Hometown hero Mark Croxall of the U.K. narrowly won the first Bouldering World Cup of 2005 in Birmingham, England. Croxall, whose previous best World Cup finish was fourth place, finished all six problems in the final, with a total of 17 attempts, just one attempt fewer than runner-up Remy Samyn of France. Samyn, a new star on the World Cup circuit, was ranked 34th in world bouldering competition in 2004. Among the women, Sandrine Levet of France, the top boulderer in the world, picked up where she left off last season by winning the Birmingham comp. No North Americans competed in this event. For complete results and photos, visit www.thebmc.co.uk/climb05/results.htm.