Riks Banked Slalom
It was Anders Neuman, the editor at Transition Magazine, who came up with the idea of Riks Banked Slalom. The concept already existed, as mentioned, in many other places in the world. The most famous Banked Slalom competition in the world is that in Mount Baker, USA. It’s also called Legendary Banked Slalom and has been running since 1985. The competition was created by board builder Tom Sims, among others. Apart from making his own boards he also won the first event. Famous snowboarders like Craig Kelly, Terje Håkonsen, Shaun Palmer, Maëlle Ricker, Xavier de la Rue, Victoria Jealouse and many others have entered the Legendary Banked Slalom and won. Being able to turn has always been an important part of snowboarding. Just being able to get down the mountain. But sometimes this has been put in the shadows by jumps and tricks and rails.
– When we started Riks Banked Slalom 60 people entered. Now there are several hundred, says Anders Neuman when we have a chat.
– These days skiers from other countries participate as well. Ages range from, like, nine-year-olds to OAPs. Also, out of 300 contestants, 120 were girls. That’s pretty cool.
– The first snowboarders are becoming grandparents, says Neuman and smiles. They want their kids and grandkids to love riding just like they did themselves back in the day.