European Championships 2024 - Massy, France

[May 24th, 2024 by Jani Soderhall]

Full results (booklet) here:

Video made by Ville de Massy (by George Dabbour):

Photos by Gérald Lebranchu (Gégéping)

The new European champions are crowned

For two days over 50 riders from 10 countries took part at European championships in Massy, France. Despite heavy rains that strongly affected the race schedule, majority of groups managed to do all three disciplines.

In men’s PRO group it was a Latvian dominance – in hybrid slalom top honours went to 2023 hybrid slalom World champion Gustavs Gailītis, followed by Artūrs Liskovs, Toms Dreiblats and Czech rider Petr Matouš. Due to the rain, the tight slalom was held indoors, and 18-year-old Latvian Kristaps Mirčenko surprised everybody, by clocking the fastest time. Gailītis took 2nd, Dreiblats 3rd, but Louis Selby from Great Britian was 0.01 sec shy of a podium. After the weather cleared, it was time for the shortened giant slalom. 2019 giant slalom World champion Artūrs Liskovs showed his skills and managed to take the top spot. Just like in tight slalom, Gailītis was 2nd and Dreiblats 3rd. Gailītis took the overall top honours, Liskovs was 2nd and Dreiblats 3rd. They were followed by Mirčenko, Matouš and Christoph Baumann.

In women’s group current junior World champion Emily Martinu had an almost perfect race – a win in straight and giant plus a 2nd place in hybrid, that secured overall victory. Fight for 2nd overall was fierce between another young Czech talent Tereza Dvorakova and experienced German Kathrin Sehl. Tereza was 3rd in hybrid and with 3rd also in giant secured 2nd place overall. Kathrin was 3rd in tight slalom and with two 4th places it was enough to secure 3rd overall. Latvian Endija Līga Rūja was the fastest in hybrid, 2nd in giant, but had to skip tight due to an injury. Her countrywoman Dominika Adriāna Ozoliņa got her first European championships podium with 2nd place in tight slalom.
Due to weather restrictions, Masters only managed two disciplines. With 1st in hybrid and 3rd in tight, Lars Tuexen from Germany took the top honours in overall. Fabio Luiz Sprovieri from Brazil was 4th in hybrid but managed to secure a 2nd place in tight and 2nd place overall. Czech Masters took the next two overall positions – Stepan Vojta was 2nd in hybrid, 8th in tight and 3rd overall but Dan Syrovy Sr was 3rd in hybrid, 6th in tight and 4th overall. After several year hiatus from international racing, Swedish legend Peter Klang was back with a bang, taking top honours in tight slalom.

In amateur group there was a great battle between Czech and Brazilian riders. In tight Matej Stefka took the win, followed by Petr Martinu (both Czech Republic) and Pedro Frangulis (Brazil). In tight it was Pedro who was unstoppable, leaving Matej in 2nd and his fellow countryman Howard Weiss in 3rd. In the last discipline, giant slalom, it was Petr Martinu’s time to shine – he become European champion in giant slalom. Stefka was 2nd and Pedro 3rd. In overall rankings, Matej secured top spot, followed by Petr and Pedro.
In junior boys Jindrich Voves won the hybrid and tight, with Lukas Martinu 2nd in hybrid and 3rd in tight and Tomas Mach 3rd in hybrid and 2nd in tight.

In junior girls it was a race between Czech, French and Latvian young talents. Anna Rezkova won both hybrid and tight. Anna Safrankova was 2nd in hybrid and 3rd in tight, with Marie Maderova taking 3rd spot in hybrid making it all Czech podium. Meanwhile Latvian Keita Zorgevica took 2nd in tight and earning 3rd place overall right after Rezkova and Safrankova.

The season will continue with several national competitions all around Europe with the next big event being the legendary ‘’Skate ‘n’ Chill’’ compeititon in Polička, Czech Republic.

Ditch Slap - Banked Slalom World Championships

[May 8th, 2024 by Jani Soderhall]

Introducing you 2024 Banked Slalom World Champions!
Congratulations to these six amazing cone dodgers and all the riders who came out!

1st - Jennifer Coppa (center)
2nd - Lynn Kramer (right)
3rd - Nathalia Latinos (not on the photo below)
4th - Judi Oyama (left)

1st - Hans Frank
2nd - James Tracy
3rd - Robin McGurik

Euros 2024

[April 28th, 2024 by Jani Soderhall]

Luna Slalom Jam - Results

[April 28th, 2024 by Jani Soderhall]

Photos (c) Tate Nations

Forum topic:

Euros 2024 - Register now!

[April 14th, 2024 by Jani Soderhall]


Forum topic with race information:

Ditch Slap - Banked Slalom World Championships

[April 7th, 2024 by Jani Soderhall]

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Hall of fame inductees

[April 7th, 2024 by Jani Soderhall]

The ISSA would like to congratulate the following slalomers for their induction into the Skateboarder Hall of Fame 2024. Their contribution to the sport helped build the foundation for slalom racing and gave us all the opportunity to be part of this scene!

World Skate Games 2024

[February 1st, 2024 by Jani Soderhall]

Final Brasileira Skate Slalom 2023

[December 16th, 2023 by Jani Soderhall]

On the 9th and 10th of December the final race of the 2023 season took place in Caieiras - Brazil. The event was sanctioned by ISSA as a main event and was sanctioned by Brazilian Skateboarding Federation (CBSK). We had 2 full days of close racing both in men and women categories.
On Saturday there was Dual Hybrid where Thiago Gardenal came first followed by Nobru and Bruno Oliveira on the men. Saturday afternoon was Dual Tight where Thiago Gardenal came first again followed by Bruno Oliveira and Louis Selby who was the British contenter at the event. On Sunday was Giant Slalom Single Lane day. Each rider had 3 runs and the top 6 got a 4th extra run, best time counts. Again Thiago Gardenal took and just behind him by 0.1 Louis Selby, to complete this podium Pedro Frangulis with his first podium ever on a slalom event.
On the women's side Marina (Nina) came first in all 3 discipline with Thiz Bertoni second.

The main sponsors of the event were Oak Berry and CBSK (Brazilian Skateboarding Federation) with full support from the city of Caieiras. A $2000 cash purse was divided by the top men and women.

The event was organised by Team Brazil Slalom Skateboarding

Pics by Ricardo Couto @_rcouto

Full results and lots of photos in the forum:

Worlds 2023 - Recap

[October 8th, 2023 by Jani Soderhall]

World Skate Slalom Skateboarding World Championships 2023
Words/photos by: Maria Carrasco

Pro Men’s Overall Podium - (Pictured L to R) - Gustavs Gailitis (LAT) - Second Place Overall; Janis Kuzmins (LAT) - First Place Overall and Petr Matouš (CZE) - Third Place Overall

Pro Women’s Overall Podium - (Pictured L to R) - Karolina Vojtova (CZE) - Second Place Overall; Lynn Kramer (USA) - First Place Overall and Endija Līga Rūja (LAT) - Third Place Overall

The World Skate Slalom Skateboarding World Championships 2023 have came to a close. This was a truly amazing event and one that will go down in the history books.

The three days of racing were set with the lush green backdrop of Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem, the State Capital of Oregon (USA). This legendary soap box derby hill became the host to the slalom skateboarding world - 86 competitors from eleven countries - came to battle it out. The stage was set for the best of the best in slalom skateboarding - who were in attendance - to compete for the ultimate title of World Champion!

The audience on site for the live event were treated to the colorful and insightful commentary of Skateboard Hall of Fame racer, Henry Hester, the official MC. Those at home were able to see livestream coverage each day on Facebook, YouTube, and worldskate.tv hosted by Richy Carrasco, Joe McLaren and yours truly.

The first day of racing (Friday) was set for the Giant Slalom event but the weather had other plans and racers awoke to a rainy Salem morning and a soaked stretch of black top. The race organizing crew and volunteers were out with propane-powered flame throwers to dry the road as quickly as possible after the rain stopped. Early afternoon finally brought clear skies and a dry tarmac so it was on! The single-lane course was set to fit the terrain - with a good mixture of fast driving turns along with tricky technical cones that would test the best racers in the world. The wider-set cone spacing required a delicate balance of managing speed and staying clean - with the slightest mistake resulting in either a steep cone penalty (.20 seconds per hit cone) or lost speed from scrubbing to make the turn. All racers were allowed two runs on the course with their best time determining their final placing.

The World Champions for Giant Slalom are as follows:

Pro Men: Janis Kuzmins (LAT)
Pro Women: Lynn Kramer (USA)
Masters: Michal Subrt (CZE)
Grand Masters: Gary Cross (USA)
Amateur Men: Matěj Štefka (CZE)
Amateur Women: Sarah Byrd Compton (USA)
Junior Men: Lukáš Martinů (CZE)
Junior Women: Emily Martinů (CZE)

Day two, Saturday, ushered in blue skies and sunshine that would hold for the rest of the weekend. Hybrid Slalom was the name of the game now with a challenging dual-lane ramp start course - including a mix of wider offsets with sections of tighter set stingers - carrying a time penalty of .10 second per cone hit. The morning was reserved for qualifying rounds to cut the field and seed the racers in each division for elimination matches, concluding with the finals. Speed management and running clean were again important elements of success - with the top racers vying to break the 19 second run-time barrier - and Latvia’s Arturs Liskovs was the first of the day to accomplish that, however cone penalties edged him off of the podium for a 4th place finish. Latvia’s Gustavs Gailitis grabbed the gold with USA’s Orion Lehrmann and CZE’s Petr Matous in second and third - knocking both Kuzmins and McLaren off the podium in the Pro finals. Czechia’s Michal Subrt led the Masters class and former USA World Champ Gary Cross led the Grand Masters class - each claiming their second gold medal and world title for the weekend in the Hybrid Slalom finals. Also noteworthy was USA’s Sarah Byrd Compton who finished in similar fashion - two for two - gold medals and world titles in the Women’s Am class! Those double gold stats pushed Subrt and Compton into the top spot on the Overall podium in their respective classes.

The World Champions for Hybrid Slalom are as follows:
Pro Men: Gustavs Gailitis (LAT)
Pro Women: Lynn Kramer (USA)
Masters: Michal Subrt (CZE)
Grand Masters: Gary Cross (USA)
Amateur Men: Petr Martinů (CZE)
Amateur Women: Sarah Byrd Compton (USA)
Junior Men: Lukáš Martinů (CZE)
Junior Women: Tereza Dvorakova (CZE)

Sunday, the final day of the competition, brought Tight Slalom to the mix with the second day of head to head racing. The highly technical course featured the tightest cone spacing of the weekend with 6-foot centers throughout and carried a .10 second cone penalty. The Men’s Pro division was once again dominated by the Latvians - with Janis Kuzmins claming the gold medal and clinching his overall win for the weekend and countrymen Gailitis and Liskovs finishing 2nd and 3rd. Pro Women - Lynn Kramer (USA) and Karolina Vojtova (CZE) had been neck and neck the first two days with Karolina finally rising to the top of the podium and her first Pro World Championship title win - with the 2022 Women’s European Champ, Endija Līga Rūja (LAT) finishing second. Women’s Am, Imi McMillan, claimed the Tight Slalom World Championship for Australia - a first in slalom history! The Czech National Team dominated the Am Men, Junior Men and Junior Women’s divisions for the third day with only a couple of USA and LAT team breakthroughs making it to the podium over the course of the weekend. In fact, the Martinů family from Czechia - claimed the top spots on the overall podium in their respective divisions - taking home plenty of bling and top honors representing their country!

The World Champions for Tight Slalom are as follows:
Pro Men: Janis Kuzmins (LAT)
Pro Women: Karolina Vojtova (CZE)
Masters: Daniel Syrovy Sr (CZE)
Grand Masters: Paul Howard (USA)
Amateur Men: Dan Syrovy Jr (CZE)
Amateur Women: Imi McMillan (AUS)
Junior Men: Lukáš Martinů (CZE)
Junior Women: Emily Martinů (CZE)

The event was well-attended especially by the national teams from Latvia, Czech Republic and USA - as well as representatives from Canada, Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden. There were several familiar faces from the Argentina World Skate Games 2022 but the ranks were definitely upped with rising talent like Czechia Pros - Petr Matous and Karolina Vojtova (Women’s European Champion 2023) along with the appearance of 8x Pro World Champ Joe McLaren from USA. McLaren, who was absent from Worlds in Argentina last year, unfortunately had to withdraw on the final day due to injury, after placing 3rd and 5th - taking him out of the running for Overall. Latvia was again a force to be reckoned with and reigning World Champ Janis Kuzmins claimed the top honor of Overall Mens Pro World Champion for the fourth consecutive year! Lynn Kramer from USA was eager to defend her Overall title from Argentina in 2022 - and did just that - upping her impressive Overall win record to 17x at this 2023 World Championships! The level of racing is continuing to rise - with young talent busting into the top level of the Pro ranks in both the men’s and women’s divisions. On top of all the excellent racing action, it was great to see so many smiling faces, positive stoke, good sportsmanship and camaraderie among the racers. The competition will definitely be fierce at the 2024 World Skate Games - Slalom World Championships in Rome Italy. See you there!

The World Skate Slalom Skateboarding World Championships 2023 Overall Podium positions are as follows:

Pro Men Overall:
1. Janis Kuzmins (LAT)
2. Gustavs Gailitis (LAT)
3. Petr Matouš (CZE)

Pro Women Overall:
1. Lynn Kramer (USA)
2. Karolina Vojtova (CZE)
3. Endija Līga Rūja (LAT)

Am Men Overall:
1. Petr Martinů (CZE)
2. Matěj Štefka (CZE)
3. Dan Syrovy Jr (CZE)

Am Women Overall:
1. Sarah Byrd Compton (USA)
2. Imi McMillan (AUS)
3. Dominika Ozolina (LAT)

Masters Overall:
1. Michal Subrt (CZE)
2. Jonathan Harms (USA)
3. Daniel Syrovy Sr (CZE)

Grand Masters Overall:
1. Tay Hunt (USA)
2. Paul Howard (USA)
3. Pete Ingraham (USA)

Junior Men Overall:
1. Lukáš Martinů (CZE)
2. Jindra Voves (CZE)

Junior Women Overall:
1. Emily Martinů (CZE)
2. Tereza Dvorakova (CZE)
3. Magdalena Harrison (USA)

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