VIDEO: Deep Water Soloing in Spain – The Future of Climbing Competitions

Last night, over macadamia white chocolate chip cookies at John and Libby’s cozy house, I was exposed to what may single-handedly be the most phenomenal exhibition of climbing on plastic holds that I have ever witnessed. This deep water soloing competition was held in Bilbao, Spain, last week. Naturally, Chris Sharma reigned champion, but the real glory is in the success of the sporting event. Thousands of spectators flocked to the waterfront, cheering the climbers on as they scaled a massive artificial wall dotted with tiny crimpers and holds that called for powerful moves.

Sharma himself asserted that this new style of climbing competitions could easily become the new standard for bringing rock-climbing into the limelight. The thrilling scene of watching muscled individuals battle their way up a complex sequence of movements while dangling over an enormous body of water transforms the art of climbing into a spectator sport that can be enjoyed by anyone. Future Olympic sport, anyone?

Check out Dead Point Magazine’s coverage of the event in this article. The piece boasts that 4000+ spectators crowded around the downtown area to catch a glimpse of this exciting display of sportsmanship. Anyone down for a deep water soloing trip?


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Author:Katie Boué

Katie Boué is the voice of - a travel lifestyle blog focusing on climbing, Airbnb life, and the outdoors.

5 Comments on “VIDEO: Deep Water Soloing in Spain – The Future of Climbing Competitions”

  1. Dad
    October 27, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    This is way cool! What a great concept.

  2. Ashley
    October 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    Just thought I’d let you know, you were the cause of my hour of watching deep water soloing youtube videos today :).. now I’m itchin’ for it. Something I’ve always thought would be a dream come true. A dream that will come true! :)

    Olympic Sport? OH Yes! That would be sweet ass! Check this out:

    • October 27, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

      Sweet link, Ashley! 2020 seems awfully far away though, haha. I’m glad I got you hooked on videos today, I fell victim to the same fate. I told Niko I want to do a trip to Texas over summer to try DWS; he looked at me and laughed.

  3. The Mom
    October 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    They remind me of geckos. Sometimes I can’t figure out how they cling on to the wall.

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