ALTOONA, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Saturday the first ever crokicurl tournament kicked off at the new rink in Altoona’s River Prairie Park. Jessica Mendoza was there and introduces us to the city’s first ever Crokicurl Champions.
Today’s crokicurl tournament was a part of the city of Altoona’s frosty fun series. The series is meant to get people outside and having fun with one another. Those who participated in today’s event say it did just that.
Another day with subzero temperatures was no match for these first-time crokicurlers. Trying the new Canadian winter sport that combines crokinole and curling. In Altoona,16 people, 8 teams, all competing to be the first-ever U.S. Crolikurl Champions.
The majority of players had no previous experience in the new sport. However, the team walking away with the first place belt had dabbled in both games that combine to create crokicurl.
Mike Peplinski and Ron Parks, champions, said, “Well we played the board game crokinole and we both curl together at the Eau Claire Curling Club so wave curled together for 20 years now so it was good to get out there and try something new.”
Team Parks and Peplinski say although it felt great to win, the best part was being able to enjoy the game with their community.
“Just to be able to get outside again and be with people talk with people it’s a very friendly game and this wasn’t cutthroat by any stretch of the imagination and even with the miserable temperatures I think everybody still had a good time,” said Parks and Peplinski.
Management Analyst for the city of Altoona, Roy Atkinson says he was extremely happy with the first-ever event, and they expect it to grow each year.
“Our hope in the future is that we will be able to get Canadian teams down for Saratoga and Saskatchewan so were hoping to turn this into an international competition and we are going to host the second annual Crokicurl Championship here next year,” said Atkinson.
Parks and Peplinski say they will definitely return next year to defend their title.