Tools

Slackliners Tell Challenge of Daredevil Attempt

By Caitlyn Jones
By cjones@wbbjtv.com

Daredevil Nik Wallenda will brave the raging waters of Niagara Falls tonight walking 200 feet above the rushing waters on a cable that spans 1,800 feet. Local sports enthusiasts practice a similar sport called slacklining.

Instead of the wire cable, slackliners use a flat rope attached on each end to a sturdy object and walk across or do tricks. One slackliner set up the line in the backyard of his West Jackson home to practice the sport.

William Hannah says he and other slackliners are excited to see their little known sport gain some national attention.

Hannah says he has seen Wallenda's stunts before so he expects him to succeed. However, he says the sport is very challenging with high demand on skills like focus, agility and great balance.

"I think it can be incorporated in a lot of different use for other sports like soccer or snow boarding, skate boarding, " said Hannah. "I think it's a great tool for training. There's so much balance and concentration within the sport."

Wallenda will take on the challenge across the Niagara on ABC 7 live at 8 p.m. CDT.
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