Slackline's Sharkawy is the first and only professional slackliner in Egypt, and he’s on a mission to popularize the sport in the region with weekly sessions, workshops, and retreats.
Born in the heart of Yosemite National Park in North California in the early 1980s, slacklining is a niche sport focused on improving your concentration, fitness, core strength and balance skills by balancing on a piece of fibre. It’s daring, it’s exciting, and it’s now in Om El Donia with the launch of Slackline Egypt.
Founder Mohsen El Sharkawy - a former Toronto resident - is conquering the slacklining world equipped with thin ropes and a keen sense of balance. “Slackline wants to put Egypt and the Middle East on the Slacklife map and grow the sport in the region,” Sharkaway tells #CairoScene. “Slacklining is a sport that's here to stay, and our ultimate goal is to have our future generations harness all its amazing benefits as well as solidify Egypt as one of the up and coming nations pushing the sport.”
Sharkawy is the first and only professional slackliner in Egypt, and he’s on a mission to popularize the sport in the region with weekly sessions, workshops, private lessons and retreats. You don’t have to be a zen master or even have good balance to dabble in slacklining. “One of the biggest misconceptions around Slacklining is that people think it's a sport for people that already have great balance,” Sharkaway says. “When in reality it's actually a sport that helps improve one’s sense of balance.”
Hosting community slacklining events all over Egypt from the urban streets of Cairo to the sprawling desert landscapes of Sinai, Slackline Egypt is taking over the sports scene one rope at a time.