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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. The competitor must cling onto the first board, transfer to the next and so on.

Despite being very fatiguing with the Ultimate Cliffhanger immediately after, it eliminated no competitors and was replaced by the Cycling Road the next tournament.

American Ninja Warrior Appearances

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American Ninja Warrior 4's Floating Boards in Stage Three

The Floating Boards made a return on American Ninja Warrior 4 in Stage Three. It again preceded the Ultimate Cliffhanger. However, the number of boards was decreased to four and the gaps in between the boards were smaller. It was cleared by the only remaining competitor, Brent Steffensen, who ended American Ninja Warrior 4 later on at the Hang Climb.

This obstacle was also used for the American Ninja Warrior 2 Boot Camp, but it wasn`t used in any of the Team Relays.

It was used again on American Ninja Warrior 5, and for the first time, it eliminated competitors (James McGrath, Joe Moravsky, and Travis Rosen). It became the most difficult obstacle for competitors. The only one to clear it in that tournament was Brian Arnold, who 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).

The Floating Boards still became a hard obstacle during USA vs. Japan, with 3 more competitors failed on this obstacle (James McGrath, Urushihara Yuuji, and Yamamoto Shingo).

It was also used on American Ninja Warrior 6 and completed by Joe Moravsky, but defeated Elet Hall.

On American Ninja Warrior 7, all competitors completed the obstacle.

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Drew Drechsel attempting the modified Floating Boards on American Ninja Warrior 8's Stage Three

On American Ninja Warrior 8, 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).  

ANW9 Floating Boards

American Ninja Warrior 9's Floating Boards in Stage Three

On American Ninja Warrior 9, the obstacle was moved to the first position, and the boards' shape were unchanged from last season (the trapezoidal boards). However, the boards' size was modified, as the boards were increasing in size 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.

Other Appearances

The Floating Boards have also made an appearance on first and second season of Ninja Warrior UK, as the first obstacle (second obstacle on third season) of Stage Three of the finals course. To date, no-one has progressed far enough to attempt the obstacle.

It has also appeared on Australian Ninja Warrior as the seventh obstacle of the Second Stage. No one has attempted it.


Ván Treo (Sasuke Vietnam's official name for the Floating Boards) is the second obstacle on the 3rd Stage of Sasuke Vietnam 3. Just like the Half Pipe Attack, Double Warped Wall, and Hang Climbing, the Sasuke Vietnam logo is also printed on the obstacle. When any part of the competitors' body went past the white trail, they will be disqualified.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS/NBC broadcast and external information found
SASUKE/ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
25 4 4 100%
ANW4 1 1 100%
ANW5 1 4 25%
USA vs Japan 5 8 62.5%
ANW6 1 2 50%
USA vs The World 7 7 100%
ANW7 8 8 100%
USA vs. The World 2 8 8 100%
ANW8 2 2 100%
USA vs. The World 3 9 9 100%
ANW9 3 3 100%
Total 49 56 87.5%

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