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TOKYO IS A GO FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR AS SLS RETURNS TO JAPAN NOV. 23



After Epic Debut in 2023, the World’s Top Street Skateboarders Once Again Convene at Ariake Arena to Battle it Out in the SLS Season’s Penultimate Event

 

Presented by Nikon; Tickets Available at streetleague.com

 

Tokyo, Japan Sunday, May 26:  Street League Skateboarding (SLS), the world’s premier professional skateboarding series, is gearing up for its highly anticipated return to Tokyo, Japan, after a sensational debut in August of 2023. Tokyo's Ariake Arena will be the vibrant hub for an incredible day of skateboarding action on November 23. With Tokyo representing the final SLS event prior to the SLS Super Crown in Sao Paulo Brazil, this event will be a critical stop and fans can expect more than 28 SLS Pros to compete fiercely for valuable points toward qualification for the world championship.

 

Featuring an enhanced on-site atmosphere and a roster boasting Olympians, reigning champions, and rising stars, SLS Tokyo, presented by Nikon, is set to captivate fans of all ages, showcasing the distinct allure and style of street skateboarding.


Elite Competition:

 

Among the top skaters anticipated to compete is hometown hero Yuto Horigome, whose journey to greatness has seen Tokyo play a major role. From clinching a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics to securing victory in the first-ever SLS event on Japanese soil last year, Horigome's legacy continues to inspire fans not just in Japan but worldwide. His recent triumph at the inaugural SLS APEX event indicates he’s not resting on his laurels and very much has made winning his first ever SLS Super Crown a priority for 2024.

 

Said Horigome: “Having SLS back in Japan is very special to me. When the world’s best skaters come to my hometown it’s amazing to see the local fans have that experience. SLS helps inspire the next generation of Japanese skaters.”

 

Joining him in the men's field is Nyjah Huston, an icon of the street skateboarding scene. A veteran presence on the SLS circuit, Huston is hungry to stand atop the podium once again having last won an SLS event in 2021. He came close last year in Tokyo when he secured 3rd place after a back-and-forth battle with Horigome and his fellow countryman Daiki Ikeda. SLS isn’t the only medal on his mind however, as Huston enters the Paris 2024 Games as one of the favorites to take home Olympic Gold. By the time Tokyo comes around, and with a potential Olympic victory in his pocket, he could be regarded as the consensus greatest street skateboarder of all time.

 

On the women’s side of the competition, Momiji Nishiya, Yumeka Oda, and Funa Nakayama represent a formidable trio of Japanese skateboarding talent poised to make waves at SLS Tokyo. Momiji, having clinched second place in last year's event, brings a blend of precision and creativity to the course, showcasing her mastery of technical skills. Meanwhile, Yumeka Oda and Funa Nakayama, who secured the 5th and 6th positions respectively in the previous Tokyo edition, are formidable contenders and will be gunning for their first victories under the SLS banner. Pushing them will be a recent addition to the SLS roster Nanaka Fujisawa, who announced her arrival with an emphatic exclamation point securing her first ever SLS win at the Apex event on May 25. As they return to the SLS stage, all eyes are on these four skaters, with Japanese fans eager to witness their remarkable displays of athleticism and style.

 

Not to be overshadowed is 2023 SLS Women’s Super Crown Champion and 2020 Olympic Silver medalist Rayssa Leal (Brazil). Having barely missed the podium in Tokyo last year with a 4th place finish, she’ll no doubt want to improve on that performance and have momentum going into her home event in Sao Paulo, the 2024 SLS Super Crown World Championship.

 

For more Street League Skateboarding news, including the Championship Tour updates, broadcast information, and more, go to www.streetleague.com and follow Street League Skateboarding on Instagram and Facebook.

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Steele Nickle
Steele Nickle
Jul 02

When the world’s best skaters come to my hometown it’s amazing to see the local fans have that experience.

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Ann Green
Ann Green
Jun 26

It is truly unique to have SLS in Japan. Japanese fans are anxious to see these four skaters perform since they are among the finest in the world, and SLS serves as an inspiration for the upcoming generation of Japanese skaters. Happy Wheels

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Colby Adkins
Colby Adkins
Jun 26

Huston is hungry to stand atop the podium once again having last won an SLS event in 2021. He came close last year in Tokyo when he secured 3rd place eggy car

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