Blog & Know-How

  1. Used pinkTube breaking strength test by the International Slackline Association (ISA)

    A piece of pinkTube has been permanently rigged and sessioned for 6-8 months. It has seen between 3000 - 5000 leashfalls and was exposed to the sun for about 2 hours per day. It was located in a forest in France, near streaming water with high humidity. This piece of webbing has been break tested by the International Slackline Association. In the following article you can see the results:

    Webbing break tests Slacktivity pinkTube - ISA

    If you want to find out more about forces that are occuring in highlines, then you can watch the following video. Be aware that highlines rigged with low-stretch webbing and short highlines see clearly higher peak forces compared to high-stretch webbing ones or long highlines. 

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  2. Knots in slackline webbing

    TEAR IT UP

    Knot breaking by SLACKTIVITY

    Tear it up

    Author: Daan Nieuwenhuis
    Break tests: Daan Nieuwenhuis & Samuel Volery
    Pictures by: Daan Nieuwenhuis

    Introduction

    Since a few years the low-tension lines have become more of a standard. This new style brings new styles of rigging, one of these is tying knots in the back up webbing. But what does a knot in webbing actually hold? How does the knot influence the breaking strength of the webbing? As SLACKTIVITY we also had the goal to test out multiple knots to connect our back-up webbing to the mainline in our Type B webbings (redTube & pinkTube). This is done by making a knot in your back up webbing, and connect it to a T-Loop with a quicklink.

    WARNING: Knots can be complicated and hard to check properly. Don’t use them if you’re not 100% sure that the knot is correct, or if there is nobody that has the knowledge to double check it. Even after tying a knot 20 times, mistakes can still happen. Always double check each other rigs.

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  3. Samuel Volery

    Sam Volery - Pic by Aiden Williams


    Samuel Volery

    The 34 year old slackliner from Zurich, Switzerland started Slacklining in 2004 to stabilize his knee after an injury of his crutiate ligament. Not only did he recover extremely fast from his injury, but he started loving that sport and soon after founded SLACKTIVITY together with Tobias Rodenkirch. In the following years he concentrated on Jumplining and became Swiss Champion in Tricklining in 2013. From that moment on he started to highline more and more as he discovered the freestyle potential of that sport, and started pushing the boundaries. He broke the world record of highlining several times - in 2018 he walked a 1900m long highline without falling. Beside that, he was the first person to manage the handstand on a highline and keeps impressing the slackline world with spectacular trick-combos. He walks all his highlines secured.

    Titles

    Current Highline World Record Holder

    Shows

    Sam already did countless highline-shows in Switzerland but also in other countries in Europe. His favourite length to do shows is between 40m and 100m. But he is open for any highline up to 3km length. Contact him on info@slacktivity.ch if you want to book him for a show.

    Specialities

    Sam was the first highliner to do shoulder stands and handstands on highlines and is still inventing a lot of new tricks. His show-program - mixed up with music and dance-elements - is versatile and amazes every crowd.

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Sam? Email to info@slacktivity.ch, checkout www.slacktivity.ch, give a follow on his Instagram: @samuelvolery or check out his Athlethe page on Facebook!

     Instagram @samuelvoleryFacebook Samuel VoleryWebsite SlacktivityCH

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  4. Lukas Irmler

    Lukas Irmler picture by Christian Spreitz


    Meet the Athlete

    Name: Lukas Irmler
    Nick name: Luke Skywalker
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    Age: 30

    When I stepped on my first Slackline in the summer of 2006, it felt totally different to me then any other sport I had tried before. I will never forget that positive feeling after crossing my first Slackline after 3 days of practising. Slacklining quickly became more than just my hobby. It developed into my sport, my passion and finally became my profession in 2011. After finishing my Bachelor of Science in 2011 I decided to dedicate my life completely to my passion Slacklining. Since then I was able to travel the world, realizing my dreams, sharing my passion and knowledge. After I finished my studies 2016 with a Master degree in Economics I commit my time fully to the sport and the work as a professional Athlete, Artist and Consultant.

    I got unique chances and never let pass one, so I got two Guinness World Record Titles and numerous Longline Records within the last years. I also became first in several Tricks and Combinations on the Trickline and Highline. Furthermore I have gathered great experience in performing shows all around the globe and have been part of multiple TV productions. Today I am more than happy to share my passion and experiences while giving speeches and presentations as well as performances and workshops.

    Shows

    As a slackliner, speaker and artists Lukas is the most experience worldwide among all slackliners. He started doing shows all around the globe in 2008. Check out his website www.lukas-irmler.com/en for more information about this! Or send him an email at lukas@lukas-irmler.com

    Specialities

    He's a specialist on the highline, freestyle tricks and going on expeditions to rig epic lines.His favorite trick is the handstand, but you will always see it Lukas when he does a double drop knee or handstand. 

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Lukas? Or follow his adventures? Check out his website, send him an email, give him a follow on Instagram @lukasirmler or follow his Facebook Athlethe page

     Instagram @lukasirmlerFacebook Lukas IrmlerWebsite Lukas IrmlerMail Lukas Irmler YouTube

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  5. Richard Terashy

    Richard Terashy


    Meet the Athlete

    Name: Richard Terashy
    Nick name: Terashy

    Age: 33

    Richard aka Terashy88 is a Slackliner from Zürich, Switzerland. He was born in Jamaica and moved to Switserland as a kid. He has only been slacklining since 2016. Before that he has enjoyed a lot of other sports like ice hockey, surfing, downhill mountainbike and downhill longboard. He's unstopable and rarely sits still, he keeps on going! Besides a lot of slacklining he's an elevator technician and gives slackline lessons. He loves to visit different meetings when he has enough time besides his work. 

    Shows

    Richard has been helping out Samuel Volery with some shows in Switserland. 

    Personal message

    "Hope to slackline with you soon at a slackline meeting!"

    Specialities

    You can easily recognize him by his aggressive, but controlled slackline style. You can regonize him by his quick twists, surfs (one leg) and bounces. All his tricks are always peformed with a huge smile on his face. Next to that he also loves to dance and feel the flow on the Slackline. He can be a real crowd entertainer! 

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Richard? Or follow his adventures? Give him a follow on Instagram @terashy88 or find him on Facebook

     Instagram @lukasirmlerFacebook Lukas Irmler

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  6. Anthony Hotte

    Anthony Hotte - Pic by Aiden Williams

    Meet the Athlete

    Name: Anthony Hotte
    Nick name: Antho

    Age: 20

    Anthony is an slackline artist from Québec, Canada. He was introduced to highlining in May 2016 by his great friend Guillaume Fontaine. They are now knows as the duo Les Farfadets! Direcyly he fell in love with the sport, he already started highlining in september 2016, and ONLY after one year he competed in his first Highline compettion in China. There he stunned every pro highliner by winning the competition, he came out of nowhere! 
    There Samual Volery took 3rd place after Guilliame Fontaine, Sam was so amazed by their skill that since then Les Farfadets are part of the Slacktivity Athlete team. In the winter of 2018, he won a trickhighline competition in Mexico. In that same year in September he set the new world record for highlining to 1900m together with a team of other slackliners, including Slacktivity Athletes Lukas Irmler, Sam Volery and Guilliame Fontaine. 

    Shows

    Anthony already has quite some show experience! He has been performing at Jackalope 2017 (Big action sports event), Freak Show 2018,  Festival des traditions du monde de Sherbrooke in 2018 and Noctalumbe in 2018. 

    Specialities

    When you see a guy with a unicycle on a highline, it's him, it's Anthony for sure. And when you see two people doing tandem on a highline you can be quite certain it's Anthony & Guilliame. His favorite trick is the handstand on the line! He's an specialist in handstand on the line, he has been practicing a lot with the handstand on the rodeoline. 

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Anthony? Or follow his adventures? Give him a follow on Instagram @lesfarfadets or find him on Facebook

     Instagram @lesfarfadetsFacebook Les Farfadets YouTube

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  7. Andrea Dattoli

    Andrea Datolli picture by Maurico Ramos


    Meet the Athlete

    Name: Andrea Dattoli
    Age: 28

    Andrea is a slackliner from Mexico. She's a very passionate practioneer and teacher of the following three things: Yoga, Acroyoga and Slacklining! The mastering of these 3 skills make up for an unique creative slackline style with lots of controlled and elegant yoga moves on the slackline. Next to that she's a social psychologist and sometimes an artist!
    She defines her self as someone who experiments with all forms of movement, lately she has been mainly interested in the development of her balance. This has led to new Yoga moves on the floor & on the slackline. Her improved balance on the line helps her a lot while doing Yoga and Acroyoga. Her moves come from moving her body consious and constant motivation. She has been slacklining for 5 years now. 

    She's a certified teacher in Acroyoga TT Montreal since 2015 and Hatha Yoga. She's a member of the Mexico City slackline team "Tenochtitline Slackline México". Her goal is to motivate the community and make it grow, and above all to create new possibilities of art, corporal expression and options to open a path of heailing and well-being. 

    Shows / Workshops

    Andrea hasn't done a true show yet, but it's always magical to see her move so calmly and elegenant on the highline which is already a great performance! However she has a lot of experience giving slackline workshops, for beginners and about Yogalining. The workshops she gave were in numerous of places, think about yoga centres, musical / cultural events and even in a juvenal jail! She's trying to show kids, adults, yoga teachers and physiotherapist the way of the slackline! Sharing is very important to her. 

    Specialities

    Check out her photo on the left, Andrea is a true master in Yoga on the line! Check out the video below for a feel about what Yoga on the line is. Slowly she's moving from the slow and controlled yoga to the highline trickbouncing as well. 

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Andrea? Or follow her adventures? Give her a follow on Instagram @a_dattoli, subricbe to her YouTube or follow her Facebook

     Instagram @a_dattolliFacebook Lukas Irmler YouTube

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  8. Pablo Traversat

    Pablo Traversat Picture by Daan Nieuwenhuis


    Meet the Athlete

    Name: Pablo Traversat
    Age: 22
    Lives in: Eindhoven, Netherlands. Expat with French and Dutch roots.

    Pablo – founder of SlackNED (Slackline Association of the Netherlands) – is currently finalizing his bachelor thesis in  Industrial Design at the Technical University of Eindhoven.

    It was in 2016 – after injuring both of his elbows while bouldering and watching Spencer Seabrook’s documentary “Free Solo” – that Pablo soon discovered the universe of slackline. Now it’s been over two years that he is passionately practicing this discipline in combination with his study. For him, slacklining is not only a discipline which enhances your mental and physical state. It is also a way of living which brought him a lot of stability in his life. “Whenever you fall, learn the causes and try again till you succeed. Be patient, persist and enjoy the ride because step by step everything can be fulfilled.”

    The first time Pablo encounter a Highline was in 2017, during the first Dutch Highline Festival (also known as the Safety Meeting). Walking a Highline was so intense, magical and unique that ever since – despite the constraint of his studies and living in a flat country – he eagerly tries to pursue Highline projects and events. That same year Pablo had the privilege to take part in a Highline project, in Zakynthos, where he walked on a 580m long Highline.

    If you briefly want to know  Pablo, he is an energetic exuberant clown. People mainly know him as a “park slackliner” and for his distinct style of expressing himself on the line. Inspired by Sebastian Segraves, Pablo enjoys mastering the surf-bounce. He is eager to go on new adventures, learn new bounce tricks and send big highline.  “Believe in your abilities, be patient, and with passion, you will reach what you seek.”

    Shows

    Pablo has been showing his skills during the Safety Meeting in 2016 and 2018 in the Netherlands

    Specialities

    If you see a slackliner and you're wondering, if he's closing his eyes, it's probably Pablo! And if you're wondering why this buffed fitness guy is on a slackline, it's Pablo! With his immense focus he's able to control so many lines and walk them with the arms down. He is a specialist in surf-bouncing and making huge rodeo surfswings! 

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Pablo? Or follow his adventures? Give him a follow on Instagram @pab_tra

     Instagram @a_dattolli

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  9. Gaëlle Joubert

    Gaëlle Joubert


    Meet the Athlete

    Name: Gaëlle Joubert
    Age: 24
    Country: France

    Around 2009, Gaëlle read an article about the Flying Frenchies walking "tightrope" in Verdon. She found it awesome and kept the article... "One day ..." She was introduced to slacklining through rock-climbing, in 2011. In 2013 she went to Canada for an Internship., and that’s when she started longline « Seriously ». In 2015 the slackline communities evolved in the Facebook Age, online, she met awesome people that took her highline in Verdon. The circle was complete. 

    For two years she kept highlining, but didn't improve much. She loved being out there, in the wild, but sadly once on the line, she couldn't overcome her fear. At some point, she met the crazy Louise Lenoble and quited her job for a while, and realized her mindset has changed : she was not afraid anymore, having fun on longer lines and enjoying the challenges of rigging ! Now, what she enjoy the most is going exploring the mountains and establishing new lines with Friends. In 2016 she rigged and  send the most northern line ever rigged, on a Greenland glacier. 

    She is also the painter behind the amazing and succesfull “Highline Comics” Facebook page, and part-time Software Engineer.

     Highline Comics

    Gaëlle's lessons! 

    "Don’t despair if you feel highlining is not for you and you are improving much more slowly than others. Take your time, just enjoy how lucky you are to be on that cliff anyway, and at some point it will come. I’m the living proof you can be a beginner for a long time, and end up not so bad.” 

    “Drawing and painting forces you to pay attention to every detail of the landscape that surrounds you. It makes you analyze everything, and look at your environment with another perspective. A drawing session, can help you to feel “at home” on a line.” 

    Specialities

    Drawing super funny, totally relatable and amazing drawings! Go check that out on “Highline Comics”! She enjoys the highline the most, especially opening new cool lines and everything around that. Think about exploration and climbing. She love the back bounce & hammockroll. But If you see a girl doing a mermaid on a line, it's probably Gaëlle! 

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Gaëlle? Or follow her adventures / drawings? Give her a follow on Instagram @mamie_gaelle or follow her Facebook page.

     Instagram @mamie_gaelleFacebook Highline Comics 

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  10. Lyell Grunberg

    Lyell Grunberg


    Meet the Athlete

    Lyell Grunberg is a 21 year old professional Slackliner and artist from Switzerland. Having 7 years of experience, he is part of the best Trickliners worldwide and one of the most versatile Slackliners ever. Lyell is Slacklining as a full-time career since June 2016.

    Having participated in more than 25 international competitions around the world, traveling and meeting the Slackline community worldwide, holding workshops and performing shows all over Europe and overseas, he is a well-known athlete for his never-dying motivation and his will to learn something new everyday. “My goal as a Slackliner is to inspire people to balance every single aspect of their life. Walking on the line is for me only a practical way of seeking for balance in everything I do”.

    His philosophy: “Things always seem impossible, until their done. Train a little every day, be patient and at some point you will become really good”. Lyell is a very ambitious and enthusiastic person and trains hard to achieve his dreams. “On a slackline we are constantly falling. I believe it is the same for us in life. We are constantly seeking balance. Each and one of us has to learn to balance and use each opportunity to learning something new everyday”.

    Shows

    Lyell already has a lot of experience in shows! For example in Brussel in a circus and even a wedding in San José! If you want to get in touch with him you can do so by sending him an email at slacklineinfo@gmail.com

    Specialities

    Lyell is a specialist on the trickline, you can almost call that a narrow trampoline. His style is elegant, clean and he makes fancy grabs! 

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Lyell? Or follow his adventures? Check out his website, send him an email, give him a follow on Instagram @slacklineguy or follow his Facebook Athlethe page

     Instagram @lukasirmlerFacebook Lukas IrmlerWebsite Lukas IrmlerMail Lukas Irmler YouTube

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  11. Forces in Highlining

    Many people who see a highliner on a highline for the first time, think that the forces are very high, especially when falling into the highline (leash fall). Since the slack ("sag") in highlining is not as limiting as in longlining over ground, most highlines are much less biased and this leads to lower forces than you would like.

    Check out this video and write out of the tests we did:

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  12. Oval-Carabiner vs. Pear-Shaped Carabiner

    Because slacklining is still a young sport and there are still few materials and standards that are geared to the slackline application, material from other applications (from sports and industrial climbing to industrial applications) is used.
    Here in this article it is shown that this is carabiners can be used in a few applications while slacklining. Be aware that you never use aluminum carabiners in your rig. They tend to break under cyclid load. 

     

    This video shows how the carabiner shape affects the breaking load of triangular loads. 

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  13. Overview Highline Tutorials

    The biggest dream and fear of every slackliner - Highlining attracts more and more slackliners. It's an disciplince within slacklining. It's diverse, fascinating, complex, scary but a lot of fun at the same time! Your mind, or your family thinks you're crazy, and that it's a ridicilous dangerous sport. But think about it. You're attatched to a slackline, with a backup, a breaking strength as low as 2 tons or 20kN. You're in the middle of the air. What can you hit? There's nothing you can fall on. It's not like climbing where you're close to the rockwall. 
    Thereby comes that you don't have to be an absolute pro to highline! There've been new comers to the highline sport, that mastered it within one year (our athletes: Les Farfadets, Louise Lenoble). This wasn't possible for them if there was not an experienced highliner with them to rig the lines safely. 
    So remember: You don't have to be an slackline expert to start highlining, learn the basics; (chongo-)mount, mantle mount and leashclimb and you're ready to go. You just have to have a few expert friends who can take you out highlining! 

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  14. Zakynthos - 580m highline

    Karin Doblander from Tirol almost succeeded in improving the women's highline world record at 580m & Samuel Volery from Switzerland made the 580m as the first slackliner blindfolded.

    Zakynthos - Blindfold 580m

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  15. Overview Longline Tutorials

    The next level - Longlinen is probably the most varied and most exciting (maybe expect highlining) discipline of slacklining. Whether beginner or pro - here you will find tutorials to expand your longline experience. Have fun on the narrow band! Feedback on the videos or ideas for new tutorials are always welcome.

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  16. Overview Trickline Tutorials

    On this page you'll find an overview of all the trickline tutorials out there made by Samual Volery!

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  17. Forces in slacklining (Ratchet lines)

    The forces that occur during slacklining are composed of the preload force and the weight of the slackliner. This can be both static and dynamic. It is not possible to determine the forces without measuring device exactly - but one can calculate the forces in static slacklining with a formula approximately.

    Here are some basic rules of the forces:

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  18. Overview Slackline-Basics & Static tricks

    Get inspriration for you first steps, static- and dynamic tricks on a slackline! All the videos help you out to become a better slackliner, explained by Samuel Volery, Tobias Rodenkirch & Jonas Konijnenberg. 

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  19. Urban Highline Festival 2017

    This year Slacktivity will be at the Urban Highline festival in Lublin, Poland. The UHF is taking place between 25th of July and the 30th of July. We are happy to bring you your gear to the event. Make your order before the 18th of July and we could bring it for free for you!
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  20. The Wind of Change – Highline world record expedition

    In late September, an international team of adventurers met above the Todra Valley in Morocco to harness spectacular highlines in various lengths and heights, including the longest highline ever rigged, at this unique canyon. The previous highline world record was held by Nathan Paulin (F) and Danny Mensik (CZ), who ran in the south of France a line of 1020m.

    Wind of Change - 1140m

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  21. Dreamwalkers Highline video: On One Inch

    In this video the Dreamwalkers, Tom Peek, Yuri Rhodenborgh and Jonas Konijnenberg are documented on a trip by filmcrew Venture Collective. They went to the French alps together with a sick camera; The RED EPIC X.3

    On One Inch

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  22. Highline World Record 477m

    Sam broke his record on the mountain Moléson, during a meeting of the very best highliners of the world. "We are here mainly to have some fun!" Sam continues: "I wanted to make one last try in the evening. I heard someone else walking on the parallel highline and this gave me the confidence that I wasn't alone out there. I stopped thinking, just counting my steps. It was a meditive state of mind!

    Over the clouds - 477m

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  23. Over the Rainbow - A Highline World Record

    In september 2015, Samuel Volery organized the second edition of The Highline Extreme. This year, Europe's best highliners met up with the intention to try and break several highline world records. Keep on reading and experience the event through the eyes of Samuel Volery!

    Over the Rainbow - 477m

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  24. World’s longest highline (537m) in Switzerland gets destroyed by lightning

    Check out this extreme clip from Samuel Volery, attempting a highline record (537m) in Switzerland, while he gets confronted by the wrath of the thunder god!

    Longer than the gods allow (537m)

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  25. Highline World Record 169 meter!

    10 days after our monster-highline in the Churfirsten (537m long) has been taken down by lightning we still had the open project to make a rope-jump into a highline. Specially for that purpose Marvin has bought a long rope. So we decided to rig another highline near by the world famous devil's bridge in Andermatt (Switzerland), protected between electricity cables, so that lightning was no threat anymore and that the line was not blocking any helicopter pathway.

    World Record Sam Volery 169m

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  26. Longline World Record

    A slackline world record on marathon

    Some months ago we started developing a new line. The goal was to have a line with:

    - soft & rounded edges, so it feels nice under the feet
    - rather low stretch, so it's easy to rig on big distances
    - 3-layer-construction to have the outer fibres under less tension than the inner ones.

    New longline world record on polyester! And the proof that 1% of a marathon can be walked on Marathon-webbing!

    Longline World Record 440m

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  27. Angela Garcia for slackline World-cup Brazil

    The Swiss Slacktivity athlete Angela Garcia is planning to go to the World Championship slacklining in Brazil. She tries to get a plane ticket via crowdfunding. Help Angela Garcia make it to the World Cup!

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  28. MadNes Festival '14

    MadNes Festival is a surf, skate and music event on the island Ameland in the north of the Netherlands. Slacktivity is hosting slackline workshops and demonstrations on the beach. This year it was a huge succes! Everyone enjoyed the slackline setups to the max.

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  29. Exposure "67" Highline in Switzerland

    Exposure 67 is a highline project from Slacktivity Slacklines. The team rigged a 54 meter highline on the Kreuzberg in Switzerland. It took 3 days to rig the line. The slackliners are Samuel Volery, Samuel Metzger and Salvatore Daniele.

    Exposure "67"

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  30. Swiss Championships

    20 athletes from around the country have shown spectacular tricks in front of 300 spectators and made the audience enthousiastic! Winners of the first Swiss Slackline Championships in Zurich were after exciting finals Samuel Volery from Uster and Alexandra Oswald from Zurich .
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