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History of

Canoe / Kayak Slalom

As with canoe sprint, canoe slalom also utilises canoes and kayaks, however, there are some significant differences. The sport was modelled from ski slalom and began in Switzerland in 1932. In its early days, it was first performed on flat water, but later switched to white water rapids.

Variety of Crafts

While canoe slalom basically uses the same type of craft as canoe sprint, the boats are designed differently. While in canoe sprint, the boats are long and streamlined, in canoe slalom, the boats are small, light and agile, allowing for greater manoeuvrability through the rapids.

First Competition

Canoe slalom became popular shortly before World War II, with the first known competition occurring in 1933. The first International Federation to govern canoeing was the Internationale Repräsentantschaft für Kanusport (IRK) founded in 1924. After World War II, this organisation was succeeded by the International Canoe Federation (ICF), which governs both canoe sprint and canoe slalom as well as six other canoeing disciplines. It is located in Lausanne.