Welcome back to curling in the New Year!
We did our usual Holiday break maintenance right before Christmas this year. The weather dictated the timing as the outside temperature was at 0° Celsius (32° Fahrenheit). We knew we had to work quickly as we all know how cold it has been. When we have severe cold weather, it really limits us to what we can do with the ice. So we put a light flood down and worked the ice with numerous pebble and scrapes to get the ice back in shape. It usually takes about 12 pebble/scrapes before we get the ice totally flat. One pebble/scrape takes 90 minutes to complete.
Right now the ice is running a little straighter that what we had in the past, but this is a normal thing after maintenance. We will slowly work the curl in and the speed should be around 24.5 seconds for draws. By this coming weekend (Turtle Spiel) we should be seeing 3 feet of curl.
There is a lot of curling coming up as the Hamilton District will be happening (Jan.9-12) along with the Continental Cup down in London, Ontario (Jan.11-14). Whether curling yourself, or watching on TV - you should get your curling fix over the next couple of weeks.
Good luck and Good Curling
About the Author
Prior to moving to Canada and obtaining his first OCA certification, Craig was an ice tech and curling coach in Wisconsin. He successfully coached a junior women's team to the National Championship title and instilled a life long love of the sport in the kids. Several went on to high competition levels, including National Championships, World Championships and one was a member of the US Olympic team in Vancouver 2010. He has continued his professional development through obtaining his OCA Level 2 and his WCF Ice Technician certification. He has been actively involved on the Ice Crews of marquis events, including the 2014 Continental Cup in Las Vegas, several US National Championships, the 2009 US Olympic Qualifiers, along with the 2007 Brier in Hamilton and the 2006 Scotties in London. Craig is entering his 10th year as the Head Ice Tech at BGCC and often says that he is living the ice tech's dream.More Content by Craig Bancroft