SlackLife

  1. Samuel Volery

    Sam Volery - Pic by Aiden Williams


    Samuel Volery

    The 34 year old slackliner from Zurich, Switzerland started Slacklining in 2004 to stabilize his knee after an injury of his crutiate ligament. Not only did he recover extremely fast from his injury, but he started loving that sport and soon after founded SLACKTIVITY together with Tobias Rodenkirch. In the following years he concentrated on Jumplining and became Swiss Champion in Tricklining in 2013. From that moment on he started to highline more and more as he discovered the freestyle potential of that sport, and started pushing the boundaries. He broke the world record of highlining several times - in 2018 he walked a 1900m long highline without falling. Beside that, he was the first person to manage the handstand on a highline and keeps impressing the slackline world with spectacular trick-combos. He walks all his highlines secured.

    Titles

    Current Highline World Record Holder

    Shows

    Sam already did countless highline-shows in Switzerland but also in other countries in Europe. His favourite length to do shows is between 40m and 100m. But he is open for any highline up to 3km length. Contact him on info@slacktivity.ch if you want to book him for a show.

    Specialities

    Sam was the first highliner to do shoulder stands and handstands on highlines and is still inventing a lot of new tricks. His show-program - mixed up with music and dance-elements - is versatile and amazes every crowd.

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Sam? Email to info@slacktivity.ch, checkout www.slacktivity.ch, give a follow on his Instagram: @samuelvolery or check out his Athlethe page on Facebook!

     Instagram @samuelvoleryFacebook Samuel VoleryWebsite SlacktivityCH

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  2. Lukas Irmler

    Lukas Irmler picture by Christian Spreitz


    Meet the Athlete

    Name: Lukas Irmler
    Nick name: Luke Skywalker
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    Age: 30

    When I stepped on my first Slackline in the summer of 2006, it felt totally different to me then any other sport I had tried before. I will never forget that positive feeling after crossing my first Slackline after 3 days of practising. Slacklining quickly became more than just my hobby. It developed into my sport, my passion and finally became my profession in 2011. After finishing my Bachelor of Science in 2011 I decided to dedicate my life completely to my passion Slacklining. Since then I was able to travel the world, realizing my dreams, sharing my passion and knowledge. After I finished my studies 2016 with a Master degree in Economics I commit my time fully to the sport and the work as a professional Athlete, Artist and Consultant.

    I got unique chances and never let pass one, so I got two Guinness World Record Titles and numerous Longline Records within the last years. I also became first in several Tricks and Combinations on the Trickline and Highline. Furthermore I have gathered great experience in performing shows all around the globe and have been part of multiple TV productions. Today I am more than happy to share my passion and experiences while giving speeches and presentations as well as performances and workshops.

    Shows

    As a slackliner, speaker and artists Lukas is the most experience worldwide among all slackliners. He started doing shows all around the globe in 2008. Check out his website www.lukas-irmler.com/en for more information about this! Or send him an email at lukas@lukas-irmler.com

    Specialities

    He's a specialist on the highline, freestyle tricks and going on expeditions to rig epic lines.His favorite trick is the handstand, but you will always see it Lukas when he does a double drop knee or handstand. 

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Lukas? Or follow his adventures? Check out his website, send him an email, give him a follow on Instagram @lukasirmler or follow his Facebook Athlethe page

     Instagram @lukasirmlerFacebook Lukas IrmlerWebsite Lukas IrmlerMail Lukas Irmler YouTube

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  3. Anthony Hotte

    Anthony Hotte - Pic by Aiden Williams

    Meet the Athlete

    Name: Anthony Hotte
    Nick name: Antho

    Age: 20

    Anthony is an slackline artist from Québec, Canada. He was introduced to highlining in May 2016 by his great friend Guillaume Fontaine. They are now knows as the duo Les Farfadets! Direcyly he fell in love with the sport, he already started highlining in september 2016, and ONLY after one year he competed in his first Highline compettion in China. There he stunned every pro highliner by winning the competition, he came out of nowhere! 
    There Samual Volery took 3rd place after Guilliame Fontaine, Sam was so amazed by their skill that since then Les Farfadets are part of the Slacktivity Athlete team. In the winter of 2018, he won a trickhighline competition in Mexico. In that same year in September he set the new world record for highlining to 1900m together with a team of other slackliners, including Slacktivity Athletes Lukas Irmler, Sam Volery and Guilliame Fontaine. 

    Shows

    Anthony already has quite some show experience! He has been performing at Jackalope 2017 (Big action sports event), Freak Show 2018,  Festival des traditions du monde de Sherbrooke in 2018 and Noctalumbe in 2018. 

    Specialities

    When you see a guy with a unicycle on a highline, it's him, it's Anthony for sure. And when you see two people doing tandem on a highline you can be quite certain it's Anthony & Guilliame. His favorite trick is the handstand on the line! He's an specialist in handstand on the line, he has been practicing a lot with the handstand on the rodeoline. 

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Anthony? Or follow his adventures? Give him a follow on Instagram @lesfarfadets or find him on Facebook

     Instagram @lesfarfadetsFacebook Les Farfadets YouTube

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  4. Andrea Dattoli

    Andrea Datolli picture by Maurico Ramos


    Meet the Athlete

    Name: Andrea Dattoli
    Age: 28

    Andrea is a slackliner from Mexico. She's a very passionate practioneer and teacher of the following three things: Yoga, Acroyoga and Slacklining! The mastering of these 3 skills make up for an unique creative slackline style with lots of controlled and elegant yoga moves on the slackline. Next to that she's a social psychologist and sometimes an artist!
    She defines her self as someone who experiments with all forms of movement, lately she has been mainly interested in the development of her balance. This has led to new Yoga moves on the floor & on the slackline. Her improved balance on the line helps her a lot while doing Yoga and Acroyoga. Her moves come from moving her body consious and constant motivation. She has been slacklining for 5 years now. 

    She's a certified teacher in Acroyoga TT Montreal since 2015 and Hatha Yoga. She's a member of the Mexico City slackline team "Tenochtitline Slackline México". Her goal is to motivate the community and make it grow, and above all to create new possibilities of art, corporal expression and options to open a path of heailing and well-being. 

    Shows / Workshops

    Andrea hasn't done a true show yet, but it's always magical to see her move so calmly and elegenant on the highline which is already a great performance! However she has a lot of experience giving slackline workshops, for beginners and about Yogalining. The workshops she gave were in numerous of places, think about yoga centres, musical / cultural events and even in a juvenal jail! She's trying to show kids, adults, yoga teachers and physiotherapist the way of the slackline! Sharing is very important to her. 

    Specialities

    Check out her photo on the left, Andrea is a true master in Yoga on the line! Check out the video below for a feel about what Yoga on the line is. Slowly she's moving from the slow and controlled yoga to the highline trickbouncing as well. 

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Andrea? Or follow her adventures? Give her a follow on Instagram @a_dattoli, subricbe to her YouTube or follow her Facebook

     Instagram @a_dattolliFacebook Lukas Irmler YouTube

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  5. Pablo Traversat

    Pablo Traversat Picture by Daan Nieuwenhuis


    Meet the Athlete

    Name: Pablo Traversat
    Age: 22
    Lives in: Eindhoven, Netherlands. Expat with French and Dutch roots.

    Pablo – founder of SlackNED (Slackline Association of the Netherlands) – is currently finalizing his bachelor thesis in  Industrial Design at the Technical University of Eindhoven.

    It was in 2016 – after injuring both of his elbows while bouldering and watching Spencer Seabrook’s documentary “Free Solo” – that Pablo soon discovered the universe of slackline. Now it’s been over two years that he is passionately practicing this discipline in combination with his study. For him, slacklining is not only a discipline which enhances your mental and physical state. It is also a way of living which brought him a lot of stability in his life. “Whenever you fall, learn the causes and try again till you succeed. Be patient, persist and enjoy the ride because step by step everything can be fulfilled.”

    The first time Pablo encounter a Highline was in 2017, during the first Dutch Highline Festival (also known as the Safety Meeting). Walking a Highline was so intense, magical and unique that ever since – despite the constraint of his studies and living in a flat country – he eagerly tries to pursue Highline projects and events. That same year Pablo had the privilege to take part in a Highline project, in Zakynthos, where he walked on a 580m long Highline.

    If you briefly want to know  Pablo, he is an energetic exuberant clown. People mainly know him as a “park slackliner” and for his distinct style of expressing himself on the line. Inspired by Sebastian Segraves, Pablo enjoys mastering the surf-bounce. He is eager to go on new adventures, learn new bounce tricks and send big highline.  “Believe in your abilities, be patient, and with passion, you will reach what you seek.”

    Shows

    Pablo has been showing his skills during the Safety Meeting in 2016 and 2018 in the Netherlands

    Specialities

    If you see a slackliner and you're wondering, if he's closing his eyes, it's probably Pablo! And if you're wondering why this buffed fitness guy is on a slackline, it's Pablo! With his immense focus he's able to control so many lines and walk them with the arms down. He is a specialist in surf-bouncing and making huge rodeo surfswings! 

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Pablo? Or follow his adventures? Give him a follow on Instagram @pab_tra

     Instagram @a_dattolli

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  6. Gaëlle Joubert

    Gaëlle Joubert


    Meet the Athlete

    Name: Gaëlle Joubert
    Age: 24
    Country: France

    Around 2009, Gaëlle read an article about the Flying Frenchies walking "tightrope" in Verdon. She found it awesome and kept the article... "One day ..." She was introduced to slacklining through rock-climbing, in 2011. In 2013 she went to Canada for an Internship., and that’s when she started longline « Seriously ». In 2015 the slackline communities evolved in the Facebook Age, online, she met awesome people that took her highline in Verdon. The circle was complete. 

    For two years she kept highlining, but didn't improve much. She loved being out there, in the wild, but sadly once on the line, she couldn't overcome her fear. At some point, she met the crazy Louise Lenoble and quited her job for a while, and realized her mindset has changed : she was not afraid anymore, having fun on longer lines and enjoying the challenges of rigging ! Now, what she enjoy the most is going exploring the mountains and establishing new lines with Friends. In 2016 she rigged and  send the most northern line ever rigged, on a Greenland glacier. 

    She is also the painter behind the amazing and succesfull “Highline Comics” Facebook page, and part-time Software Engineer.

     Highline Comics

    Gaëlle's lessons! 

    "Don’t despair if you feel highlining is not for you and you are improving much more slowly than others. Take your time, just enjoy how lucky you are to be on that cliff anyway, and at some point it will come. I’m the living proof you can be a beginner for a long time, and end up not so bad.” 

    “Drawing and painting forces you to pay attention to every detail of the landscape that surrounds you. It makes you analyze everything, and look at your environment with another perspective. A drawing session, can help you to feel “at home” on a line.” 

    Specialities

    Drawing super funny, totally relatable and amazing drawings! Go check that out on “Highline Comics”! She enjoys the highline the most, especially opening new cool lines and everything around that. Think about exploration and climbing. She love the back bounce & hammockroll. But If you see a girl doing a mermaid on a line, it's probably Gaëlle! 

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Gaëlle? Or follow her adventures / drawings? Give her a follow on Instagram @mamie_gaelle or follow her Facebook page.

     Instagram @mamie_gaelleFacebook Highline Comics 

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  7. Lyell Grunberg

    Lyell Grunberg


    Meet the Athlete

    Lyell Grunberg is a 21 year old professional Slackliner and artist from Switzerland. Having 7 years of experience, he is part of the best Trickliners worldwide and one of the most versatile Slackliners ever. Lyell is Slacklining as a full-time career since June 2016.

    Having participated in more than 25 international competitions around the world, traveling and meeting the Slackline community worldwide, holding workshops and performing shows all over Europe and overseas, he is a well-known athlete for his never-dying motivation and his will to learn something new everyday. “My goal as a Slackliner is to inspire people to balance every single aspect of their life. Walking on the line is for me only a practical way of seeking for balance in everything I do”.

    His philosophy: “Things always seem impossible, until their done. Train a little every day, be patient and at some point you will become really good”. Lyell is a very ambitious and enthusiastic person and trains hard to achieve his dreams. “On a slackline we are constantly falling. I believe it is the same for us in life. We are constantly seeking balance. Each and one of us has to learn to balance and use each opportunity to learning something new everyday”.

    Shows

    Lyell already has a lot of experience in shows! For example in Brussel in a circus and even a wedding in San José! If you want to get in touch with him you can do so by sending him an email at slacklineinfo@gmail.com

    Specialities

    Lyell is a specialist on the trickline, you can almost call that a narrow trampoline. His style is elegant, clean and he makes fancy grabs! 

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Lyell? Or follow his adventures? Check out his website, send him an email, give him a follow on Instagram @slacklineguy or follow his Facebook Athlethe page

     Instagram @lukasirmlerFacebook Lukas IrmlerWebsite Lukas IrmlerMail Lukas Irmler YouTube

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  8. Rekorde im Highlinen

    Die Jagt der Rekorde - gerade im Highlinen hat sich diese inert kürzester Zeit extrem beschleunigt. Im Juli 2015 lag der Weltrekord noch bei 169m. Darauf hin viel bald die 500m Marke, dann 1km, 1 Mile (1.662km) - als nächstes ist die 2km Marke zu erwarten.

    Weshalb sich die Weltrekordjagd dermassen beschleunigte hat unterschiedliche Gründe. Einerseits gibt es immer mehr Slackliner die das Highlinen auf einem sehr hohen Niveau ausüben und teilweise auch durch Sponsering-Einnahmen damit ihren Lebensunterhalt bestreiten. Anderseits hat sich das Slackline-Material weiterentwickelt (HangOver, HangOver-Pulley) und eine neue Technik kam dazu, wie man mehrere Slacklinebänder miteinander verbindet (->jeweilige Endschlaufe mit Quicklinks verbinden). Denn zuvor hat man versucht für die jeweilige Rekordlänge ein Band an einem Stück zu weben. Dies ist extrem schwierig und teuer in der Herstellung. Daher war zu beginn die Jagd nach den Rekorden davon Abhängig ob man so ein Band herstellen lassen konnte.

    In diesem Beitrag wird die Geschichte nach der Weltrekordjagd im Highlinen erzählt.

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  9. Erste Schweizer Meisterschaft 2013 im Jumplinen

    20 Athleten aus dem ganzen Land haben im Jahr 2013 zum ersten Mal vor 300 Zuschauern spektakuläre Tricks gezeigt und das Publikum in Begeisterung versetzt. Sieger der ersten Schweizer Slackline-Meisterschaften in Zürich wurden nach spannenden Finalläufen Samuel Volery aus Uster und Alexandra Oswald aus Zürich.

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