A video clip of a slackliner showing him balancing on a line tied between two paragliders has gone viral – and it is nothing short of the most perfect balancing act ever.
The footage that’ll surely give you an adrenaline rush was captured by Antony Newton in Oludeniz, Turkey. In the video, Antony can be seen clinging to a slackline tied between a couple of BGD paragliders.
Watch it for yourself below!
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Twenty-nine-year-old Antony, from France, can be seen balancing himself on the slackline before he jumps off it and releases his parachute.
“I was visiting this location for the International Oludeniz Airgames and I was invited to do the Aerial Show. I was absolutely stoked it was a world’s first,” Antony said of his experience.
“As soon as I was done I wanted to do it again.”
If you don’t know much about slacklining, it is the art of balancing your weight and walking on a strap called webbing. This strap is soft and stretchy and measures only an inch or two in width.
The line is suspended midair anywhere from three to 3,000 feet above the ground and is tied to two firm supports called the anchor points.
Slacklining should not be confused with tightrope walking, in which the walker walks on a tight rope or cable usually using a long pole to balance their weight.
Slackliners walk on soft and stretchy nylon webbings and don’t use the balancing pole.
There is no documentary proof of how and when who started slacklining but it can be dated back to the 1980’s.
The legend has it that in the 80’s, a group of rock climbers in the Yosemite National Park was looking to find a way to pass time between their climbs when they started climbing the ropes tied between trees.
The thing then evolved to the challenges of walking across the slackline.
The first person to get nation-wide fame for slacklining was Scott Balcom, who walked 55 feet across a slackline that was suspended 2,000 feet above the Yosemite valley.