A new highline world record for Benjamin Kofler during the festival “Asfaltart” in Merano.
What it means walking for almost 200 meters above the roofs of Merano? Just ask to Benjamin Kofler, a world leader in this discipline, which gave an extraordinary show of balance above the roofs of Merano, on a just 2.5 cm wide slackline.
From the Cathedral to the “Torre delle Polveri”, Benjamin finished a well 159 meters long highline, achieving a new world record for the world’s longest highline in an urban contest.
“During the week leading up to the event we organized all the necessary material and have flown a drone carrying a fishing line from the bell tower of the Cathedral to the Powder Tower, then managed to pull the slack line from point to point . Everything went smoothly, just climb up the narrow staircase of the Cathedral made us sweat a bit .
After we set up all over, it’s time to make the first attempt: it was inevitable to feel a bit nervous, stay calm with my feet trembling is not simple! I reached the half in flow managing to keep quiet the line, so I was able to always get closer to the end… and I managed to finish my crossed on sight, the first attempt and without falling, what a show!
Cross this wonderful line in front of the audience and be able to offer such a show was amazing!”
Some more info about the highline:
Length: 159 metres
Height from the ground: 70metres
Slackline: Strong II di Slackline-Tools
Backup line: line in Dyneema 6 mm by Armare Ropes
Photo © Nicola Bellone / Thomas Monsorno / Walter Wiedenhofer