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.
Wow that was just awesome. Most climbing comps are utterly uninteresting to watch.
And, I have heard both reasons for water jets in high diving. I think i remember that they add air into the water to make it softer and let the falling person better judge the distance. In high diving I think it is more a matter of the former, and in this I think it would be the latter, since at the comp the jet isn't really near enough or strong enough to the impact point to do much else of anything.