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Slam Festival: The First North American Championships for River Surfing

Starting July 15th until July 23rd, the Alberta River Surfing Association and Surf Anywhere, will be throwing the first North American Championships for River Surfing.

Presented by Quicksilver, Slam Festival is a nine-day event which celebrates all things surf, music, and art. Surfers and attendees alike can expect to be fully drenched in the surfing culture as the festival celebrates the roots of the river surfing community.

To start things off on Saturday from 1 pm to 3 pm, at the Huntington Hills Skate Park, a Bowl Jam will be held in order to check out the west’s top Bowl Riders. Contestants will be facing off in a winner-takes-all battle for $1,000.

Following the Bowl Jam, the event kick start party will be held on roof top at the National on 8th at 6 pm. Local musicians including Chixdiggit, HighKicks, and Napalmpom will be playing.

On Friday, July 21st the Open Surf Competition will start at 10 am and run until 3 pm. The preliminaries will run from 3 pm to 6 pm, followed by Slam Campfire Stories at 8 pm, where River Surfers will be sharing their own tales of challenge, safety, self-discovery and the river’s magic.

Saturday, July 22nd will be filled with fun times with vendors and games at Canoe Meadows, the Surf Competition, Afterjam and the awards. Performances by No AlohaThe OM Sound, and Samm Bailey will also be taking place.


10:00am: Men’s Heat 1 (12 competitors)

10:30am: Men’s Heat 2 (12 competitors)

11:00am: Men’s Heat 3 (12 competitors)

11:30am: Men’s Heat 4 (12 competitors)

12:00 – 1:00pm: Open Surf

1:00pm – 1:30pm: Foamy Heat (30 competitors)

1:30pm: Women’s Heat 1 (12 competitors)

2:00pm: Women’s Heat 2 (12 competitors)

2:30pm: Teams (6 teams of 4)

3:30pm: Men’s Semi Final (12 competitors)

4:00pm: Women’s Final (8 finalists)

4:30pm: Men’s Final (8 finalists)


7:00pm – Midnight at Stoney Nakoda Resort

On Sunday, July 23rd the festival will wrap up with the Open Surf and Takedown Highlights.

Apart from the competition, this nine-day event includes a variety of performances, a pool party, an art gallery and days filled with celebration.

All funds raised are donated to the Alberta River Surfing Association and go towards building waves and building community.

For more information, visit the official website.

Photo: Ben Murphy Surfing Mountains Wave, Alberta. Ben Murphy does a massive ollie at the Mountains Wave in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada. © Robert Bishop.

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