First Steps: Gabriel Aglio

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When Gabriel Aglio decided he really wanted to focus on slacklining, he was already a slackliner.

“I was at Moab, surrounded by amazing people in a tree net. I fell asleep and woke up feeling different. It made me realize that travel and meeting more amazing people is what I wanted to do in my life and that is what I have been trying to do since that day. I’m loving the life I live, and living the life I love.”

Back home in Brasil, Aglio and his friend, Allan Pinheiro, started training with a gymnastics teacher, Fellipe Venturino. Applying gymnastics techniques to slacklining helped Aglio become one of the best spin athletes in the world.

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“Teaching myself is always hard. Trying and missing, going down and getting up over and over again.Trying 1000 times every trick until I can land it.”

Aglio believes that community is the foundation of the sport.  “If you are trying alone,” he says, “reach up someone in your city that slacks. I’m sure that s/he gonna love to teach you what s/he can do!”

You could probably guess by his contagious smile what his most important advice is……”Always have fun!”

First Steps: Gabriel Aglio

About The Author
- Jeff McElroy is a Ventura and Mammoth Lakes-based writer. His surf/coast-inspired short story collections, CALIFORNIOS and CALIFORNIOS 2 have received awards and accolades within the boardsport and literary communities. He writes about adventure athletes and the wild places for EDGEtv Network. When he's not writing, he's surfing, backpacking, snowboarding, and trail-running with his wife and Jack Russell Terrier.

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