World Championships

Now we´re getting Serious

The Slackline World Championships takes place once per year. Between two Slackline World Championships at least 7 month must elapse. It should only be held one WorldChamionship during one calendar year. The Slackline World Championship should idealy be helt every year in another country.

The top eight slackliners in the WSFed world ranking compete against each other. Qualification is possible only by position in the world ranking. If one of the qualified slackliners cannot compete in the World Championships, the next best substitutes for him (or her). The athletes are invited by the tournament organizer, who pays their costs of travel, accommodation and food.

In contrast to other contests, the world Championship involves a group phase, before the half finals. The contestants are divided into two groups (see appendix 5.3). Within each group each contestant competes 1 to 1 against each other. In each of these battles, each athlete has 2 minutes (plus up to 15 seconds to complete the last component) to beat his opponent. The judges decide who the winner is. The victor gets a group point. If two in a group score equal numbers of victories, the judges decide between them through a "Best Run“. Each of the two athletes gets 45 seconds, to show his best trick/combo. In the semifinals, the first of one group competes against the second of the other group. The semifinal losers then compete for third place, before the semifinal winners compete to be World Champion.

The organizer must ensure that, as well as the athletes, a DJ, a moderator, and three high ranked judges attend the contest. The organizer must pay their fees, costs for travel, accommodation and food, and must supply the equipment that they need.

Due to the considerable media interest in the World Championship a press-area must be equipped near the contest arena. TV and press must be able to work, without disturbing the contest procedure. Before and after the contest, enough time must be planned for interviews with the contestants. These must be agreed in advance, between the press, the organizer and the athletes. A special area, with a sponsor display as background should be made available.

The athletes must have the chance to warm up and get ready for at least an hour before the contest starts. For warming up, they should have access to the contest slackline or to an identical slackline nearby. There must be a screened-off region for the athletes, with seats, drinks and snacks, where they can put spare clothing, etc.

The judges must be situated so that they have a perfect view of the contest.

Each athlete has a fixed time per battle, to convince judges and public of his skills. His remaining time should be visible to him and spectators during the battle, e.g. on a monitor.

The DJ must react to the contestants and the public, so the DJ console must be sited to give a good view of the spectators and the contest arena. The moderators must be equipped with wireless microphones or headsets.

A prominent raised site is needed for the prize giving. Cups should be presented for the first three places, together with the prize money, in the form of fancy checks.

At least three hours are needed for the battles. Before the last two battles, there should be a longer pause, for the four athletes to gather their strength, and to build up excitement among the spectators. This can be used for part of the support program.

World Championship: Seeding and proceeding
Costs and facts to compare the contest categories