Today we trekked to Vail, Colorado for the GoPro mountain games. These games inlcude events in river kayak, rock climbing, and, of course, SLACKLINE!!!! Gibbon was the major sponsor and there were competitors from around the world. I was able to get some video of a couple of great slackers, Jaan Roose, and Carlos Neto before my camera’s memory filled to capacity. Here is a short video from the events today. Good luck to all the competitors!
Today we spent a few hours at the 2nd birthday party for Echo Brewing in Frederick, Colorado. Part of the celebration was a Slackline Competition featuring many great Slackers: Alex Mason, Zack Andrews, Marcus Nelson, Wes Duckworth, Martín Hernandez, Mickey Wilson, Justin Wagers, to name a few.
Below is my video featuring some of them.
This past weekend, the kids over at Colorado School of Mines held a slackline festival. There were tons of slacklines set up, and people of all ages and skill levels participating in the fun! We were near this particular 150′ line, so I decided to practice my chongo mount. The video below shows one of my attempts. Although I did not walk far, I was mostly trying to mount the dang thing! Later in the day, I was able to walk 10 steps (at the opposite end of the line).
Today’s post includes a video below.
This past weekend Gibbon Slacklines held a Slackline competition at the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo in Denver, CO. Lots of people from the local Slackline scene were there, in addition to competitors from around the USA. We had the chance to watch the Semi-Finals today, and to meet some of the folks involved.
First off I met Frankie Najera, one the early influences on my Slacklining. I learned from Frankie’s beginner video featured in my beginning Slackline post. It was a pleasure to meet Frankie, and I thanked him for his influence and contributions to this wonderful sport.
The four competitors in the Semi-Finals were Mickey Wilson, Zack Andrews, Alex Mason, and Wes Duckworth. Mickey Wilson is a great Slackliner, and the second person to complete the infamous “Luke Skywalker” move, Zack Andrews has been doing Slackline for 6 months (same as me!) and he’s only 12 years old! Alex Mason is the current national champion, not bad for 16! and Wes Duckworth is a super Slacker from Fort Collins! Like everyone I have met so far in the Slackline community, these guys are top-notch and some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet!
Here’s a bit of video I shot at the Semi’s today. I was very impressed with all of them, and I think Zack Andrews is going to be at the top of the sport very soon. Enjoy!