Stunning skating on Sunday (11 November) in Jacksonville, Florida, earned Pamela Rosa and Jagger Eaton the title of 2021 Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Super Crown champions.
For the women, it was another another day of Brazilian dominance, with Rosa’s teammate Rayssa Leal coming in second after a thrilling finish. The silver medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was expected to win until Rosa’s gutsy performance in the last seconds.
NISHIYA Momiji, the first Olympic winner in the sport, came in third place. After Rosa’s triumph was officially verified on 21.8 points, she gave an interview to the SLS microphones, sounding as if she couldn’t believe what she was saying.
“It’s extremely hard, the first try [On her winning trick], relief for me, thank you so much, thank you, Jacksonville!”
She Won for the Second Time in this Competition.
In the men’s competition, Eaton scored a 9.6 in the line segment in his first ever finals appearance, then went on to land some trick after trick to claim victory. He, too, felt an intense surge of triumph.
“I came here to win, and the music and the audience have both pushed me over the edge. I can’t even contain my excitement; this is my second SLS final and my first win, and I couldn’t be happier.”
Currently, Jagger Eaton is the Only Owner of Jacksonville.
It was a day of “go big or go home” performances, with many falls, failed tricks, and stunning “go for it” skating, and Eaton’s all-out line skate set the tone.
Kelvin Hoefler, bronze medalist at Tokyo 2020, also suffered a major crash on trick 4/4 and was eliminated from the competition by fellow Brazilian Lucas Rabelo.
Rabelo came in second place on his first and only finals appearance courtesy to a line score of 7.7, including a 9.3 for a frontside 270 switchback tail and a 9.1 for a 270 to switchback lip.
He finished second to Eaton by a mere 0.2 points, with a total of 27. The Portuguese skater Gustavo Ribeiro came in third with a total of 26.3 points.
A middle-of-the-pack start and line score meant that six-time Super Crown World champion Nyjah Huston needed some major feats to win. His 9.0 for a cab backside noseblunt put him in second place, and his 9.2 for a kickflip backside lip slide put him in first.
But Nyjah’s hopes of a podium finish were dashed after he took hard tumbles on his final two attempts.