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prAna & Chris Sharma Present Psicobloc 2013

Monday, July 29th, 2013

prana-presents-psicobloc-2013-1A couple of years ago we were fortunate enough to witness Chris Sharma win the first epic deep water solo/DWS/Psicobloc climbing competition in beautiful Bilbao, Spain. With an estimated 5,000 people in attendance, we couldn’t help but wish the format would make it to the U.S.A… And it is!
 
Building off of the success of the first elite Psicobloc competition held in in Bilbao, Spain, in 2011, the Psicobloc Masters Series is the next evolution in competitive climbing. The inaugural Psicobloc Masters will be held August 2, 2013, at the Utah Olympic Park’s 750,000-gallon freestyle aerial training pool. Some of the best climbers in the world will compete head-to-head on a custom wall approaching 5.14 in difficulty, featuring a 26-foot roof 50 feet above the water. The comp will feature a men’s and women’s division and winners will share a $20,000 purse, the largest of any climbing competition this year. With the help of sponsors including prAna, Momentum Climbing, Walltopia, and 18 other industry leading brands, organizers have put together a three day competition jam packed with climbing, music, and gear giveaways at this high intensity spectator event. Confirmed athletes include Chris Sharma, Jimmy Webb, Dave Graham, Daniel Woods, Carlo Traversi, Jon Cardwell, Kevin Jorgeson, Tommy Caldwell, Joe Kinder, Matty Hong, Vasya Vorotnikov, Nalle Hukkataival & Ian Dory. The women’s field is equally as impressive with confirmed athletes including Jacinda ‘JC’ Hunter, Sasha Digulian, Sierra Blair Coyle, Lynn Hill, Chelsea Rude, Nina Williams, Delaney Miller, Courtney Sanders, Angie Payne, Megan Martin, Alex Johnson & Emily Harrington!
 
It’s been a dream of mine for years to do a deep water solo competition here in the US. Its without a doubt the most visually spectacular and exciting form of climbing and I really believe this could mark a before and after for competitive climbing and taking it to the mainstream. I’m super psyched and proud to have my longtime sponsor prAna head up the Psicobloc Master Series as the title sponsor. Over the years we’ve done so many amazing things together and this event will just be a progression of prAna’s commitment to growing the sport and its athletes.
~ Chris Sharma, prAna Ambassador
 
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The schedule of events has changed since the initial announcement. The athlete demo originally scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, has been cancelled. Additionally, the July 31 qualifier round for those wishing to compete in the event is changing venues from Momentum Climbing to the Utah Olympic Park in Park City. Climbing will begin at 6:00 pm. Athletes competing in the qualifier will climb above the water on the same 50 ft wall that will be used during the actual competition. Up to 25 men and 25 women will “try out” for a spot in the final competition. The qualifying & semifinals rounds will be free to spectators and open to the public. The practice round is set to be held on Thursday, August 1st at 7:00 pm where athletes will compete for seeding position in the finals, which will be held on Friday, August 2, at 7:00 pm. The complete schedule is as follows:
 
• Athlete Demo (CANCELLED) originally scheduled for Tuesday, July 30
• Qualifying Round & SemiFinals Wednesday, July 31, 6:00 pm, Utah Olympic Park, Park City, Utah
• Practice Round Thursday, August 1, 7:00 pm, Utah Olympic Park, Park City, Utah
• Finals Friday, August 2, 7:00 pm, Utah Olympic Park, Park City, Utah
 
Tickets are available for presale at www.psicocomp.com and include a VIP option (SOLD OUT), pool side seating for Friday’s final (SOLD OUT), as well as General Admission for Thursday ($15) and Friday ($20). A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. All three days of the event will include sponsor giveaways for those in attendance.
 
Friday’s finals will be live broadcast by Louder Than 11. The broadcast will start at 6:30 pm MT on August 2 with a pre-show and competition starting at 7:00 pm MT. Be sure to share this link with your friends and family around the world to watch the comp!<   Learn more
 
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