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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Street League Kansas City results

Street League Kansas City
Bastien Salabanzi missed the Street League number one position (and $150,000) by bailing a double flip front
board down the massive big rail on his last attempt of the contest.
Nyjah Huston first, Bastien salabanzi second at the Kansas City Street League tour

Last week-end in Kansas City, Nyjah Huston won the opening contest of the Street League Skateboarding tour and top prize of $150,000. It was the fifth victory in three seasons of Street League for the 17-year-old Huston.

Bastien salabanzi, Nyjah Huston, Chaz Ortiz, Ryan Sheckler, Paul Rodriguez, Chris Cole, Shane O’Neill, Torey Pudwill and Sean Malto were among the top competitors in the final.
Key changes to this year’s format included an addition 45-second timed run in the LINE section. It provided each of the eight skaters in the final a chance to establish a flowing routine by way of linking multiple tricks together. There was also the tech section that highlights the single best trick out of five attempts before culminating with the Big Section. It counted the top four scores of six trick attempts on the large down-rail feature.

While Nyjah Huston landed a Kick Flip Backside Nose Blunt Slide to clinch the top spot, it was in the last section of the finals that Street League rookie Bastien Salabanzi battled Huston trick for trick, with Chaz Ortiz and Paul Rodriguez close behind.

But, one of the highlights of the night was Bastien Salabanzi. Bastien Salabanzi won his qualifying place by beating all other European contenders! It remained for him to beat the best of the best skateboarding International ... And it came very close! On his opening run he directly put pressure to the others: he signed a series of tricks that earned him a 7.5 out of 10! He finished the first phase of the Street League competition in 2012, ahead of Chris Cole. Then came the turn of the second phase: the Best Trick. Bastien Salabanzi stomped a huge back flip over the "hubba" and across the pyramid, where it is the most difficult. Then comes the last phase: the "Big Section". Bastien returned a massive halfcab flip! Eventually, during the final he was neck to neck with Nyjah Huston. Nyjah misses a lot of tricks. Chris Cole too... Suddenly, the door is open for Bastien ... When we reach the last trick of Bastien, only Nyjah is still a threat ... Bastien Salabanzi must land a trick that yield at least 8.8 points He rushes. Slaps a double flip frontside boardslide! It’s not working!! Nyjah can win. He did not even need to stomp his latest trick to win. He landed, however, a flip backside nose blunt slide handrail! Bastien Salabanzi eventually landed second. Narrowly missing the top slot by bailing a double flip front board down the massive big rail on his last attempt of the contest, Bastien Salabanzi kept the crowd psyched and was bringing with him some kind of French Revolution that is still missing in the US, he was followed by Ortiz.

Another great moment was watching Ishod Wair go for it with frontside 180 to switch crooks 270s out on the bump-to-ledge and countless other mind-baffling tricks to beat out all the other Street League dudes in a 20 minute-best trick jam session for the Zumiez 24/7 Fan Favorite award, winning 10 Gs in the process. Skate rat since day one, and it shows.

The next stop will be in Ontario, California.

Street League Kansas City Results

1 Nyjah Huston 51.5
2 Bastien Salabanzi 47.8
3 Chaz Ortiz 44.2
4 Paul Rodriguez 42.5
5 Chris Cole 39.8
6 Ryan Sheckler 29.7
7 Sean Malto 14.6
8 Mikey Taylor 6.5

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