Extreme slalom boating is a new modality in this whitewater sport, in which four athletes jump from a ramp - approximately 3 meters high - in a fight to achieve first place.
The tour is full of nuances that increase the difficulty of the competition, simultaneous turns, turns and jumps, which make this competition a delicious challenge for the most experienced kayakers.
Athletes have to cross rivers at full speed, overcoming fast waters, rocks, eddies. In slalom boating, paddle paddles are used and sit on an open boat. In kayaking, athletes use a double paddle paddle and sit in the cabin of their boat.
Each event began with qualifying heats. All athletes completed the course twice. The athlete with the best result in each heat advanced to the semifinal.
The athletes with the best time in the semifinal advanced to the final. The Extreme Canoe Slalom competition began with a pre-competition time trial stage, which allowed organizing participating athletes by time.
The format for time trials was one athlete at a time with no gates. Once the trials finished, the athletes passed on to the preliminary stage, where they qualified for the semifinals and then the final race. Before Lima 2019, Cuba led the medal list with 36 gold medals, followed by the United States with 25. The city of Lunahuaná in Cañete was the host of this Pan American sport.
Shovel: Flat and wide part of the oar.
Bow: Front end of the boat.
Ramp: Area where the water fall closes, generating a narrow tongue of water.
Stern: Rear end of the boat.
C2: Boat manned by two canoists
C4: Boat manned by four canoists.
K2: Boat manned by two kayakers
K4: Boat manned by four kayakers
Hundreds of years ago, the canoe was only used as a means of transport for hunting and fishing. Today, one of the extreme sports that most contacts you with nature develops on it. In the middle of the 19th century, the first official races began and the first World Rafting Championship was organized in Geneva 1949. At the beginning, the boating boats were constructed of canvas, and then made of glass fiber reinforced plastic. Nowadays, it is manufactured with ultralight materials such as carbon fiber or kevlar. She was admitted to the Pan American Games since Indianapolis 1987 and to the Olympic Games since Barcelona 1992.