Renowned Slackliner Andy Lewis performed during this year’s Superbowl 46 halftime show with Madonna, taking Slackline to the tipping point in front of 9 billion viewers. In the days that followed all media world wide was talking about Slackline even public radio. All amazed at Andy’s talent and Balls of steel, but that’s another story! A few weeks later Slackline performer Andy made his appearance in Conan’s show …
In this footage is chronicled his amazing historical performance during Superbowl 46, his great humor, and arsenal of tricks on a slackline. Joined by long time friend and equally awesome Slackliner Alphamike and members of the US Pro team.
Recently my friend Matt and I hiked up the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, BC and rigged a highline around 40 meters long. This has been a goal of mine for quite some time. So far it has been rigged three times, twice by Matt, that we know of. I’m proud to say that I got the second send.
We left it up for a bit, came back a few days later with a video camera and got this…
Approach: From the Chief parking lots, walk up Shannon falls trail to the 3rd summit of the Chief.
Rigging: There are two bolts on the 2nd summit, as for the 3rd summit side, you have to equalize off of trees. We tied string to a rock and hucked it across. This can prove challenging.See more photos and read more about this on our Slackline.com Forums
Big thanks to Matt for the use of his gear and Ryan Warden for filming it.
This is some awesome footage of Christian Schou’s world record walk of a 1000m high line in Norway. It certainly isn’t the most difficult highline, but it is the highest in the world!
Jon Ritson of Leeds England has recently made an honorable attempt at a new record for the longest and highest highline in England.
The news report can be viewed here:
Congratulations on the publicity Jon! Best of luck in future records!
Typically, slacklines range from 15-50 feet for those just getting into the sport. However, if an extra challenge and thrill is desired, long lines can prove to be extremely difficult. Anything over 100 feet requires increased concentration, balance, and skill. Because of this added difficulty, many people have embraced long slacklines in the same way that they embrace highlines; it creates the necessity to be completely focused. Many notable slackliners have pursued long slacklines, but only in recent years have attempts been made to set a “world record”.
The first known attempt to establish a world record slackline was made by Heinz Zak in August of 2005. He is believed to be the first person to successfully walk a 100 meter (328 feet) slackline. This is now the idealistic goal for many longline walkers. The magic of the 100 meter line draws many people in.
This record stood for nearly two years, until Slackline maven Damian Cooksey (also known for landing the first frontflip on a slackline, among other accomplishments) walked a longer line in 2007. On march 4th of that year he successfully rigged and walked a 405 foot line in Poland. The video of this walk can be seen below:
About two months later, this record was broken, as Andreas Thoelke walked a 443 foot line on May 31st. Not to be outdone, Damian walked a 506 foot line on July 10th, 2007, smashing the old record and leaving a lot to work up to for slackliners to come.
Long lines should not be taken lightly though. The forces involved in rigging lines of such length are staggering, and any gear failure at these tensions can cause severe injury. I know from personal experience what this looks like (see left)
Surely the record will be broken again in the future. Who knows what we are capable of? Only time can tell. Talk has already begun of lines longer than 700 feet. (Yes there are pieces of continuous webbing that long).
This is a youtube video of Kristina at the 2008 Bisik Slackline Festival. We believe that she may be the youngest person to walk a highline (at age 10).
Congratulations Kristina! That is quite an accomplishment!
Potter’s revolutionary attempt to make the first Base Line: walking a slackline 400 feet in the air with only a B.A.S.E. parachute protecting him from a deadly fall. Pretty radical stuff.
Andy and Shaun, hailing from Humboldt, have completed their newest video: Slacklife
Check out the first full length slackline and highline documentary! For more information on the film, and to purchase a DVD check out http://www.elements-film.de/
On July 13, 1985, Scott Balcom became the first man in the world to walk across the Lost Arrow Spire Highline. A towering 2890 feet (880 meters), above the valley floor. 22 years and 3 days later, Libby Sauter became the first woman to cross the lost arrow spire highline. This has become the most coveted highline in the world. Congratulations to Libby!