Now just into February 2013 and already Slackline makes BIG headlines again. This time it is the effort of the most accomplished, tenacious, amazing, young Female Slackliner, Faith Dickey.
Faith is the Premiere Female Sackliner in the world, holding several world records in various disciplines with in Slackline/Highline. Late last year her walk between moving trucks, filmed in Europe for a commercial, went viral within a day of having aired.
Today February 9, 2013, on her 24th birthday, Faith spoke at the TEDxAustin 2013: Fearless Conference.
In a clear, powerful, humble voice Faith introduced herself as a professional Slackliner, honoring the effort and dedication of many who like herself know firsthand the power of Slackline, and thereby legitimizing it as a sport. She shared her journey of self discovery and on going study of fear vs. intuition through Highlining and free soloing. She continues to inspire us all on and off the Line.
Congratulations Faith! Well done!
(She comes in at 2:22:11 of program)
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
The Slackline Brothers have been given the opportunity to spread the seeds of slacklining in Ecuador!! A team of 6 of us; Corbin Usinger, Clay Usinger, Dylan Buffington, Austin Josephs, Jenna McLennan and Maria Quinones-Phiegh are heading out early tomorrow morning at 2 am.. First to Panama, then after a layover for a few hours we’re off to Guayaquil! We will be performing for the extreme sports festival, Feria de Duran, and will be representing Slackline Brothers and the Tesalia Springs Company’s new drink 220V, EXTREME! Steel structures will be supporting our 85ft long/25ft high line that we’ll be playing on, Everyone on the team is super psyched for this amazing trip! Pics will be posted soon!
By Robin Avery
Every time I go outside to setup my slackline I forget something. Here is a list of ten ingredients that are sure to make your experience more enjoyable.
- Bring your slackline. There are many different rigging methods. When I’m cruising the beach-side on my bike, I prefer to bring the minimalist’s rig. It’s light and simple. Other times, when I’m rigging lines over 20 meters (65 feet) I like to bring my pulley blocks. They’re a bit heavier, but worth it when you’re working with long lines and need to adjust tension on-the- fly.
- Bring protection for the trees. Protecting the trees is of utmost importance. Slackline is still not accepted in many places. In fact, it has been banned in many parks around the world. Keep image of slackline a good one by protecting any trees you sling.
- Bring water and snacks. Slacklining takes a lot more energy then most people think. A nice day in the sun feels that much better when you’re well fed and watered.
- Bring a knife. Time and time again I need to cut webbing.
- Bring pen and paper. Slackline is a social activity and a great way to meet new friends. A pen and paper will be useful when that cute guy or girl wants to exchange phone numbers.
- Bring a mat to sit on. In Vancouver we get a lot of rain and the ground can often be quite wet.
- Bring a camera. When you are about to land that new triple backflip you’ve been working on all season, you’ll want a picture for bragging rights.
- Wear sandles. Socks are shoes are no fun when you’re playing in the sun.
- Bring a first-aid kit. As is with any (fun) sport, slackline does carry the risk of injury. Broken glass may be hiding in the grass. Some cloth tape, Afterbite, and band-aids will come in handy if you should cut yourself or be stung by an insect.
- Wear a smile! As a slackliner, whether you like it or not, you’ve become an ambassador and pioneer to an emerging sport. Inevitably, you’ll be approached be passer-bys who want to know why you’re training for the circus. Don’t scoff, instead, tell them what you’re up to, and tell them: slackline.com.
French slackliner Damien Mercier is planning to break Christian Schou’s highest highline record (direct exposure) which was set in Norway. Click here to read the article about the preparations for his attempt. Best of luck to you Damien on your world record aspirations!
Stefan, or “Fish” in the forums, has recently broken the world longline record, walking a 203 meter (666 feet) slackline at the Fairytale Meadow east of Dresden, Germany. This beautiful line was full manned by Stefan, and is the first slackline of more than 200 meters to be successfully walked. Using a single piece of White Magic webbing, Stefan was able to walk the line after many sessions of increasing line length, walking 80 meters in February, up to 177 meters just a month before his 203 meter walk. Congratulations Stefan on this incredible feat!
You can read more here, at Stefan’s blog entry of the walk. (translated to English through Google)
Slackline Pro Damian Cooksey has finished his new climbing gym, “Bridges Rock Gym”, in the San Francisco Bay area.
What do you get when you combine free standing boulders with some cool toproping and awesome slacklining? Answer: one of the coolest new gyms in the country. Bouldering problems topping out at more than 20 feet high, a new high tech landing pad system, and thousands of slackline combinations just begging for the newest tricks in the world makes Bridges Rock Gym a must visit destination. Damian Cooksey will be giving the best climbing and slacklining instruction in the country, along with their many other top notch employees. The Grand Opening Celebration is going on from the 28th-29th of March, check out all the cool festivities! Visit their web site for more info.
Also, check out this cool slide show of Andy and Damian having a nice slackline session:
Up and coming longline walker Jerry Miszewski walked a 514 foot long slackline in his local park last December, and this is believed to be the longest slackline walked by an American, just shy of the alleged world records of 550 feet and 600 feet set in Europe. His account of the walk can be seen here
Jerry claims that a 600+ ft slackline is definitely possible and he hopes to be able to set the new world record soon. Jerry walks on the “white magic” webbing which is seemingly ideal for long lines. Congratulations Jerry on this awesome accomplishment!
A big crew from Colorado and California got together this year for the Ouray Ice Festival in southwestern Colorado. We rigged a beautiful line over the box canyon in Ouray, spanning 82 feet and topping out at just under 100 feet high. Libby Sauter wrote a great trip report for the event, and it can be read on the blog here: Trip Report. Thanks to everyone who showed up to this event and helped make it awesome!