adidas ROCKSTARS is a high calibre invitational competition for pros, geared to the top athletes in the bouldering world ranking of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC).
20 men and 20 women can qualify in the Porsche-Arena on Friday, 21 September 2018, for the semifinal. In the qualification the athletes have four minutes and in the semifinal five minutes on each of four different boulders.
The top 6 men and women advance to the final on the evening of 22 September 2018. The six finalists first climb on two boulders, one after another. Then the top three advance to the next round, in which they compete on a third boulder problem for the superfinal.
In the superfinal, the two best women and men compete in direct comparison on a “super boulder”, which was specifically created for the event. They climb simultaneously an identical route on two sides of the same boulder. In the superfinal it doesn’t suffice to hold the top grip for three seconds. As it is custom when bouldering outdoors on natural rock, the athletes must stand with both feet on top of the boulder block and touch a buzzer, which will determine the winner in case of a hairbreadth finish.
In this thrilling duel the athletes need both, excellent skills and good nerves. Although the climbers cannot see each other, the beat of the live band and the cheers of the crowds will reflect what is happening on the other side. The person who first stands upright on the super boulder is the merited adidas ROCKSTAR 2018 and wins a high prize purse.