My name is Davis Hermes, I’m 16-years-old, and was born and live in Vail, Colorado. The first time I saw slacklining was 2012 Summer Teva Games, which is now called the Go-Pro Games. When I saw the slackline competition there, I was instantly hooked, and I told myself, “I want to be able to do that.” I begged my mom that day to buy me a line and she did. From that day forward, I was committed to practicing every day for the rest of the summer. In the spring of 2013, I attended my first comp as a competitor! My favorite trick is one arm lever, which is balancing on the slackline with just one arm, in a plank position. My biggest accomplishment on the line is walking a highline at the age of twelve, and I also won the Scholarship Slackline Challenge at the Go-Pro Games in 2014. I am currently a sophomore at Vail Christian High School, and I compete in track. In the winter I ski, and I love the bumps! I encourage anyone interested in the sport of slacklining to give it a try. And remember, never give up, and follow your dreams, because you never know where it may lead you. Take every opportunity, because it is better to fail trying, rather than to never try at all.
KIND ATHLETE: Davis has served others by participating in a mission trip to Argentina where he built playgrounds for children living in poverty.