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There are those certain sports you just never hear about unless the Olympics are coming around. You know,…

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There are those certain sports you just never hear about unless the Olympics are coming around. You know, like, curling! With its 40-pound granite stones and sweeping action, curling requires strategy, finesse, and really dapper uniforms (see Team Norway). It’s also super fun. Canada often gets the cred for curling, but the Scottish winter sport similar to shuffleboard can also be found locally thanks to the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club.  Ready to give it a curl? Take a lesson with Learn to Curl! Most of them happen at the Oakland Ice Center, but other locations do it on occasion, too, like in Fremont. You’ll spend half the class learning the basics—scoring, positions, and, of course, how to shoot and sweep. Then it’s game time. Take position on your hack (think Olympic sprinters) and prepare to launch. Glide forward into a deep lunge, gently releasing the stone like a baby bird. Be sure to listen to your skip—the team captain in charge of strategy—who’ll yell affirmatives and negatives at broom-yielding leads running parallel to the stone, guiding the team toward a high score. And if it turns out you’re really bad at curling, no worries! In true tradition, winners buy the first round following the match.

Sign up for classes online. Adults $20; juniors (21 and under) $15.

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