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2004 California Gravity Racing Series
Season Opener is June 13 in Los Angeles

The first event of the 2004 California Gravity Racing Series for downhill inline skaters, skateboard riders, street luge, and gravity bikes will take place at West Los Angeles College in Southern California on Sunday, June 13, 2004.

Announcement from the Organizers
On June 5, 2004 the Westwood Ski and Sports Club and the International Gravity Sports Association (IGSA) announced the start of the 2004 California Championship gravity racing series, with racing at West LA College for skateboard, inline skate, classic luge (buttboard), street luge, and gravity bikes (with help from GBA). All races will count towards the IGSA world rankings. There will be a variety of awards and prizes at each race, and at the end of the series there will be special series awards for the top point-getters (dropping each racer's worst result in each discipline, for disciplines with more than 2 races). Sponsors include Turner Downhill wheels, Bones Bearings, Ed Economy longboards and Kryptonics wheels.

Each of the dates will have racing for several sports and practice available at a reduced price for the sports not competing on that date. The events will take place rain or shine, but if it rains the schedules may change (for example a tight slalom might be postponed for rain, but luge would race in the rain).

The season starts on Sunday June 13 at West LA College, with a skateboard tight slalom race on B Street and luge (all kinds), downhill inline, downhill skateboard, and gravity bikes on C Street. D Street will be available for giant slalom practice.

Schedule of Events for June 13 Season Opener
June 13 Schedule (preliminary, be sure to check at registration):
  • 09:00 Setup
  • 10:00 Registration and practice starts
  • 11:30 Downhill qualifying (inline, stock bike, classic, fairing bike, skateboard, luge)
  • 12:30 Tight slalom race (overlapping downhill race)
  • 01:00 Downhill races
  • 04:00 Awards ceremony
  • 05:00 End of permit time
  • Other 2004 Season Events
    The series dates and locations are currently being determined. Due to construction starting at West LA College, our regular location will be unavailable for most of the season and we're working on alternatives at West LA College and elsewhere. The current calendar that we're working on is:

  • June 13 - WLAC - DH + tight slalom
  • August - Mammoth - Giant Slalomcross
  • August - Mammoth - DH
  • September - Mammoth - Giant Slalomcross
  • September - TBD - GS + tight slalom at new location
  • October - WLAC - DH
  • October - WLAC - fast slalom + tight slalom
  • November - WLAC = DH + tight slalom + season awards party

    DH = Downhill luge, gravity bike, inline, skateboard
    GS = Inline and skateboard giant slalom sports not listed may practice

    No Alcoholic Beverages
    Please remember that alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the West Los Angeles College campus. We have received complaints about them in the past, so please do not display them or leave empty containers, even in the trash cans.

    Entry Fees
    Entry fees for season club members are:
  • $35 for downhill competitors (up to 2 classes)
  • $25 for tight slalom competitors (free if racing downhill)
  • $10 for Juniors (under 18) and those not racing (practice only)
  • $5 for each additional class after the first one

    Joining Westwood Ski and Sports Club as a full member is encouraged, and entitles you to participate in ski and snowboard races and trips, water ski trips, parties, skating practices, equipment discounts, and more. Please bring your checkbook to become a full member ($35/year). Day memberships are available for $5/day, and are required for all riders who are not full members (i.e.: non-member fees are $40, $30, and $15). Juniors (under 18) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and will be charged only a practice fee even if they race. Spectators are free. Also, the first few who come early to help with the street cleaning and setup in the morning (or teardown at the end) will receive a free race entry!

    Sponsorship Opportunities
    Manufacturers and shop owners, it's not too late to supply prizes for these races! You can even just show up with something to add to the prize pool, and bring your banner to hang. We'll be sure to mention you in upcoming announcements.

    Protective Gear Required
    Protective gear: IGSA equipment rules will be used. For slalom and giant slalom this means helmets, pads (elbow and knee), and hand protection (gloves and/or wrist guards) are required, and hip pads are recommended. Please, no short shorts or tank tops. For street luge, buttboard, gravity bikes, and downhill skateboard and inline, helmets, leathers, and leather gloves are required. We're building an equipment pool to loan to people who forget things, please donate your old gear, it may save someone a long trip home!

    Downhill Resources on the Web
  • Westwood Ski Club
  • Gravity-Sports.com
  • InlineDownhill.com
  • GravityBike.com
  • Skateboard Forums and Calendar

    Directions to West LA College
    West LA College is located in Culver City near the 405 and 10 freeways, 2 signals southeast of Jefferson and Overland, at 9000 Overland Avenue. Enter from Freshman Drive through the first open gate (Albert Vera Street) into campus. There's a big parking lot for warming up, a gentle hill for beginners and tight slalom, the main slalom hill (up to 10 percent grade), and the luge and bike hill (C Street, over 10 percent grade, steep!).

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