GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Nyjah Huston on Sunday became the first pro skateboarder to win three straight Street League contests.
The 16-year-old Huston, from Davis, Calif., easily beat Ryan Sheckler and Chris Cole to finish at the top of the field of 10. He earned $150,000, bringing his season total to $450,000. In two seasons of Street League, he’s won more than $700,000.READ MORE: Video Released Of Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting Of Tahoe Park Resident Who Shot At Authorities
Huston had already qualified for the $200,000, winner-take-all Street League Championship on Aug. 28 in Newark, N.J.
“This is the best win yet,” Huston said. “This course was really gnarly, so I had to work for this one a lot more. It feels really good.”
Sheckler and Huston went back and forth between first and second during the Big Section of the finals. Sheckler landed a backside lip slide down the huge hubba ledge and Huston landed a kickflip backside 5-0 grind.READ MORE: Coroner Identifies Passenger Killed In Wrong-Way DUI Crash On Highway 99
Huston scored 77.8 points while Sheckler had 66 and Cole 59.6. Paul Rodriguez was fourth at 48.8 and Shane O’Neill fifth at 45.8.
Huston won the overall tour standings last year, winning the first stop and finishing third at the other two stops.
Street League was founded by pro skateboarder and MTV star Rob Dyrdek. The total payout for the four contests this year
“Huston is unstoppable,” Dyrdek said. “It’s unbelievable to see a 16-year-old, let alone anyone, skate the way he skates. Sheckler was on fire. Ryan gave him a real run for his money. Today was professional skating at its best.”MORE NEWS: Looting Suspect Accused Of Dozens Of Thefts Arrested In South Lake Tahoe
Huston, Sheckler, Cole, Rodriguez, O’Neill, Billy Marks, Chaz Ortiz, Mike Mo Capaldi, Mikey Taylor and Tommy Sandoval have qualified for the final event.