Meet the Athlete
Name: Pablo Traversat
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.”
Pablo has been showing his skills during the Safety Meeting in 2016 and 2018 in the Netherlands
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
Pablo's favorite moments / Pictures
Good times at Bern City Slack
In control on a 130m Heavy Black & White at the University Campus of Eindhoven.
Waterlining near Eindhoven!