21 February, 2013

A Bristol Bash by Gaz

Wowzers these events seem to be coming thick at fast at the moment not long after the Reading round Mike was heading up the team over at the Biscuit for the Best Of British event there. You can check out Ben Grubb and Jim Petersens video here. Blocfest added their usual twist to the event with our regular DJ's Jose Manuel Cantero Romero and Jamie Ashman banging out the tunes.

A few people have been asking for set lists. So if you check out Jose's cloud mixes the majority of his tunes are on there. Joses Mixcloud

A big shout out to The Arch guys and gals who pulled out all the stops to provide the GB team a great comp in which to show off their skills.

With only a 5 day break we found ourselves once again crammed into Mikes van and winging our way over to Bristol......The Climbing Academy to be precise. Sitting amongst a whole van full of Holdz and newly made volumes is not the comfiest mode of transport but needs must especially when my van is in France, and to be honest it is a long walk.
Our host and one of the bosses at TCA, Paul Twomey greeted us with open arms and gallons of coffee and from then on in that was pretty much it. We were left to our own devices, we had the run of one of the best boulder centers in the UK. Our minds were only going to be the limiting factor.

Check out Adam Gasson  for a great set of photos.

Not that that has ever held us back. Very quickly the Bristol event seemed to develop in to a Blocfest Big Air Display. The fantastic photo above of James"The Beastly Squirrel" playing superman in the final might give you an idea of what i am talking about. Combine this with very varied dynos in the qualifier and the Blocfest Big Air Challenge it was a weekend for the bouncy.

These events surprise us each time, how tiring and hard they are to pull together. Lots of work in a very short amount of time and then suddenly on the day all we can do is walk around with smiles on our faces as we see the fun you guys are having on our creations. At the end of the day Blocfest would be nothing without you lot.

Rather than continue to bore you with my thoughts and mumblings this month there have been a few excellent blogs written. So I thought I would just pass them on to you. Enjoy

James Squire aka the  Beastly Squirrel tells his story
GB Team Member Ben West placed an excellent 2nd
Our hosts TCA "Blocfest A great Success"

Obviously I need to say a massive thanks once again to all the climbers, Bristol TCA for hosting the event, all their staff, strong Joe, sponsors La sportiva, Mountain Hardwear, Holdz, Boreal, Rock On, Nourish me now, Craig for the golden Prints by 5 Finger Thing, Blocfest helpers and last but not least Paul Twomey for providing us with the beats on the day, check out Beat Mongrel for more tunes from Paul.

Finally if you want to check out some excellent shots go to Adam Gassons website. Adam a photo journalist took some great shots of the qualifier here and the final here

Some further pics from Gav Symonds, Lisa Farris and Simon Wadsworth also below.

Well done to the winners and we hope you all had fun. See you at The Biscuit 9th of March for the last round lets make it the biggest and best yet.


Gaz and the Blocfest team