Written by: Jimmy Coleman
The final event of the night, and the weekend in Skur 13 for that matter, would be the X Games Oslo Men’s Skate Street event. The event was broken up into two sections; a round one, and a final. There were a total of 11 invited skaters for round one, and of course the top qualifier from the previous night’s Norwegian Qualifier event. These 12 skaters would each take 2 runs, 50 seconds in length, with the best run counting. The field was to be cut in half and only the top 6 would advance to the final, giving them a chance to battle for an X Games Oslo medal.
Riley Hawk and David Gonzalez were just a bit too inconsistent on the night, and with too many falls, were not able to score outside of the mid to high 60’s. Hermann Stenne who was the star of the Norwegian qualifier just the night before was unable to find that same groove that scored him in the 90’s just 24 hours before, and he too was unable to advance. Another local ripper Karstan Kleppan received quite the welcome from his hometown fans and supporters, but his best run of the night was only good enough for a 74.33 and would leave him 3 spots shy of making the final. Ryan Sheckler was holding on to a finals spot at the end of run one, but by the 2nd run, he had been bumped outside the top 6. The veteran posted identical scores in both runs, but had to settle for 8th. This was the first time he had failed to make an X Games Final, since Foz De Iguacu in 2013. Ishod Wair had consistency issues as well, and just appeared to be playing it very conservative on course. His best score was a 78 from run two, which left him just outside of the top 6.
Louie Lopez came into Oslo as an X Games rookie. He appeared to be very relaxed on course, and his 2nd run score was just enough to edge out Ishod Wair, and he would transfer on into the final, in that 6th and final spot. It was Curren Caples’ 2nd run that netted him a 79 flat and put him in 5th position. Both Luan Oliveira and Alec Majerus cruised into the final in 4th and 3rd respectively, by virtue of their first run scores. The top 2 qualifiers from round one had a bit of a battle going on, and gave a hint of what was to come in the final. Shane O’neill put down a stunner of run on his 1st outing, to take the top spot, with a score of 85.33, and even improved on that in run 2 scoring an 85.66. Nyjah Huston was the last skater in the run order, and he answered back on his 2nd run with an 86.66, best Shane by one full point, and earning the top qualifying spot and the right to skate last in the final.
The finals were the same format as round one, but this time each skater was given a 3rd run to try and impress the judges. Louie Lopez put out a good effort in his X Games debut by making the final. His best run was his 3rd run with such highlights as a 360 flip up onto a bench with a 360 ollie down to flat, and a frontside bigspin down one of the stair sets. A fall on a backside flip would leave him with a 72.33 and he would finish out in 6th. Curren Caples was stylish as ever and had good flow on course. He too would find his best groove in his 3rd and final attempt, stringing together tricks like a nollie boardslide, a smooth looking front blunt to tail smack on one of the quarters, and nollie to noseblunt slide. That run 3 performance earned him an 82.33 and 5th place on the night. Alec Majerus had some issues in his first 2 runs, but came hard charging in round 3. He had one of the biggest lines of the night, launching from the roller bench section taking a huge gap line to rail, sending a kickflip backside lipslide down. He would then take that line the opposite direction, with a gap off that same feature to frontside blunt slide. He was on point and making a good case to creep into podium contention, but with about 10 seconds left on his final run, he fell on a revert up on the top section of the course. The 2014 bronze medalist from X Games Austin would have to settle for 4th.
Luan Oliveira had jumped out to a bronze medal position by virtue of his first run, but then cemented that in run 3 by posting up a score of 91.33 with standouts like a nollie frontside boardslide, 360 flip into the brick bank, frontside flip to frontside disaster on one of the quarters, a 360 flip to noseslide, and a frontside flip down one of the stair sets to flat.
Shane O’neill got off to a great start with a huge first run score of 92 even. He was all over the course with speed and tech putting out things like switch backside lipslide, nollie frontside boardslide, a big spin frontside boardslide to fakie, an impressive crooked grind to nollie heelflip out on the down rail of the bigger stair set. He was money on that trick, making it every time he tried it. That first run score would be the one that would earn him the silver, his very first X Games medal in 10 appearances. Welcome to the XG podium Shane.
Top honors of the night belonged to Nyjah Huston, yet again. He, just like Shane, put up his best run in the first outing, and was able to take a victory lap on his last run. Nyjah posted a 93 flat right out of the gate, and never looked back. Nyjah did what he does best, putting together clean runs with precision that included a 360 flip, backside 180 to fakie nosegrind, half cab to backside lipslide, big spin to frontside boardslide to fakie, and a kickflip frontside boardslide to name a few. This would be Nyjah’s 4th consecutive X Games street gold medal, and he has also now won 7 of the last 9 men’s skate street finals contested at X Games.
The celebration soon got underway, and it was a night to remember. Not just for skateboarding as a whole, but for the skaters of Oslo, who get to call this course their own public park, once the X Games packs up and leaves town. A big thanks to the people of Oslo for their hospitality, and for coming out to support skateboarding. We hope to see you all next year, takk!!!!!
- Nyjah Huston
- Shane O’Neill
- Luan Oliveira
- Alec Majerus
- Curren Caples
- Louie Lopez
- Ishod Wair
- Ryan Sheckler
- Karsten Kleppan
- Hermann Stene
- David Gonzalez
- Riley Hawk