fourth attempt, then got his own board fixed.
And there's the broken kingpin. "Today was definitely a stressful one," said Huston after taking the win.
Nyjah Huston over crooks on his way to first place.
P-Rod and his trademark brand of focus earned seventh place in the finals, meaning he will advance to the Super Crown Championships next month in New Jersey.
Paul Rodriguez switch crooks to 180.
California Skateparks provided the stop two Street League course, and for the first time in Street League history, the course included a quarterpipe at the beginning of the Impact section. Here, Ryan Decenzo throws a frontside ollie out of the quarter.
Backside noseblunt on his way to third place at Street League. Pudwill will be on hand for the Super Crown Championships next month in New Jersey.
Skate Mental's Trevor Colden takes a moment to shoot a selfie with a Street League fan at USC.
Street League winners
From left to right: Chaz Ortiz (second place), Nyjah Huston (first place), Torey Pudwill (third place).