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Kelvin Hoefler, Rayssa Leal Win SLS Chicago

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Kelvin Hoefler wins the SLS Chicago Stop. Photo courtesy of Monster Energy.

Brazilian Monster Energy Riders Kelvin Hoefler and Rayssa Leal won last weekend’s 1st stop of the 2023 Street League Skateboarding in Chicago, Illinois.

The Men’s Skateboard Street competition introduced the knockout rounds wherein riders were divided into four heats at five skaters each. The winners of the knockout rounds, plus the second-highest overall scorer, will face the defending SLS Champion, Gustavo Ribeiro, in the finals.

Hoefler secured his spot in the finals during the knockout round with impressive maneuvers. These included a kickflip frontside nosegrind on the tall Hubba, earning him 8.6 points, a half Cab noseslide to tailslide fakie scoring 8.9 points, and a half Cab backside Smith grind 180, which garnered him 9.0 points.

In the finals, Hoefler executed a flawless run that included a nollie nosegrind on the tall Hubba, a backside tailslide on the closeout rail, a kickflip backside lipslide on the flat rail, a kickflip frontside boardslide fakie down the rail, a switch frontside tailslide on the small Hubba, and a half Cab crooked on the tall Hubba, earning him a score of 8.2 points.

Meanwhile, the defending Women’s SLS Supercrown Crown Champion, Rayssa Leal, executed a flawless routine in her first of two 45-second Line attempts–including a backside 5-0 grind on the large Hubba, a backside Smith grind on the flat rail, a frontside bluntslide down the rail, a backside tailslide on the small Hubba, and a crooked grind on the tall Hubba, earning her 7.6 points.

Rayssa Leal during the 2023 SLS Chicago stop. Photo courtesy of Monster Energy.

In the Best Trick round, Leal continued to perform well, scoring 7.4 points for a backside Smith grind on the tall Hubba and 8.0 points for a perfect backside tailslide in the same spot. However, Leal’s loss of control on her subsequent attempt opened the door for her opponents to take the lead.

Battling in third place, Leal delivered a perfect frontside bluntslide down the tall Hubba on her final attempt, scoring 8.4 points and securing her victory.

The 2nd SLS 2023 stop will be on August 12 in Ariake Arena, Tokyo, Japan.

Watch the full Women’s and Men’s 2023 SLS Chicago coverage below.

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Rayssa Leal’s Top 5 Scores of SLS 2023

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Before the first stop of Street League Skateboarding this February, let’s look back to how Rayssa Leal managed to land her top 5 scores of 2023.

Rayssa kicked off the 2023 season with a win at the Chicago stop and finished with a Super Crown in São Paulo. It was her second Super Crown win.

She is surely someone to watch out for in the 2024 SLS Tour, which will commence on February 24 at the Adidas Arena in Paris.

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Japan Dominates WST-Street World Championships-Japan

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Japan dominated the World Skateboarding Tour Street Skateboarding World Championships at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo on Sunday. Sora Shirai led a men’s podium sweep, and Yumeka Oda claimed her first women’s crown.

Completing the podium in the men’s division were Kairi Netsuke and Yuto Horigome for second and third place respectively.

During the eight-day championships, athletes competed to qualify for the Paris Olympics and earn important rankings points.

Shirai earned a total of 276.81 points, followed by Netsuke with 273.60 points and Horigome with 273.28 points. The final score was based on each competitor’s best two runs and two highest-scoring tricks out of five attempts.

In the women’s skateboarding competition, Oda emerged as the winner with a total score of 265.75 points. Her best trick section received an impressive score of 94.80. She finished 3.85 points ahead of the defending world champion, Rayssa Leal. Nishiya secured the third spot with a total score of 245.76.

Watch the full coverage of the WST-Street Skateboarding World Championships Japan below.

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Get Behind the Scenes of the Red Bull Bowl Rippers

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In September, Red Bull Bowl Rippers brought pro skateboarding action back to Marseille’s famous beachside Bowl Du Prado after a two-year hiatus.

As thousands of enthusiastic French spectators witnessed the action-packed event, Marc Churchill and Corbin Harris interviewed the participating skaters, as well as industry veterans such as Greg Poissonnier, Chris Gregson, and Bryce Kanights. They also spoke with the event organizer, Jeremie Grynblat, and local hero Vincent Matheron to understand what makes this unique proving ground so special and why people keep coming back to it for decades.

The first Bowl Rippers was held in 2016 at the iconic park to celebrate its 25th year. Now on its sixth edition, The Red Bull Bowl Rippers continued the Bowl Du Prado’s legacy of enshrining legends into a new era.

The Bowl Du Prado, designed by Jean-Pierre Collinet, has been visited by every great skateboarder to leave their mark on the sport. Along with famous names like Cardiel, Speyer, Trujillo, and Petersen, there are also local legends like Molinier, Benoliel, Salah, and the Matheron clan who have all contributed to the skatepark’s worldwide notoriety.

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