It all started when I began slacklining on my 21st birthday in 2007, I was instantly hooked the moment I stood up on the line. I went out and bought my first slackline from the local climbing shop. I learned quick and was able to walk 50 ft. lines within the first couple of weeks. I then began trying longer and longer lines and soon came to the point where I needed new gear to fascillitate the lengths of lines that I was capable of walking. I then pondered the idea of starting my own slackline company during my highline tour in the summer of 2009. Balance Community was then born in August of 2009. From then my passion for slacklining has been taken to a whole other level.
Over the past few years I have brought Balance Community to the point where it is now a stapple within the community. During this time I have also continued to push myself on longer and longer lines. Recently I walked the first highline that was longer than 400 feet (120m). I've also walked 6 highlines longer than 100m in length and several longlines longer than 300m.
I have plans to continue to push myself in the longline and highline realm for years to come while maintaining and growing Balance Community to be a full fledged highline and slackline brand.
What's your favorite slackline webbing?
Well, that depends on what line I am walking. If I am doing a longline in the park, I really love Mantra longline webbing. If I am doing a tight shorter line, then I prefer Threaded Slack-Spec Tubular. For mega longlines and super hard highlines, then Spider Silk is the way to go. All these webbings have different feels and are good for certain areas of the sport, so it's always good to have a good selection of materials to choose from.
What's the longest line that you've walked?
For a lowline, I walked a 1,620 foot line in Davis. On a highline, my current best is 451 feet long at Cosumnes River Gorge in Placerville, CA.
Do you have any projects that you are currently working on?
Where do you see slacklining in 5 years?
Well, with the growth of the sport, I see a lot more highlines getting established around the world. I also see a lot more people getting into the competitive
part of the sport, which is something that I prefer to stay out of. This area of slacklining is a lot different then the style that I tend to gravitate to. I
like the mental and physical aspect of longer lines and highlines, which is not present in the tricklines that competitive slacklining is comprised of.
I also see a lot more people pushing the limits in the next 5 years. I totally expect the highline length record to be beyond 500 feet and the lowline record pretty close to 1km in length. The only thing that is holding us back right from getting these huge lines is the materials that we use. Once people start to acquire the better materials for these huge gaps, then I think people will start to be able to cross them.
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