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Jax Daily Record Tuesday, Jun. 8, 202112:28 PM EST

Skateboarding world championship coming Downtown

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The November competition will be at the former site of the Jacksonville Landing.
by: Monty Zickuhr Managing Editor

The 2021 Street League Skateboarding World Championship is coming to the Downtown Jacksonville riverfront Nov. 13-14.

The event will be at Riverfront Plaza, the former Jacksonville Landing, the city announced June 8 in a news release. It will transform the park “into the ultimate skateboard playground.”

The competition will feature 25 of the world’s best skateboarders vying for the largest amount of prize money in professional skateboarding, the release said. 

“We are pleased to bring the 2021 SLS World Championship to Jacksonville,” said Thrill One Chief Commercial and Communications Officer Steve Ziff said in the release. 

The layout for the Street League Skateboarding World A skateboard competes at the SLS World Championship in Rio de Janeiro in 20188.

“The growth of SLS continues each year and with skateboard in the Olympics, we look forward to having those athletes join the competition later in 2021 in a world-class facility built specifically for this event on the banks of the St. Johns River.”

The SLS was founded in 2010 by skater, entrepreneur and television personality Rob Dyrdek.

It is the first time the SLS World Tour has visited Jacksonville. Each SLS skatepark is unique in its design, all of which are created by Dyrdek and Joe Ciaglia of California

“We look forward to welcoming fans from around the world to our Downtown and showcasing all of the great things that Jacksonville has to offer on the world stage,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said in the release.

Jacksonville has a history in skateboarding.

Kona Skatepark at 8739 Kona Ave. near Regency opened in 1977 and is the “longest surviving privately owned skatepark” in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

For more information about Street League Skateboarding, visit streetleague.com.

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