Thursday, May 5, 2011

Street League of Contest Skaters

When Rob Dyrdek put out of idea of this new league, it was supposed to consist of the best real street skaters, and not that regular group of X-Games guys who dominate park.  Now after the first league season ended, we seen that the contest skaters dominated as usual.  Nyjah Houston who does nothing but contest skate ended up taking overall first place, which was an outrage.  You have Chaz Ortiz, Ryan Sheckler, Greg Lutzaka, and arguably Chris Cole, but he gets some immunity in my opinion.  All of these guys are pure contest money boys, they have a strict set of tricks that they stick to and land almost every try.  When you see skaters like Marc Johnson, Mike Mo Capaldi, and Mikey Taylor, you see true innovation and variety with each try, not text book practiced tricks.

So far two street skaters have shown that they can make the cut against the money boys, and they are Sean Malto and Shane O'Neil.  Both have seemed to change a little bit with this league and may be shifting from that laid back street skating label everyone seems to give them.

Regardless the second annual Street League season this weekend is going to be very fun to watch.  I can't wait to see what everyone has changed from their game plan last season to hopefully make a better mark than they did before.  I am hoping that some of the underdog skaters will make it to the finals this time, especially Mike Mo.

The qualifiers that weren't aired last season will be webcasted this weekend.  So check it out.

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