2013 Whistler Longboard Festival - Day 1 - Jul 04, 2013
|Date:||Thursday, July 04, 2013|
|Where:||Whistler Sliding Centre|
Every summer Whistler welcome's some of the best longboarders in the world for the Whistler Longboard Festival. This 4 day festival takes place from July 4 - 7 and features events throughout Whistler.
The main event the Downhill Federation's World Cup attracts racers from all over the world looking to claim one of the sport's most prestigious titles. All of the downhill longboard events take place at the Whistler Sliding Centre where racers have to navigate down a 1.6km road that drops over 1000 vertical feet. This vicious course features seven 180 degree hairpin turns and 12 corners.
Riders will be reaching break neck speeds while racing in groups of 4 people at a time. Think of this sport as a mix of Formula 1 racing meets snowboard boardercross. Sometimes it's not the fastest person down the hill but the person who avoids the carnage that can take out a whole heat.
July 4 - Day 1
Day 1 of the Festival has the racers and volunteers checking in at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Racers will also be taking practice runs of the course from 9AM to 5PM. Spectators are welcome to come watch the practice runs if they like.