Exciting Deep Water Comp in Spain with Sharma


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Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 26, 2010 - 12:48pm PT
The 50ft wall is set up over a river, no ropes are used; some awfully hard climbing! This is the Psicobloc Masters held in Bilbao, Spain.


Social climber
Oct 26, 2010 - 01:17pm PT
That's wild stuff, Peter. TFPU!
Nate D

San Francisco
Oct 26, 2010 - 01:29pm PT
An exciting new breed of competition.

Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Oct 26, 2010 - 01:32pm PT
Yeah. Doesn't it look like this would be one hell of a lot more fun as a competition?! And in this video you get a idea how ridiculously strong Chris is. It has been fun too to see all these years of videos of him, going all the way back to the Monkey Face (Smith Rocks) one where he doesn't really have feet and core like he has now. In the MF video he was a teenager, something like 18 roughly and now is 29.5 years old.
Tony Bird

Northridge, CA
Oct 26, 2010 - 01:36pm PT
i keep telling people climbing ain't no spectator sport. someone's doing this just to prove me wrong.

Way out there....
Oct 26, 2010 - 01:37pm PT
That is pretty badaass!

Social climber
Polynesian Paradise
Oct 26, 2010 - 01:37pm PT
Love it, Peter; Thanks!

Social climber
Bay Area
Oct 26, 2010 - 01:39pm PT
Sharma made it right to the top.
Then jumped.
Great stuff

Gotta wonder about the big jet of water they all had to go through coming out of the water. De-contamination?
Do you have to pass a swimming test to enter the comp?

Trad climber
Oct 26, 2010 - 01:39pm PT
Nate D

San Francisco
Oct 26, 2010 - 01:40pm PT
More video and comments from Chris on the prAna blog:

Trad climber
San Diego
Oct 26, 2010 - 01:57pm PT
I think the big jet at the bottom is to break up the surface tension of the water....I might be wrong though, great video.

EDIT: After looking at it again, it looks the jet is too far away to do this....so I have no idea.
Cancer Boy

Trad climber
Oct 26, 2010 - 02:12pm PT
This is only the first step. Let's put some sharks in the water next! Jonathan! Jonathan! We (the players) need to jump on this before the corporations take over. Alas, would be nice if JB could weigh in.

Oct 26, 2010 - 02:15pm PT
Sweet! Thanks Peter.

Is it my Canadian imagination or is Chris looking more and more like Wayne Gretzky every year.

between the flat part and the blue wobbly thing
Oct 26, 2010 - 02:57pm PT
I want that hat!

Oct 26, 2010 - 03:01pm PT
"I want that hat!"


Yeah, that's some crazy ass sh'it and so cool too.

Looks like a total blast .....

Ice climber
Ashland, Or
Oct 26, 2010 - 03:12pm PT
cool, wonder how gross that water is?

Gym climber
Oct 26, 2010 - 03:52pm PT
By the way, the pipe gushing water stirs the surface, so that those falling can more easily judge when they are about to hit.

Same as for high divers.

I don't know much about that subject, which means I'm perfectly qualified to post on ST.

I've been told that the gushing water is to break the surface tension and therefore reduce the force on the climber/diver, not to allow them to judge when they are about to hit (I suppose that could be an added benefit but I've never heard that one).

Trad climber
San Diego
Oct 26, 2010 - 04:18pm PT
They spray water like that during Olympic diving comps too

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Nov 2, 2010 - 11:31pm PT
That Sharma is a class act, now speaking Spanish....or was that French?

Mountain climber
San Diego
Nov 3, 2010 - 12:56am PT
This is a great climbing comp format. Very fun and exciting to watch.

Something for everyone:

Great dual Solo Deep Water climbing. Get to watch Top of the Game strong climbers. Great long plunging falls to watch as they go into the drink. And for those few (or just the one - Sharma) who make it to the top, an opportunity to do the big spectacular jump.

I still think they should try to really do a difficult platform dive ala Greg Louganis at the end. Then the audience can hold up cards 1 - 10 judging the dive. Then you get a climbing comp and a diving exhibition. Lol. But that is just the springboard diver in me.

Good job Chris Sharma. Dang he is like Superman strong.
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