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by Marcus Rietema
Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:00 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Euro Crazy Tour 08'
Replies: 0
Views: 1733

Euro Crazy Tour 08'

Euro Crazy Tour 08’ I’m beginning to organize my fourth annual Euro Crazy Tour where we ride the rails, hit all of the IGSA World Cup races and tour many of the great cities in Europe. We’ll use Eurail and Inter Rail Passes, camp out and stay in cheap hotels in the cities. Having fun and riding our ...
by Marcus Rietema
Sat Feb 02, 2008 7:47 pm
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 US Nationals Proposed Racing Format
Replies: 65
Views: 42874

Jack, I think this is an outstanding proposal! I'm looking forward to trying it out at Johnny's race. The only thing I think should be added is that all ties in the final standings should be broken by qualifying times. A top, consistent pro should run both courses before the race so they can be adju...
by Marcus Rietema
Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:57 am
Forum: 2008 World Championships - Gothenburg, Sweden
Topic: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF SLALOM SKATEBOARDING, GOTHENBURG, 1-3
Replies: 148
Views: 82383

Stoked to race in Gothenburg this summer!!!
by Marcus Rietema
Fri Jan 11, 2008 6:40 am
Forum: North America
Topic: [2008] US Nationals
Replies: 56
Views: 36724

Tentative Dates for 2008 US Nationals: July 18, 19 and 20th. More info soon. Really bummed I won't be able to race the Nationals this year. That date is right in the middle of all the European Downhill World Cups and only two weeks before the Worlds in Gothenburg. At least the Swedish date doesn't ...
by Marcus Rietema
Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:36 pm
Forum: 2009 Contest Calendar
Topic: 2008 IGSA World Cup Downhill Schedule
Replies: 15
Views: 14516

2008 IGSA World Cup Downhill Schedule

Here are the confirmed 2008 IGSA World Cup Downhill events. We are still working on up to six additional World Cup races. Additional information on each event will be released soon. 2008 IGSA World Cup Schedule Date- Event- Location Mar 7-9, Newton's Playground, Bathurst, Australia Jul 9-12, French ...
by Marcus Rietema
Wed Oct 24, 2007 7:43 pm
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update -- Section 11 (Contest Director)
Replies: 7
Views: 5038

I would like to see a more detailed spec of what we demand of an event depending on status. For example I think Major/Main events should be forced to have cone judges and a head cone judge. We also have a very good documentation of how conejudging should work with panels they show with a number of ...
by Marcus Rietema
Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules update -- Section 9 (Technical Specs)
Replies: 106
Views: 65970

Marcus R- Your input obviously comes from experience with an organisation who is further down the road than we are! Great advice...we do end up 'making-do' a lot, but it is hard to get everything right and won't be an overnight change. Its taken years to get to the level of uniformity we have now w...
by Marcus Rietema
Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:28 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules update -- Section 9 (Technical Specs)
Replies: 106
Views: 65970

If slalom is ever going to grow, we need to package it properly so that event promoters can work with the ISSA to create a successful event. As long as we are relying on racers to organize the events, this sport will grow little from where it currently sits. The ISSA needs to be well respected by bo...
by Marcus Rietema
Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:16 am
Forum: 2009 Contest Calendar
Topic: 2008 Contest Calender - soon please
Replies: 18
Views: 14465

Wesley Tucker wrote:Marcus, We'll do this next week as soon as the Board elections are over.
Is the 2008 Contest Calender heading going to be added soon?
by Marcus Rietema
Sat Oct 20, 2007 4:24 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update -- Section 5 (RACE RUNS)
Replies: 84
Views: 44672

Open and Pro is a racer's decision. It is inappropriate to force anyone to race one way or the other. But once a racer decides to go pro then the racer stays pro. A competitor cannot go back and forth between racing for money or not racing for money. And I'll say this: slalom skateboarding has been...
by Marcus Rietema
Sat Oct 20, 2007 3:21 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update -- Section 5 (RACE RUNS)
Replies: 84
Views: 44672

I feel it would be good to have separate rules for the Amateur/Open classes from the Pros with respect to DQ penalties.. Since the Ams/Open racers are there for recreation and most of them need all of the practice they can get, they should get a 1.5 penalty for a DQ. It's important for them to get ...
by Marcus Rietema
Sat Oct 20, 2007 2:57 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update - Section 3 (Equipment)
Replies: 124
Views: 60016

Marcus, I now realize that it probably sounds as if I was attacking you or your ideas, when I actually agree with most all of your ideas. I just would hate to see you going down the path of "solving" problems that don't exist. Please don't bite on the fairing thing. It is a complete and total non-i...
by Marcus Rietema
Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:15 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update -- Section 5 (RACE RUNS)
Replies: 84
Views: 44672

Suggestions with gates in the H2H: 1st run: The gates open for the riders at the same time 2nd run: The gate open for the faster rider from the first run bofore the gate of the slower. It makes it easy for the audience to understand and if they run clean the audience see who won when they go over t...
by Marcus Rietema
Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:12 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update - Section 3 (Equipment)
Replies: 124
Views: 60016

Here is my proposed "Toe stop" question. The wording revises the vertical plane wording that could prove problematic when using toe blocks made from soft materials like C-Block. Should the following rule be included? TOE STOPS: “Toe stops are allowed. They must not wrap over, trap or affix the rider...
by Marcus Rietema
Sat Oct 20, 2007 12:49 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update - Section 3 (Equipment)
Replies: 124
Views: 60016

Re: Wording of the Safety equipment section.

(B) PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT a) HELMET: No restrictions b) SHOES: One shoe worn on each foot c) ADDITIONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT: Knee pads, elbow pads, gloves, etc are allowed. I would like the wording changed somewhat on a) HELMET Something like: a) HELMET: Required. The goal of the re-wording is to r...
by Marcus Rietema
Sat Oct 20, 2007 12:33 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update - Section 3 (Equipment)
Replies: 124
Views: 60016

Good job Marcus ... this looks very close to complete and unbiased choices for the vote. Only 1 item missing that I saw, in relation to the foot-stop: I think the toe stop thing can be regulated by: "Must not break the vertical plane" as in NOT wrapping over on top of the foot. I don't run one, but...
by Marcus Rietema
Sat Oct 20, 2007 12:23 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update - Section 3 (Equipment)
Replies: 124
Views: 60016

Marcus, I have to run to the bank right now and I'm like two sentences into the rules and I'm already wondered who, when and where it was suggested that fairings not be allowed or things that alter the flex characteristics of of a deck not be allowed? Whay the hell not? What specific decks are we t...
by Marcus Rietema
Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:43 pm
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update - Section 3 (Equipment)
Replies: 124
Views: 60016

Okay, here is my first shot at a ballot for the technical rules. I've tried to take in everybody's arguments that I've seen this far. If you see something that needs to be added or changed I'm sure you'll let me know. Time for me to drive to San Diego and actually ride a skateboard!!! Please choose...
by Marcus Rietema
Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:07 pm
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update Section 2 (Introduction)
Replies: 6
Views: 3540

Since the rules and regulations have a direct effect on race results and ultimately the World Rankings they should stay the same for the entire calender year. This way the points champion is determined using the same rules for all events. Do we crown World Points Champions each year? If we don't, we...
by Marcus Rietema
Fri Oct 19, 2007 7:24 pm
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update - Section 3 (Equipment)
Replies: 124
Views: 60016

As far as ISSA in concerned the "six wheel issue" is settled until December 31, 2007. We decided through the end of this year race organizers had the discretion to allow or disallow a six-wheeled skateboard. So, by me calendar, we have 73 days to determine and ratify a rule for the 2008 season and ...
by Marcus Rietema
Fri Oct 19, 2007 6:41 pm
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update - Section 3 (Equipment)
Replies: 124
Views: 60016

i strongly support what marcus pointed out. it is very important to keep the basic rules simple and understandable. his proposals were very overseeable and understandable,whereas your(pat) ruleset is more than irritating. chaput made his points too and they seem also to be just. please keep this si...
by Marcus Rietema
Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:15 pm
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update -- Section 5 (RACE RUNS)
Replies: 84
Views: 44672

Suggestions with gates in the H2H: 1st run: The gates open for the riders at the same time 2nd run: The gate open for the faster rider from the first run bofore the gate of the slower. It makes it easy for the audience to understand and if they run clean the audience see who won when they go over t...
by Marcus Rietema
Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:28 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update -- Section 5 (RACE RUNS)
Replies: 84
Views: 44672

I feel it would be good to have separate rules for the Amateur/Open classes from the Pros with respect to DQ penalties.. Since the Ams/Open racers are there for recreation and most of them need all of the practice they can get, they should get a 1.5 penalty for a DQ. It's important for them to get i...
by Marcus Rietema
Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:23 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: A Little Guidance From the FIS
Replies: 52
Views: 24275

I feel it would be good to have separate rules for the Amateur/Open classes and rules for the Pros. Since the Ams/Open racers are there for recreation and most of them need all of the practice they can get, they should get a 1.5 penalty for a DQ. It's important for them to get in all of their race r...
by Marcus Rietema
Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:36 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update - Section 3 (Equipment)
Replies: 124
Views: 60016

C) The equipment deviates from our ideal, goal, or aesthetic vision of what skateboard slalom racing should be. This is opening a whole new can of worms!!! Has our "ideal, goal or aesthetic vision" of slalom skateboard racing ever been formally written down, received input from marketing profession...
by Marcus Rietema
Fri Oct 19, 2007 7:57 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update - Section 3 (Equipment)
Replies: 124
Views: 60016

Re: Proto's - Testing.

How long can a manufacturer deem testing. They've been out over a year. Put 'em on the market. No one is talkng about banning inovation. We are talking abot everyone being able to race slalom on an even level. It's no different then anything else. What if Chris puts them on the market at $1000 a wh...
by Marcus Rietema
Thu Oct 18, 2007 5:46 pm
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: A Little Guidance From the FIS
Replies: 52
Views: 24275

A Little Guidance From the FIS

Follow this link to see a copy of the FIS rulebook (International Ski Federation) who governs the World Cup, Olympics and all major ski racing events around the world. They preside over Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G and Downhill. This is a very detailed rulebook and more than the ISSA needs to worry...
by Marcus Rietema
Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:33 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update - Section 3 (Equipment)
Replies: 124
Views: 60016

I think that we go through the rules proposals line by line and identify the controversial ones. Next we put them into the proper format and let the membership vote with multiple choices. EXAMPLE The answers would be comprised of: (A) Pat proposal, (B) Chaput proposal (C) Marcus proposal I believe a...
by Marcus Rietema
Thu Oct 18, 2007 8:47 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update - Section 3 (Equipment)
Replies: 124
Views: 60016

I believe rules should be as simple as possible. ....... Here are my proposed equipment rules: Initial take on this proposal: 1) Too much emphasis on specifying exact wheel (size) and bearing (type and size). 2) "Riding in standing position" is a technique, not an equipment rule. 3) Increased empha...
by Marcus Rietema
Thu Oct 18, 2007 7:15 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update - Section 3 (Equipment)
Replies: 124
Views: 60016

I believe rules should be as simple as possible. Rule books should be updated on a yearly basis. In my experience they are dynamic and ever changing as new situations arise and equipment trends change. I feel the safety specifications are quite relaxed and should be improved in the future. At least ...
by Marcus Rietema
Thu Oct 18, 2007 6:01 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update - Section 3 (Equipment)
Replies: 124
Views: 60016

If you have an alternative proposal for the "Equipment" section, please post it here and then we can include it in the voting that will certainly be required to resolve this controversial section of the rules. (This applies to anyone) Thanks for the clarification Pat. I'll put something together. I...
by Marcus Rietema
Thu Oct 18, 2007 5:13 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update - Section 3 (Equipment)
Replies: 124
Views: 60016

1. EQUIPMENT 1.1. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT Helmet Shoes Skateboard Deck (rigid or semi-rigid flat platform for the feet) This rule makes concave and kicktails illegal! 4 Wheels This specific rule should be voted on by the membership! At least one lean-to-steer mechanism attaching the wheels to the deck T...
by Marcus Rietema
Thu Oct 18, 2007 2:34 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: 2008 ISSA Rules Update - Section 3 (Equipment)
Replies: 124
Views: 60016

1. EQUIPMENT 1.1. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT Helmet Shoes Skateboard Deck (rigid or semi-rigid flat platform for the feet) This rule makes concave and kicktails illegal! 4 Wheels This specific rule should be voted on by the membership! At least one lean-to-steer mechanism attaching the wheels to the deck Th...
by Marcus Rietema
Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:26 pm
Forum: ISSA
Topic: [2006] Time to make the Changes
Replies: 21
Views: 20434

Thanks for your responses Peter and Rick! The internet is very powerful tool that promoters of slalom events aren't using to its' full potential. The Maryhill Festival of Speed was one of our most successful events of 2007. It was a first year event in 2007 and was promoted by one guy who worked ver...
by Marcus Rietema
Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:50 am
Forum: ISSA
Topic: [2006] Time to make the Changes
Replies: 21
Views: 20434

I'm 42 years old and after years of skating bowls, downhill and freestyle I decided to give slalom a try this year. I had an enormous amount of fun and met a lot of great people along the way. Thanks to Richy Carrasco and Sk8 Kings, I was even able to have some modest success when I finished 11th at...
by Marcus Rietema
Fri Oct 12, 2007 3:50 am
Forum: Brasil
Topic: The winning runs of Kako Max are here
Replies: 30
Views: 12145

All I saw were positives in those videos. I saw more spectators and sponsors at that contest than I saw at the Nationals and the Worlds combined! The street was nice and wide with perfect looking pavement. There was a start ramp and even nice barricades lining the entire course for crowd control. I ...
by Marcus Rietema
Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:43 pm
Forum: 2009 Contest Calendar
Topic: 2008 Contest Calender - soon please
Replies: 18
Views: 14465

Re: Status for races in 2008

Status can only be assigned once there is an application received. I have received no applications for 2008 yet..... So it is not just ISSA, but the race organizers who need to act now. EVERYONE including the ISSA and the organizers need to get on this! I also think that a contest shouldn't receive...
by Marcus Rietema
Wed Oct 10, 2007 7:12 pm
Forum: 2009 Contest Calendar
Topic: 2008 Contest Calender - soon please
Replies: 18
Views: 14465

Thanks for the response Wesley! I'll be looking forward to seeing that heading. In the future, the upcoming years Contest Calender heading should be up by Aug 1st. We should have a good idea of when and where the big events will be for the upcoming season by October 30 or earlier. Organizers and ska...
by Marcus Rietema
Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:41 pm
Forum: 2009 Contest Calendar
Topic: 2008 Contest Calender - soon please
Replies: 18
Views: 14465

2008 Contest Calender - soon please

Please add a 2008 Contest Calender heading to this forum. The time to be putting the 2008 season together is now! There is a big race currently being organized in Bathurst, Australia for March 7-9, 2008 that will feature a GS and Hybrid along with an IGSA World Cup Downhill. There will be prize mone...
by Marcus Rietema
Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:12 pm
Forum: Brasil
Topic: Slalom in Brazil
Replies: 0
Views: 1319

Slalom in Brazil

Was this event included in the 2007 ISSA Calender? I couldn't find it if it was. I know these guys if the ISSA needs help working with them.

http://www.silverfishlongboarding.com/a ... de-slalom/
by Marcus Rietema
Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:49 pm
Forum: 2008 World Championships - Gothenburg, Sweden
Topic: 2008 World Championships - when is it?
Replies: 16
Views: 9847

Hopefully I'll hear from the organizers in Sweden soon so we don't end up with a conflict. Dom told me he plans to race some downhill next year... Martin Siegrist complained to me last year about the conflict. I would like to skate at the Slalom World's again too so I guess that makes at least four ...
by Marcus Rietema
Fri Oct 05, 2007 9:01 am
Forum: ISSA Rules & Discussion
Topic: IGSA rulebook - ISSA rulebook
Replies: 10
Views: 5358

A rules committee should be organized that includes people who understand slalom racing and event promoters who understand what is needed to organize a successful event. This committee should then go over the current rulebook with a fine tooth comb and identify any changes or additions that may be r...
by Marcus Rietema
Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:22 am
Forum: 2008 World Championships - Gothenburg, Sweden
Topic: 2008 World Championships - when is it?
Replies: 16
Views: 9847

i spoke with henrik 2 days ago me and them we will try to set both events one week apart late july/early august. them doing the worlds and me doing the invitational. talks have to be done with the city,a bit of patience is appreciated. We have an IGSA World Cup event already confirmed in Thalgau, A...
by Marcus Rietema
Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:26 pm
Forum: 2008 World Championships - Gothenburg, Sweden
Topic: 2008 World Championships - when is it?
Replies: 16
Views: 9847

Hey Marcus! Thanks for finally taking care of this! I just checked the IGSA 2007 worldranking and found myself on rank 50 :-) Looking forward to next year's DH races! rmn Hey Ramon! Great seeing you in Statesville! I want to ensure that skaters like you can crossover and do both downhill and slalom...
by Marcus Rietema
Thu Oct 04, 2007 10:17 pm
Forum: 2008 World Championships - Gothenburg, Sweden
Topic: 2008 World Championships - when is it?
Replies: 16
Views: 9847

2008 World Championships - when is it?

Has the date been set for the 2008 World Championships yet in Gothenburg? If at all possible I would like to ensure that it doesn't conflict with any of our IGSA World Cup Downhill events. We are in the process of finalizing our 2008 schedule so now is time for us to work on this.