Street League Skateboarding details 2020 schedule ahead of Olympics

Helena Long and Alex Decunha perform a trick during the Street League Skateboarding World Tour Media Launch Event at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)

Street League Skateboarding (SLS), the sport’s leading professional series, has announced its schedule for the 2020 season ahead of skateboarding’s Olympic debut in Tokyo this summer.

This year will mark the 11th season of SLS and the schedule will incorporate events on three continents, culminating with the World Championship in London in May ahead of the Olympics two months later. Podium placement at the World Championships will provide straight qualification for Tokyo 2020.

The first World Tour date of the season will be in the US city of Las Vegas on March 27-28 before the series heads to the Chinese capital of Beijing on May 2-3. London will then host the World Championship from May 22-24.

SLS was founded in 2010 and its corporate sponsors include Monster Energy, Beats by Dre, G-Shock, Santa Cruz Skateboards, True Skate and Tech Deck. Each SLS World Tour men’s event also includes a women’s division.

SLS is sanctioned by World Skate, the International Olympic Committee-recognised skateboarding governing body. SLS joined forces with World Skate in April 2018 to become the body’s official and exclusive world tour and world championship until 2022.

Last week, a deal between investment firms The Raine Group and Causeway Media Partners led to the formation of Thrill One Sports & Entertainment, a new independent action sports operator and media company that will combine SLS, Nitro Circus and Superjacket Productions. The new company is designed to unite top action sports athletes and renowned brands under one banner.