I’ve added a slalom group here that includes Inline Skate, Skateboard and Skateluge. Slalom features a course dotted with cones. Racers ride through the cones, avoiding them as they ride against the clock. Slalom courses usually start with a ramp and are shorter than the “downhill” disciplines. Additionally, slalom tracks do not require steep hills and the associated safety preparations like hay bales, corner “marshalls” and an EMT unit on standby.
Slalom racing is a combination of rhythm and style. The shorter track and precise timing usually means winning can be by a hundreth of a second! Most Skateboard Slalom “jams” include a ramp and many cones with a “roll over” start and finish timer. Inline Skate Slalom is almost always a flatland start, however, giant slalom on a longer incline track is becoming more popular. The Skateluge Slalom track is typically a push start on moderate hills.
Most skateboard manufacturers make a “slalom model”. This is because Slalom Skateboarding enjoys a grass-roots following that has remained faithful to the sport. Many of these manufacturers are “old school” skaters who pumped a few cones back in the day and still keep the stoke alive.
The Slalom Skateboard comes in many shapes and sizes. The biggest difference between the Downhill Skateboard and the Slalom Skateboard is the placement of the skate “trucks” on the deck. The Slalom Skateboard usually places the deck on top of the truck baseplate, sometimes with a riser pad for more height. This gives the rider more leverage on the trucks for sharper and quicker turning. Additionally, the wheelbase on slalom skateboards is usually shorter than the downhill ‘boards.
Inline Skating embraced the cones from the start. The dance-like pass through the course requires serious concentration and is a real crowd pleaser. The Slalom Inline Skate typically has a shorter “blade” than skates used for DH and tend to be lighter weight. Slalom Skaters go for a harder wheel and are known to use different size wheels to alter the skate’s profile to the pavement. (called “rockering”).
The Skateluge was designed for sitting and riding. Skateluge Slalom was developed for those who find they can’t seem to stand on a skateboard. The Skateluge is less than 48″ and features an offset wheelbase the keeps the legs up when the rider is in the correct position. The Skateluge typically uses smaller (70mm) and softer wheels. Skateluge Slalom racers usually wear elbow pads and always wear a helmet and gloves.