Welcome to the ICF Canoe Slalom Event Website

This website contains information around all ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup races and ICF Canoe Slalom World Championchips.

What is Slalom?

Canoe Slalom is an exciting adrenaline fuelled sport, where the paddlers have to negotiate their way down a 300m white water rapid.

Paddlers race through a series of up to 25 gates, which are made up of red and green poles. The coloured poles determine the direction that the paddlers must past through gates. Paddlers have the challenge to race as fast as they can through the course of gates whilst battling with the challenging white water rapids of waves, stoppers and eddies to accomplish the quickest time. Paddlers are awarded time penalties of 2 seconds if they touch a gate and 50 seconds if they miss a gate altogether, which is added to their running time. The combined score of time and penalties determines the finish order.