Highlining is becoming more and more popular, not just for spectators. The numbers of active highliners are increasing steadily and I understand that because it's just such a cool thing to do.
One can watch the progress when visiting some of the cool highline meetings in Europe. Lots of new faces, lots of passion and people improving really fast bringing some fresh motivation also for the old-schoolers like me.
I had the chance to visit two good highline meetings this year. The first was Armin Holzers event on Monte Piana in the Dolomites.
The other meeting was on Kost Castle near Prague. I was invited to a big Adidas-Event in Prague where I did some highline shows with the local highliners and gave a talk about my projects. After the event I went to the meeting.
When I see so many newcomers I feel how important it is to keep safety standards high in highlining. You tend to get lazy when you do it all the time. And be sure to have an eye on the tension! There is no need for super hard highlines anymore. I fully support the trend of slack highlines and I invested a good amount of training to get used to this new style instead of pushing my limits in length.