Gibbon Brings Thrilling Sport of Slacklining to the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo in Denver

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Slacklining makes a exciting return to the Expo with the world’s top slackliners, a professional competition and an interactive area

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You’ve seen the sport of slacklining everywhere from parks and backyards to Madonna’s Super Bowl stage, and it’s soon headed to the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo. Taking place on November 1-4, 2012, Gibbon Slacklines will be hosting a Slackline Open and an interactive area at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Twenty-four of the world’s top slackline athletes will battle head-to-head, showcasing their most impressive flips, tricks and jumps on the 48-foot long and two-inch wide piece of flexible webbing called a slackline. Sponsored by Vibram USA, the competitions will take place on November 2-4, and the interactive slackline area will be set up throughout the Expo for attendees to test their own balance while “walking the line.”

“We have seen incredible growth for the sport this year,” said Emilio Torres, vice president of sales at Gibbon Slacklines. “Gibbon has been traveling all across the U.S. hosting professional slackline competitions and teaching people what the sport is all about, and we’re happy to be hosting the Open in Gibbon’s home state of Colorado. Three years ago, the Denver Ski and Snowboard Expo was one of the first events to include slacklining and it’s amazing to see how much the sport has developed since then.”

The 24 pro slackliners will be competing in Denver for points in the world ranking for 2013. Round one of the competition will take place on Friday, November 2 at 4 p.m., with the second round at 8 p.m. On Saturday, the two quarterfinal rounds will take place at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The semifinals and final rounds will happen Sunday at 2 p.m.
Following the Slackline Open in Denver, Gibbon will be hosting the World Slackline Federation World Championships at The Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo on November 10-11, 2012, where the overall title of World Champion will be decided.

For those unfamiliar with the sport, slacklining is the act of balancing along a narrow, flexible piece of webbing which is low to the ground and usually anchored between two trees. Slacklining has become a recent feature of Madonna’s current MDNA tour where three Gibbon athletes are performing with the Material Girl. NBC’s “The Office” also recently featured the sport during their season nine premiere episode.

Gibbon is the world’s leading slackline manufacturer and is rapidly building the sport with their top-level pro team and by hosting competitions across the U.S. Gibbon’s easy-to-use equipment makes the sport accessible for anyone, from athletes to families, and has evolved slacklining into a cross-trainer, backyard activity, fitness trend and sport all of its own.

For more information about Gibbon Slacklines, please visit http://www.gibbonslacklines.com/us.

About Gibbon Slacklines USA
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Gibbon Slacklines USA is the exclusive North American distributor for Gibbon Slacklines. Gibbon Slacklines are a fun and accessible way to increase balance, build muscle, and rehabilitate injuries.

Gibbon Slacklines are available at over 1,700 retailers across the U.S. The company holds slacklining competitions across North America and sponsors a group of athletes to travel the country introducing and teaching the sport of slacklining. For more information about Gibbon Slacklines or the sport of slacklining, visit http://www.gibbonslacklines.com/us

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