Extreme sports has reached a new level at Raouche! Just between the two rock formations, the American slackliner Alex Mason set up a 36-meter-long highline which is 40 meters above sea level and beat his slacklining record! The 20-year-old extreme sports lover felt that slacklining in Raouche was a psychological experience. The biggest challenge was facing his fear of exposure which is trying to find a balance between the height, waves, winds, and cars driving by. This project was all about coping with all those distractions that were surrounding him. Alex is the first person in the history of slacklining to cross from one rock to the other! This achievement happened in the heart of Beirut! In fact, he was assisted by his friend Andy Lewis, who is a world-renowned slackliner. Alex said:
The project in Lebanon is another perfect example of how I feel about slacklining and high-lining which have evolved me as an athlete. I saw a challenge that I didn’t know that I could accomplish and I surrounded myself with people who got me excited about pushing myself until the task is complete. So far in my career, working with Sketchy Andy and pursuing creative ways to slackline has turned out to be a strong strategy! Lebanon is beautiful, and we can’t wait to come visit again.
This initiative was implemented through a collaboration between the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism and Red Bull. It aims at putting a spotlight on Beirut’s landmarks and at promoting tourism in Lebanon!