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Slalom

Precision and speed in the rough water

In Slalom Racing, paddlers have to navigate the kayak or canoe through pairs of poles, called "gates", set up over the challenging rapids, waves, eddies and currents on a 300m stretch of rough water. If the paddler touches one of the poles, or misses a gate altogether, penalty times are added to the time achieved by the competitor on that run. They are single kayak (K) events, for men and women, and canoe events, also for men and women, in single (C1) and double boats (C2). There are also team events.

This discipline made its appearance in the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972 and then had to wait until 1992 to be reinstated to the Olympic programme.

ECA Competitions

2018 ECA Canoe Slalom European ...
June 1. - 3. 2018, Prague, CZE
2018 ECA Junior&U23 Canoe Slalom ...
August 16. - 19. 2018, Bratislava, SVK
2018 Olympic Hopes - Canoe Slalom
September 28. - 30. 2018, Krakow, POL
2019 ECA Canoe Slalom European ...
May 31. - June 2. 2019, Pau, FRA
2019 ECA Junior&U23 Canoe Slalom ...
July 18. - 21. 2019, Liptovsky Mikulaš, SVK
2020 ECA Canoe Slalom European ...
May 15. - 17. 2020, London - Lee Valley, GBR
2020 ECA Junior&U23 Canoe Slalom ...
August 13. - 16. 2020, Solkan, SLO
More competitions

NEWS

Ondřej Tunka is Czech paddler of the year
Ondřej Tunka is Czech paddler of the year

Czech Canoe Union awarded the best paddlers of the season 2017 which was very successful for the Czech team in both Olympic disciplines - Canoe Slalom and Canoe Sprint - as well as in Wildwater Canoeing. With many medals won at the European and World Championships the decision who has been the best athlete of the year was not easy, but at the end it was canoe slalom World Champion Ondřej Tunka who received an award for the best athlete of the year.

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Reigning European Champions announce their retirement
Reigning European Champions announce their retirement

French canoe slalom paddlers Pierre Picco and Hugo Biso have announced their retirement from professional sports. “Today we are hanging up the paddle, turning to new personal and professional perspectives. We are retiring with the feeling of a job well done. If we had to summarize the adventure of PicBis, it would be 15 years of career, 12 years on a high level, 14 World medals, 7 European medals, 55 national podiums, more than 6500 kilometres paddled on water, about 250,000 poles crossed,” wrote the 2017 ECA Canoe Slalom C2 European Champions on their Facebook page this Sunday.

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Špela Ponomarenko Janić and Benjamin Savšek Slovenian paddlers of the year
Špela Ponomarenko Janić and Benjamin Savšek Slovenian paddlers of the year

2017 Canoe Slalom World Champion Benjamin Savšek was named best Sportsman of the year, while Špela Ponomarenko Janić, two-times European and World Championships medallist, received an award for Sportswoman of the year at an annual gala event of the Canoe Federation of Slovenia.

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