Deep Water Solo For The Masses
What is Psicobloc? (pronounced: see-co-block)
Psicobloc (aka Deep Water Soloing) is a form of solo climbing without ropes over a body of water. Psicobloc is undoubtedly one of the most unique and purest forms of climbing. Elite climbers like Chris Sharma make regular pilgrimages to exotic locales like Mallorca, Spain to push the envelope of solo climbing and experience the special freedom of climbing rope less over water.
The Psicobloc Masters Series (aka Psicocomp) is the next evolution in competitive climbing. The inaugural Psicocomp was 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 competed head-to-head on an extremely overhanging Waltopia climbing wall more than 50 feet above the water. The comp featured a men’s and women’s division and winners took home a share of the $20,000 purse, the largest of any climbing competition this year. The routes were quite difficult, 5.14b for the men and 5.13c for the women and the route setting was incredible, as only a few competitors topped out.
“Putting on this comp has been a dream of mine for seven years and I thank all my friends at prAna for helping to make it reality. I’m hopeful that #Psicocomp was the spark that will bring competitive climbing to a whole new audience.” ~ Chris Sharma, Psicocomp organizer, competitor and prAna Ambassador
As the title sponsor, prAna was very excited about the opportunity to help bring together a world class caliber of climbers for the inaugural #Psicocomp at the Utah Olympic Park. The fast paced action, incredible wall and beautiful location not only made the event special for 2,500+ people attending, but also for the tens of thousands of live feed viewers from more than 100 countries around the world. We are grateful to all of the climbers for their efforts including prAna Ambassadors Chris Sharma, Jacinda Hunter and the men’s winner Jimmy Webb! A special congratulations to former prAna Ambassador Sasha Digiulian who won the women’s division.
“Climbing in the Psicocomp was a surreal experience! I never could have imagined the exhilaration of climbing so high above water intent on beating out a competitor, while trying to forget about the danger. And not to mention, feeding off the insane amount energy almost pulsating the air from 2500 screaming spectators! The excitement, adrenaline, and even fear of Psicobloc have left me craving more.” ~Jacinda JC Hunter, Psicocomp competitor and prAna Ambassador
“Psicobloc was insane. I went into it with the intent of just having fun, taking this opportunity to climb with my friends, and experiencing something that is very new to the climbing world. Staring down the double dyno 35 feet off the water was a terrifying moment. You just turn your brain off and jump. Natural instinct kicks in and the next thing you know you’re flying through the air hoping you stick it. Otherwise you could take a digger straight on your head – like I did. The pain subsides and maybe you’re sore the next day, but in your mind you’re thinking… Man, I can’t wait to do that again.”~Jimmy Webb, Psicocomp Champion and prAna Ambassador
#Psicocomp broke the record for the largest live streaming US based rock climbing competition.
Chris Sharma was the only male competitor to top out on the ~5.14b Walltopia wall (Round 1)
Men’s Podium: Jimmy Webb (1st), Daniel Woods (2nd), Matty Hong (3rd)
Women’s Podium: Sasha DiGiulian (1st), Delaney Miller (2nd), Meagen Martin (3rd)
Only Sasha DiGiulian and Delaney Miller topped out on the women’s ~5.13c Walltopia wall
A BIG shout out to all our fellow sponsors: Walltopia, and Momentum as well as our other sponsors including Clif Bar, Evolv, Adidas, Sanuk, Goal Zero, Five Ten, Infinite Scale, WELD, Louder Than 11, Utah Olympic Park, Petzl, JayBird, Swoob, Belaggles, AbPro, Descrete, Outdoor Retailer, and VLine, and Treadwill.
What is the future of Psicocomp?
It sure looks bright and the more we help raise awareness to a larger audience, the better. Please feel free to share this and other posts to support the growth of this new format so that the images, video and stories will reach a larger audience. One thing for sure; Climbing is now a spectator sport!
Learn more about Psicocomp
Learn more about Chris Sharma, prAna Ambassador.