The Hollywood Curling Club is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization made up of amateur athletes who are passionate about curling.
Saturday, the Los Angeles-based club hosted a pop-up curling clinic at the Robobank Arena.
“Curling is one of those universal sports,” club president Liza Beres said. “We love to say anyone from 8 to 80 plus can do the sport and it really is true. It’s that one sport that you see in the Olympics, you watch curling and think, I think I could actually do that.”
The game consists of two teams of four people working to get the stone from one end of the rink to the other, aiming for the “house,” or the big bull’s-eye, painted on the ice. Whichever team’s stone is closest to the house scores the point.
For first-time curler Jim Luff, the day was a total surprise.
“My wife and some of our good friends said we’re gonna do something on Saturday so block off this time,” Luff said. “I’ve never done anything like that before, never even been out of the ice before.”
Luff caught on quickly.
Another stand out was high school teacher Chris Hertzog. Hertzog always had an interest in the sport, so when he heard he had the opportunity to learn, he slid at the chance to prove to his students it’s not as easy as it looks.
“It’s on the Olympics now and they are really pushing it with the co-ed teams and stuff,” Hertzog said. “And I was showing my kids this week and they were like, ‘that looks so easy, it’s so dumb,’ and I said no it’s really hard and I’m going to do it and I’ll show ya.”
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