The Street League added London as a new stop to their calendar right at the start of this years schedule, which is why they went to the Thames for the opening of the contest series, where especially the newcomers were able to convince.
Already in the run-up to the English stop there were some critical voices and no question, a lot of things could’ve been better in London, but the Pro Open definitely didn't lack one thing: high-class skateboarding. Of course, the Street League is the personification of contest skateboarding and just through the anti-doping trainings for the participants, with which should prepare them for the doping tests that will take effect from October on, one could feel the anticipations of Olympia more and more clearly, but nevertheless there were still some of the best skaters who showed their skills.
The line up lacked some familiar names (e.g. Chris Cole, P-Rod and the injured Nyjah Huston, who was only flown in for the afterparty), but there were new young faces who refreshingly stirred things up (for example the third-placed Frenchman Vincent Milou, the 17-year-old Portuguese Gustavo Ribeiro or the winner of the whole thing - Yuto Horigome). Jenn Soto had already won the womens competition the day before.