World Slalom Skaters Association [WSSA] was formed in 2003 by a group of skaters whom have been practicing Freestyle Slalom since 1999. Initially named “ASSA” which implied Asia Slalom Skaters Association, it was later changed to World Slalom Skaters Association in 2008. WSSA features skaters in the World ranking that is posted on their website for skaters' reference. The world ranking is based on the top few best/recent competitions, skaters are awarded points based on different competitions and the different ranks they achieved in the competitions. Different competitions also influenced points awarded to the skater. Eg. World championships are usually of higher importance, thus skaters are awarded better points. More details: http://www.worldslalomseries.com/rules/
WSSA is a non-profit organisation, it recieves sponsorship mainly from Seba International, one of the leading brand in the freestyle industry. Distributors of the brand from various countries were often involved in the organisation of WSSA events.
Judge courses are organised regularly each year as there is an increasing number of events around the World. The courses are usually organised when a certain country requests for it. WSSA will then asscess the number of applicants and decide if a course should be conducted.
Judge course in Kobe, Japan 2014
The association also has a technical commitee in place. The commitee is in charge of keeping the rules of the competition up to date in reference to skaters ability. Almost yearly the rules will be adjusted due to the drastic improvement of skaters, such adjustments are common for developing sports at an early stage. The commitee consist of members from various countries eg. China, Singapore, Taiwan, France, Russia and United Kingdom. Members are usually experienced skaters/judges from various Freestyle disciplines.
WSSA focus the performance of the skaters in classic slalom in 2 different aspect, Artistic and Technique. In the Artistic segment skaters are judged based on Body
Performance, Music Expression and Trick Management, as for the Technique, skaters are judged base on the difficulty and the families of the tricks. Tricks are catagorised into 5 different families, Sitting, Spinning, Wheeling, Jumping and others.
In speed slalom, skaters are required to run a time trial before being grouped in the “P.K” round where skaters will versus one another to see who will be faster. Time device with bluetooth or infrared technology are used to record the time of the skaters to the accuracy of 0.01 seconds. The association often looks into new equipments to further improve the accuracy of the time recorded to ensure fairness in the competition.
For Battle Slalom skaters are encouraged to perform tricks as difficult as possible within 30 seconds for each run, higher points are awarded for skaters who are able to link more difficult tricks together. There has always been a debate as to whether Battle Slalom should include more artistic value due to its similarity to battle Hip-hop, a form of dance competition. Further developement are still in process.
Freestyle Slide scoring is not based on points. Skaters are ranked in direct comparision, judges are to discuss and come up with a common decision regarding the rankings.
In 2008 the first World championship was held in Singapore with 12 participating countries. It was also remembered that both 1st places for classic slalom men and women were taken by China skaters Chen Chen(women) and Guo Fang(men). For pair slalom Finishing 1st were Yu Jin Sung and Kim Sung Jin from Korea, followed by Guo Fang and Lan Wan Heng from China in the 2nd place. Freestyle Slide competition was also highlighted in this competition, which was one discipline that was highly popular amoung skaters but never officially organised by any other associations.
Skater performing a Heel Heel Eagle slide at WSC 2008
2008 was also the year when skater Kim Sung Jin from Korea, one of the World best Freestyle slalom skater at that time, was endorsed by the association. He is the first skater to be endorsed by WSSA.
Sebastien Laffargue with Kim Sung Jin 2008
In 2009, Igor Cheremetieff from France became the second skater to be endorsed by the association, both skaters have skates model named after them under SEBA, further proving the strong ties between Seba International and WSSA.
Upon the success of the first World Championship in Singapore, WSSA continued to make it an annual event in 2009, hosting it in China, Shanghai. The disciplines for the competition inlclude Freestyle classic slalom, Freestyle speed slalom, Freestyle pair slalom, Freestyle slide. The event by that time had 17 participating countries and recieved endorsement from Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports a.k.a FIRS. More details about FIRS: http://www.rollersports.org/RollerSports/content/about.html. To date WSSA continues to organise WFSC yearly in different countries.
Judges and official staff gather at attention at WFSC 2009 march in
The Vision of WSSA is for Inline Freestyle to be recognized as a World Sport , the mission to create world class athletes. When asked for the near future developements of the sport, Secretary General Shirley Tay said: “To expend and develop the sport to as many countries as possible.” Her words are further proven with the increasing number of members from 34 different countries in the year 2014.
Comit International de Freestyle (CIFS) was formed in 2014 under the FIRS. The chairman Eddie Chua from Singapore.