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HOT SHOTS Curling Camps 2018

The world-renown HOT SHOTS Curling Camps, sponsored by Goldline and PROCURLINGWear, will be staging camps in Canada and the USA in 2018.

Their annual summer camp will be staged at the Oakville Curling Club in Oakville, Ontario (30 minutes west of Toronto) from August 24-26, 2018.  As of July 25, 2018 only 4 spots remain open.

Two camps are planned for this fall in the USA including a camp at the Nantucket Curling Club (which plays out of the Nantucket Ice Community Rink, in Nantucket, Massachusetts) September 7-9, 2018.  Along with the world-class curriculum, the Nantucket Camp will feature a traditional New England Clambake, one of the true social customs of New England coastal towns and villages.

A second fall camp will see heir team of instructors travel to the Midwest of the United States for a three-day camp October 19-21, 2018 at the new Dakota Curling facility, just outside St. Paul, Minnesota.

The HOT SHOTS camps are targeted at adults, open to individuals, couples, and teams. Junior curlers are allowed to attend with a parent or coach. High-performance junior teams are also invited to apply.

The camp curriculum is taught by international coaches, instructors and elite athletes. Campers are placed in groups based on ability and experience, in order to maximize the learning experience.

Join our alumni of over 3,000 curlers from around the world and take your game to the next level.

2018 Hot Shots Curling Camps Dates Announced
The world-renown HOT SHOTS Curling Camps, sponsored by Goldline and PROCURLINGWear, will be staging camps in Canada and the USA in 2018.
Goldline, Curling Canada Unveil New Team Canada Designs
Curling Canada today unveiled the new apparel to be worn by teams representing Canada at all international curling events for the next four years, beginning with this season.
Broom Recommendations for Club Curlers
Many clubs are struggling with broom/pad rules and some are deciding to require that all members use the new WCF certified pads by a certain date. The WCF was very specific in its’ mandate when it came to recommended pads to be used by “recreational”, as opposed to “competitive” curlers. It suggested that WCF certified pads only be used when prizes of value were at stake. It must be recognized that the WCF certified pad is a very non aggressive product, designed to minimize the ability of elite sweepers to steer a rock. In the hands of the vast majority of recreational curlers it is virtually ineffective as a sweeping device. It can be argued that a recreational curler may as well not sweep as sweep with a WCF certified pad.
My first exposure to the curling world was about 50 years ago when my father became manager of a new curling club. Ever since that time I have been close to the game as a player, supplier and devotee. Never in that period of time have I witnessed the tumult in the sport that we have seen in the past few years. In the eye of this tornado has been the pads we curlers use on our brushes.
Update from Goldline Curling regarding recent WCF Sweeping Summit
On May 23 - 26, 2016 Goldline Curling participated in the World Curling Federation’s Sweeping Summit held in Kemptville, Ontario near Ottawa. Since then we have remained in constant communication with the WCF regarding their anticipated recommendations and what that means for Goldline Curling products moving forward. There are a number of key questions that the WCF release from June 27, 2016 raises, and we would like to address those now.
Goldline Appointed Uniform Supplier for Curling Canada
Curling Canada has appointed Goldline as its Official Athlete Uniform Supplier. This appointment gives Goldline the right to supply uniforms for all Canadian teams competing in national and international events.
Goldline Curling supports player-lead initiative to review curling brush technologies
Curling is meant to be a sport of skill and athleticism, and Goldline Curling believes that any equipment that greatly reduces the need for skill should not be used in competition.
Big Ben!

NOTE: This post was originally published in 2013

What do Eve MuirheadKalynn ParkThomas Ulsrud and Chelsea Carey all have in common? They have all said that the curler they most love to follow on Twitter is @BennyHeebz (aka Ben Hebert).

This week’s featured Goldline ambassador is the lead on the team skipped by Kevin Martin. Ben Hebert has achieved much success out on the curling ice, having won a gold medal at the world junior championships, 2 Briers, a gold and silver at the world championships, and a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, as well as numerous other curling events and titles. The Martin team recently won the Alberta provincial playdowns, thereby earning the opportunity to play for another Brier title in front of a hometown crowd.

Ben was featured recently in the YouTube series “Cullen and a Curler”; check it out to see what Ben had to say.

We wish Ben and the rest of the Martin team the best of luck as they prepare for the Brier in Edmonton, Alberta in March.

If you weren’t curling what sport would you be playing?

Where were you born?

What is your current hometown?

What is your "real" job?
Business Development Rep/Focus Corp

When did you start curling?
12 years old

Who is your favourite athlete?
Tiger Woods

Where is your favourite place to curl?

What is your favourite food?

Where is your favourite vacation spot?

What is your favourite TV show?
Shark Tank

What are you listening to on your iPod?
Country/90’s rap

Who is your favourite curler other than yourself?
Wayne Middaugh

Who is your role model?
My Dad

Have you ever been in a bar fight?

Who is your celebrity crush?
Anna Kendrick

What is your favourite book?
Don’t read books

What is your favourite movie?

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would they title it?
“The Beef”

If you could be anyone dead or alive who would you be?
Michael Buble.. Huge Stud!

What would you do if you had a million dollars?
I'd be John Morris!

Who is the best curler to follow on twitter?
Brad Jacobs

What is your favourite sports team?
Saskatchewan Roughriders

What is your preferred shot to win a game?
Anything easy

What is one of your favourite quotes?
“If we put it here, we win the Brier… What, you don’t want to win the Brier”
– Rob Harris 2003

What is your favourite body part?
I hate Loaded questions… Chest?

What is your favourite form of exercise?
Gym session

If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
25 was a good age!

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Juggling curling, work and wife!

Performance and Comfort Considerations for Curling Shoes

Performance and Comfort Considerations for Curling Shoes

The Quantum integrated design system (I.D.S.) leaves behind the use of an adhesive to attach a slider and gripper to the sole of the shoe. The adhesive bond has been the standard for generations, however, in addition to delaminating problems, it has bound us to Teflon* as the only material that could be used as a slider. The Quantum employs an innovative mechanical attachment system wherein slider and gripper “disks” are snapped into strategically positioned receptacles in the sole.

The advantages of Quantum Discs are numerous:

  • The slider discs do not have to be bondable or flexible, hence they can be molded from a wide variety of plastics, or machined from Teflon or stainless steel, each material offering different performance characteristics;
  • The discs are easily changed. Simply snap out the old disk and snap in the new. Upgrading slider speed, replacing a damaged disk, accommodating preferences such as slider disks on the front and gripper discs on the back, and setting up for lefthanders are all readily accomplished without pro-shop assistance;
  • The disks will not fall out;
  • The disk pattern creates a “Stability Channel” running the length of the shoe. This pattern focuses weight to the periphery of the sole, thereby widening the balance platform and increasing stability.
  • The slider disks are available in various materials, each offering a different speed, while the gripper disk features a TPR rubber surface which affords optimal traction.
Conventional Curling Shoes use Teflon as a sliding material and it comes in varying thickness and design on the sole of the shoe. 

Slider Thickness - slider speed increases with the thickness of the Teflon™, ¼” being the thickest and the fastest. Every curler should be looking for optimal slide with a minimum of leg thrust. For most curlers excessive leg thrust results in instability. Experienced curlers who are accustomed to the ice and do not have stability concerns usually prefer a fast slider, whereas less experienced curlers usually want to balance speed with stability. It is important to keep in mind that inexperienced curlers generally have low leg thrust and, if they are equipped with an excessively slow slider, the result will be an unsatisfactory delivery.

Hinged Front Slider - sliders that have a thickness of 5/32” or greater tend to be rigid, limiting any heel elevation during delivery. The Podium sole itself, not the slider, is designed to afford the appropriate degree of longitudinal flexibility. Rigidity also results in constant heel rubbing during walking. By splitting the front from the back slider and “hinging” the front slider, the negative effect of rigidity is eliminated on Podium Gold and Silver shoes.

Lateral Stability - stability during delivery is best achieved by distributing weight equally across the width of the sole. During delivery the natural tendency is for weight to be shifted to the outside of the sliding foot. The outsole on the Podium series is expressly moulded to incorporate a lateral stabilizer in the ball of the foot. The result is even distribution of weight across the slider, a wider balance platform and enhanced stability.

Warmth - insulation throughout the upper and air cushioning in the sole ensure warmth on all Podium models.

Comfort and Fit - careful attention to materials and design afford slipper like comfort from the first time Podium shoes are worn. Further, the Silver model is available in both REGULAR and WIDE fit. Unlike most curling shoes, ladies Podiums are built on specific women’s moulds.

Quality - most shoe manufacturing relies upon a high volume production line. Only high end shoes are still produced in lower volume “hand made” factories. The entire Podium line is produced in such an environment – guaranteeing careful attention to quality and detail.