“A daredevil has broken the slackline world record after walking between two hot air balloons more than a mile above the ground.
Rafael Zugno Bridi, 34, balanced precariously on the narrow inch-wide slackline among the clouds over Praia Grande in his native Brazil.
The adrenaline junkie was barefoot 6,131ft in the air when he broke the record of the highest ever tightrope walk at more than double the height of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa which stands at 2,722ft.
He said he wanted to walk between two hot air balloons because he wanted to experience the sensation of floating and freedom.
Rafael added: ‘I am a person driven by challenges.
‘I like complex projects, which involve many people and as a consequence incalculable elements like weather and weather conditions.
‘I like records that are hard to beat. A small mistake could have caused a catastrophe. My attention is fully focused on ensuring that all procedures are followed in detail.
‘So everyone is calm and confident and after this successful stage comes to the indescribable pleasure and contemplation of walking on clouds hundreds of meters high.
‘It involved many years of dedication to the sport and especially to safety. I don’t give up anything on safety.
‘I always have the best equipment, the best team and the most up-to-date knowledge.
‘It was a total serendipity moment where everything lined up amazingly.
‘To make it happen and find my perfect balance at the time of the crossing, I really value each one of the team. I approach, clear any doubts so that everything can flow in an incredible way as it happened with this project.’
Rafael says that he was in such a state of concentration while making the crossing that can’t even remember what was going through his head as he made his way through the sky….”