In an explosive end to the season, the 2015 Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Nike SB Super Crown World Championship shook the packed house in the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL, yesterday as the Top Eight finalists came together to compete for the ultimate title of World Champion, the $200,000 first-place prize purse and a one-of-a-kind Nixon watch.
Going head to head against SLS veterans, it all came down to the last trick once again, where Brazilian newcomer Kelvin Hoefler took the big win just ahead of 2014 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Champion Nyjah Huston and winner of two 2015 World Tour events Luan Oliveira. Included in the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship for the first time in League history was the Women’s Division contest in which Nike SB Pro from Brazil, Leticia Bufoni, broke through with her last Best Trick to roll away in first place just ahead of Vanessa Torres and Alana Smith.
First-place winner straight from Brazil – as a newcomer making his way into the League at one of the pre-season qualifiers – Tampa Pro – Kelvin Hoefler showed that he was serious with an assault about facing the SLS veterans with a brutal assault on the handrail: first with a Kickflip Backside Noseblunt Slide (8.9) that brought the stadium to their feet, then with two 9 Club bangers: a Halfcab Nosegrind Revert (9.1), and to take out Nyjah Huston for the win he came through with an amazing Cab Backslide Tailslide to fakie (9.3).
The 2014 SLS People’s Champ Luan Oliveira made it look easy with a perfect Hardflip over the SLS logo in front of the big three (9.1) followed by a Switch Frontside Bigspin Heelflip down the big three set of stairs (8.9).
Defending World Champion Nyjah Huston kept the crowd on the edge of their seats with a Halfcab Backside Smith Grind 180 out down the handrail (8.8), and two 9 Club hammers: a Fakie Noseblunt down handrail (9.0) and a Nollie Backside Kickflip over SLS logo (9.3).
Preceding the main event of the 2015 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship was the inaugural Women’s Division contest in which eight handpicked female street skateboarders had the chance to compete for the title of Champion, $30,000 purse, and a one-of-a-kind Nixon watch. Leticia Bufoni’s 360 Boardflip over the wedge gap (6.2) sealed the deal for first place against Vanessa Torres and rolling away as the first-ever female SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Champion.
Congratulations to the 2015 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship winners Kelvin Hoefler and Leticia Bufoni!