Louisville, CO (May 17, 2016) – Slackline Industries announces a series of professional slackline competitions at the nation’s highest profile action and outdoor-sport events.
Competitive slackliners from the around the world will travel throughout the United States to compete for cash prizes and top spots in the official ISI World Ranking. The series of events kicks off during Dominion Riverrock Festival in Richmond, Virginia from May 20-22, 2016.
In June the series moves to Austin, Texas for an elite-level competition held at the premier action sports event in the world, the X Games, from June 3‐5, 2016. The athletes then head west to Vail, Colorado where the stakes and elevation rise for the final rounds. The GoPro Mountain Games will host the world’s best professional slackliners for the 5th year in 2016 from June 9‐12 as a signature event of the long-standing mountain sports competition.
The sport of competitive slacklining has truly come of age. Fueled by viral videos, online competitions and a community dedicated to moving the sport forward, the organic growth of the sport spawned a movement towards formalizing competition standards. With the support of Slackline Industries, a new codification of judging criteria has standardized competitions resulting in a new widely adopted format, collectively known as the International Slackline Invitational (ISI) Rules and Regulations.
“We’re looking forward to seeing how the new format will shape the future of the sport,” explains Ricardo Bottome, CEO of Slackline Industries. “Slackline Industries’ competitive events are a great opportunity to engage people in the professional sport and activity of slacklining for fitness or backyard fun.”
The new standardized scoring system enables athletes and audiences to easily understand competitions. Judges evaluate athletes on difficulty, variety, amplitude and style of their tricks as well as ability to link multiple tricks together. The new system provides consistency in scoring, an unbiased platform and transparency to competitors and audiences while providing significant improvements from the often ambiguous and hard to quantify criteria established under previous judging formats.
About Slackline Industries
The sport of slacklining has come a long way and the personalities and minds behind Slackline Industries have been there at every step. Shaping the future of the sport with innovative designs, simple set‐ups and safety at the root of all their products, Slackline Industries has its finger on the pulse of the sport. With an international community of professionals and enthusiasts behind them, Slackline Industries retooled and codified competitive slacklining leading to a widely adopted international standard for the sport. In addition to competitions and simple backyard fun, slacklining has been adopted by the fitness community as a unique, challenging and dynamic tool for whole body workouts.
For more information on Slackline Industries and the upcoming competitions visit slacklineindustries.com, follow onFacebook, Instagram and Twitter @slackind, #slackind. To learn more about and the newly minted ISI Rules and Regulations visit slacklinejudging.com.
About Dominion Riverrock
Dominion Riverrock, organized by Venture Richmond and the Sports Backers, began in 2009 and is now the nation's premier outdoor sports and lifestyle festival, bringing athletes, spectators, musicians, and even dogs to Brown’s Island for a three-day festival against the backdrop of downtown Richmond’s urban riverfront. The festival features a variety of outdoor sports including trail running, kayaking, biking, bouldering, slacklining, stand up paddleboarding, and dog jumping. The event was designed to promote Richmond’s unique riverfront, downtown trails and whitewater rapids to outdoor enthusiasts. As a result of the creation of Dominion Riverrock, there is a stronger appreciation for the value of outdoor recreation throughout the entire Richmond region. Learn more about the festival at www.dominionriverrock.com.
About the GoPro Mountain Games
The GoPro Mountain Games, now in its 15th year, has long been known for its ability to bring pro and amateur athletes together at the same event. The multi-venue, multi-sport extravaganza is an annual nexus for all walks of mountain life. For more visit mountaingames.com, follow on Facebook and Twitter @MountainGames and on Instagram @MountainGamesVail | #GoProMTNGames