How a new kind of sport was born
The idea for WATERCLIMBING was born at the rocks of the world. In 2003 and 2004, the sports climber and owner of the product design studio born product ideas, Christofer Born, spent several months in Australia and Thailand.
At that time, a small community of world-class climbers had discovered a new kind of sport climbing: deep water soloing, rope-free climbing above deep waters – the sea or a lake. The water served as the fall protection. Ton Sai in southern Thailand was one of the hotspots.
Safe climbing without the use of a rope – a breathtaking experience!
Christofer Born went with like-minded people in a long-tail boat to the karst rocks in the Andaman Sea in order to promote this emerging sport. On site, he designed the first CAD models for his idea of bringing this new sport to swimming pools. Back in Germany, he applied for technical patents, design patents and the WATERCLIMBING brand on his invention.
Together with Bodan Schwimmbadbau GmbH & Co KG, he developed the WATERCLIMBING walls presented here. Today the WATERCLIMBING team is made up of experts in swimming pool construction, product design, usability and sport climbing. In the meantime, four product lines have been created for a wide variety of applications.
Just like modern sport climbing is no longer practiced only in the mountains but also in climbing gyms, thanks to WATERCLIMBING you can now practice deep water soloing in water parks.
Owner born product ideas
Member of the standardization committees DIN and CEN
Winner of many international design awards
The operation of two identical climbing walls at one pool is the ideal setting for competitions and events
Attractive climbing above water is now starting from 1.8m of water depth!
Start of the distribution partnership with Watergames and more for the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg
Start of the distribution partnership with Malmsten in Sweden
First installation of a WATERCLIMBING wall WS 600 in Sindelfingen, Germany
Together with the TÜV Rheinland, the safety zones for climbing above water in public swimming pools were defined on the basis of video analyzes for jumping and falling tests and with the help of existing regulations for diving platforms.
Start of the production partnership with Germanys well known stainless steel pool manufacturer, the Bodan Schwimmbadbau GmbH & Co. KG.