In September, 2006, Sharma completed his most difficult project since Realization, a deep-water solo beneath a 65-foot arch-shaped rock islet called Es Pontas, off the coast of Mallorca, Spain. The crux of the route features a difficult dynamic move, leaping from one set of holds to the next while 35 feet above the water, which apparently took Sharma 50 or more attempts to successfully complete. The route tentatively holds the same name as the islet. It is not yet graded, though the popular climbing website www.8a.nu has suggested 9b. This estimate is based on the amount of time taken by Sharma on previous projects.
Sanuk Footwear is excited to announce the signing of Chris Sharma to their Outdoor/Climbing Team. Chris joins Sanuk athletes and extremely talented climbers Chris Lindner and Randy Leavitt on the Team. Chris is stoked to be on the program, adding"Im really psyched to be working with Sanuk. Since I got on board Ive hardly taken off my sidewalk surfers. They really are the most comfortable things ever! Their functionability and casual style really suit me. whether Im hiking in the mountains, chilling at home or walking on the beach Im totally at home in my sanuk's".
Chris is known as one of the premier climbing athletes in the world, and his tick list is growing daily, with many first ascents. Adds Jeff Kelley, Sanuk Founder, “We are honored to have Sharma “Rocking” our Sidewalk Surfers. Chris will join Randy Leavitt and Chris Lindner to round out our climbing crew.”
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About Chris Sharma:Chris Omprakash Sharma (born 1981-04-23) is an elite American professional rock climber, with many difficult and famous first ascents. He is one of the most recognizable faces in rock climbing popular culture.
In 2001, Sharma completed his long-term project Realization, in Ceüse, France. It is considered by some to be the first consensus 5.15a/9a+ (although other climbs had claimed this level of difficulty). The route is also known as Biographie, the name given by Jean-Christophe Lafaille, who first bolted the route in 1989. Later on, considering the route too difficult to be climbed as one pitch, Arnaud Petit bolted an intermediate belay station approximately half way from the top. In the United States, the use of "Realization" usually refers to the full route and extension of the shorter (and easier) "Biographie." There is also some controversy as to whether or not it was actually the first 5.15a to be climbed, as two other routes already held higher grades at the time of Realization's first ascent. These routes were somewhat controversial, however, and were graded by their first ascensionists, and are still awaiting repeats (Chris Sharma prefers not to grade routes and did not grade Realization).
Other famous ascents include The Mandala, a boulder problem in Bishop, California, Witness the Fitness in Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Arkansas, and the third ascent of a sport route in Spain called La Rambla (Original), amongst others (see below).
Sanuk USA designs, markets and sells to the domestic US market as well as Canada, the UK and all of Europe and parts of the Caribbean through its domestic licensee C&C Traders. Sanuk continues to thrive through the vital input from its international team of athletes such as surfers Shane Dorian, Timmy Turner, Rock climbing legends Chris Sharma, Randy Leavitt and surfer troubadour Donavon Frankenreiter.
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