Eskil Ronningsbakken (b.24.06.79) from Vallset in Hedmark county - Norway, is often referred to as one of the foremost balance performers in the world, and has over 20 years of international experience.
Eskil Ronnigsbakken is well known for his breath-taking balance at Prekestolen, Kjeragbolten, Flydalsjuvet in Geiranger and Trollveggen, in Norway, where he defined a new art form long before selfie, slackline, extreme sports and peak summits were trending. This has led to invitations to Saudi Arabia's Royal Family, Saddam Hussein and David Letterman.
Ronningsbakken has over the last 10 years performed annually for the BBC, History Channel, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, CCTV, HuNan TV and Shandong TV, with up to 100 million TV viewers live. In China and Japan, Eskil has been given the name "Zen", which in their history and tradition is explained as a timeless space. The name matches the experience Eskil has by total concentration in extreme heights.
"What I do, is draw a picture with vulnerable human beings and their bodies, in the surrounding of mother earth."
How did you end up doing what you do?
I’ve never done anything but balanced. Many people already know at a young age what they want most in life, but they’re usually raised in such a way as to deny their talents and follow the mainstream. I simply went for my dream and did what felt right to me. I knew when I was five years old what I was going to do in life. It has been a long journey, being faithful to my own feelings and intuition has been extremely important. I’m not trying to tell that everyone should balance at the edge of a cliff, but to be what we are made to be instead of what we believe society expects us to be.