Street League Skateboarding is proud to announce a long-term partnership with Skatepark of Tampa (SPoT), supporting Tampa Pro and Tampa Am competitions – historically skateboarding’s most respected and long-lasting international annual contests in professional and amateur skateboarding.
As a result of the partnership, SLS will be the exclusive platform for live streaming of Tampa Pro, Tampa Am, and will also be collaborating with SPoT in introducing an evolved version of the Damn Am Series as an elite qualifier of amateur skateboarding contests starting this year. These contests will be integral pieces to a newly formed global qualification system leading into the SLS Nike SB World Tour and the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship. With SLS and SPoT connecting these events, a true impactful feeder system is being integrated into both amateur and elite professional competitive skateboarding for the first-time ever.
Additionally, the opportunity now exists for the two highest finishing non-SLS Pros of the Tampa Pro contest to join the League to compete in the 2015 SLS Nike SB World Tour. This new structure officially transitions Tampa Pro into becoming the 2015 SLS North American Qualifier, in addition to the second annual SLS Pro Open allowing for the introduction of even more new talent into the elite SLS athlete roster. Finally, Tampa Pro will serve as a way for the current roster of SLS Pros to gain extra championship qualification points to qualify into the same event.
Similarly to Tampa Pro, Tampa Am and the newly renovated Damn Am Series will also now become feeders into the SLS system, giving the best Am skateboarders an opportunity to catapult their careers. For the first time in Street League history, Tampa Am will serve as the first opportunity for an amateur skateboarder to move on to the SLS Pro Open to compete against a pool of hopeful Pro skateboarders vying for a spot in the SLS Nike SB World Tour. The amateur that is awarded the title ‘Damn Am of the Year’ at the end of the Series will also earn a place in the SLS Pro Open the following year.
This year’s Tampa Pro is set to initiate the 2015 SLS Nike SB World Tour on March 20-22 with the live international webcast exclusively on streetleague.com. The full 2015 SLS Nike SB World Tour dates, locations, and telecast schedule on FOX Sports 1 will be announced live on the March 22nd during the Tampa Pro webcast.