Raising the Gnar

We were promised hoverboards. To counter the distinct lack of gravity-defying personal transportation (c'mon, scientists, get on it), there are droves of concrete-cracking warriors that work to warp their surroundings with the ballsiest of skateboard tricks. In this weekend's Street League DC Pro Tour, 24 of the coolest cats compete for glory, a big check, and a spot in next month’s championship.

Manic thrill-seeking idea machine Rob Dyrdek created the Street League in 2010 to bring the outdoor illness inside. And this year's crop of sick tricksters is exceptional. Though wheeled wunderkind Nyjah Huston placed third in this summer’s X Games, he’s been killing it in Street League play, taking home the top spot in the Kansas City and Ontario competitions. Huston’s not alone; a rack of other luminaries, including Sean Malto, Chaz Ortiz, and Paul Rodriguez, will be vying for big wins at Glendale's Arena, 9400 West Maryland Avenue, on Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15.

Sat., July 14, 5 p.m.; Sun., July 15, 3:15 p.m., 2012
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Jose Gonzalez