Street League Skateboarding (SLS) will make its London debut later this month at The Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on May 26-27.
Hosting the opening event of this prestigious tour is a major coup for London, as SLS and World Skate prepare street skateboarding for its inaugural appearance in the Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020.
British skateboarder Geoff Rowley said, “British skateboarding has held some incredible contests in the past that have gone on to grow and shape the skate scene in Europe – and worldwide. It’s great to see the city of London embracing that rich culture by bringing SLS to the city.”
SLS World Champion 2017 Nyjah Huston (USA) and top contender Shane O’Neill (Australia) are among the names set to mix with a group of up-and-coming athletes that will compete in London over the bank holiday weekend.
The athletes will battle in a custom-built concrete skate plaza, designed to inspire innovative tricks and take skateboarding to new heights.
This year’s World Tour will debut a long-awaited women’s qualifier, featuring 2015 winner Leticia Bufoni (Brazil) and reigning back-to-back champion Lacey Baker (USA).
Lyn Garner, chief executive, London Legacy Development Corporation, said, “We’re thrilled that the Park’s venues continue to host world-class events like the Street League Skateboarding competition at the Copper Box Arena.
“This is the legacy of 2012 in action and makes sure that local people have access to the very best sports and entertainment on offer.”
By Sam Petters
May 2, 2018