The Circuit Male breakthrough climber of 2016, Tomoa Narasaki
Tomoa Narasaki was a revelation in 2016. As a junior he’d shown flashes of brilliance but seemed an extremely hit or miss proposal. Making finals in Haiyang in 2014 as well as a strong 10th place finish in the World Champs in Munich that year should have marked him for greatness. However an inconsistent 2015 saw him sliding off many peoples radar.
2016 looked at first like it would be a repeat of 2015 as Tomoa failed to impress in Meiringen and Kazo. It seemed the pressure of a home World Cup and the attendant media was giving the Japanese team on the whole the jitters.
Chongqing though saw an impressive reversal of form. Taking victory in China giving the young star a huge confidence boost, something you could see in his climbing style through the rest of the season!
Tomoa went on to a string of 2nd place finishes, closing the World Cup season with another victory, this time in the legendary Olympic Stadium of Munich. This was enough to seal the IFSC World Cup overall for 2016.
With an incredible, dynamic movement style, Tomoa can control and harness momentum like no one else on the circuit. Seeing him at his best is breath taking, truly next level climbing. Harnessing this style Tomoa closed out his season with superb victories in the World Championship in Paris and at Adidas Rockstars in Stuttgart.
Only the slow start to the season put him behind Marcin Dzienski in the scoring for the best of 2016, but he was far and away the breakthrough male climber of the year!