The Half Pipe Attack (ハーフパイプアタック) was an obstacle introduced into First Stage in SASUKE 19. It replaced the Bungee Bridge, which didn't retire anyone in the previous tournament. It was similar to a past obstacle, the Nejireta 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.
SASUKE 27 Version
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 was proven to be extremely dangerous, as Drew Drechsel landed on the log awkwardly, fracturing his right ACL and MCL which forced him to withdraw from the competition.
American Ninja Warrior Appearances
The Half Pipe Attack appeared as the fifth obstacle from American Ninja Warrior 4 to American Ninja Warrior 6, which was similar to the SASUKE 27 version, except the rope was being significantly lower.
Bật Tường Đu Dây Qua Hào Nước (SASUKE Vietnam's official name for the Half Pipe Attack) appeared as the third obstacle in Stage 2. Just like the Double Warped Wall, Floating Boards, and Hang Climbing, the SASUKE Vietnam logo was also printed on the obstacle.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS/NBC broadcast and external information found
American Ninja Warrior