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Slacklining daredevil performs a breathtaking sequence of flips

Slacklining daredevil performs a breathtaking sequence of multiple flips but admits ‘I fall all the time’

  • Elias Claude Ellis, 22, from Colorado stuns viewers aerobatic highline display
  • Footage shows him completing three flips and balancing act over deep canyon
  • He has been performing stunts since 2010 and believes he has done the highest number of spins on a slackline in the world

This is the moment an adventure junkie performs a series nail-biting flips on a slackline wearing no safety gear except a simple rope harness.

Elias Claude Ellis, 22, from Colorado stunned his pals when he completed three flips and balanced on the loose webbing hundreds of meters in the air.

A professional highliner, Elias has been performing daredevil stunts since 2010 and believes he has done the most spins on a slackline in the world.

The stomach-churning film is believed to be of Elias suspended of a canyon in his native Colorado.

Though appearing sheepish at first, on the loose tight rope, he quickly draws attention with a forward flip around the wire, and then goes into a series of tricks.

The bungee-like slackline bounces up and down wildly, but Elias holds his nerve and performs another couple of flips.

After completing the incredible stunts, he comes in for a landing on the rope, and balances almost perfectly despite its vigorous movement.

Elias Claude Ellis, 22, from Colorado has been performing daredevil slackline stunts since 2010 and highlining since 2015 after he saw a picture of hero Dean Potter walking the Lost Arrow spire highline in Yosemite

Just hanging out:  Elias stunned his pals with this aerobatic display in which he completed three flips and a balancing act on his wildly swinging highline rope


This is one of the many jaw dropping moments from the footage of Elias performing tricks in a canyon in his native Colorado


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This particular form of slackline is called ‘highlining’, meaning that it is several feet above the ground or water. 

Slacklines also differ from tightwires and tightrope, because the material is more elastic and the line has much less tension applied to it.

Elias, whose parents were also climbers in college, even gifted him his first highline leash.

His parents, who were also climbers in college, gifted Elias his first highline leash

And ever since, he has travelled the world showing his mind-blowing adventure stunts and also finding a girlfriend through the sport.

Elias said: ‘I started slacklining in 2010, and highlining in 2015 after I saw a picture of Dean Potter walking the Lost Arrow spire highline in Yosemite.

‘It was the most awe inspiring thing I had seen. I wanted nothing more then to do that, so I started making it happen.

‘I started doing tricks on the highline sometime in 2016.

‘When I first started highlining I would watch Samuel Volery, and he was pioneering tricks on the highline. I thought this was the most radical expression of the sport.

‘I saw it as total mastery of slacklining, and it was then my end goal to be able to perform these wild tricks and stunts.

‘My drive has been to do tricks and combos that have never been done.

‘It takes a lot of creativity and time with the line.

‘My parents love it. They both were climbers in college, and artists and musicians now so they are very supportive. They even got me my first highline leash.

‘At this point most of my friends are highliners, and I even met my girlfriend thought the sport.’ 

It is believed that Elias now jointly holds the record for the most number of spins while highlining, which is considered by many to be the ‘pinnacle’ of the sport.

‘It was the most awe inspiring thing I had seen. I wanted nothing more then to do that, so I started making it happen,’ said Elias about his passion for the high octane sport

Elias has travelled the world showing his mind-blowing adventure stunts and also finding a girlfriend through the sport

This particular form of slackline is called ‘highlining’, meaning that it is several feet above the ground or water. Slacklines also differ from tightwires and tightrope, because the material is more elastic and the line has much less tension applied to it

 ‘Highlining is a discipline of slacklining, where the system is redundant and the participant leashes into the line’ said Elias.

‘In one oscillation, I have done three flips, or 1080 degree rotation.

‘I believe this is tied with the most in the world.

‘But in a combo, I have done over four flips or spins.

‘I’ve never tried to see how many I could get into a combo, but I would guess a lot if I really tried.

‘Single, hard tricks are the most interesting to me.

‘I wear a climbing harness connected to the line by a sleeved rope connected to two aluminum leash rings, not carabiners. I fall all the time.’

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