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Rayssa Leal Claims Victory at STU Open for Second Year in a Row



Monster Energy team rider Rayssa Leal defended her title at the STU Open 2023 Women’s Street Skateboarding in Rio de Janeiro.

At the STU Open Rio, Rayssa successfully executed some amazing tricks including frontside bluntslide on the big rail, kickflip backside lipslide on the flat rail, backside tailslide on the big rail, gap out backside lipslide on the A-frame rail, and kickflip frontside boardslide on the big rail. The impressive display of skills earned her 85.70 points and a second consecutive win.

The reigning SLS World Champion, Leal, hails from Brazil and also won a silver medal in the Women’s Skateboard Street event at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Women’s Street Skateboarding contest at Duó Square skatepark featured an international roster of talented riders from Argentina, Brazil, and the United States, among others.

In the Men’s Street Paraskate discipline reserved for adaptive athletes, 24-year-old Felipe Nunes from Curitiba, Brazil took first place with a perfect run. Nunes also took a podium spot by claiming second place in the Men’s Adaptive Skate Park discipline.

In the Men’s Skateboard Street final, Matias Del Ollio from Argentina took the top spot. He was trailing in the first run but made a comeback for the best trick earning a score of 86.19, pushing his average to 84.66 

Giovanni Vianna from Santo Andre, Brazil took second place with a stacked run: Tricks including Caballerial backside lipslide the big rail, bluntslide the flat rail, frontside crooked the flat rail, backside overcrook the handrail, gap to frontside lipslide the A-frame, fakie 5-0 grind the Hubba and Caballerial frontside noseslide the big rail earned Vianna a final score of 83.92 points.

Del Ollio and Vianna were joined on the podium by 26-year-old Jhancarlos Gonzalez from Bogota, Colombia, placing third. Gonzalez put down technical tricks such as switch backside lipslide the big rail, backside 270 lipslide the flat rail, gap to frontside Smith grind the rail, frontside 270 lipslide the A-frame rail, and Caballerial frontside boardslide fakie the big rail for 83.74 points.

The heavily contested Men’s Skateboard Park final concluded with Pedro Barros winning the gold. Tom Schaar and Augusto Akio completed the podium for second and third place, respectively.

In the Men’s Skate Street Best Trick event, 17-year-old Filipe Mota from Minas Gerais, Brazil, took the trophy by putting down a technical kickflip hurricane down the big rail. The Women’s Skate Street Best Trick contest saw Rayssa Leal take top honors.

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Voting Now Open for ‘Let’s Move Street Challenge’ Fan Favorite Awards



Fans around the world are invited to watch the Let’s Move Street Challenge and have their say by voting for their favorite video entries in the ‘fan favorite’ awards.

The Let’s Move Street Challenge invited people everywhere to showcase their best moves and creative skills across a host of award categories in BMX, breaking and skateboarding by sharing a video of up to 30 seconds. Thousands entered from all corners of the world.

Tens of thousands have already cast their vote on, with voting closing on 12 November.

Aside from the fan favorite award, 21 winners will be awarded an all-access trip to the Olympic Qualifier Series in Shanghai.

Judges include BMX rider Nina Buitrago (USA), Skateboarder Jean-Baptiste Gillet (France) and B-Girl Narumi (Japan).

All the winners will be announced during a one-off show on 12 November that will bring together athletes and fans from BMX, breaking and skateboarding in a celebration of these sports and the incredible stories and communities that surrounds them.

Fans can join a live chat to share their thoughts and reactions to the winners and have the chance to win exclusive Let’s Move Street Challenge merchandise.

The Olympic Let’s Move Street Challenge Awards show will be streaming on on Sunday, 12 November, at 7 p.m. CET.

The Let’s MoveStreet Challenge aims to inspire and enable young people to embrace the joy of movement and a more active lifestyle by practising urban sports.

It builds on the successes of the IOC’s Let’s Move initiative, launched on Olympic Day 2023 following the World Health Organization’s finding that one in four adults and over 80 per cent of young people do not meet the recommended minimum activity levels needed for optimum health.

Two of the barriers to physical activity most often cited by young people are ability and access. Sports, including BMX, breaking and skateboarding, are often accessible, inclusive and community-driven.

Through this competition, the IOC wants to inspire and enable more young people to move using urban sport.

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The Boardr Releases Top Earners, Global Rankings



The Boardr analyzed a decade of prize money earnings in skateboarding to see how it has changed over the years.

In 2015, women only earned 8% of the total prize money. Now it’s almost equal to men’s earnings.

Japan cornered just a drop of the total earnings for 2015, but it has grown to a third in 2023, roughly equal to Brazil’s and the USA’s slice of the pie.

They also provided a summary of the changes in The Boardr Global Rankings for this month.

Rayssa Leal maintains her ranking in the women’s street category. Cocona Hiraki moved up to notches and is now ranked first for the women’s park.

Jagger Eaton and Yuto Horigome keep their spot in the men’s park and men’s street rankings, respectively.

You can check out the global skateboarding rankings here.

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FISE World Series Returns to China



Hurricane Group President, Hervé André-Benoit| Photos courtesy of ©Hurricane Group – FISE

The “FISE World Series,” an internationally renowned urban sports festival, is set to debut in Shanghai. This exciting event will take place in West Bund, Xuhui Binjiang, on October 17, 2024, ushering in a new era of urban sports excitement.

The festival originated in Montpellier, France, in 1997 and was conceived and organized by the French company Hurricane Group.

Over time, it has evolved to become the world’s premier urban sports festival, showcasing a diverse range of urban sports disciplines, including Skateboarding and Freestyle BMX.

The upcoming “FISE World Series Shanghai” will be held in the dynamic Xuhui district, which has a rich sporting heritage.

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