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Thursday, August 18, 2011


World Championships of Slalom Skateboarding Aug.19-20, 2011. Ottawa

Mikael Hadestrand boasting a Flyaway Helmet. Photo Jani Soderhall
Very popular in the 70’s slalom never really died… On the contrary, in the past years, more and more teens and people in their 20s have discovered slalom skateboarding and are flocking to it in droves. And it’s the pure speed and flow that attracts them! Speed and flow is what will push over 70 top slalom skateboarder from around the world tol compete for the World Championship of Slalom Skateboarding in Ottawa, August 19-20th. In addition to racers from 10 states in the US and from across Canada, athletes from the following countries are coming to race here in Ottawa Aug.19-21: Germany, Brazil, Sweden, Latvia, France, Austria and the UK!
And this is the first time since Expo ‘86 that the World Championships have been in Canada.

Slalom skateboarding is an action-packed sport that’s really exciting to watch”, said Claude Regnier, Executive Co-Chair of this year’s World Championships. “Similar to downhill ski or snowboard racing, the object is to maneuver through a series of small plastic cones – as quickly as possible, hitting as few cones as possible. Time penalties of 1/10th of a second are added to the racer’s final time for each cone hit. Hit too many cones, and the run is scrubbed as a DQ (disqualified run).”

The racing starts Aug.19th at 9:30am on Dovercourt Avenue (between Denbury and Westminster) and then moves to Carling Ave on Aug. 20th (between Maple Dr. and Champagne Ave). Admission is free at both locations; food and refreshments will be available on-site.

Christopher Dupont
We’ve got an amazing line-up of racers in all age categories – including almost half a dozen racers from the Ottawa area”, said Regnier. “This year’s field features athletes in Professional and Amateur classes that include Men’s, Women’s, Junior’s and Masters (for racers aged 45+)”.
Many think that slalom racers are descendant from the 70s wave and have come back to the sport later in life. But even if the median age of a slalom racer is estimated to be 35, “In a slalom race, the turns are so quick and the speeds so fast at the bottom of the hill – often exceeding 40 kms/hr – that winning time are often only 1/1000th of a second apart!”, said Regnier. “If any local companies or other organizations are interested in associating themselves with such an exciting event that will attract spectators from all around the region, we still have a few sponsorship options available at very reasonable rates.”

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