The Downhill Jump (ダウンヒルジャンプ) was a Second Stage obstacle that was introduced with the course redesign in SASUKE 18, after Nagano Makoto's kanzenseiha, replacing the Chain Reaction from the past eleven SASUKE tournaments.
Similar to the Daichoyaku in KUNOICHI, competitors must slide down a track, standing on an snowboard-like object, and then jumped to a rope (attached to a zip line) at the end of the track, and finally reach the landing mat, floating above the water.
It underwent a series of minor changes in its lifespan:
- In SASUKE 18, the rope stopped much shorter than the rest of the tournaments, requiring competitors to use their momentum to reach the landing pad.
- In SASUKE 19 and every tournament afterward (except in SASUKE 20), the rope stopped much closer to the mat, even allowing competitors to hold onto the rope, swing back, and land. For that tournament only, the rope moved at a much lower velocity than in all other versions.
- In SASUKE 20, the track was positioned at a greater angle and thus the board moved much faster than in other versions.
American Ninja Warrior Appearance
The Downhill Jump appeared as the second obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 5 in Baltimore, with a shorter track, a smaller gap between the rope and the landing platform, and a longer rope.
However, the obstacle was proven to be much brutal than in SASUKE, as several competitors who failed on this obstacle, either lost their balance while standing and sliding the board onto a track, or grabbed the rope too low, resulting their feet touched the water.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found