Some of the world's best skateboarders descended on the Midwest this week, as Red Bull and Ryan Sheckler brought back the second annual Hart Lines contest in Detroit. The event modifies the existing skate spot in Hart Plaza, incorporating the ledges and stair set with ramps, rails, and a steep wallride. The contest challenges some of the elite talent, as it takes the existing street setup and turns it into a fast downhill run. In the end only, one skater would walk away with a cool $35,000 for throwing down in the D, and the competition was fast and fierce all weekend. Axel Cruysberghs and Curren Caples came close, but in the end, nobody could touch Nyjah Huston, who walked away with the win in his first appearance at Hart Lines.
The 2015 Street League season culminated in Chicago with the SLS Nike SB Super Crown contest at UIC Pavilion, and it did not disappoint in terms of great skating. The first ever women's Street League event also took place, with Leticia Bufoni bringing home the inaugural win. Vanessa Torres came very close in second, with a first try frontside boardslide on her final trick attempt, and young gun Alana Smith took home third with signs of promise for a great skate career to come. On the men's side, rookie Kelvin Hoefler came up huge, winning the contest and $200,000 on his last trick of the day. Nyjah Huston narrowly missed the 200K, taking second, and Luan Oliveira took third. Cody McEntire also took home a giant diamond from the Diamond Best Trick after the main contest. Check out our photos from practice and the day of the contest.
Photos by Allen Halas