Curling stones are made from granite and weigh around 20kg. The handle allows the stone to be gripped and rotated upon release. ‘Hacks’ are rubber blocks that are fixed at each end of the sheet to give the person delivering the stone something to push against. Stones are provided at all curling rinks.
Curlers ‘sweep’ the ice in front of their team’s stones to melt the ice slightly using a curling brush. This helps the stone to travel further and can influence the direction. Sweeping also helps to clear any debris from the path of the stone. Brushes are available at curling rinks for general use.
Curling Delivery Stick
Delivery sticks allow stones to be delivered from a standing position or wheelchair and are available for those with mobility issues.
Curlers wear special shoes with one sliding sole to allow them to slide down the ice when delivering the stone. Flat rubber soled shoes or trainers are ideal for beginners as step on sliders are available at the curling rink.