The World Skateboarding Federation have just released the first ever rankings for street skateboarders, though as you’ll see below the rankings are only for skateboarders who compete in contests. Here’s how they worked it out:
“World Skateboarding Federation has established a ranking system for street skateboarding. These rankings are only for skaters who compete in contests. The 10 most prominent skateboarding contest results were used to calculate the rankings, including the Skateboarding World Championships, Dew Tour, Copenhagen Pro, Street League, Tampa Pro, Mystic Cup, PS4 Series, Adrenaline Games, DC Invitational Sao Paulo and Simple Session. While normally private contests would not be included in a sport’s rankings, we determined that because of the high profile nature of these events, at this time, they should be used in the ranking calculations. Multipliers were added for international broadcasting rights and size of prize purse.”
We will be posting an interview with the World Skateboarding Federation CEO, Tim McFerran, in the next week or so which will shed some light on the organisation and its goal of getting skateboarding into the Olympics.