The Telamon project

Slackline project on a shipwreck

“Telamon” is an old shipwreck that lays right off shore of Arecifen on the Canadian Island, Lanzarote. We set off with the Slacktivity team and some friends to conquer this untouched treasure and the hole mission turned out to be a real Pirate adventure.

When we first saw it, we were fascinated by the place we had only seen on photos. We knew that the locals had already connected the boat to the shore with a 100 meter slackline but never had somebody set up several different slacklines inside the boat itself. Was it even possible…. ?

Samuel and Lyell took off their clothes, and started swimming toward the wreck without knowing if it would even be possible to enter the boat.

We finally found a rusty window on the back of the boat, sunken a meter under the salty waves. We had to literally dive, holding our breath, into this old carcass, swimming underwater for a couple meters until we would arrive into a large hole where we were finally able to breathe.

Rust everywhere! Every thing we could possibly touch was sharp and covered with rust. And of course… I was barefoot.

We started climbing up an old piece of.. whatever it was, and the water was pulling us back and fourth, pushing us strongly every now and then against dangerous metal pieces.

Since mistakes never come alone, I had not only gone barefoot but I had also taken my GoPro Hero 4 Sliver with me. When climbing up onto the first… whatever it was, my GoPro fell and sunk into the dark waters of the boat. We tried several times to find it but there were just too many metal pieces, most of them very sharp, to really dive down and look for it. So I said goodbye to my GoPro.

We spent tree days playing on the boat. We rigged a 100m and a 80m waterline first and then brought all of the gear on the other side using our hangovers. Once again, a very useful piece of gear.

Once you were on deck, or on what was left of the deck, it was actually not so bad. You could pretty easily walk and climb around as long as you always made sure not to walk to the parts of the floors that were too thin to support your weight. Sounds creepy ? It was!

We then rigged a 15m highline from the captain’s cabin to the main mast. A pretty awesome rig. That line turned out to be the first ever “Handstand on a highline” line, a trick that Sam had trained for a long time. And so he became the first to hold a handstand on a highline. What an pleasure to watch him try and try again until he could hold it. A truly high-level athletic trick.

We also rigged an amazing 25 meter trickline. Probably one of the most exciting and scariest Tricklines of my life. It was 5 meters high up above the largest hole in the center of the boat. The hole would fill with water at high tide and get nearly empty at low tide. So we had to wait high tide to even attempt anything. Tricklining at low tide would have been exactly like highlining free solo. A game of life and death.

We had to be careful not to tension too much, since we weren’t sure if the rusty anchors holes we had found would hold for not. Being 5 meters over the water, if was way too loose and dangerous to try any tricks with the landing back on my feet. I could have easily been thrown to the sides and hit the rusty metal sides of this hole I was trickling in.

It was just enough to pull of some pretty scary tricks high-up over the water and end up with this pretty unique intro for a Trickline video. It’s definitely one of my favourites so far.

I hope you will enjoy the videos made by our friend Markus Casutt from Mappleproduction.ch

Bonus videos of Lanzarote :