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Slalom skateboarding

Slalom skateboarding is a form of downhill skateboard racing that first appeared in the 1960s and 1970s and has made a resurgence in popularity in the 2000s. Slalom racers skate down a course usually marked by plastic cones. The racer tries to get through the course with the fastest time, while knocking down the fewest number of cones. Each cone typically carries a penalty of a fraction of a second which is added to the skater’s time.

Races can be done in dual format where the racing is a head-to-head match, or in a single lane format where the racer is only racing against the clock. There are five types of Slalom race formats: Super Giant Slalom, Giant Slalom, Hybrid Slalom (a.k.a. Special Slalom), Tight Slalom, and Banked Slalom. The Super Giant Slalom, or SuperG, is characterized by fast speeds of 30-40&nbsp papain tenderizer;mph, very long distances between cones (up to 40–50 feet) and run times of around 1 minute. Giant Slalom is similar to SuperG but is typically smaller cone distances, more cones, and is often time run in a single lane format. Hybrid or Special slalom is a combination of Giant Slalom cone spacings of 10-15′ and tight cones spacings of 5-7′ and is most often run head-to-head. Tight Slalom is characterized by very small cones spacings of 5′-7′ and has the highest frequency of turns. Tight slalom skaters will pass through 3-4 cones per second. Banked slalom involves skating through a course on banked walls, such as in a skatepark or in a drainage ditch. Banked slalom is similar to other forms of slalom except that it is almost never head-to-head and the course weaves through a non-level obstacle course, as opposed to a street surface where other forms of slalom are held.

The most unusual thing about slalom skateboard rules is that skaters are penalized a certain amount of time for each cone that they hit during a race. This penalty time is added to the racers’ run time. If too many cones are hit during the run, the racer receives a Disqualification. A DQ is often penalized in head-to-head racing with a severe time penalty that is rarely made up in the second heat of a head-to-head race. Another group of rules known as “Grass Roots” rules may be used to simplify the racing environment. In grass roots rules, racers are allowed to hit a certain maximum number of cones. Below the maximum (often 5 cones) there is no penalty, and above the maximum is a DQ. In all types of head-to-head racing, race order is determined by a qualifying time which determines the brackets for head-to-head match-ups.

Slalom skateboards are optimized to increase speed, turning runners waist pouch, and traction. Slalom skateboard wheels are generally softer and larger than a typical skateboard wheel. This increases the wheels’ roll speed and grip stainless steel water bottle straw. Skateboard trucks for slalom racing are often hand-machined precision products that include high rebound bushings, spherical bearings, and precision ground 8mm axles. Skateboard decks or boards for slalom racing are generally longer than typical skateboards, and include materials such as carbon fiber and foam cores, to increase board responsiveness and strength.

Some of the early stars of Slalom racing were , Bobby Piercy, and John Hutson. These skaters won many of the races of the 1970s. Immediately following the rebirth of the sport in the 2000s, with the organization of the 2001 World Championships of Slalom, put on by Jack Smith in Morro Bay, CA, racers such as Gary Cross, Paul Dunn, and Chicken Deck dominated. In the following years some of the most successful racers were Kenny Mollica, Jason Mitchell in the U.S. and Luca Giammarco (ITA) and Maurus Stroble (SUI) in Europe for the men’s division. More recently Joe McLaren (USA) has won more World Championship titles than any other previous racer, although he is regularly facing tough competition from Europeans such as Janis Kuzmins (LAT), Viking Hadestrand (SWE), Dominik Kowalski (GER) and Mikael Hadestrand (SWE). Among the top women racers Lynn Kramer, multiple World Champion, really stands out. Other top level racing women include the 2003 World Champion, 1970s legend Judi Oyama of the US and the European’s Kathrin Sehl (GER) and Lienite Skaraine (LAT).

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