VAIL, Colo. — Professional and amateur athletes from around the world are in Vail this weekend. They’re testing their skills in the GoPro Mountain games — the country’s largest celebration of adventure sports.
Slacklining is one of the nine sports features, it’s similar to tightrope-walking with tricks.
The snow is gone at Vail and so are the skiers, but the adrenaline is still pumping.
Slacklining is Chris Wagers’ favorite extreme sport.
“It’s insane, when I land a new trick. I get off and my hands are shaking, I’m just so excited,” said Wagers.
The 16-year old from Boulder, is balancing on the slackline and competing to earn a scholarship.
“The atmosphere of the crowd is really great. They just want to see slacklining and have a good time with it,” Wagers said.
Friday he wowed the crowd with jumps and tricks.
One of the best slackliners in the world is 16-year old Alex Mason — the reigning World Cup Champion.
“I really like the challenge of it, so I keep doing it,” said Mason.
The crowd keeps them going, but it only does so much when they’re trying to stay up on a 2-inch trampoline.
Mason said, “Last year, I broke my arm. I fractured some stuff, put ribs out of place, sprained some limbs.”
No matter how many times they fall, they keep getting back on the slackline in search of a new adventure.