Half Pipe Attack

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The Half Pipe Attack (ハーフパイプアタック) was an obstacle introduced into Stage 1 in SASUKE 19. It replaced the Bungee Bridge, which didn't retire anyone in the previous tournament. It was similar to the previous obstacle, the Neshireta Kabe, which appeared from SASUKE 13 to SASUKE 15.

Competitors must run across a vertical half-pipe, then make a leap from the half-pipe about halfway through to reach a rope that swings themselves onto a narrow landing pad. While its function is simple, it caused major problems to competitors in SASUKE 20 because many failed to land on the landing pad properly. To make it easier for the competitors to advance, the producers flattened the landing platform in SASUKE 21. Many competitors make the mistake of reaching the platform but failing to land, and then having to swing back to the half-pipe for a second go. It was taken out of the First Stage after Urushihara Yuuji's Kanzenseiha in SASUKE 24, only to return in SASUKE 26. The obstacle has in its history eliminated notable competitors such as Akiyama Kazuhiko, Yamamoto Shingo and Urushihara Yuuji.

SASUKE 27 Version


Kanno Hitoshi attempting the SASUKE 27 version of the Half-Pipe Attack.

Major changes were made to the Half Pipe Attack in SASUKE 27. The landing pad was turned into a very small, wooden platform without padding. Then, competitors had to traverse a stationary log to the Soritatsu Kabe. If a competitor did not land on the small platform on the first pass, they would have to land on the log for the second pass. This change proved extremely dangerous as Drew Drechsel landed on the log awkwardly, fracturing his right knee and forcing him to withdraw from the competition. Despite it's dangers, this version also appeared in both American Ninja Warrior 4American Ninja Warrior 5 and American Ninja Warrior 6 tournaments in Las Vegas finals, although with the rope being significantly lower.

After SASUKE 27, it has been replaced by Ni Ren Soritatsu Kabe in the SASUKE tournaments.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
19 15 21 71.43%
20 18 36 50%
21 28 35 80%
22 26 30 89.66%
23 35 42 84.33%
24 20 22 90.91%
26 15 20 76%
27 35 38 92.11%
ANW4 54 64 84.38%
Total 246 308 80.16%

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