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). In addition to the invited pros, the winners of the global Ticket to Rockstars amateur bouldering series receive an invite to adidas ROCKSTARS.
30 men and 30 women can qualify in the Porsche-Arena on Friday, 18 September 2020, for the semifinal. In the qualification the athletes have five 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 19 September 2020. 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 2020 and wins a high prize purse.