2012 STREET LEAGUE – Last stop Newark!

Well folks….it’s about that time…this past Sunday marked the last stop of the Street League Skateboarding DC Pro Tour. After four stops across the nation, it all culminated in a winner-take-all Championship at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The Active Team was on site taking in the action and checking out the looks firsthand all afternoon. After all, we do love our skateboarding…top pros included Paul Rodriguez (one of our favs), Chris Cole, Ryan Sheckler, Torey Pudwill and Nyjah Huston, who took home the #1 title!

For starters, in our opinion, Street League is a major step for the Skate industry as a whole as it continues to bring the culture into a mainstream vantage point. It’s not just on “TV” but also during top airtime slots for primetime viewing. The championship is broadcast on ESPN2 with viewers in 200 different countries. This was evident not only in the scale and scope of the competition, but also in the attendees. Coming from all over the country to witness the championship, fans of all ages and backgrounds showed up to support their favorite skaters and to participate in events themselves.

One of the big trends we saw on attendees and fans is the continuation of an allover print. Florals, ethnic and geometric motifs were abound across multiple items, including denim, shorts, tops and baseball caps.

Also on deck was a plethora of DIY “flower child” tie-dye ensembles. Carefully coordinated (of course ) to match sneaker selections – it was adopted into the wardrobe staple of both guys and girls. We’ve been watching this trend for some time now, so it’s interesting to see it evolve and grow…as it will morph into other 60s selections of paisley motifs, polka dots and “male florals” as evidenced from what we saw at AGENDA Long Beach a few weeks ago.

Stay tuned for a full report of the event coming in the Active section soon!

 -Erin Mintun

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