Recently, we took to the ice with some of our friends to try curling. The Granite Curling Club in Seattle hosts open houses where you can go and learn about the sport and try it out. We first received instruction on the techniques of the game including sliding the rocks, sweeping down the sheet, and being the skipper in the house. Then, we tried out our new skills in a friendly game! First, a post game shot of the group. I think we enjoyed it from our smiling faces!
We first learned how to throw the rock including how to grip it, which way to rotate it, and when to release it down towards the other end of the curling sheet.
We each had the opportunity to throw the rock several times. There was quite a bit of slipping on the ice and some epic falls, but after a while, we all got our game faces on (and our feet under us) and were able to throw some good stones! We even had a few land strategically in the house.
It was cold on the ice until it was your turn to sweep. Sweeping is quite an art on the curling ice, and we were a humorous bunch to watch trying to figure out when to sweep, how hard to sweep, and when to just run along with the stone.
We had a fun afternoon with friends, and finished it in true curling style. The club has a bar on the second floor with windows over-looking the ice. After our lesson and game, we spent another hour laughing in the bar with a few cold Molsons in hand. Good Curling!