Gibbon Slacklines will host the 2013 World Slackline Federation World Championships at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, CO.
The GoPro Mountain Games represents the best in extreme and adventure sports for amateurs and pros alike, said Emilio Torres, vice president of sales at Gibbon Slacklines. This is one of our most highly anticipated events where we will not only host the sports top athletes, but continue to introduce slacklining to thousands of outdoors lovers.
Athletes vying for the top title include the current world champion and number two ranked slackliner, athlete Lukas Huber from Italy, as well as 15-year-old Alex Mason, the number one ranked slackliner and poster-boy for the the sports fastest growing demographic. Also competing will be Andy Lewis, the slackliner famous for his Super Bowl XLVI performance with Madonna, as well as Toru Gappai Osugi from Japan and Germanys Benjamin Schmid.
On Friday, June 7, Gibbon will host the Slackline Jam where 16 athletes will compete head-to-head for points in the world ranking. The World Championships will take place on Saturday and Sunday, and the interactive zone and highline demonstrations will take place throughout the entire weekend.
For the outdoor sports lovers unable to attend, NBC Sports will be featuring three different one-hour telecasts of the GoPro Mountain Games, including the slackline competitions, following the event. These are scheduled for Sunday, June 23 at 4 p.m. EST, Wednesday, July 2 at 4 p.m. EST and Wednesday, July 9 at 5 p.m. EST.
For those unfamiliar with the sport, slacklining is the act of balancing along a narrow, flexible piece of webbing which is low to the ground and usually anchored between two trees. For more experienced slackliners, tricklining is executing different tricks, flips and jumps on the line while continually developing more creative moves with bigger air and advanced skill.
Slacklining is skyrocketing in popularity as an extreme sport, fitness trend and backyard activity for families thanks to global exposure during the Dew Tour, Madonnas 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance and MDNA tour, NBCs The Office and more. Gibbon is the worlds leading slackline manufacturer and is rapidly building the sport with its top-level pro team and by hosting competitions across the U.S. Gibbons easy-to-use equipment makes the sport accessible for anyone, from athletes to families.