Monday, 28 April 2014

UK's First Deep Water Soloing Competition


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The Quay Climbing Centre in Exeter will be hosting the UK's first deep water soloing competition!
The artificial competition wall will be built in the city’s canal basin. The canal basin and the Piazza Terracina provides the perfect water space and large arena area for spectators to view the competition up close.

Entre-Prises UK are delighted to announce that they are to design and build the climbing wall for the Deep Water Solo Competition; they will also be sponsoring the event along with climbing equipment manufacturers such as La Sportiva, DMM and others.

The Piazza Terracina                wikimedia.org


The wall itself will measure seven metres high by twelve metres wide with a three metre overhang and has been designed to enable three participants to compete simultaneously, adding to the visual spectacle of the event. The competition problems will be set by leading UK setters and they will start at V3/4 and work up to V14!

The city council has provided strong backing for the event, recognising the huge publicity it could bring to the city’s tourism.

The Quay Climbing Centre
The competition weekend will be split between the qualifying rounds that will take place on the 30th August and the finals which will take place on the 31st August.  There will be an elite (invitation based) category and an open category for over 16 males and females. There is also an under 16s category (12-15 years of age) to ensure that there is a chance for all climbers to take part. Only one hundred and fifty spaces will be open to competitors with thirty of those spots going to the top UK climbers.

The first deep water soloing competition took place in Bilbao, Spain in 2010. Details can be found here.

And not forgetting last year’s high deep water soloing wall in Park City, Utah, USA, article can be found here.

Registration Information
Tickets are available until 30th June 2014 at £20 each and are available on the evenbrite website.

Facebook page can be found here.



By Emma Harrington