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The four-stop 2023 SLS Championship Tour will kick off at Chicago’s Wintrust Arena on April 29th. With its brand new winner-takes-all format that will raise the stakes since the first-place skater at each event will now not only earn direct qualification to the next SLS Tour stop final but will also secure their spot in the 2023 SLS Super Crown Final as well.

So, who will walk away with the win and secure their spot at the Super Crown Final? Let’s drill down and take a look at the players.

Gustavo Ribeiro

Gustavo Ribeiro is really coming into his own at the moment and has fast become one of the more popular skaters on the SLS Championship Tour, so it is no big surprise that the defending SLS Super Crown Champion is not only the bookmaker's favorite, but also ours. Gustavo Ribeiro ended last season with two wins, SLS Las Vegas and the SLS Super Crown Final. He then followed it up with a second place at the World Skate Street World Championship in Sharjah earlier this year. Being the defending Super Crown Champion also means that Gustavo is directly qualified for the Final which of course plays huge in his favor.

Yuto Horigome

With his consistency and unique trick selection Yuto Horigome belongs on this list. Coming off a win at Tampa Pro and no stranger to winning SLS events, just take a look at last year's tour where he went on a two-event winning streak at SLS Jacksonville and SLS Seattle before being sidelined before SLS Las Vegas by a small injury.

Yuto should be considered a dangerman and a favorite in any contest he enters and backing the current Olympic Champion is never a bad bet.

Nyjah Huston

Leaving Nyjah out of this list would be a disservice to all punters. After a disappointing last season that was cut short due to a knee injury, Nyjah will be looking to redeem himself this year. In his first outing since the injury, he finished ninth at Tampa Pro back in March, and with Nyjah being Nyjah the added pressure of the new winner-takes-all knock-out rounds format should only play in his favor.

Chris Joslin

Chris Joslin has racked up some good results recently placing third at last year's SLS Super Crown Final and at Tampa Pro back in March. and a quick peek at the SLS Chicago course also tells us that especially the big section in the upper left corner will give Joslin a chance to show off his rare arsenal of heavy hitters. It’s just about him finding the zone and utilizing it properly. If, he does Ribeiro and the rest will have their hands full.

Aurélien Giraud

Even though the Glitch has the skills to win any contest he enters, he has been struggling to put it down when it really counts. That all changed at the World Skate Steet World Championship in Sharjah back in January, where the Frenchman finally was able to put it down and walk away with a big win, so let’s not forget the fact that winning begets winning. There is nothing like a win under the belt to make someone addicted to that feeling. Just ask Nyjah.

Braden Hoban

Braden had quite the Rookie season last year. After a slow start at SLS Jacksonville with a 23rd-place finish he then picked up the pace finishing fifth in Seattle, third in Las Vegas, and second at the SLS Super Crown Finals in Rio de Janeiro. His ability to flip into basically everything combined with the experience and momentum he gained last year, could very well earn him his first SLS Title this season, so let’s keep an eye on him. It might happen sooner rather than later.


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