Saturday, February 2, 2013

Sketchy Andy talks slacklining, tech gadgets

As Beyonce’s performance during the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show approaches, some of us are still fixated on the most memorable character from last year’s show, headlined by Madonna. 

His name is Andy Lewis, aka “Sketchy Andy.” While wearing a toga, Lewis stole the show in Indianapolis by jumping and even doing backflips on what appeared to be a tightrope, as effortlessly as if he were on a trampoline. 

That performance, which transfixed 111 million of us, was a demonstration of slacklining. 

Lewis says that Super Bowl XLVI gave the sport incredible exposure, and he hopes the experience will be what he calls “a stepping-stone to progress the sport on a mainstream level.” 

One thing is certain: The exposure was a stepping-stone for Lewis himself. 

It turns out that Sketchy Andy impressed not only all of us watching at home, but also his on-stage collaborator -- Madonna actually offered Lewis a spot on her tour. After much consideration, he turned her down. Lewis recently told me that it was one of the hardest decisions he’s made in his life. But, he says, if he travels the world, he wants it to be on his own slackline. 

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