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Birth Date: June 9, 1984
Current Location: Boulder, Colorado
Sponsors: Slackline Industries
Slackline Discipline: Trickline / Filmmaker
When did you start slacklining?
I started slacklining in 2009 after returning to the US from a long term assignment working in refugee camps in Africa, where I happened to run across a photo of someone walking the Lost Arrow Spire highline in the UNHCR office. It left me intrigued and excited to be a part of the Colorado slacklining community when I returned.
What kept you hooked?
The community of supportive and inspiring adventurers and the thrill of pushing myself to my physical and mental limit continue to keep me hooked on this magical sport. Although my relationship to it has evolved a lot, I see slacklining as something that will forever be in my life.
What is your proudest accomplishment in slacklining?
My proudest accomplishment in slacklining is establishing the first highline in the beautiful protected wilderness area of the Chapada Diamantina in Bahia, Brazil. We hand drilled the line and named it “Pica Pedra” accordingly, which is a play off of “woodpecker” and directly translates to “rockpecker.”
What’s your favorite trick or your favorite line?
My favorite line has undoubtedly been the lines rigged on Parriott Mesa in Castle Valley, outside of Moab. The view of Castleton and the La Sal mountains in the distance are absolutely stunning. It’s the beauty in highlining that keeps me coming back for more.
Tell us a little bit about your media endeavors.
In 2013, I started a company called One World Media to produce documentaries on adventure athletes and humanitarian topics. Since then, I have made several films for Slackline Industries. I produced the Slackline 101 DVD that comes with all of the beginner slacklining kits as well as some product videos that are featured on the REI and Amazon.com websites. This year, I am producing a feature film on a female slackliner and highliner named Faith Dickey that I hope to show in adventure film festivals around the world next year. Together, we are also hoping to get more and more women into the sport.
Do you have any advice for all the new slackliners out there?
If you focus on what you love about the sport — the beauty, the thrill of the challenge, and the unparalleled community — then you will go far. Patience and a positive attitude are really all it takes to balance.
What's the slackline scene in Boulder like these days?
The slackline scene in Boulder has really been thriving! We have a pretty established highlining community that heads out to the mountains on nearly every weekend to rig at beautiful locations like the Boulder Bowl in Boulder Canyon and in Upper Dream Canyon. There have also been a recent influx of new slackliners — the next generation — that have been meeting in the parks several times per week. I love bringing by my Base Line and/or Sugoi longlining kit and teaching new people how to rig both ratchet lines and longlines. That’s what I love about the local community — everyone is super supportive of helping each other progress and it’s made all the difference!
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