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- Nathan Paulin covered a distance of 500 meters in 30 minutes. The slackline was suspended between two peaks
- Tourists cheered him on from the beach as he took the walk without any protective gear
- It was his first slackline ride in Rio de Janeiro
French acrobat Nathan Paulin left swimmers in Rio de Janerio in awe on November 4 when he traversed a slackline suspended 80 meters between two peaks.
Believe it or not, he covered a distance of 500 meters in just 30 minutes without wearing any protective gear.
The 27-year-old daredevil stood barefoot on a strap bridge as he walked between Babilonia Hill and Urca Hill. The slackline would have been suspended 264 feet above the ground.
At the start of his march, tourists and locals gathered in large numbers to cheer him on. Panoramic views of Rio de Janeiro, including Sugarloaf Mountain, served as a backdrop for Paulin, who looked calm and in complete control while taking the walk.
This would be his first slackline outing in Rio de Janeiro.
Footage of the jaw-dropping attempt was shared on Twitter by Sky News on December 6. It now has over 30,700 views.
Watch it here:
According to reports, the stunt was part of a project called “Les Traceurs” (a French term for parkour practitioners). In it, Paulin walks long distances past famous landmarks in order to draw attention to environmental issues.
In September, Paulin walked 600 meters on a slackline from the Eiffel Tower to the other side of the Seine.
In early 2020, a Wallenda completed a 200-foot-long walkway between two hotel towers in Hawaii.
Slacklining is not much different from tightrope walking. But slackline walkers use a different material to reduce the strain on the line.
The origins of tightrope walking date back to The Wallenda. They are essentially the first family to do so.
Officially called the “Flying Wallendas”, the family’s acrobatic history dates back hundreds of years to their ancestors who were renowned trapeze artists, animal tamers and aerialists. However, they added “Flying” before their surname in the 1940s when they developed their famous “seven-person chair pyramid”.
Blake Wallenda walked a wire walkway from the 14th floor of the Ala Moana Hotel to another hotel. There were no nets above ground and no harnesses attached to Blake’s body as he walked between the buildings on a 200ft rope.