The world’s most prestigious skateboarding competition will make its London debut next month as the SLS Pro Open kicks off at the Copper Box Arena on 26-27 May.
Hosting the opening event of this prestigious tour is a major coup for London, as Street League Skateboarding (SLS) and World Skate prepare street skateboarding for its inaugural appearance in the Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020.
Not only will this see some of the world’s best street skaters battle it out at one of London’s iconic venues, the SLS Pro Open London will shine the spotlight on the capital’s rich street skating scene, challenging negative perceptions of the sport and celebrating the creativity, physicality, and sense of community at its core.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said, “I look forward to welcoming the world’s top skateboarders to London next month. The capital already has a vibrant skateboarding scene and I hope this event inspires a new generation to take up the sport ahead of its inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”
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Rowley said: “British skateboarding has held some incredible contests in the past that have gone on to grow and shape the skate scene in Europe – and worldwide. It’s great to see the city of London embracing that rich culture by bringing SLS to the city.”
2017 SLS World Champion Nyjah Huston (USA) and top contender Shane O’Neill (Australia) are among the big names set to intermix with an exciting group of up-and-coming athletes that will compete in London over the bank holiday weekend.
Inspiring the next generation
London is an esteemed and historic hub of urban skate culture and creative expression. The city’s Southbank is the oldest continuously skated spot in the world and an incredible representation of the powerful impact street skateboarding can have on the local and global community.
The World Skate/SLS World Tour comes to the capital with the hope of inspiring both the existing skateboarders and the next generation, cultivating deeper connection and dialogue, and supporting the already strong community to authentically serve the future of skateboarding.
If you need more persuading to heading to along to one of the sessions, check out the video below: