The 2021 SLS season is a wrap! Rayssa Leal took second place in Women’s Street at the SLS Super Crown World Championship 2021 on Sunday. In front of a capacity crowd of 6,000 fans at Riverfront Plaza in Jacksonville, Florida, the 13-year-old from Imperatriz, Brazil, earned her podium spot in the final event.
The 2021 Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Championship Tour featured two stops: In August, the world’s best skateboarders battled for season ranking points at Stop 01 in Salt Lake City, Utah. At Stop 02 in Lake Havasu, Florida, in late October, riders had a final chance to qualify into the SLS Super Crown World Championship.
At both stops of the season, Monster Energy’s Rayssa soared above the competition and clinched two consecutive wins. As a result, the teenage skateboard prodigy ranked at the very top of the 2021 SLS season leaderboards and qualified straight into Sunday’s final session of the season’s top eight competitors in Jacksonville.
Women’s Skateboard Street Final
The outdoor skatepark at Riverfront Plaza in Jacksonville offered the perfect canvas for world-class skateboarding. Designed by official SLS ramp builders California Skateparks, the course by the St. Johns River featured a multitude of rails, banks, stair sets, and ledges for big and technical skateboarding.
The eight riders in the women’s SLS Super Crown World Championship hailed from Brazil, Japan, the Netherlands, and United States. The elite field included several Olympic competitors and gold medalist Momiji Nishiya, as well as Monster Energy’s Leal as the silver medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Leal started her performance in the final with a strong run in the Line section, including Caballerial backside lipslide fakie the flat rail, gap to backside 5-0 grind the tall Hubba ledge, and a technical frontside bluntslide shove-it on the flat rail. But the flawless routine was cut short by a fall towards the end, sending Leal into Best Trick attempts with a 3.8 point-score in the Line section.
As her competitors posted high Line section scores, Rayssa came under pressure to catch up in Best Trick attempts. And she did! On her first attempt, the Brazilian put down a perfectly poised backside Smith grind down the tall Hubba ledge for 6.0 points. She followed up with a highly technical gap to frontside bluntslide the Hubba for 6.3 points and rose all the way to the top of the leaderboard by landing a gap to backside tailslide the Hubba ledge for 6.0 points.
When the top four riders advanced to the Super Final for two more Best Trick attempts, Rayssa tried to put down a technical kickflip to frontside boardslide down the Hubba but did not stick the landing. This left the door open for Brazil’s Pamela Rosa to hop into first place on the strength of a heavy rail trick. With everything riding on her last trick attempt of the final, she came close to clinching the kickflip boardslide, but could not ride away.
Based on a total score of 19.2 points in the final, Leal ended her SLS Super Crown World Championship 2021 in a strong second-place position after having dominated the Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Championship Tour all season.