On Saturday, SLS rolled into Olympic Park in Munich, Germany. A Sold Out crowd was on hand to watch the best skaters in the world battle it out at the first arena stop of the 2017 SLS Nike SB World Tour. Those that were present and watched the live webcast on ETN were able to witness what proved to be one of the best SLS contests in history.
The stage was set in Heat 2 when Dashawn Jordan, Nyjah Huston, and Yuto Horigome put on an impressive display. Dashawn drew first blood with a bigger flip front board down the rail earning the first 9 of the day. Nyjah followed suite with a kickflip to front board across the flat kinked rail for the second 9. And not to be outdone, Yuto unleashed an impressive nollie 270 switch back tail down the rail for an 8.9 At the end of the heat, Dashawn was in 1st with a score of 33.3 followed by Nyjah at 33.0, and then Yuto with a 32.8. These scores would hold for the rest of the Prelims.
Heat 3 held even more surprises. 2016 SLS World Champion Shane O’Neill had a rare off day. He couldn’t hold on to the majority of his tricks in the Best Trick section and finished the heat in 7th place—which is a risky position this early in the contest. Shane would ultimately not make it the Final. Miles Silvas put on an impressive show with some consistent skating punctuated by a switch heel back tail down the hubba that scored an 8.8 allowing him to make it to the first Final of his SLS career.
When it was said and done, Dashawn Jordan, Nyjah Huston, Chris Joslin, Miles Silvas, Carlos Ribeiro, Torey Pudwill, and Kelvin Hoefler advanced to the Final.
The Final in Munich was classic SLS. The skaters unleashed some incredible skating that yielded quite a few 9-Club scores. But the real story here was the battle between Yuto Horigome and Nyjah Huston. These two set it off in the Run section when Nyjah scored a 9 and Yuto an 8.9. It was followed up in the Best Trick when both skaters went trick for trick earning several more 9-Club scores. Nyjah went all out with kickflip gap to back lip down the rail that was done at such speed it sent him flying off the quarter pipe onto his back on the other side. It all came down to Yuto missing his final trick, which sealed the deal on Nyjah winning his second SLS contest of the 2017 season and the 18th of his career.
Looking forward, it’s clear from their performances that Yuto Horigome and Dashawn Jordan are indeed going to be serious threats in SLS. Yuto came dangerously close to winning his first SLS contest in Munich. But, in true champion fashion, Nyjah Huston showed that he was able to rise to the occasion and will not lay down easily for the new generation. And with Shane O’Neill absent from the Final, there’s no way of knowing how he would have impacted things. We shall see how all of this plays out in Chicago on August 13.
Check the full results below.
Nyjah Huston – 36.1
Yuto Horigome – 35.5
Carlos Ribeiro – 34.2
Chris Joslin – 33.9
Kelvin Hoefler – 32.9
Miles Silvas – 32.1
Dashawn Jordan – 31.4
Torey Pudwill – 19.5