The Floating Boards (フローティングボード) is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the third obstacle in Third Stage of SASUKE 25.
The obstacle consists of five boards hanging from the scaffolding above, with the fifth board is placed lower than the other four boards. Competitors must cling onto the first board, transfer to the next board and so on, until they could reach the landing platform.
American Ninja Warrior Appearances
The Floating Boards appeared as the third obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 4 in Stage Three. It again preceded the Ultimate Cliffhanger. However unlike in SASUKE:
- The number of boards was decreased to four,
- The gaps in between the boards were decreased to 3 feet,
- The fourth board was placed lower than the other three boards, and
- The thickness of each board was 2.25 inches.
This obstacle was also used during American Ninja Warrior 2's Boot Camp finals, but it wasn`t used in any of the Team Relay.
The Floating Boards was used again on American Ninja Warrior 5, and for the first time, the obstacle eliminated competitors (James McGrath, Joe Moravsky, and Travis Rosen). It became the most difficult obstacle for competitors. Only Brian Arnold was able to complete this obstacle, and later went on to become the second American to defeat the Ultimate Cliffhanger, and finally went out on the final obstacle, the Flying Bar (which made him the furthest American competitor on Mount Midoriyama at that time).
On American Ninja Warrior 6, the fourth board was placed equally high as the other three boards. Two competitors (Elet Hall and Joe Moravsky) attempted the obstacle, but only Joe Moravsky could complete it.
On American Ninja Warrior 7, all competitors completed the obstacle.
On American Ninja Warrior 8, the obstacle was moved as the second obstacle, but once again preceded the Ultimate Cliffhanger. However, the obstacle was modified, with the bottom part of the boards was tapered, so the boards were looked trapezoidal, rather than usual rectangular-shaped. Despite that change, no competitor failed on this obstacle (both Drew Drechsel and Daniel Gil cleared it).
On American Ninja Warrior 9, the obstacle was moved as the first obstacle, and the boards' shape were unchanged from the previous season (the trapezoidal boards). However, the boards' size and length were modified, as the boards were increasing in length as they progressed, with the first board being the shortest, and the fourth board being the tallest. Despite those changes, no competitor failed on this obstacle once again.
The Floating Boards appeared on Ninja Warrior UK and Ninja Warrior UK 2, as the first obstacle in the finals' Stage 3, and then as the first obstacle in the finals' Stage 3 on Ninja Warrior UK 3. To date, no-one has progressed far enough to attempt the obstacle. It also appeared as the seventh obstacle in Stage Two on Australian Ninja Warrior, but one has attempted it.
Ván Treo (SASUKE Vietnam's official name for the Floating Boards) appeared as the second obstacle in Stage 3 of SASUKE Vietnam 3. Just like the Half Pipe Attack, Double Warped Wall, and Hang Climbing, SASUKE Vietnam's logo was also printed on the obstacle. Also, if the competitors touched the white trail of the boards, they would be disqualified.
On SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia 2017, the Floating Boards appeared as the fourth obstacle during Semifinal Stage 2. It featured 4 hanging boards, with the fourth board was made shorter than the other three boards, in order to make the obstacle more difficult. Also, competitors were not allowed to touch/grab the top part of the boards (the blue part). If they did so, they would be disqualified.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS/NBC broadcast and external information found
American Ninja Warrior
|USA vs Japan||5||8||62.5%|
|USA vs The World||7||7||100%|
|USA vs. The World 2||8||8||100%|
|USA vs. The World 3||9||9||100%|