Nyjah Huston's year of dominance
Nyjah Huston's Stellar Year
It's been a big year for skateboarding prodigy Nyjah Huston, and there are still three months to go. After winning the Street League Super Crown Championships in Newark, New Jersey, 19-year-old Huston can officially claim a clean sweep of the 2014 competition season. Huston won the Skatepark of Tampa Pro comp in March, X Games Austin Skateboard Street gold in June and all four Street League competitions in 2014. Here, XGames.com reflects on Huston's stellar year.
Since leaving the parental nest, venturing out on his own and buying his own house, Huston has also started adding tattoos to his body and expanding his dietary restrictions beyond the vegan diet he was raised on. "I'm thankful for the way I was raised. That focus on skateboarding is how I've gotten to where I am now," says Huston. Clearly, his ambitions have not waned.
Huston, Hawk, Wair
Nyjah Huston, left, and Ishod Wair, right, get some social media love from Tony Hawk, center, before the start of X Games Austin in June. Huston went on to win the Skateboard Street gold medal in Austin and posted the highest score ever in an X Games Skateboard Street final.
Another X Games gold medal
Huston's sixth career Skateboard Street win at X Games Austin made him the street skater with the most gold medals in X Games history. Despite battling the wind on the course, Huston prevailed in his second run. "Street skating requires so much precision," Huston said after the win.
Live and enjoy
Instead of the anarchic "Skate and Destroy" tag often seen tattooed on skateboarders, Huston took a more holistic approach to the phrase, getting "Live and Enjoy" tattoed on his forearm. "I try to keep the little things that I have to do in life to a minimum," Huston says.
Backside smith for Asphalt Yacht Club, promoting Huston's new signature clothing line. "I'm part owner of the company myself. It's cool to be part owner and be involved in the lines and stuff. It's fun," Huston says.
On Joining Asphalt
"I started riding for Asphalt because the company was started by my friend Stevie Williams, who is obviously a legend himself. It all sounded like a really good idea. I didn't have a full-on clothing sponsor at the time, and they put together a really cool and diverse team."
In mid-July, Huston won another prominent achievement: his first ESPYS award for best male action sports athlete. Before disappearing from the red carpet, Huston tweeted, "Thanks so much to all of you that voted! Couldn't have done without you guys."
Street League Stop Four -- New Jersey
"This whole year has just been pretty on point for me," Huston said after winning the Street League Super Crown Championships, a massive understatement in a year that included wins at every major contest he has entered, from Tampa Pro and X Games Austin to all four SLS World Tour events. "I think it was just a mixture of a lot of hard work in practice and a lot of lucky situations," he said.
Huston's final trick of the night, a Cab flip, cemented his win in New Jersey. "The final trick, I was so nervous, nervous as can be," Huston admitted afterward.
"This guy has won every single contest this entire year; it's never happened in the history of skateboarding, Tampa Pro to everything, and the very first time to win all the Street Leagues," Street League founder Rob Dyrdek said after Huston's win.