By Taniya Dutta
This is the moment an adventure junkie performed nail-biting flips on a slackline wearing no safety gear but a simple climbing harness.
Elias Claude Ellis, 22, from Colorado, US, stunned his pals when he performed three flips and a 1080 degree rotation in one oscillation.
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.
Elias said: “Highlining is a discipline of slacklining, where the system is redundant and the participant leashes into the line.
“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.”
Elias, whose parents were also climbers in college, even gifted him 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.”