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They’re back on the First Shore, and this time they’re taking on a life-size arena challenge.

For the second time in eight months, the best skaters from around the world are rally in Jacksonville for the last visit to the city of street league skateboard Saturday and Sunday as part of the SLS Championship Tour.

Unlike last year, skaters will follow a new course inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in front of a crowd of thousands. Last November’s event was held on a temporary outdoor course set up near the site of the former Jacksonville Landing.

And while last year’s competition was the touring season finale, this year’s event – called Stop 1 – opens the 2022 schedule, followed by Seattle, Las Vegas and Rio de Janeiro.

Results 2021:Jagger Eaton and Pamela Rosa win the Street League Skateboarding Championship in Jacksonville

Pictures 2021:Street League Skateboarding Super Crown World Championship in Jacksonville

The peloton includes many of the world’s top-ranked skaters, including several participants from last year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Here’s what you need to know.

Brazil's Pamela Rosa attempts a trick during the final round of the 2021 Street League Skateboarding Series women's competition in Jacksonville.

Who will skate?

More than 40 riders – 27 men, 14 women – are expected to participate, starting with practice rounds on Friday.

Seven Olympic finalists from last summer, led by Japanese gold medalist Yuto Horigome and Brazilian silver medalist Kelvin Hoefler, lead the men’s field, along with four-time world champion Nyjah Huston.

In the women’s competition, five of the eight finalists from last year’s Tokyo Olympics will face off in Jacksonville, including the three medalists: gold medalist Momiji Nishiya of Japan, silver medalist Rayssa Leal of Brazil and bronze medalist Funa Nakayama of Japan.

Eight men and eight women qualify for Sunday’s final. Scoring for this weekend’s event will be based on two points plus four tricks.

Are there any skaters from Northeast Florida?

The weekend marks a milestone for Poe Pinson of Fernandina Beach.

Already a bronze medalist in the women’s street event at the X Games in California last year, she will compete in her first home skate event at the age of 17.

The future of skating looks bright for Pinson, who placed second in women’s street at last year’s U.S. National Skateboarding Championships.

What happened at last November’s competition in Jacksonville?

Last year’s event, the Super Crown Championship, closed out the Street League Skateboarding season.

Olympic bronze medalist Jagger Eaton, a Phoenix native who had to go through the last chance qualifier to reach the final field, won first place and the men’s season championship.

On the women’s side, Brazil’s Rosa had her best score (8.1) on her last trick to take first place ahead of three Olympic medallists.

How will indoor skateboarding be different from last year’s outdoor event?

In some ways, not very much. Like last year’s outdoor course, the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena site will feature a traditional collection of rails, steps, and similar skateboard tools.

However, the roar of an indoor crowd adds its own flavor to the competition, giving arena skateboarding an extra layer of intensity.

What is the program ?


12 p.m.-3 p.m.: Women’s training

3-7 p.m.: Men’s training


8:30-10:30 a.m.: Men’s training

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Women’s training

11 a.m.: Doors open to fans

12 p.m.-2 p.m.: Women’s preliminaries

2-3:20 p.m.: Men’s training

3:30-7:30 p.m.: Men’s preliminaries


8:30-10:00 a.m.: Men’s training

10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Women’s training

10:30 a.m.: Doors open to fans

11.30am-1pm: Women’s final

1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.: Men’s training

2-3:30 p.m.: Men’s Final

How much do the tickets cost ?

Listings on Ticketmaster currently start at $39 per ticket for seating behind the ends of the arena, although ground-level tickets are available for upwards of $300.

Clayton Freeman covers high school sports and more for the Florida Times-Union. Follow him on Twitter at @CFreemanJAX.

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