Street League IN REAL LIFE!!!

By • Jul 15th, 2013 • Category: Event Coverage, Features, Latest

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Skateboarding is kind of insane these days, and when Street League hit Portland, OR on July 14th, 2013 I went to witness it first hand. I wasn’t the only one. With Windells and High Cascade on in-between a mere hour and 15 minutes away, it was a who’s who of snowboarders in the stands. The Rose Quarter was also the place to be if you were a local pre-teen, wanted to see amazing skateboarding, wanted to witness a TV show in real life, or just were handed a voucher at Zumiez. Me, I like skateboarding, Jared had gotten us VIP access, and it was 15 minutes from my house. It seemed silly not to go.

First note. Nearly everyone we saw outside and walking up to the venue seemed to have vouchers, so I doubt many people paid for the honor of being there. I laughed as we passed a couple scalpers trying to sell tickets. Wrong event, buddy. Remember, this is a made for TV event and those seats better be full for the cameras.

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OMG it’s Eric Koston. He has his own hashtag!

Ironically, the original reason I knew Street League was in Portland this year is because a few weeks ago I was skating Burnside, and some broads tried to hang a Street League banner in the park. The local drunks rushed over and told them, I’m sure very politely, to fuck off and they folded it up and left. But I had to laugh at the culture clash. I mean, it’s all skateboarding, right?

But back to today. Street League Portland was honestly some of the most amazing street skating I’ve ever seen in person. For the skaters involved, it’s also a great chance to cash in ($100,000 for the winner of each stop not to mention the shoe and sugar water endorsements.) But the whole thing was just… strange.

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The kid next to me was really into the skateboarding (on his iPhone.)

As a spectator (I went in to the event not attempting to write a story or take photos like usual), my anxiety about the event came on pretty quickly. The seats were pre-filled with Nike branded P-rod posters and foam Monster hands (thank God cause I didn’t bring my own.) It screamed basketball, or peewee football, but not skateboarding to me. Throughout prelims and finals, enthusiasm was encouraged from the announcers and polished advertisements showed between runs. A few times they told us to make noise cause we were going to BE ON TV. It kind of felt like being trapped in a Generation Y marketing vortex, while attempting to follow the contest with the constant stimulation.

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Fans!

At some point, it dawned on me. As I sat under fake lightning, surrounded by blacked out seating sections, watching a Nike ad for the 10th time, midday on an incredible sunny Sunday in Oregon, where concrete skateparks are a dime a dozen. Me and several thousand of my closest friends just sitting inside here… watching. I could have gone skateboarding instead. Now that would have been fun.

Anyway, if you missed it IRL or live on TV, here’s the finals:

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19 thoughts on “Street League IN REAL LIFE!!!

  1. Mmmike

    The same thing happened to me when I was watching a Big Air event (Snowboard Jamboree in QC) telling myself: Man, I should ride and not watch people ride!
    Those sponsored events are killing the spirit of the sports while getting it bigger and more mainstream… It has so many downs and plus sides that it is hard to really be for it or against it… Just like the X-Games that used to be Extreme. But now, they represent energy drinks and multinational companies. But they showcase the sport in full HD and they have most of the greatest athletes competing.

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  2. THE FUCK BROOKE?

    Another completely irrelevant picture of Max. And this time you try to play it off like he wasn’t the reason you took the picture. You must be an extremely creepy woman in real life.

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  3. Jeenyus

    I really wish Ishod would have landed his final trick. That would have been so clutch.

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  4. He$h

    Was meant to help hand out flyers for this shit, bailed to go skate estacada, awesome time. Still got a text saying my free tickets were ready, bailed and went and skated Sisters, even better time. Don’t believe the hype!

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  5. a

    Watching these dudes land psycho tricks first try and smash through flawless lines for an afternoon is way more fun than skateboarding. Please. You can skate before and after and tomorrow and the next day. Gimme a break! Even the dudes who can skate at that level are hyped to watch it.

    WOT I’M SAYNIS I DO NOT BELIEVE YOUR CLAIMS OF ABOVE-IT-NESS

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  6. the real mr chi city

    it would actually be sick, and beneficial to people who skateboard if they just made the street leauge park in a real public park and then left it for everyone to use after…. but that wouldnt make it seem like all the other pro sport leaugues so that could never work out

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  7. JP Walker

    I think that old guy was hoping they were gonna be skating with their shirts off or something else pedophiley like that.

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  8. shitbox

    “Me, I like skateboarding, Jared had gotten us VIP access, and it was 15 minutes from my house. It seemed silly not to go”

    “Me and several thousand of my closest friends just sitting inside here… watching. I could have gone skateboarding instead. Now that would have been fun.”

    Make up your mind. Either it was silly not to go, or you’re too cool and should have done something else with your day. Stop whining. SLS was awesome, obviously its a crazy marketing fest, its skateboarding, it’s Nike, and they are giving out 100 Gs at every event. What the fuck did you expect?

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  9. KC KYLE

    The only thing I schedule is bong rips and trust me I’ve never missed an appointment.

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  10. DICKS

    It’s sick to see skating like that, but fuck these sporting events kinda suck for atmosphere. When you’ve got the announcers actively trying to get people to cheer “WOOOOOWWWEEEE WHAT A RIDIIIIIIIIIICULOUS POOP-SHOOT, PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER LADIES AND GENTLEMEN” shit just feels forced and weird.

    It’s fun to watch though, I’d have given up an afternoon skating for it.

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  11. Bobby Puleo's video game character

    “Street League Portland was honestly some of the most amazing street skating I’ve ever seen in person” – The fact that street league is referred to as street skateboarding is as dumb as it gets!

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  12. A.D.V.

    Grest article,some shockin facts indeed…
    Such as

    “i was skating burnside”
    Ahhahahahahahahhahahahhaha oh please brooke ahahhahahahahahhahaha

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