Part of the general sport of canoeing
. Whitewater slalom is a racing sport
which involves maneuvering your canoe
down a rapid
and through a series of gate
Depending on the particular race, canoes may be open or decked, tandem or solo. Some gates may be run downstream while other must be maneuvered upstream. A time penalty is applied if a gate is touched or missed.
Events usually take place at natural sites like the Minden Wild Water Preserve in Canada, but artificial courses such as Penrith Whitewater, recently built in Australia for the 2000 Summer Olympics, are becoming popular.