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.
The 16 November 2008, three climbers from Belgium, (Sean Villanueva, Florian Castagne and Benoit Poisson) decided to rig a highline in Freyr (one of the best cliff in Belgium). As usual in Belgium (in november) the weather was unsettled.
It was raining in Bruxelles (the capital) but we still decided to take the risk. Hopefully, in Freyr (100km away from Bruxelles) it wasn’t raining but the clouds were still there: we were under a constant threat.
Ben arrived during the rigging. One hour later everything was ready. We had the chance of the experience of Sean who actually knows very well this line and all the anchors. Because we can’t bolt anchors spacially for the line, we have to use the anchors of belays of climbing routes near the line. Sean is a very good climber and slacker; he has done some climbing expeditions in Patagonia, Pakistan, USA and Canada.
The line is about 12 meters long (~40’) and probably 30 meters high (~100’).
Before starting Sean gave us some pieces of advices for the leash, how to fall,… even if we had done some tree highlining but it was only 20-25’ high…
Ben started first. He tried a sit start but didn’t succeed even if he’s really used to sit starts… but not that high.
Florian started from the other side, he has to rappel a bit. Sean helped him for the firsts steps with his hand. After some steps alone, Florian fell. After two others failed tries, Florian takes a break.
Sean’s turn : show time! He’s really used to this line. He sent it both ways and then tried some tricks : surfing, drop knee,…
After this, Ben tried it again, also helped by Sean’s hand. Few step : fall. Next try. This time, it was the good one even if at some meters of the end, he had big balance problems but he successfully kept his balance. Yes! He sent it !
Florian is now very motivated for a send! Steps by steps he walks the line. When he reaches the linelock he has to make a very big step. He lost his concentration and fell. Damn!
He went in the middle of the line and at the second try he stood on the line. He walked to the end avoiding the linelock: he reached the other side! Yeah!
One more time, Sean showed us some of his tricks. The day was constantly darker and a bit of rain made the line slippery so Florian and Ben wasn’t able to walk it anymore. The cold weather wasn’t helping.
We started taking out the line. It was totally dark when we had finished. Good timing!
We hope to do it again as fast as possible!
(Originally written by Florian, and translated by Benoit. I’m not a translator, so don’t blame me for incorrect words/expressions)
Original version can be found here