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Andy Lewis wins the Slackline World Cup


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On Saturday 22nd of October, the 2. Slackline World Championship 2011 by KIKU took place in the course of the International Mountain Summit in Brixen. The origins of slacklining can be found in mountain sports. Back in the 1970ies, climbers balanced on guard rails to improve their body control. Slacklining is a sport that requires good coordination, balance and concentration at the same time. The slackliners present unique combinations of difficult jumps.

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The eight world’s best slackliners competed in the K.O. mode and demonstrated their skills in front of 1,300 enthusiastic visitors. Their shows were evaluated by an international jury that consisted of experienced slackliners. Each athlete had 2 minutes to present his show. Once a slackliner falls of the line or jumps off, the stage is open to the next artist. The jury assessed the performance considering style, creativity, technique, amplitude and commitment.

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The excitement reaches its peak in the big final. Andy Lewis, who is again the overall World Cup winner, challenged Michael Payton to a duel. It was Michael Payton who came off as a winner and thus is awarded the title 2. Slackline World Champion in the history of this sport.

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 umeroz7
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 2011-10-28
what the hell does this have to do with climbing?
 umeroz7
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 2011-10-28
I get that people who climb also slackline but I just do not get why stuff like this is on RC. I went to the real rock film tour and had to sit through a 20 min of slackvid. Why?
 cogmog
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 2011-10-28
5 out of 5 stars Why the hate? Slack lining was adopted by the climbing community in the shadows of El-cap in camp 4 back in the 70's. It was used as a cross training tool to work on core muscle and balance. It was a also social type thing that grew across the US mainily in climbing circles. I remember in early 90's at the New, back when you could car camp in the clearing in the bottom of the gorge by the old bridge, slack lining was just coming into light for the rest of us. One one night a dude from South Africa showed and set up a line between two bumpers and walked it. We all tried it but failed horribly. It wasn't till years later that I saw it utilized more and more by the "new" climbing generation. It is part of the climbing community now. Deal with it. If you have a problem with it, don't click on the link mate!
 stagg54
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 2011-10-29
I agree with umeroz7. The crosstraining argument is a bunch of bs. I also trail run and mountainbike for crosstraining and so do a lot of my friends who climb. But I don't go posting trail running or mountain biking stuff on RC.com
 cogmog
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 2011-10-29
5 out of 5 stars I respect your input but Climbing for many people is not a sport, for many it is a way of life, sharing the good things people experience in nature and on the rock. If someone who climbs and slacklines wants to post something regarding it, why should you judge that person? It is a free world and a free forum. I am sure that the moderators would agree. This just reminds why I haven't posted much in the 6 years I have been registered here. People can't share what they are passionate about without being flamed by a small percentage of the good people on this forum. Sorry you feel that way mate, but live and let live maybe? Thanks mate. Peace! I wish you well.
 stagg54
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 2011-11-02
I'm not upset about it being posted or anything. I just think that at some point you have to draw a line and say "This is no longer climbing-related." I could relate almost any aspect of my life to climbing, but does that make it all relevant enough to post on RC.com about it? I would some things yes, some things no.

My $0.04 (adjusted for inflation)
 cogmog
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 2011-11-02
5 out of 5 stars LOL ! Inflation is a biatch! ;)

Right on mate! It's all good!
 sycamore
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 2011-11-23
I know there's a large percentage of people on this site that mountain bike, yet we don't see posts pertaining to mountain bike race results. I'm sure some climbers hacky-sacked once, yet I'm not coming to this site for updates in the hacking world.

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