A French team won the Third European Grass Ski Championships at Petersfield, north of London, on Sunday (August 26th).
A French team won the Third European Grass Ski Championships at Petersfield, north of London, on Sunday (August 26th). Sixty-nine skiers from six countries competed in the sport, invented four years ago by a German sewing machine manufacturer.
The grass skis are 22 to 30 inches (55 to 90 centimetres) long, incorporating five rollers. They are said to have taken almost ten years of research and over 100 prototypes to develop. The sport was introduced into Britain in 1970.
One of two French teams competing in this year's championship races won the silver cups presented by a brewing company. The other teams came from Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the United States.
The final event was a parallel slalom relay in which each of the four-man teams competed. The skiers averaged about 80 seconds down the half-wide (0.8 km) slops.