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Topic Slalom
Kentucky Cone Fest
On 9/13/2021 JBH wrote in from United States  (165.134.nnn.nnn)

Looking forward to seeing a bunch of fellow slalom geeks this weekend at the Cone Fest in Ashland, Kentucky. Yee haw!

 
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Salem Slalom Session is still "ON", as the kids say.
On 7/15/2021 Pauliwog wrote in from (50.206.nnn.nnn)

Per phone call to the Salem Parks and Rec this morning 7-15-2021, there is no conflicting event scheduled on the SBD Hill in Bush Park so I will be there with 2 courses and cones-a-plenty! Bring a park deck just in case of some unforseen inability to use the hill and we'll go to a skatepark(but very unlikely).

See You There!!!
-The Management.

 
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Saturday July 17th 2021 Salem Slalom SESSION!!!
On 7/11/2021 Pauliwog wrote in from (50.206.nnn.nnn)

So far this thingy is still ON per phone call with Salem Parks-n-Rec, as in, there is no conflicting event on the SBD Hill that day at the time of the phone call.

I'll call Salem Parks-n-Rec again this coming week for a last confirmation so stay posted!

Hopefully, See You There!! -P

 
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Early Days of Slalom in Cheyenne, Wyoming
On 5/1/2021 Paul Howard wrote in from (50.206.nnn.nnn)

Hey Gilmour - Yeah, that's reminiscent of me and my burlap grain sack full of tin cans in the same era. Anytime either of my parents or family would go into town for anything, I'd grab my slalom setup, burlap grain sack bag 'o cans, motorcycle helmet "borrowed" from my friend's older brother, heavy leather work gloves, volleyball knee and elbow pads all kept in a stack in the garage for immediate short-notice deployments. It paid off, I won my first slalom race at a Parks-n-Rec skateboard contest and smoked all the guy older than me who had "real" slalom equipment. Those were the days!

 
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Olympics at 61
On 4/8/2021 John Gilmour wrote in from United States  (64.58.nnn.nnn)

In the summer of 1975, I was 12, before I owned real slalom cones we used Baskin and Robbins pint ice cream cups doubled up. And would slalom on 57th street and I think Lexington down a slight grade with a sign that read “ Saving to travel to the olympics for slalom, looking for sponsorship ‘ and brokers would toss cash into a box . We figured it wouldn’t be long.

https://www.newtimes.co.rw/sports/road-paris-2024-games-starts-now-vows-skating-federation

Well it took a bit longer after July in 2024 I’d be racing at 61 years of age

 
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Happy New Year-n-Stuff!!!
On 1/2/2021 Pauliwog and Vic Smead Race Associates wrote in from (50.206.nnn.nnn)

Ugggghhhh, Hopefully we'll get to put on a Slalom event of some sort this year in Salem, Oregon or elsewhere for 2021!!!!

At least there's been skatepark and slalom riding in Corvallis, Oregon.

Skate On!!!!

 
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Hollow daze
On 12/24/2020 PSR wrote in from United States  (166.182.nnn.nnn)

Yet, somehow, no reference to CMC, nor Adam exists in this 'wonderland'? I know Karl is in Germany, Mig is stuck shoveling snow in Quebec, and I am waxing my Sno-Moto for the freshies left unused by Plankers, Boarders & fools. So, where did this Lead? I ask as a plead? Are we then Lost, and as such, about to be Tossed? Best ya'll gather about, and plan a redoubt.

Hope YOUR Christmas is better than mine (RAIN, high winds, kids stuck in Alabama, and watching the 30" of Powder desolve into Slush & mud. God, I do Do Hate the GOP 'PLAN' of 'early retirement'. It's too close to a COFFIN. "PSR"

 
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Tway's, The Night Before Xmas
On 12/24/2020 Sid Steesiks wrote in from (173.190.nnn.nnn)

Twas the night before christmas, when all through the Farm
Not a Downhillbilly was stirring, not even Marion Karr;
The bushings were placed in the Radikals with care,
In hopes that McCree soon would be there;

The skaters were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Fat Boy danced in their heads;
And Kenny in his spandex, and I with my rap,
Had enough of this Abec 11 Manufacturer's crap?

When up on the start ramp there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the curb to see what was the matter.
Away to the hill I flew like a flash,
Tore my achilles tendon and threw up from cheap hash.

The moon on the breast of the New England snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to bald heads below,
When, what to my wondering eyes was I facing,
But Hackett, oLsOn, and Black Leather Racing,

And a little old rider, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be Jack Smith.
More rapid than eagles his courses they set,
And he hooted, and hollered, and called them by name;

"Now, Gilmour! now, Tucker! now, Maysey and Joe!
On, ICK STICK! on AXE! on, WeFUNK and ROE!
To the top of the hill! to the top of the road!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away Goad!"

As dry leaves that before the wild Mollica fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, criddle to the sky,
So up to the hill-top the racers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Indys, and G.O.G.'s too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney Arab came with a bound.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And replaced all the bushings; then called me a jerk,
And laying his finger inside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he rode out of sight, "YOUR TRUCKS SUCK!"

 
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Slalom 'gatherings'
On 9/19/2020 PSR wrote in from United States  (166.182.nnn.nnn)

I think there's potential in this! I also liked Marc Dean's idea of combining both 'cone' events with DH/Butt-board-Luge, but, that may have to wait until Covid isn't 'The Issue'. In Boarder-Cross, on Snowboard, we also ran 'Citizen Slingshot' races, the most famous of such is/was Mt. Baker's Banked Slalom. I think That Venue (with, or w-out Banks) is worth looking at! The 'interaction' contact-point is, pretty much, the Start-Ramp, but, then, the filing-order into, & out-of such. I'm in VERMONT, the SAFEST STATE to be in. Why are we 'Safe'? No Bull, we wear masks, we keep a distance, we do Not Believe t-rump, at all. ZERO deaths for 2 months. The GOP can 'pretend' this is an anomaly, but it's REAL, and we're about 'this close' to becoming a new bit of Canada. Anyhow, YES, I think races can be held safely, using Correct (pre-T-rump!) CDC or Canadian Guidelines. Push the Culture Fore, and let's see?!

 
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What Gilmour 'sez
On 9/19/2020 Paul Howard wrote in from (50.206.nnn.nnn)

Yes, I agree. If this Covid-19 situation continues like this through next summer, I hope to put my annual slalom BBQ on but without the BBQ and BYOL instead of BBQ. Possibly make the event into an actual "race" instead of the usual non-race BBQ Slalom-All-Day-Session. Uggghhhh I'm tired of "not doing things", like slalom get-togethers.

 
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The perfect compact Covid-19 sport
On 9/2/2020 John Gilmour wrote in from (174.67.nnn.nnn)

With people staying at least a cone or two apart while walking up the hill, slalom without using ramps is the near perfect Covid Sport. All cones are sprayed with disinfectant prior to set up. A hand sanitizer at the bottom of the hill or a small songue with it on your hit and all cones can be reset cleanly. Or you could have cone marshalls. In a dual slalom the courses are always at least 6 feet apart of not 12 feet apart.

Cycling with drafting is not as safe, nor is downhill, certainly street skating does not encourage social distancing. Only slalom has regular markers to maintain easily verified safe distances.

With the reduced street traffic iits is almost ideal.

 
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DHB'ers
On 8/1/2020 Pauliwog wrote in from (50.206.nnn.nnn)

Mr Flea, -Yeppir those DHB'ers are pretty scarce nowadays-n-stuff. And yes, the 'Ol "Elevator Shaft" really IS gett'n repaved-n-junk. Adios

 
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Daddy back
On 7/30/2020 Flea wrote in from (174.111.nnn.nnn)

my danged ol back is done bout broked tryn ta dust the rust off this ol plum board. I heard they done put a new coat of black tarmack on ol hobby hill. dem DHB boys is a talkin but i don't spect much from thme anymore. they ben doing their outlaw practisin but thy dont lik sk8n in wif folks much these days and I cant blame um. times sure is a strange.

 
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Salem Slalom Resheduled,,,, Again.
On 6/14/2020 Pauliwog, Jr Asst to Vic Smead. wrote in from (50.206.nnn.nnn)

The Salem Slalom and Not-likely-BBQ(but maybe), is being re-scheduled again for Sept 2020. See the Contest Calender.
Thanks-Cascade Slalom Assoc.

 
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M. Dong, World Champ!
On 5/17/2020 PSR wrote in from United States  (166.181.nnn.nnn)

Micheal Dong!! OMG, I wanna let ya know, I still actively ride YOUR (as in Your, Personal, Game-winning board!) ROE S-Camber (Which, btw, Schwippert also used in Europe to win 'JR. World Champ' status) as my my 'go-to' Slalom practice board. It still has (drumroll...) your 50 grit Belt-Sander grip-tape on it!! I run a Radikal on the rear, and a Tracker RTS Monkey-Wrench (thanks, Eric W.!) up front, and either worn Avalons or Tunnel Rock STR's. It features a 'soft' plastic foot-stop (from a Burton baseplate toe-extension), and a lil' extra heel lift at the rear via Khiro/Richy's 'foam-wedge' sticky add-ons (tucked Under the belt-sander stuff). So, it's had 3 'World' medalists own/ride it, so far. Gareth put one outa-the-park with these, an Awesome Board to Romp upon! Now that Jack closed the Museum, I'm glad I kept it and ride it! It's WORTHY! All the best, Eric B.

 
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Salem Oregon Slalom rescheduled to July, for now....
On 5/3/2020 Vic Smead's Admin Clerk wrote in from (50.206.nnn.nnn)

Due to all those totally gross germy sick people worldwide with their totally gross germs worldwide, Vic is going to move the Salem Oregon Slalom "not-BBQ-for-now" to July 11th Satuday 2020 unless germs or something else get in the way again. There you have, almost straight from the director's mouth.

Thanks- Cascade Slalom Association and Vic Smead's combined Admin Dept.

 
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Hey back
On 3/4/2020 loneskater wrote in from (174.238.nnn.nnn)

Hi Mike! I still have the Comet Cross fat ass you sold me like a decade ago, it still works. Good to see you both are still around and healthy! I stop by from time to time myself, sort of like a ghost town sometimes. Still skating, just hurts a little more when I hammer in.

 
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Urethane Goodness
On 3/3/2020 Michael Dong wrote in from (50.35.nnn.nnn)

I just randomly visited NCDSA and I see John Gilmour as the most recent post! This site brings back MANY good memories of gliding on the smooth goodness of urethane wheels. Wishing everyone well.

 
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Winter cross training
On 2/21/2020 John Gilmour wrote in from (174.209.nnn.nnn)

https://www.aspentimes.com/news/local/aspen-skiing-co-says-ikon-pass-use-is-up-local-pass-use-down-so-far-this-season-2/

Free get training at aspen ajax and snowmass this Monday until
March. 1. Nationals held at snowmass.

 
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Fooey on the Krampus!
On 1/18/2020 Vic Smead wrote in from (50.206.nnn.nnn)

Krampus can "put up" and show up and ride in Salem, Oregon or Hockley(Houston) Texas or shut up!

Bleah!!!!!

 
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Death of slalom
On 12/25/2019 The Krampus wrote in from (172.58.nnn.nnn)

No more shimmy shimmy for you. You’ve all been bad.

 
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Sad, sad, sad, rain, rain, rain
On 9/15/2019 Stop Frivolous Lawsuits Panda wrote in from (50.206.nnn.nnn)

It's been a long very rainy day today with a LOT of rain forecast for the entire week and that makes me a v-e-r-y sad, sad Panda.

 
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Looking for slalom skate spot near UC Berkeley
On 9/2/2019 Orion wrote in from United States  (73.70.nnn.nnn)

Does anyone still looking at this forum know any safe slalom skate spots in the bay area, or know anyone that might know. Or know anyone that wants to skate with me and my brother. I am trying to prepare for the worlds this year. Also my instagram is @thatasiansurfer for anyone that wants to find me

 
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Salem, OR Nationals Loaner Setups
On 7/17/2019 Paul Howard wrote in from (50.206.nnn.nnn)

If you're thinking about and wanting to race the US Nationals in Salem Oregon Aug 3rd & 4th 2019 and but don't have anything to race on because your stuff was lost in fire, flood, etc, get ahold of me either with the email name-click-thingy or find me on the 'ol Facebook ahead of time and I can probably set you up with a complete that will get you through the race. Adios -PTH

 
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St Louis Slalom.............
On 5/30/2019 Pauliwog wrote in from (50.206.nnn.nnn)

AWESOME!!! Thanks to JBH, Goadster, the "Stevens" and all the Dagger crew for putting on that hootenanny, that was great meeting new faces and seeing again the old familiar faces. -PTH

 
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