At the end of last year, I made a resolution to either get a juggling qualify on a unicycle on a highline by the time 2018 is over or to quit doing extreme sports and circus. Qualifying would mean that I’d somehow have to last through 6 catches of 3 clubs.
I was initially gonna try to accomplish this resolution in the first half of the year, but then I got too injured and couldn’t juggle with my right hand or use it for any slackline rigging. Afterwards, once I began recovering my skills, I wasn’t quite sure what to do about my resolution anymore. Do I need to keep trying to juggle on the high suicycle? Can’t I just quit? I have 2 degrees, am working on my third, and I have plenty of other things I can be doing with my life!
Yet here it is... because I’m stubbornly stupid. It’s not clean. It’s not perfect. It’s not pretty. But there’s a qualify at the end of this video. It follows a clip in which I had to grasp a club with my teeth in order to un-strangle my wrists from the leashes. Also, included are a shoulderstand and a split which were much easier to do than juggling, but which were nonetheless a challenge to try while weighed down by the suicycle.
Many thanks to @hulk9950
for all the rigging and filming.
Additional thanks to @robtaylor @photosofstuffidosometimes
We did NOT get the worst falls on video. I’ve been hit in the unhelmeted part of the face during a fall (yet, I am ok and out of the 4 helmets I was offered, I still prefer the lighter, less protective ones because they allow for more visibility and breathe-ability). Lastly, for those of you curious about safety leashes—although the topline/bottom line leash system is useful for getting the rider out there, it is dangerous during uncontrollable whippers (which I had quite a few of). Too many ropes try to wrap and strangle your limbs as you’re falling uncontrollably (and the unicycle can still hit you wherever it wants to). So, in some clips I use the double leash and in some I just use the bottom one.