World Skate, the global governing body for skateboarding, has today (Monday) entered into a first-of-its-kind partnership with Street League Skateboarding (SLS) for the sanctioning of the SLS World Tour and Super Crown World Championships.
Under the agreement, SLS becomes World Skate’s new official and exclusive world tour and world championship until 2022. The partnership will cover the Tokyo 2020 summer Olympic Games, which will mark skateboarding’s debut at the multi-sport showpiece.
As part of the deal, the newly-anointed Tour and Championships will serve as the primary route to qualification for street skateboarding at Tokyo 2020. It is hoped the expertise of World Skate and the commercial experience of SLS will contribute towards the continued global development of the sport.
In 2019, the SLS World Tour will be expanded to five two-day events with open qualifying and double the number of competitors. The World Championships will also become a more open and inclusive competition, as well as a multi-day celebration of the sport and its culture.
The partnership will particularly focus on increasing female participation and solidifying a long-term ‘path to pro’ for girls and women around the world. All events from 2019 will include a women’s competition.
World Skate, which is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will also work with SLS on a multi-year program to promote the sport as a vehicle for development, empowerment and education for youth in each of the World Tour and World Championships host cities.
World Skate president Sabatino Aracu said: “This alliance is indeed a huge step towards what World Skate has envisioned for skateboarding: uniting the professional and grassroots components of this multi-faceted sport while supporting the growth of skateboarding all around the world. I’m confident that World Skate and SLS will be working closely to make this happen and further spreading the joy of skateboarding to youth worldwide.”
SLS general manager, Kaitlyn Banchero, added: “SLS was founded with the mission of elevating the best street skateboarders to pursue their passion on a global stage, push the progression of skateboarding in an exciting and accessible live format, and shine light on the creativity and innovation central to the culture’s DNA.
“We appreciate the IOC and World Skate’s recognition of skateboarding’s immense positive influence and are thrilled to partner with the federation to architect a pathway to the Olympics that authentically showcases and serves the skate community and inspires the next generation of skaters and fans.”