The Estonian rider dares an adventure that leads him to the western border of Kazakhstan, just 160 kilometers from the Caspian Sea. There he finds the “fangs” between which Rossi stretches the tightrope. It is the entrance to Mangystau County.
The sport of tightrope requires all kinds of challenges: organization, planning, vision, and passion. Half the discipline is just holding the tightrope. In a place like this, it’s not enough to stretch the line wherever you want. You should be aware of the first rule of adventure: leave no trace.
“We chose the route most friendly with nature so as not to destroy the unique beauty of Pozyra,” notes climber and safety expert Kirill Belotserkovsky. “We fixed the line with a special technique that allowed us to make sure nothing happened to the rocks. This construction is simple and at the same time it protects nature.”
Once the line is in place, the rest is a matter of patience, method, balance, and focus. Moving forward half a kilometer – 200 meters above the desert floor – is no easy feat. But for a place of this nature, it’s all worth the effort.
“I was blown away by the incredible beauty of this place,” Rose says. “The fact that there was an ocean here ignites the imagination.” “Bouzira is a challenge, a challenge that is among the most difficult. At the same time, it is the most beautiful project I have ever done.”
When it comes to an athletic challenge, this is clearly by no means the longest tightrope ever overcome. Rather, this project stands out because of its uniqueness. After carrying out the whole thing in the middle of the desert, the temperatures were around 50°C – sweltering hot… “In the past five days, I’ve accumulated enough vitamin D for the next few years,” laughs Jean. But while the sun was harsh, it wasn’t the biggest problem. It was the endless winds that blew across the plains of Mangistaw. The crew had to wait five days for the deadline to open.
“It was windy, so we were worried about Jan being able to cross the tightrope. One morning we were lucky and the wind died down,” director and cinematographer Serdar Baymolden recalled. “Jan climbed the ‘Fang’ and made the transition instantly. It was the first time I worked with an athlete of this class and I really enjoyed him. He knows how to move, where to look and at what moments it should be to look directly into the camera lens. Result The finale speaks for itself; it was worth all the work, drama and emotion.”
The whole project was also an unforgettable experience for Roose: “It’s a wonderful place! It’s so far away from any civilization. I’m happy to visit it and see this unique site with my own eyes. I’ve succeeded in combining abilities with the beauty of nature…”
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