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
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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.
COMPOSITE BOATS CLASSES
PLASTIC BOAT CLASSES
COMPETITOR ENTRY FEES
EARLY REGISTRATION FEE* $50 + EACH EVENT ENTERED $10