Frenchman Nathan Paulin hiked the 600-meter slackline from the Eiffel Tower to the Théâtre de Chaillot across the Seine, in a trip that took the 27-year-old only half an hour.
However, this is not the first time that Paulin has attempted this feat – he had already taken a similar route from the Eiffel Tower in December 2017, for a televised fundraiser.
When he did it for the first time, he set the world record for the longest urban highline walk with a safety harness by a man – a record that has not been broken today.
At times, sitting and lying on the slackline during Saturday’s performance, Paulin’s performance drew enthusiastic applause from the crowd watching downstairs and from the Eiffel Tower.
Slacklining is similar to tightrope walking, but involves a wire that has not been stretched, but rather moves with the user. Paulin’s slackline was suspended 70 meters above the ground, according to the Reuters news agency.
Paulin’s feat was part of the celebrations in Paris of European Heritage Days and the launch of the Cultural Olympiad, which also included a number of other performances by French artists.
According to his website, Paulin holds several world records and his longest walk to date is an elevation line of 1,662 meters suspended at a height of 300 meters at the Cirque de Navacelles, a relief in the Massif mountain range. Central in the south of France.
Paulin started slacklining in 2011 and says it has helped him find “true inner peace” through the combination of intense focus and body control.