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Yesterday marked the official kickoff of Ro-Sham Throwdown, a major international pro-­am kiteboarding competition — one of the most action‐packed and highly anticipated showdowns in the industry.

Running from July 16 to 21, this third annual event will showcase the mind-­blowing talents of the world’s best kiteboarders, while giving up-­and‐comers a chance to prove their worth amongst the heavyweights.

Thirty‐five men and eight women from Antigua, Australia, England, Scotland, the U.S., and Uruguay will battle it out throughout the week at the first‐ever slopestyle kiteboarding competition.

Presented by The Slider Project, which created the event’s floating open‐to-­the‐public terrain park, Ro-Sham Throwdown will be staged at the world-­renowned Sandbar (just off of I-­84, exit 63) in Hood River — the birthplace of kiteboarding — where judges, spectators, and the media will watch the captivating action up close.

For the video of the day, please visit https://vimeo.com/45884638. For a video recap of 2011’s Ro-Sham Throwdown, please visit www.vimeo.com/33982819.

Mon. July 16: 12 p.m. Warm Up/Freeriding
Tues. July 17: 10 a.m. Women’s Division
Weds. July 18: 10 a.m. Men’s Qualifiers/12 p.m. Women’s Finals (if necessary)
Thurs. July 19: 10 a.m. Men’s Semifinals
Fri. July 20: 10 a.m. Men’s Finals
Sat. July 21: 11 a.m. Wakeskate/12 p.m. Freeriding

*=schedule subject to change due to wind conditions

Presented by The Slider Project, the 2012 Ro Sham Throwdown is sponsored by Liquid Force/Second Wind Sports, North Kiteboarding, Slingshot, Best Kiteboarding, Smith Optics, and additional support from Andrew’s Pizza.

For more information, please visit www.SliderProject.com.