My name is Spencer, I am 26 yrs old and was born and raised in Ontario. I currently live in Vancouver and I am professional concrete finisher with a passion for extreme sports. I grew up skateboarding and snowboarding and always push the limits in everything I do. I excelled in doing big tricks, wether it being the biggest set or biggest handrail I also excelled in alpine snowboarding and was at one point best in the province for junior mens snowboard racing. Shortly after moving to Vancouver I began exploring the mountains with a mixture of rock climbing and alpine ascents and was soon introduced to the sport of slackling. While watching the Real Rock tour I came across a video of professional high liner Andy Lewis or ‘Sketchy Andy’. The video immediately inspired me and I felt motivated. It was the perfect mixture of rock climbing, alpinism and creativity I had been looking for.
Since 2012 I have accomplished many personal goals with slacklining, all of them leading up to my now longest tethered highline at 72 meters long and 600 ft high as well as a my longest free solo highline walk at 40 meters long and 500 ft high, only 14 meters short of the world record. In this time my best friend and I started Slacklife BC. We volunteer and organize many community events to share the sport of slacklining. Our youtube channel was created to hopefully inspire others and as a result has been successful.
Talk Title: Life on the Line
I will be talking about slacklining and highlining as a sport as well as my inspirations to get started, my journey, experiences, goals and aspirations. I will also be discussing the mental battle and focus required to visualize a goal and follow it through to fruition and my state of mind throughout the process.
My talk will show people the simplicity of wanting something and going for it wether it be big or small. With slackling being such a new sport that is so beneficial to me and so many others that I know, I am excited to share my passion with as many people as I can.