Boulder, Colo. (PRWEB) November 12, 2012
The 2012 World Slackline Federation World Championships came to a close yesterday, where the leading slackliners from around the globe battled in three rounds of exhilarating competitions for the chance to take the sport’s top trophy and be named World Champion. Slacklining’s newest global victor is Lukas Huber, an athlete hailing from Italy and member of the Gibbon Slacklines international Pro Team. Hosted by Gibbon Slacklines USA and sponsored by Vibram USA, MadRock and Bridges Rock Gym, the competition took place at the Boston Ski & Snowboard Expo as the first World Slackline Championships to be held on U.S. soil. In addition to watching the world’s best pull their most impressive stunts, attendees of all ages had the opportunity to test their own talents on a slackline at the interactive slackline area and try this skyrocketing sport for themselves.
Earning the second, third and fourth place titles were Alex Mason of the United States, Igor Zambelli from Brazil and Toru Osugi from Japan. The leading eight slackline athletes have spent the past year training, traveling and competing around the world, which culminated at the World Championships this past weekend where they were judged on difficulty, creativity and performance.
“The World Championships is the largest slackline event of the year and we want to congratulate Lukas on being named the new World Champion,” said Emilio Torres, vice president of sales at Gibbon Slacklines. “The world-class athletes that competed this weekend are breathtaking to watch and demonstrate the highest level of this evolving sport, but what’s exciting for us at Gibbon is to see the slackliners in parks and backyards every day, aspiring to perform on this level as the sport continues to grow.”
For those unfamiliar with the sport, slacklining is the act of balancing, and for more advanced users, doing tricks on a flexible piece of webbing which is low to the ground and usually anchored between two trees. Slacklining has been seen everywhere from the Dew Tour to NBC’s “The Office” season nine premiere episode. Featured during her Super Bowl XLVI halftime show, slacklining has become a recent feature of Madonna’s current MDNA tour where three Gibbon athletes are performing with the Material Girl.
Gibbon is the world’s leading slackline manufacturer and is rapidly building the sport with its 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.
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