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Debut in Paris for SLS to Begin 2024 Season

Hometown Hero Aurélien Giraud Captures First SLS Win in Front of Adoring Crowd Delivering an All-Time Performance; Decorated Pro Gustavo Ribeiro Returns to the Podium with Second Place in Men’s Final; Six-Time Super Crown Champion Nyjah Houston Finishes Third

Chloe Covell Overcomes Injury to Win Season Opener; 2023 Super Crown Champion Rayssa Leal Makes Late Push to Grab Second Place; Decorated Pro Yumeka Oda Rounds Out Podium

(Paris, France – Saturday, 24 February 2024) Street League Skateboarding opened its 2024 season with a rapturous sold-out crowd at Paris’ Adidas Arena. As street skateboarding takes central stage at the Olympics in the summer, Paris seemed the natural location for SLS to bring their innovative competition of the world’s best male and female street skateboarders battling in a high-stakes, winner-takes-all format, with the results going down to the last tricks.

In the men’s final, France’s own Aurélien Giraud embraced the pressure of skating in front of his own fans and delivered a performance for the ages. Throwing up an impressive four 9-plus scores across the final (9.0, 9.1, 9.1, 9.2), Giraud seemed to elevate his game each time it was his turn to perform. The crowd was loving every minute of it and their support reverberated throughout the arena. The incredible scores helped hold off an inspired Gustavo Ribeiro (Portugal) and always dangerous six-time Super Crown Champion Nyjah Huston (USA), who both clocked in their own pair of 9’s in what was a nail-biting final.

Said Giraud: “I got to skate in front of my people in my place and that mean everything. This crowd was incredible and I couldn’t have done it without their support.”

On the women’s side of the competition, 14-year-old Australian sensation Chloe Covell kicked off her 2024 campaign with a convincing victory sealed on her penultimate run. Coming back from a knee injury sustained in practice the day before, Covell shook off any signs of discomfort by scoring three 8 plus scores (8.0, 8.3, 8.5) through the finals. Brazilian Rayssa Leal, coming off her 2023 SLS Super Crown victory in December, landed an 8.8 on her final trick to secure second place. Yumeka Oda (Japan) impressed the judges and landed in the 9-club with a 9.0 score on one of her trick attempts, giving her enough to land in the third spot on the podium.

Said Covell on her victory: “Paris is one of the most amazing places I’ve been so to get a victory here was incredible. The fans were super supportive and get behind you and I couldn’t believe how loud they were. I’m looking forward to the Olympics here which hopefully I get in on later this year.”

SLS continues the season with their debut APEX format from Las Vegas on March 30 which can be streamed live and free on Rumble Sports at https://rumble.com/sls. The new spot-based championship tour event promises to wow fans as the world’s best skaters land tricks in a challenging and intimate setting. For more Street League Skateboarding news, including the Championship Tour updates, and more, go to www.streetleague.com and follow Street League Skateboarding on Instagram and Facebook.

MEN'S RESULTS:

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WOMEN'S RESULTS

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