Exeter Deep Water Solo Competition

by Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH Sep/2014
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+Chris Cubitt taking the plunge of problem 1 in the Exeter DWS Semi-Final, 212 kb
The first UK deep water soloing competition took place on 30/31st August and saw some great performances from teams entered by Alpkit, Boreal, DMM, Entre-Prises, Evolv, Five Ten, La Sportiva, Scarpa, as well as a few GB Team members, Quay Climbing Centre team and US climber and media mogul Sierra Blair-Coyle.

The location was perfect as the  Quay Climbing Centre is situated next to a canal basin where the Entre-Prises wall had been constructed then moved out on a floating pontoon. There was a fantastic turn out to watch the event with a helping hand from particularly good weather on the Sunday.

The wall was 7m tall and 3m overhanging and, although not that high by typical DWS standards, it meant the setters could add some pretty wild/entertaining moves and not worry too much about the consequences. Chris Cubitt's, head-first, splash down from the last hold on problem 1 in the semi-final was one of the most spectacular (opposite).

Team Scarpa's Michaela Tracey continued her current good form after winning the BBC's this year to take first place in the women's with DMM's Liam Hasley taking the closely fought men's top spot.

+Exeter DWS competition 2014, 222 kb

The final results were:

Open Female
Open Male Under 16 Females Under 16 Male
1st Michaela Tracey 1st Liam Hasley 1st Hannah Slaney 1st Jim Pope
2nd Sierra Blair Coyle 2nd Matt Cousins 2nd Eugenie Lee 2nd Tommy Matthews
3rd Emma Twyford 3rd Nathan Phillips 3rd Kitty Morrison 3rd Dominic Vincent

  More info on the Deep Water Solo Exeter Facebook page

Check out this video report from Joby Newson of  BouldersUK

A few more photos from the event 

+Michaela Tracey celebrating with a jump off the top of problem 3 in the Exeter DWS Semi-Final, 188 kbMichaela Tracey celebrating with a jump off the top of problem 3in the semi-final
+Steve McClure on problem 1 in the Exeter DWS Semi-Final, 129 kbSteve McClure on problem 1 in the semi-final
+Adrian Baxter off the wall in the final of the Exeter Quay DWS competition, 220 kbAdrian Baxter off the wall in the final of the Exeter Quay DWS competition
© psaunders, Aug 2014
+Mike Goldthorp finding out the heel hook sticks pretty well on problem 3 in the Exeter DWS Semi-Final, 187 kbMike Goldthorp finding out the heel hook sticks pretty well on problem 3 in the Exeter DWS Semi-Final
© Paul Phillips

 

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