The Highgirls Brasil festival in Rio de Janeiro includes a slackline competition where male participants compete in female attire. Slacklining is essentially tightrope walking, but the rope being walked upon isn’t pulled completely taut. These particular participants are balancing on a rope strung between rocks in the Cantagalo favela.
Slacklining started in the 1980s in Yosemite National Park, but it has picked up momentum on the beaches of Rio in the past couple of years. Facebook groups like Slackchat and Slackcouch have created an entire community of people who enjoy walking the rope. While some of the most extreme slackliners do stunts like slacklining between buildings and high mountaintops, the majority of slacklining is done around three feet above ground. For the adrenaline addicts, however, there is the Highgirls Brasil festival and slacklining in dresses.