Slacklining, or highlining, is definitely not for everyone – the sport is high-risk and high-risk, and one of its budding stars, Aaron Bray, knows that’s not on most blacks’ radar … something he wants to change.
Aaron joined “TMZ Live” on Wednesday to talk about the new Discovery + show, “Pushing the Line”… which follows Aaron and 12 other extreme athletes tricking long, narrow highlines over picturesque canyons.
For the uninitiated … slacklining is similar to tightrope walking, but uses a 1 inch wide strap that is less taut to allow for a rebound effect. Think of a very small trampoline.
The highline, however, is a subset of the slackline and is considered the pinnacle of the sport. It is performed hundreds of feet above ground or water… and the mental toughness required is damn incredible.
Aaron has been working there for 5 years now and he tells us he is one of the very few black athletes in America to play the sport. He did not hesitate to suggest to us that he is the Jackie robinson of sport – in fact, he takes responsibility.
Aaron says slacklining has always been seen as “a favorite sport for white boys,” but he’s trying to change that… and hopes this new show will help people realize that it’s okay to go outside the norm.