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COMPETITORS: ARE YOU READY?

This will be the first time since 2002 there has been an slalom event on the Upper Ocoee and will run from Slam Dunk to the bottom bridge of the course.  

 
 
 

RULES + REGULATIONS

RULES + REGULATIONS

Click for Rules and Regulations // International Canoe Federation Rules


Each gate consists of two poles hanging from a wire strung across the river. There are 18-25 numbered gates in a course, of which 6-7 must be upstream gates, and they are colored as either green (downstream) or red (upstream), indicating the direction they must be negotiated. Upstream gates are always placed in eddies, where the water is flat or moving slightly upstream; the paddler enters an eddy from the main current and paddles upstream through the gate. Downstream gates may also be placed in eddies, to increase the difficulty, and downstream gates in the current can be offset to alternating sides of the current, requiring rapid turns in fast-moving water.

Most slalom courses take 80 to 120 seconds to complete for the fastest paddlers. Depending on the level of competition, difficulty of the course, degree of water turbulence. and ability of the other paddlers, times can go up to 200 seconds.

In international competitions (World Cups, World Championships, Olympic Games) each competitor does two runs in the qualification round, called the "heats"; the time of the faster run gives the qualification result. Depending on the number of participants in the event, 10 to 40 boats advance to the semi-final; this consists of one run on a different course. Likewise the fastest semi-final boats (field size determined by number of participants) advance to the final, where racers will navigate the second course one time. Their ranking within the final group is based on the time of that last run alone.

If the competitor's boat, paddle or body touches either pole of the gate, a time penalty of two seconds is added. If the competitor misses a gate completely, deliberately pushes the gate to pass through, goes through the gate in the wrong direction or upside-down, or goes through it in the wrong order, a 50-second penalty is given. Only one penalty can be incurred on each gate, highest penalty being added to the final time.

 
 
 

CLASSES

COMPOSITE BOATS CLASSES

K-1

C-1

C-2

 

PLASTIC BOAT CLASSES

K-1

K2 Tandem 

C-1

OC-1

 

 
 
 

COMPETITOR ENTRY FEES

EARLY REGISTRATION FEE* $40 + EACH EVENT ENTERED $10

Early Registration Fee thru August 15, 2018.   After August 15 - $60 + $10 each event registered.
*Includes T-Shirt, entrance to party Friday and Saturday, beer/beverage ticket, and some cool swag.

 
 
 

SLALOM HISTORY

Canoe slalom (previously known as "whitewater slalom") is a competitive sport with the aim to navigate a decked canoe or kayak through a course of hanging downstream or upstream gates on river rapids in the fastest time possible. It is one of the two kayak and canoeing disciplines at the Summer Olympics, and is referred to by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as Canoe/Kayak Slalom. The other Olympic canoeing discipline is canoe sprint. Wildwater canoeing is a non-Olympic paddlesport.

Canoe slalom racing started in Europe and in the 1940s, the International Canoe Federation (ICF) was formed to govern the sport. The first World Championships were held in 1949 in Switzerland. From 1949 to 1999, the championships were held every odd-numbered year and have been held annually in non-Summer Olympic years since 2002. Folding kayaks were used from 1949 to 1963; and in the early 1960s, boats were made of fiberglass and nylon. Boats were heavy, usually over 65 pounds (30 kilos). With the advent of kevlar and carbon fiber being used in the 1970s, the widths of the boats were reduced by the ICF, and the boats were reduced in volume to pass the gates, and boats have become much lighter and faster.

From 1949 to 1977, all World Championships were held in Europe. The first World Championship held in North America was held at  Jonquière, in Québec, Canada, in 1979. It has been a regular Olympic sport since 1992.