The Tulsa Curling Club begins its third winter season this month.
Eric Vardeman fell in love with curling after watching the sport in the winter Olympics. Tulsa didn’t have a curling league at the time, but Oklahoma City did, so for two years the software designer regularly traveled down the turnpike just to play.
With encouragement and support from the Tulsa Oilers, Vardeman founded the Tulsa Curling Club in January 2012. The recreational league is open to men and women, who form four-person teams. The club plans to host a “curling academy” this season for those who want to learn the basics of the sport.
“It’s a lot harder than it looks,” Vardeman says.