Psicobloc Masters Series Returns to Park City, Utah, August 6-8 2014

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Once again some of the top professional climbers in the world will converge on Park City, Utah, August 6-8, 2014 for the 2nd Annual Clif Bar Psicobloc Masters Series Competition.

Psicobloc Masters Series finals under the lights. Photo: Beau Kahler

Psicobloc Masters Series finals under the lights.
Photo: Beau Kahler

June 10, 2014 (PARK CITY, Utah) – Today the Clif Bar Psicobloc Masters Series announced the schedule of events for the Psicobloc (Spanish for “crazy bouldering,” or what is commonly referred to as “deep-water soloing”) competition in Park City, Utah. In cooperation with the summer Outdoor Retailer tradeshow, the event will again be held at the Utah Olympic Park in their freestyle aerial training pool. Clif Bar has stepped in as the title sponsor this year.

Last year’s competition drew an estimated crowd of over 5,000 spectators to the event, and over 50,000 viewers watching the live stream and the event re-broadcast.  Some of the best climbers in the world competed in the 2013 inaugural competition, where Jimmy Webb won in a dramatic final over Daniel Woods win the men’s field, and Sasha Digiulian narrowly defeating Delaney Miller for the women.

Psicobloc Masters Series Men's Final. Photo: Boone Speed

Psicobloc Masters Series Men’s Final.
Photo: Boone Speed

This year’s competition will again feature a men’s and women’s division, and will be in the style of a “duel”, where competitors race head-to-head on identical routes, with the highest or first to the top advancing to the next round. The competition wall, designed by Walltopia, reaches over 50 feet above the pool and overhangs roughly 25 feet. The climbers use no ropes or harnesses, creating a thrilling plunge into the water below if they fall.

“I can’t believe it is already time for the second Psicobloc competition at the Park City Olympic Park” says professional climber and event organizer Chris Sharma.   “ the venue is so amazing and beautiful, and last year’s event was so much fun. After working out some kinks I think this year is going to be even better.”

Schedule of Events

August 6        6:00pm          Qualifying Round
August 7        6:00pm          Placement/Seeding Round
August 8        6:00pm          Final Round

August 6th will be a qualifying round where aspiring climbers can compete for an open spot for the finals.  Spectating during this round will be open to the public at no charge. Tickets for Thursday, August 7 and Friday, August 8 will be available starting the first week of July at psicocomp.com.  The wall will also be open for public climbing beginning around the first week of July, and will remain open through August, so anyone can have an opportunity to experience the thrill of deep-water soloing.

Finuco Martinez is the founder of the original Psicobloc Masters Series, which began in Bilbao, Spain, in 2011. The Park City event is the brainchild of Kevin Bradburn, President of Momentum Indoor Climbing; Mike Beck, Sports and Entertainment Attorney; filmmaker Mike Call, and Chris Sharma, described by NPR as the world’s best rock climber. “This competition comes at a perfect time as indoor climbing is booming and Psicobloc is a really fun way to take artificial climbing outdoors” says Bradburn, who just opened a second Momentum gym location in Salt Lake City.

Psicobloc Masters Series Women's Finals. Photo: Boone Speed

Psicobloc Masters Series Women’s Finals.
Photo: Boone Speed

Event organizer Mike Beck notes “it was great to hear the positive feedback about last year’s event from the sponsors, competitors, and spectators, many of whom called it the best climbing event they had ever been a part of.  We really appreciated that support, and look forward to making this year’s event better for everyone.”

Psicobloc Masters Series is grateful to have the following partners for the 2014 Event:

About Outdoor Retailer
Outdoor Retailer is the preeminent tradeshow for the outdoor recreation business.

About Utah Olympic Park

Momentum operates Utah’s largest climbing gyms, with over 45,000 square feet of terrain for all ages and experience levels. 

About Momentum Indoor Climbing
Momentum operates Utah’s largest climbing gyms, with over 45,000 square feet of terrain for all ages and experience levels.

About Walltopia
Headquartered in Sofia, Bulgaria, Walltopia is the leading manufacturer of climbing walls and accessories worldwide.

About Infinite Scale
Infinite Scale is a sports design consultancy for the world’s most attended sports venues and biggest sporting events, including the 2002 Winter Olympics.

About WELD
WELD provides digital strategy and execution for outdoor action sports and adventure travel brands.

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tim@psicocomp.com
tim@weld.ws

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