JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Talented skateboarders from around the world who soar through the air to perform legendary flips and grinds return to Jacksonville.
The event will sport a different look with the same epic tricks and stunts fans have come to expect.
You may see pros like Manny Santiago return.
“We are delighted to be back,” he said.
He is one of the first Olympic skaters in history and represented Puerto Rico at Tokyo 2020.
The SLS World Championship Tour kicks off right here in River City on July 16-17. It is part of a four-stop tour:
2022 SLS CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR:
• SLS Championship Tour: Jacksonville, presented by A SHOC energy: Saturday July 16 – Sunday July 17 (VyStar Memorial Arena)
• SLS Championship Tour: Seattle, presented by Visible: from Saturday August 13 to Sunday August 14 (Wind Angel Arena)
• SLS Championship Tour: Las Vegas: Saturday October 8 to Sunday October 9 (UFC Summit)
• SLS Super Crown Championship: Rio: from Saturday 5 November to Sunday 6 November (Carioca Arena 1)
“There are no skaters like preparers,” Santiago said. “It’s like the most elite skateboard you’ll ever see.”
Last year you’ll remember the obstacle course that took over this area of the Riverfront Plaza, but this year fans will have an indoor experience here, inside the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena.
“Wait until you feel the energy in the arena,” Santiago said.
He explained that he actually prefers to skate indoors.
“There is a big change with the weather. if it is too hot, windy, cold. in the arena it’s the same temperature, calmer,” Santiago pointed out. “In that sense, there is no background noise.”
And he can focus on the right kind of noise – coming from the stands.
“You hear someone from far away shouting your name and it’s irreplaceable,” Santiago recalls. “That’s what makes us want to try the stuff they want to see that we may be afraid to try.”
Tickets will go on sale later this week. The event welcomes families and all those who wish to attend a high-stakes performance!
“We have to do a trick that a skater dreams of doing in his life,” Santiago explained.
“With a tryout right now, in the arena, filled with 20,000 people screaming to do the hardest trick of your life right then and there.”
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