At just 19 years old, Alex Mason is one of the youngest phenoms in slacklining. He’s traversed the globe to compete, winning the Teva World Cup and the Slackline World Championships, all before he graduated high school. For his biggest project yet, he teamed up with his mentor, “Sketchy” Andy Lewis, and a Redbull film crew to trickline his way through the world’s first “slackladder” — a term coined by Redbull. In June, their crew of about 25 people headed for Hawaii’s Big Island to spend four days constructing the ladder, a series of 12 slacklines and other obstacles strung together to ascend a waterfall.
A far cry from the loud slackline competitions Mason is used to, the jungle of Hilo provided a serene backdrop for one of the coolest slackline videos we’ve ever seen. Outside caught up with Mason and Lewis to learn more about their motivation for the project, and find out what’s next for the sport of slacklining.
Photo: Mason mentally prepares to take on the slackladder. It has 12 interconnected lines, for a total length of more than 2 miles.