WST Dubai Park 2024: Naia Laso, 15, and Danny Leon beat the world's best skateboarders. WORLD SKATE

Naia Laso and Danny Leon won the women's and men's skateboarding finals respectively at WST Dubai Park 2024. The two Spaniards are tipped to not only make it to the Paris 2024 Olympics, but to shine.

The stage couldn't have been set better for the women's final: all eight skaters completed their first runs, including the first female 90+ score of the entire competition, with Japan's Kokona Hiraki scoring the first of two consecutive 91s on her opening run. 

The second rounds were a different story, with five runs interrupted by slams, until first place qualifier Naia Laso fulfilled her destiny with the run of her life. She landed no less than three 360 variations and a kickflip indy finisher that everyone knew was the likely winner even before the 93 score came in. 

All seven of her competitors had a clear chance of knocking her off pole position, but with only Kokona Hiraki having scored over 90 so far, it seemed only she could do it. When she uncharacteristically missed one of her opening tricks, the Spaniard's victory was a foregone conclusion. A shy but hugely impressive star was born. 

"I am super happy. I was super nervous and just wanted to do the round - I would have been already happy with that. I still cannot believe it," a surprised Laso told after her victory.

In the men's division, it was a Spanish repeat as Danny Leon won his first WST final outright with his first run and only his second run of the contest being the only 90+ score in his division. 

Second place went to the flawless Gavin Bottger, who was the only rider in either final to get all three of his runs perfect. Third place went to Rune Glifberg's 16-year-old Danish protégé Viktor Solmunde, who was by far the fastest skateboarder in the park. 

"It's my first win [at the WST] and it's my first final too. I feel incredible. I'm over the moon right now. I still can't believe what's happening or what just happened. And I think it will take me days and weeks to process it, but I'm super happy," he beamed.

As expected, Leon was also delighted for his compatriot and teammate Laso, who he had tried to convince of her talent: "I believed in Naia a lot, I knew she would win. She has the level, but she didn't believe it. I've been watching her skate for a long time, how she learns, how you tell her a trick and she does it in less than ten tries. I knew she could be at the top. She is undoubtedly a champion."

From now on, the top 44 ranked skaters, with a maximum of six per country, will have the opportunity to compete in the Olympic Qualification Finals. These will take place in two locations: Shanghai (16-19 May) and Budapest (20-23 June). World Skate will announce the final qualifiers and update the Olympic qualification rankings shortly. 

A total of 44 skaters will compete in each event at the Paris Olympics. 22 will compete in the Men's Park and 22 in the Women's Park, with a maximum of three athletes per country. Two of these 22 places will be reserved - one for the host country and the other for the University Park.