Wearing Down the Pebble
After the opening ceremonies at the 2011 Men's World Curling Championship in Regina, the ice crew went to work on the four sheets of ice. .... chamois-ing, repebbling, clipping, and then something I had not seen before (I don't recall having seen it at The Brier last month, but I wasn't able to attend as much of that as I might have wished). This last touch involved putting all eight stones of one colour into a wooden framed and dragging it up and down the ice several times.
The process was repeated on each sheet. Our guess is that they were wearing down the pebble just a bit to make the sheets a bit more consistent from the beginning of each game. Does that make sense?
Labels: 2011 Men's Worlds