Rocks guard stones and hammer in a provocative photo that darn near crosses the hog line for a great cause.
Kamloops couple Erin Pincott and Matt Dunstone made the cover of the 2021 Curling Cares Calendar, the proceeds from which have raised more than $600,000 for charitable purposes since 2014.
The cover picture, which includes Dunstone, shirtless, and Pincott lying in a grass field with a curling stone above their heads, is one-upped by what springs in the month of April.
Dunstone, lying nude in a field near Cinnamon Ridge, stares stoically into the lens, accompanied by Pincott, donning spandex shorts and a sports bra, powerfully posed with a curling broom held above shoulders.
This version of the Manitoba tuck, a money shot delivered by Kamloops photographer Sara Reimer, hides the Winnipeg skip’s crown jewels behind two stones.
Pincott’s right foot is raised and rests atop the rocks.
“Luckily, it was still summertime, so I could stay warm,” Dunstone said with a laugh. “So now we have the photo, which some people might say has four stones in it.
“I know my mom was shocked last night when she saw it for the first time.”
Pincott is friends with Reimer. They brainstormed for ideas prior to the shoot, keeping in mind this is the first year men and women are included together in the calendar.
“There is a little back road you can see off in the distance behind us,” Pincott said. “A few people going for their Sunday night drive may have seen a little bit more of Matt than they were anticipating.
“We knew we wanted to have fun with it. We don’t take ourselves too seriously.”
Calendar organizers are asking media outlets not to publish the inside page photos, a strategy designed to spur sales online.
Buy the calendar for $34.95, a price that includes shipping and handling in Canada, at curlingcalendar2021.com. Use the promo code — ErinMatt2021 — for a $5 discount.
The cover shot surfaced online about a month ago.
“All the guys like to poke fun at you all the time,” Dunstone said. “[Olympic gold medallist] Ben Hebert was talking about the chest hair. It was a clearcut trim job he noticed. That was the last trim job. I’ve got to get the winter coat ready to go.”
Dunstone expects more friendly-fire feedback once the April photo sweeps across the curling nation.
“He was a good sport,” Pincott said. “She [Reimer] turned her back during the initial strip down and we were able to strategically place the rocks, but I’m not too sure [what she saw]. We had some good laughs.”
The 18 curlers who appear in the 2021 calendar were asked to choose a charitable recipient.
Pincott, who belongs to the defending B.C. women’s champion Brown rink, and Dunstone, who skipped his Saskatchewan team to bronze at the 2020 Brier, chose a cause that hits close to home — the Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Grant Young, Pincott’s late grandfather, suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
“He is the reason I got started in curling,” Pincott said of Young, who went to the Brier as Barry McPhee’s lead in 1981, and again in 1986 as the fifth/coach.
“He passed away right before I got quite competitive with it, before Team Brown kind of broke out. I think about him a lot when I compete. It’s a neat way to honour him.”