West Coast Slalom hits Hood River

By ADAM LAPIERRE

News staff writer

July 5, 2006

The Northern California Downhill Skateboarding Association hits Hood River this weekend for the annual West Coast Slalom Championships. The two-day event will bring many of the best downhill skateboarders to town for a super giant slalom competition on Saturday and a dual tight slalom race Sunday.

Saturday’s race is all about speed. The half-mile course laid out on a stretch of the Historic Columbia River Highway will consist of about 95 cones, which the riders will weave through at high speeds. The race will require a delicate balance of agility, endurance and all-out guts. Racers will get three runs down the single-lane course, with their top two combined times deciding the rankings. Racing will begin at 10 a.m.

On Sunday racers will move to the dual tight slalom course in downtown Hood River. Racers will pair off for a single-elimination competition down a course with 50 to 60 cones spaced from 5.5 to 8 feet apart. The course will have several different sections consisting of straight cones, offsets and step-overs. Racing starts at 10 a.m.

For more information about the event or the NCDSA, visit: www.ncdsa.com.

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