Monday, 1 September 2014

A Great Success for Exeter DWS Competition

Report by Emma Harrington

The first ever UK deep water soloing competition took place over the weekend and saw some great performances from some well known British competition team members, as well as strong Exeter locals, Neil Gresham and US climber Sierra Blair-Coyle.

Photo: Quay Climbing

The Quay Climbing Centre is fortunate enough to be situated next to a canal basin where the Entre-Prises wall had been constructed then moved out into the waters on a floating pontoon.  An enthusiastic audience cheered on all who took part, as they attempted to climb the seven metre high competition wall with a three metre overhang above the cold British waters. Although not as high as the USA Psicobloc Masters wall in Utah (the report for the USA event can be found here), the British version was more a bouldering wall than a long stamina route wall.

Although the UK is a major destination for climbing, it is still difficult for the UK to hold DWS events such as this, and it was with great appreciation that US climber Sierra Blair-Coyle attended, as this will bring international coverage to the event.

It was not an average day at the quay-side with a good turnout of spectators and and vibrant atmosphere, lets hope this is the first of many more UK DWS comps to come.

Photo: Quay Climbing
Open Female

1st Michaela Tracey
2nd Sierra Blair Coyle
3rd Emma Twyford

Open Male

1st Liam Hasley
2nd Matt Cousins
3rd Nathan Phillips

 Under 16 Females
1st Hannah Slaney
2nd Eugenie Lee
3rd Kitty Morrison

Under 16 Male

1st Jim Pope
2nd Tommy Matthews
3rd Dominic Vincent

Sierra Blair-Coyle
Photo: David Simmonite

Photo: Quay Climbing

Photo: Quay Climbing

Photo: Quay Climbing

Photo: Quay Climbing
Women's Winners
Photo: Quay Climbing