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Faith Dickey

Instagram: @thatslacklinegirl

Started Slacklining: 2008

Current Location: Los Osos, CA

Biography: There is a good reason no one can agree on the definition of Slackline. Is it a sport, an Art or an exercise? Maybe it is all of them, and for me it is a lifestyle. What began as a summer activity in my hometown has turned into a life-changing, mind-altering addiction. A year after beginning slackline I came to Europe to travel and met some people who were taking it to the next levels: Longlining and Highlining. Longlining invokes extended focus-times, endurance and control despite the elements. To keep your mind focused on one feat for such a long time is a new challenge for the human mind. My current longline best and the female world record is 222m (728ft) OS OW. To create an even bigger challenge, I set my longlines up over water. The distraction of a moving surface below me adds much in difficulty. The illusion of a moving ground forces me to concentrate all that much harder, and resist the urge to fall over the same direction that the current moves. I set a new female world record for waterlining in 2013 by walking ‘The Queen Line,” a beastly 427ft waterline (130m) in France. Highlining took everything I thought I knew about fear and threw it into the sky. To stand on one inch webbing stretched across a void, with all exposure penetrating your vision and unhinging your brain, every iota of your being is telling you not to be there. This is fear and each step across that line pushes it slowly away. I set the female world record for Highlining length at 315ft (96.5m) in Ostrov, Czech Republic, record for height was in the Swiss Alps at 4000ft (1200m) from the valley. I have more than 30 free solos (walking without a safety leash), the longest of which is 28m, also a female world record.

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