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Street League skateboarding DC Pro Tour hits Ontario Saturday

September 9, 2010 |  4:05 pm
Paul Rodriguez Jr. perfecting a maneuver at the Street League skateboarding test session.Some of pro skateboarding's top competitors will be on hand Saturday at Ontario's Citizens Business Bank Arena for the second stop of the Street League DC Pro Tour fueled by Monster Energy.

Fifteen-year-old Nyjah Huston of Huntington Beach scored a stunning victory at the debut event Aug. 28 in Glendale, Ariz., pocketing a $150,000 first-place paycheck and setting the stage for an intense battle this round among the sport’s elite competitors.

Preliminary rounds, which are closed to the public, are scheduled for Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. The grand finale is slated for Saturday from 1 to 3:45 p.m., with doors opening to the public at noon. General admission tickets for Saturday are priced between $25 and $45 and are available for purchase online or at the arena.

Street League skateboarding’s three-event series features participation from some of the world’s top street skateboarders -- including stars such as Ryan Sheckler, Paul Rodriguez Jr. and Chris Cole and core street skateboarders P.J. Ladd, Mike Mo Capaldi, Brandon Biebel and Dylan Reider -- a combined roster of athletes that includes winners of past X Games, Dew Tour and Maloof Money Cup events.

The tour's $1.2-million purse is the largest in skateboarding, with nearly $400,000 awarded at each of the three stops culminating with the finale in Las Vegas on Sept. 25.

The first contest series to construct concrete skate plazas inside arenas, the events signify a departure from traditional skate parks since they resemble true street obstacles that would likely be found in any city plaza environment. Although each of the three tour stops will feature four distinct sections, no course will ever be the same -- making the look of Street League a dynamic feature of the series.

Street League also introduces an instant scoring format, bringing a competitive strategy to skateboarding.  Each boarder will get seven attempts on the four sections (technical, creative, line and big), designed to test a different skill set within street skating. Each attempt gets an instant score on a scale of zero to 10, averaged from five judges. Each landed trick contributes to a cumulative point total, with tricks not landed given a zero.

Citizens Business Bank Arena is located at 4000 E Ontario Center Parkway in Ontario.

-- Kelly Burgess


Photo: Paul Rodriguez Jr. perfects a maneuver at the Street League skateboarding test session. Credit: Street League