EDGEtv Contributor, Rafael Bridi, along with several athletes from Brazil and Canada, recently made slackline history by setting new Latin American World Records. They spent seven days in the Canion Espraiado in the Catarinense Sierra range, rigging their lines, camping, socializing, and, of course, sending some of the gnarliest lines ever seen.

Rafa, Emanuel Inacio, and Baiano Matheus Vidal crossed 614 meters, 400 meters above the bottom of the valley on their first tries…without falling! Later in the day, Canadian Mia Noblet, crossed the same line to set a World Female Record.

Slacklining, like the early days of rock climbing, is a fringe sport; a gathering of athletes from all over the world in relative obscurity – the far-flung canyons and deserts and mountains. What is essentially an individual sport has forged a tight community of folks more interested in sharing the stoke than winning trophies.

“Everyone returns extremely passionate and motivated to continue carrying out their numerous projects,” Rafa wrote after the event. “In an individual sport where the collective plays a fundamental role, we would like to thank Paloma Hess, Fylipe Weickert, Lucca Menezes, Angelo Maragno and Carol Munareto, who have received us so well and have provided all the support. Thank you very much and see you next time!”

Rafa Bridi – Latin American High Line World Record

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- 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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