Local lad flipping boards in LA

2019-07-30 06:01
Jean-Marc Johannes

Jean-Marc Johannes

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After shattering yet another Guinness World Record recently, Athlone-born Jean-Marc Johannes was in Los Angeles competing in the second round of the prestigious, global Street League Skateboarding (SLS) series.

The competition, which ended on Sunday 28 July, was stop two of the 2019 World Tour, with the first having taken place in London earlier this year and will be Johannes’ first time competing in LA.

Founded in 2010 by renowned pro skateboarder and host of MTV’s Ridiculousness, Rob Dyrdek, the Street League Skateboarding is the premier international competitive series in professional skateboarding and showcases an international roster of skating’s elite pros.

Before leaving for the States, Johannes said the chance to skate with the world’s elite is a big opportunity for him.

“In skateboarding, it’s considered an honour to receive an invitation to the SLS. I’ve grown up watching events like these and to be selected to be part of this season’s is a dream come true. It’s the highest level of street skateboarding in the world and it will be assisting me greatly in accumulating points for the Olympic Games ahead,” he said.

At each indoor SLS event, arenas are transformed into custom concrete skate plazas, challenging the pros to be innovative and take the progression of skateboarding to new highs as a selection of world-class skateboarders compete for the largest purse in skateboarding.

The event carries all the more weight with pro-skaters vying for the chance to prove themselves ahead of Tokyo 2020, where skateboarding will make its Olympic debut as one of the most exciting new developments in the Summer Games.

Johannes also achieved his second Guinness World Record when he broke Dyrdek’s 15 year-long record for the most fakie flips in one minute recently, one of skate boarding’s most difficult manoeuvres.

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