All eyes on Yuto Horigome.
The 2018 SLS Pro Open London went down at the Copper Box Arena this past Sunday. With it being a Qualifier for both men and women, there was plenty of excitement and new faces on the course in London. In the women’s division on Saturday Jenn Soto took the win followed by Lacey Baker and Mariah Duran. Saturday’s men’s qualifier cut down the field with only the top 7 guys advancing to Sunday: Ivan Monteiro, Trent McClung, Gustavo Ribeiro, Vincent Milou, Alex Midler, TJ Rogers, and Mason Silva.
Sunday was a long day of intense heats and the first time the new SLS picks of Jamie Foy, Elijah Berle, Zion Wright, Mark Suciu, and Taylor Kirby hit the course to mix it up with the SLS Pros (Milton Martinez was out hurt). With a number of the heavy hitters out of commission with injuries, it was a perfect opportunity for the new guys to come up. By the end of the night, of the top 8 finalists, half were rookies. Yuto Horigome seemed untouchable after his two high-scoring runs and cruised through for his first ever Street League win. France’s Vincent Milou came through in every clutch situation and earned second place, followed by Kelvin Hoefler in third. Vincent Milou and Trent McClung were the two top scoring skaters from the qualifier group which ensured their slots in the 2018 SLS lineup.
Scroll below for more photos from Sunday’s SLS Pro Open London event.
SLS Pro Open at the London Copper Box Arena.
Chris Joslin, switch flip.
Elijah Berle, frontside 180 fakie five-0.
Louie Lopez and Jamie Foy connecting with the crowd.
Dashawn Jordan, switch front blunt.
*Ishod Wair lookin’ London. *
Ivan Monteiro, tre flip noseblunt slide.
Vincent Milou, kickflip lipslide.
*Tiago Lemos with the best switch mongo push in the world right now. *
2018 SLS pick, Taylor Kirby.
Bob Burnquist was there.
2018 SLS pick Mark Suciu with Mason Silva.
Jagger Eaton, switch front feeble.
Sean Malto, gap to front crook.
Zion Wright dealing with a dislocated finger during practice.
Zion spinning his way through the pain.
Chase Gabor and his Muska Chicago Bears one-off.
*Trent McClung overcame the pressure and made it into the finals, and the League. *
TJ Rogers spins a switch frontside 360 over the hubba.
Women’s winner Jenn Soto gets the jumbo-tron treatment.
Eric Lantto with the power point that runs it all.
*Yuto Horigome, alley-oop 540. *
Face painting fans for Yuto.
Heartbreaking to hear Cody McEntire rolled his ankle the day before the contest.
Shane O’Neill, crooked grind nollie flip out.
Jamie Foy hooking up a new board.
Tommy Fynn, kickflip crooked grind.
Up in the announcers booth with Chris Cole, Geoff Rowley, and Paul Zitzer.
Nyjah Huston crossed the pond but was still healing and isn’t quite ready to skate yet.
*Ivan Monteiro before his heat. *
*Brothers Paulo Macedo and Felipe Gustavo. *
*Last of the heats before the finals. *
The final eight.
Trent McClung, backside 360.
Gustavo Ribeiro, crook nollie flip out.
*Tiago Lemos, crooked grind up. *
Felipe Gustavo, switch flip backside tailslide.
*The VIP section of the VIP section. Sitting room only. *
*Kelvin Hoefler, full Cab back lip to fakie. *
Vincent Milou, pop shove it to backside 50-50.
* Vincent Milou qualified to be an SLS Pro. *
Yuto Horigome, nollie 180 switch feeble.
Yuto takes the win!
*Yuto Horigome (1st), Vincent Milou (2nd), Kelvin Hoefler (3rd). *
1. Yuto Horigome
2. Vincent Milou
3. Kelvin Hoefler
4. Tiago Lemos
5. Trent McClung
6. Ivan Monteiro
7. Gustavo Ribeiro
8. Felipe Gustavo