Slackline World Cup: Who to Watch

By Paige Browning

The Best Trick Competition kicked off the events at Hoopfest. Photo by Paige Browning.
The Best Trick Competition kicked off the events at Hoopfest. Photo by Paige Browning.

At the World Cup Slackline Series kicking off at Hoopfest, about 30 qualified athletes will compete for a cash prize. They'll go head-to-head in the Radio Flyer Meadows on Spokane Falls Boulevard.
 
Josh Greenwood (center) hanging out with other slackliners in Spokane. Photo by Paige Browning.The plucking sound of athletes bouncing on a slackline will be drowned out by the sounds of Hoopfest. But the athletes are here to focus. They’ll do a two-minute trick routine on a line made of two-inch wide webbing. Competitor and event MC Josh Greenwood says this sport is in its beginning stages.
 
Greenwood: “So it’s an exciting time to watch slacklining, because not all the tricks have been established," like a 900 rotation landed for the first time this past month.

Greenwood is ranked 9th in the world.  At the event, you’ll also see number one ranked Alex Mason, number two Toru Osugi and number three Andy Lewis, who performed with Madonna at Superbowl 2011.
 
Greenwood: “But then, you also have some of the younger slackliners and some of the international kids that just came out for this event, that are going to be surprising people.”

This includes three female competitors, three from Japan, and Spaniard Ione Candaso Frias on his first visit to the United States.

Photo: Josh Greenwood (center) hanging out with other slackliners in Spokane. Photo by Paige Browning.

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Schedule from Hoopfest website:
Thursday
6:00 pm - Best Trick Run
Friday
1:00 pm - Round 1
5:00 pm - Round 2
Saturday
11:00 am - Quarterfinals
1:00 pm - Semifinals
3:30 pm - Finals
Sunday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Demos and Interactive Area Open
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