USA Skater Now Representing Finland For The Tokyo Olympics.

Thursday, January 17, 2019



Congrats to Lizzie Armanto - she will be representing Finland as we move forward towards the Olympics! Her father lives there and Lizzie has dual citizenship, it's so awesome that Finland is behind her 100%! 

A New Women's SLS World Champion!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Aori Nishimura / Photo Paulo Macedo via World Skate



This SLS comp was interesting from the get-go. Having  2 young newcomers in the field, Virginia Fortes Aguas and Karen Feitosa, changed the dynamic drastically. Especially when both girls came into the finals having bested last years Super Crown Champion Jenn Soto during semi-finals the previous day to earn their spots.

Virginia is only 12 years old and while she may not have all the tricks and power yet that the more seasoned veterans on tour have, she was posied and did trick after trick, showing that she will be a constant force this coming year. Her 5th place finish in the finals, ahead of pro's like  Pamela Rosa and Alexis Sablone had the crowd cheering for her.

We noticed another interesting thing about this comp - 2 of the girls were wearing helmets when competing, which is very unusual for a street contest.  Virginia and Aori Nishimura both sported helmets throughout their runs - perhaps this is a new trend?  It used to be frowned upon in street, perhaps now that Aori is the new Women's World Champion - that stigma will change?

With the format of two, 45 second runs per skater and then having 5 tries at "best trick" and throwing out the 3 lowest scores for a combined total of only the 4 highest scores, kept everyone on the edge of their seats as places on the leaderboard changed back and forth during the best trick portion of the comp.

It was exciting to see Aori score a "9" and join the 9 Club during best trick and soon after Leticia did teh same on her last trick. It was a true battle between these two until the very end. Everyone assumed after Leticia pulled ahead of Aori by a narrow margin on her last trick, it was Leticia bring home the win, but Aori scored one tenth of a point higher to change the lead again and take home the coveted status of SLS World Champion.

Congrats Aori! 

RESULTS

1st  Aori Nishimura  32.6
2nd Leticia Bufoni    32.5
3rd  Lacey Baker      28.5

4th  Mariah Duran
5th  Virginia Fortes Aguas
6th  Pamela Rosa
7th  Karen Feitosa
8th  Alexis Sablone





Grace Cochrane Wins Queen of Concrete!

Sunday, January 13, 2019




Congrats to GN4LW team rider, Gracie Cochrane, who won the open division of Queen of Concrete this weekend!  Last year she had to compete against the guys and took a well desrved second. This contest is the sister event to the longtime running, King of Concrete. So many girls are starting to skate now in Tasmania, AU that they have their own comp!  The prize money for the girls comp this year was $2,000 - so awesome!!

2 Newcomers Made It To The Finals Of Street League!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

 Photo of Leticia Bufoni via World Skate


The fourteen top seeded pro's went head to head with the eleven up and comers from the Global Open today and there were some big surprises for tomorrow's final.

Newcomers,  Karen Feitosa and Virgina Fortes Aguas took two of the 8 spots for Sundays final. Big names like Jenn Soto & Samarria Brevard were knocked out of the running, along with some of the other pro women we have seen competing in Street League for a while now.

Letcia Bufoni is holding tight to the number one spot after today's semi-finals, with Mariah Duran and Lacey Baker trying to match her high score. Alexis Sablone, Aori Nishimura and Pamela Rosa round out the group to have eight women in the finals on Sunday.

It's nice to see these contests open up to new talent - it means that the level of skating for women is being pushed higher and higher and we are seeing girls from all over the world kicking ass at these big contests - this is going to be a BIG year for  growth in women's skateboarding!

Tune in to watch the WOMEN'S FINAL at 9 AM PT / 12 Noon ET on StreetLeague.com





Watch The Women Compete In Street League - LIVE on Sunday!

Rayssa Leal
All info/photos via Street League


Now that we are headed to the Olympics more and more girls can move up through the ranks through "Global Qualifiers" held at Street League and Vans Park Series comps  - both are sanctioned World Skate contest series.

This weekend marks the first of the events that will count as points towards making the Olympic team.

Street League World Championship week officially kicked off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and they locked in the Women's Global Open Qualifiers who will be advancing into the next round of the World Championship (Semi-finals) to skate with the currently seeded SLS Pros.



Current SLS Pro Skaters are:



The ladies below have made it to the semi finals!


Global Open Qualifiers (Women’s Division):


LORE BRUGGEMAN
KAYA ISA
KEET OLDENBEUVING
RAYSSA LEAL
ANNIE GUGLIA
KAREN FEITOSA
YUMEKA ODA
ANDREA BENITEZ
KENDRA LONG
VIRGINIA FORTES AGUAS
CHARLOTTE HYM

We are so stoked to see some of the youngest rippers on Instagram on this list!


Watch the women's finals go down LIVE on Sunday, January 13 at 9 AM PT and 12 PM ET on streetleague.com