Saturday, August 10, 2013

Psicobloc Masters Series: A Deep Water Solo Success


Paving the way for the future of climbing comps was August 2nd's deep water solo (DWS) event: Psicobloc Master's Series.  It was the first time a comp like this was held in the U.S. and it was intense!  A 55 foot wall situated over a corner of a pool used for summer downhill ski jumps, was the main staging area for this vertical contest.  Big name competitors (Sharma, Kinder, Traversi, Woods, Digiulian, Payne, Johnson, and many more) were there to test their skill on a 5.13c (women's route)/5.14b (men's route) rated free solo route.  An added element to this comp was that it was head-to-head in bracket style competition.  First to get to the top or highest point advanced to the next round.  The competitors had to come up with a careful strategy (climb for speed, endurance, or a mix of the two) since they would have to climb the same route over if they advanced to further rounds.  Total cash purse at stake was $20,000!


Let the show begin!
(photo from www.prana.com twitter feed)

The comp was broadcast live over the internet via the climbing media artists at Louder Than 11.  Once again showcasing their talents on broadcasting live competitions, LT11 captured a successful start of DWS comps here in the U.S.  Out of all the stellar, big name competitors Sasha Digiulian and Jimmy Webb took home the wins at the Psicobloc Masters Series and became the first winners of a comp that made a huge splash among climbing fans.  I'm not a gambler, but I would bet a million dollars there will be another DWS comp in the future.  Words alone can't explain the awesomeness of this event.  The entire pre-recorded feed from the comp can be found at LT11.tv.  Enjoy this amazingly sick highlight footage from Park City TV, you will probably want to try it after watching!