Gibbon Slacklines to Host WSFed Slackline World Championships at the 2013 GoPro Mountain Games

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Top slackline athletes from around the globe will compete for the title of World Champion in Vail, CO, June 8-9

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Gibbon Slacklines is pleased to announce they will be hosting the 2013 World Slackline Federation World Championships at the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, CO. Taking place June 8-9, the World Championships is a competition where the world’s top eight professional slackliners will battle head-to-head for the overall title of World Champion. Throughout the weekend, the Gibbon pros will thrill extreme sports lovers with an exhilarating highline demonstration and interactive area for attendees to try the sport out for themselves.

“The GoPro Mountain Games represents the best in extreme and adventure sports for amateurs and pros alike,” said Emilio Torres, vice president of sales at Gibbon Slacklines. “This is one of our most highly anticipated events where we
will not only experience the sport’s top athletes, but continue to introduce slacklining to thousands of outdoors lovers.”

Athletes vying for the top title include the current World Champion and number two ranked slackliner, athlete Lukas Huber from Italy, and 15 year-old Alex Mason, the number one slackliner in the world who represents the sport’s fastest growing demographic. Also competing will be Andy Lewis, the slackliner who became famous for his Super Bowl XLVI performance with Madonna, as well as Toru “Gappai” Osugi from Japan and Germany’s Benjamin Schmid.
On Friday, June 7, Gibbon will be hosting the Slackline Jam where 16 athletes will compete head-to-head for points in the world ranking. The World Championships will take place on Saturday and Sunday, and the interactive zone and highline demonstrations will take place throughout the entire weekend.

For the outdoor sports lovers unable to attend, NBC Sports will be featuring three different one-hour telecasts of the GoPro Mountain Games, including the slackline competitions, following the event. These are scheduled for Sunday, June 23 at 4 p.m. EST, Wednesday, July 2 at 4 p.m. EST and Wednesday, July 9 at 5 p.m. EST.

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. For more experienced slackliners, tricklining is executing different tricks, flips and jumps on the line while continually developing more creative moves with bigger air and advanced skill.

Slacklining is skyrocketing in popularity as an extreme sport, fitness trend and backyard activity for families thanks to global exposure during the Dew Tour, Madonna’s 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance and MDNA tour, NBC’s “The Office” and more. 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.

To learn more about Gibbon Slacklines, please visit http://www.gibbonslacklines.com/us and for more information about the GoPro Mountain Games, visit http://www.mountaingames.com/summer.

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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 3,000 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

About the Mountain Games
The Summer and Winter Mountain Games are projects of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on the Mountain Games, visit http://www.mountaingames.com/. The Vail Valley Foundation is dedicated to enriching the Vail Valley and sustaining its unique spirit through the delivery of unparalleled arts, world-class athletics and inspiring education programs throughout the community.

About GoPro
GoPro makes the world’s best selling and most versatile cameras, enabling people to capture immersive and engaging footage of themselves during their favorite activities. GoPro’s HERO line of wearable and gear mountable cameras are used collectively by more consumers, professional athletes, and video production professionals than any other camera in the world. Based in San Mateo, California, GoPro’s products are available in more than 30,000 stores in over 100 countries worldwide and direct via GoPro.com.

GOPRO®, HERO®, are trademarks or registered trademarks of Woodman Labs, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other company, product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their rightful owners.

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