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⚜ Slalom St. Louis the 14th ⚜
23 Registered Contestants.
Event Date and Time: Saturday, May 28, 2016  09:00
Event Duration: Two days
Location: Tower Grove Park, St. Louis, MO
Entry: Open
Helmets: Mandatory
Organizer: STL Daggers
Map: Click here for online map
Entry Fee: $60.00
Contest Info: Slalom St. Louis the 14th has received a MAIN status from the International Slalom Skateboarding Association.

Click one of the buttons below to pay online via PayPal or Dwolla (new!).


Slalom St. Louis Event Page on Facebook


All races will be held on the "Turkish Pavilion" hill at Tower Grove Park (RED line on the Google map). It's an S-shaped street with a mellow slope but plenty of speed. We’ll also have our usual Friday late-afternoon fun session (not a race, just a session for those who are interested) for anyone who just wants to meet up and hang out. Friday's fun session will be on a different hill, a little further east in the park (YELLOW line on map).

DUAL-LANE TIGHT SLALOM (Saturday): Tight-ish slalom, approx. 70 cones.
SINGLE-LANE GIANT SLALOM (Sunday): approx. 30 cones.
SINGLE-LANE HYBRID (Sunday): somewhere between 40 and 60 cones.

All races on both days will use a standard start ramp, but those who need it will be allowed a limited push start.

FRIDAY, MAY 27, we have two things going on:

1. An afternoon/evening outlaw session at "Spot 2," a mellow hill near the east end of Tower Grove Park. Single lane, no timer, just for fun. To work out the kinks after your travel or just hang out, stop by any time after 5:30 p.m.
2. If you'd rather ride some transition, the Peter Mathews Memorial Skate Garden (built by local skaters with help from Team Pain 'crete gurus) is maybe 1.5 miles away.

View of Friday hill (from top):

SATURDAY, MAY 28, we plan a dual-lane 68-cone race. Cone spacing will be tight-ish, between 6 and 7 feet.

NOTE: The race hill is NOT steep. This race will reward anyone who can generate his/her own speed. So practice your pumping skills, cuz you’re gonna use them!

Here’s a brief video of what the hill at Tower Grove looks like:

SUNDAY, MAY 29, will be single-lane GS and single-lane Hybrid. Courses will emphasize speed and fun—makeable for newbies, challenging for experts to go fast on. In each race, you’ll get a minimum of three runs; the combined times of each racer’s two fastest runs will be used to determine the winner.

Trackmate timing system, using RANDOM beep for dual-lane racing, NON-random beep for single-lane.

Free food for racers on both Saturday and Sunday!

As in the past couple of years, we'll have a DIY food spread where you can make your own PB&J sammich, or grab a donut, a banana or other fresh fruit, ice water or Gatorade-type drinks. On Sunday every racer will get their choice of wrap (turkey, roast beef or veggie), hand-prepared by "Dagger Kitchens, Inc.," i.e., Laura Graf, Mary Hessler Goad or some combination of the above, plus chips and/or other munchies.

We'll have a portable restroom (with sink) at top of course, plus public restroom about 300 yards away; plenty of shade from the park's many trees; event-only pavilion with picnic tables and water pump 50 yards from top of the course.


At Tower Grove, there's room for about 8-10 cars near the barricades at the top of the course, and there's plenty more room to park on South East Drive, just on the other side of Central Cross Drive. See map for details.

Decent asphalt, good runout at the bottom--no footbraking required.

Top three Pro finishers in each event will win CA$H money as follows:
1st place: At least $200.00
2nd place: At least $100.00
3rd place: At least $50.00

Top three OVERALL*** finishers in each division will receive a custom trophy, handmade by one of the Daggers. And of course we will have numerous other prizes from many amazing companies that support slalom and other forms of skateboarding – and maybe even a surprise or two. Stay tuned...

***OVERALL placing (total of both Saturday and Sunday) will be calculated by official ISSA rules, which assign a point value to each racer’s placing. Note: We're working on creating an automatic calculation of the overall results so we don't end up finishing in the dark. (D'oh!)

The "bad" news: There is no "official" race hotel. The good news: There are plenty of other hotels in and around the area, including the following:

Only a couple of miles from Tower Grove Park is Red Roof Inn. About $89/night.

The Pear Tree Inn in Fenton About 10 miles west of Tower Grove Park, but it's a quick 10 miles, straight in on I-44.

The Drury Inn and Suites in Fenton Literally next door to the Pear Tree Inn, with a few more amenities. See Hotel Special Services for more details.

One other option: You can often get a really nice hotel within 5 miles of the park for less than $100 on Priceline or Hotwire. Just specify downtown or Union Station as the area.

Finally, a small number of racers may be able to find a place to stay with one of the Daggers. If finding a place to crash will make the difference between coming and not coming, let us know, and we'll try to work something out.

In the event of the "R" word, we have three options:
1) Cancel the race (nooooooo!)
2) Race anyway (rain or shine), or
3) Move the race to an "undisclosed location" somewhere out of the rain.

In the race organizers' opinion, Option #1 just totally sucks; Option #2 is pretty darn unworkable, so it's not REALLY an option. Which leaves us with Option #3: If we get dumped on, we will attempt to move the race either to a parking garage downtown (location TBA). It would result in a much different race than at Tower Grove, but we’d give it a shot. No guarantees, though.

If we get just a little rain, we may be able to dry the course with some help from Mother Nature--and a propane torch, as shown in this photo of the one and only Clifton Jennings:


Free T-shirt for every racer!

Free BBQ immediately after SATURDAY's race. All you'll have to do is walk over to the Turkish Pavilion, sit down and chow down!

Once again, Char-Master Goad will be holding it down on the grill.

Location of awards ceremony after Sunday’s race TBA.

Turkish Pavilion

Assorted images from previous years:

Trophies from 2015 race



2011 trophy


Deron “D-Ron” Rehma. Photo: Scott Spaeth

Paul Price and Chris Doan. Photo: Kevin Kissel

David Tolley (almost) gets a trim from his son Evan.


"Best Beef" trophy with its owner, Tom Mangelsdorf

2008 Trophies
2008 trophies


2007 trophy


2006 trophies

Plus other cool stuff – stay tuned!
1st Place Finisher: Ethan White
2nd Place Finisher: Jonathan Harms
3rd Place Finisher: Paul Price
Overall Results: 1 Ethan White
2 Jonathan Harms
3 Paul Price
4 Steve Pederson
5 Keith Hollien
6 Brad Burnell
7 Keenan Thompson
8 Tom Weisenbach
9 Marcos Soulsby-Monroy
10 Nate Favero
11 Chris Favero
12 Paul Graf
13 Jeremy Coffman
14 David Tolley
15 Kevin Stallings
16 Paul Adams
17 Jeff Goad
18 Steven Lewis
19 Glenn Bukowsky
20 Brenden Cerney
21 Scott Kamins
22 Madison Prez
23 Matt Tabor
24 Joyce Wheldrake
25 Tod Oles (HS and GS only)
26 Reuben Wielms (HS and GS only)
27 Jonathan Seeger (TS only)
28 Rachel Wittrock (HS only)

Registered Contestants (23) -- ⚜ Slalom St. Louis the 14th ⚜
Name Home City Sponsors Bio Comment Date Submitted
1. Steve Pederson Minneapolis, MN  P A V E L      5/8/2016 6:53:33 PM 
2. Jonathan Harms Saint Louis  JBH/PG  That guy with the megaphone  Welcome back, my friends, to the race that never ends (so far)  5/9/2016 5:49:18 AM 
3. Keenan Thompson MPLS  Rolling Tree, Chuch Crew, International Workers of the World  I've been told that my "party skills" are appreciated. You guys know what I'm talking about. 🤗  I come for that awesome quinoa and jicama salad that Harms whips up every year.   5/9/2016 7:42:52 AM 
4. Brad Burnell Rockford IL  Don't Trip      5/9/2016 8:11:01 AM 
5. Tom Weisenbach Lexington Ky.        5/9/2016 4:24:52 PM 
6. Jeremy Coffman LOUISVILLE  ???  Proving you can still suck no matter what life throws at you. Stomach issues, broken foot, gimp knee, going blind. I'm still sucking at skateboarding.  Lion's Choice roast beef, Silver Ballroom Australian meat pies, fried ravioli, Imo's pizza, egg fu yung sandwiches, bbq  5/9/2016 7:19:47 PM 
7. Joyce Wheldrake Toronto Ontario Canada  me myself and i  Tenth year in Slalom Skateboard Racing...  Cant wait to try to skate that tight coarse again clean...  5/11/2016 8:42:02 PM 
8. Dave Larson Minneapolis MN      Going as Steve Pedersons board caddy and bushing consultant.  5/12/2016 9:54:11 AM 
9. Eddy Martnez Harlingen, Texas   Pavel, Pro-Designed ,Texas Outlaws   This rider is as OG as they come. Moth Balls  St louis Daggers. Rock   5/12/2016 10:12:57 AM 
10. Scott Kamins Juanconda IL  The heart beat of america  A true C class hero coming all the way out from Chicago. By fare one of the fiercest of racers on circuit today. Dont underestimate this racers race instinct or you would surely lose. Buyer Be Ware!!!!  Gonna be a good weekend.  5/12/2016 11:34:03 AM 
11. Brenden Cerndizzle libertyville  Green room  Where's that glorious bearded fella with the pbr?  Reflections off this pale face round eye may cause temporary blindness  5/12/2016 1:57:28 PM 
12. David Tolley Huntington WV  Marc's board shop and Marla  This beard ain't getting any silver'r
Blank  5/12/2016 3:23:58 PM 
13. Steven Lewis St.Louis MO  Me myself and I       5/12/2016 5:39:17 PM 
14. Keith Hollien Gainesville, FL    Keith Hollien Signature Series, Radikal Trucks, FreeRide Skate & Surf Shop, AXE-ARMY & Sk8Kings and Oust Bearings.   Skateboarding for 52 years and Slalom Skateboarding for 40 years.  5/16/2016 8:32:45 AM 
15. Paul Price Park City, UT  Pavel Racing, www.utahpowdertours.com  Stoked to be skateboarding again this year.    5/17/2016 9:10:49 AM 
16. Paul Adams New Orleans  Texas Outlaws (NOLA Chapter)  This year I'm going to make it to that brewery and get a nice cold mug of America    5/18/2016 5:22:23 AM 
17. Madison Prez New Orleans  Texas Outlaws (NOLA Chapter)      5/18/2016 5:25:42 AM 
18. Nate Favero ChiXill  FBR  19 yo. My first race was St. Louis in 05  Off the couch, again.  5/19/2016 7:59:02 AM 
19. Chris Favero ChiXill  FBR  Can't stop, won't stop!  Need a shoe buddy. Size thirteen, regular, prefer a non-puffy tongue.  5/19/2016 8:00:57 AM 
20. Marcos Soulsby-Monroy League City    MMM skateboarding.   Disavowed  5/20/2016 8:59:03 PM 
21. Paul Graf Alton, IL  JBH/PG Inc    Now where did I put my slalom board? I haven't seen it for at least a year.  5/23/2016 10:55:43 AM 
22. Ethan White Columbus ohio  Pavel, Abec 11 , thriller miller, Mollica, Black Leather Racing    Let's race 🏁  5/24/2016 6:09:28 PM 
23. gOAd gOAd STL  Race founder, contrarian, livestreamer  Signed up by JBH  5/25/2016 1:47:27 PM 

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