Paul Rodriguez wins SLS Portland
An overview of Street League Skateboarding's course in Portland, Ore.
Street League commentators Brandon Graham and Felix Arguelles talk with Paul Rodriguez during practice on Saturday.
Luan Oliveira kept it close the entire contest and seemed primed to make the SLS Portland event his breakthrough win of the year.
Nyjah Huston suffered his first SLS loss of 2013 in Portland, also marking the first time he was eliminated before the finals. "What can you do?" Huston said after his loss. "It's skateboarding. We all mess up."
Torey Pudwill started the Control section with a bang -- nollieflip to railslide on the bump-to-handrail -- and gave the crowd an eyefull with his tie-dyed attire, but failed to score high enough to podium.
Sean Malto missed too many tricks in the Impact section during the finals, which landed him in sixth place. But he was the standout in the Control section.
Shane O'Neill has yet to win a Street League event. But Sunday, O'Neill landed a switch 360 double-flip, earning him a 9.9 and tying Huston for the highest score in SLS history.
Chris Cole took the lead with a frontside half-Cab kickflip in the Impact section but failed to best Paul Rodriguez with his final run, bailing his attempt at a backside 360 kick flip.
Paul Rodriguez's 8.8
With his last try in the Impact section ahead of him and sitting behind Chris Cole for second, Paul Rodriguez landed a frontside big-spin heelflip, scoring an 8.8 to take the lead and win Street League Portland.
Paul Rodriguez took home the check at Street League Portland, and now plans to repeat his X Games Los Angeles gold-medal performance from 2012 during X Games L.A. on Aug. 3.