Custom skateboard decks at the ready – the box office is now open for the first ever London-based Street League Skateboarding: Pro Open London competition, where you can see the likes of Shane O’neill, Louie Lopez and Nyah Huston all take to the halfpipe to show the UK what they’ve got.
Those are just a few of the big names you’ll be able to see at the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park between May 26th-27th… the perfect Bank Holiday weekend activity, some might say!
The skaters will be battling it out for pride and prize in a concrete skate plaza that’s been custom-built to really inspire innovative tricks and show just what can be achieved with a bit of wood and some wheels.
Street skateboarding is all set to be included in the Olympic Games for the first time ever, when Tokyo 2020 rolls around… and this event will showcase the skills these athletes have in abundance, so definitely one to watch if you’re new to the sport and want to see what can be done.
There are going to be two disciplines at the next Olympics – street and park, and both men’s and women’s events will be taking place. The street competition will feature handrails, stairs, walls, curbs, benches and slopes, while the park competition will take place on a hollowed-out course with lots of dome-shaped bowls and large dishes.
The riders will be able to choose which parts of the course they want to tackle and what tricks to perform, with flow, timing and stability all taken into account by the judges.