Impressive, gravity-defying moves on vertical walls are guaranteed when the world’s best bouldering athletes fight for an entry to the superfinal at the annual adidas ROCKSTARS invitational that is hosted in Germany on the 21st and 22nd of September. The prestigious event draws the top stars of the climbing scene to Stuttgart’s Porsche- Arena, because it stages enthralling competition bouldering as intoxicating show.
The popular invitational contest for the international climbing elite takes place for the eighth consecutive time and this year sees one of finest fields ever. Around 3,800 spectators can share the excitement when World and European champions, World Cup winners, and national champions impressively demonstrate why bouldering, i.e. climbing without a rope over a crash pad, is considered one of the most difficult disciplines in sport climbing.
The field includes the defending champion, Alex Puccio (USA) who already won twice in Stuttgart, this year’s overall Bouldering World Cup Champions Miho Nonaka (JPN) and Jernej Kruder (SLO), 19 year-old Janja Garnbret (SLO), recently crowned Bouldering World Champion, Overall Lead World Cup Winner 2017 and a truly exceptional talent, Jongwon Chon (KOR), Vice Bouldering Champion also crowned in Innsbruck last weekend, Petra Klingler (SUI), 6th place in Boulder World Championships 2018, the two European Champions Staša Gejo (SRB) and Jan Hojer (GER), who took 9th place in the Boulder World Championships, and triple adidas ROCKSTAR and four time World Champion Combined (L/S/B) Sean McColl (CAN), who couldn’t compete last year due to an injury and co-commentated the livestream instead.