Finals from Street League stop three in Las Vegas, Nev., wrapped up Saturday, and Shane O'Neill of Melbourne, Australia, walked away with the win with an overall score of 146.0. Finishing second was Chris Cole, Friday night's No. 1 qualifier, followed by Nyjah Huston in third. Huston also grabbed the overall win for series, accumulating 515 points over the course of three Street League stops. This was by far the most technical skating that has happened at any Street League event to date, and the ISX scoring system really helped to beef up the level of intensity as the day progressed.
Saturday began at the Thomas & Mack Arena with last chance qualifiers. The first skaters to show up were Mikey Taylor, who missed making the cut by one point, and Sean Malto, winner of the Street League stop in Ontario, Calif. Malto seemed calm and collected going into the LCQ, but he was unable to hang on and make it to the finals. Some notable makes in the LCQ were Dylan Rieder's massive frontside flip over the Rincon replica, Torey Pudwill's perfect nollie flip over the same setup and Malto's backside nosebluntslide down one of the big rails. The level of skating was out of control, but in the end, it was Ryan Sheckler who landed a perfect fakie flip and fakie frontside flip over the Rincon replica to make his way into the finals.
Sheckler met up with an impressive group of six skaters to battle it out for the huge prize of $150,000 in the finals. The creative section proved difficult for many of the competitors because it forced them to flip or spin their boards. Chaz Ortiz was on fire in that section, with massive nollie 360s, nollie big spins and a 360 shove-it. When they moved on to the line section, tricks began firing like they were coming off a conveyer belt. Cole had the most creative line in the section: ollie into the Euro-gap to manual and pop up to noseslide on the out ledge. Upon arrival at the tech section, everyone was excited to see what was to come. With a section designed for guys to really be able to do more difficult tricks, O'Neill could not be stopped. His technical skills were so consistent that he was doing video-worthy tricks with what appeared to be very little effort.
Cole was ahead of O'Neill, then vice versa, and it all came down to Cole's last attempt. He rolled up with speed, popped a huge kickflip over the rail in the big section. The board hit his feet -- but not where it was supposed to. Cole tried in vain to salvage the trick, and he did put it down, but he landed a bit to the side and fell to the ground. At that moment, Cole was in the lead, but only by a small percentage. O'Neill had one last turn in the event, and with tension in the air, he successfully back lipped his way to victory and $150,000.
When Street League organizer Rob Dyrdek asked Cole if he had any regrets, he simply responded, "The kickflip."
The crowd laughed and O'Neill was handed his massive check for first place. Cole took home $80,000, which isn't too bad for a day's work.
The third and final stop of the inaugural Street League series will air on ESPN2 on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.