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Japanese slackliner teams with Lewis and Projektil for Red Bull Slacklight fusion.
Haruki Kinoshita is a man in a hurry based on his rapid rise to the top of the slacklining world since he started competing regularly just four years ago.
The talented 18-year-old has now put his tricks to use in an intoxicating fusion of his booming sport and art in Switzerland’s breathtaking Tamina Gorge near Bad Ragaz. Here is all you need to know:
– Kinoshita teamed up with Gibbon Slacklines’ pioneer Andy Lewis to produce a slacklining routine in Tamina Gorge high above the 36.5° thermal waters below.
– The Japanese star’s routine was synchronised to spectacular live visuals by the Swiss artist collective Projektil in an unprecedented fusion of sport and art.
– Tamina Gorge has 80m high rock faces and was discovered in 1240 before famous scientist Paracelsus wrote a book on the therapeutic effects of the water.
Haruki Kinoshita fact file
– The Nagano native wanted to be a professional baseball player when he was younger, however turned to slacklining in 2014 and soon became a natural.
– He soon found that he had a rare talent on the precarious flat webbing that is tensioned between two anchors and looked to emulate his Chilean hero Diego Diaz Moraga aka Pichichi.
– Kinoshita finished with an impressive eighth place at the World Slackline Masters in 2015, then blew the field wide open with an amazing victory in 2016.
– He also triumphed at the 2016 Natural Games and inaugural X Games slackline in Austin, Texas to further cement a growing and glowing reputation in the sport.