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The Sidewinder R (サイドワインダー・R), (also being referred as simply "Sidewinder") is an obstacle in the Third Stage introduced in SASUKE 31. The obstacle consists of four columns (referred as poles) parallel to each other similar in zig-zag formation that competitors must get across one by one to the other side and each one has grips for competitors to hang onto the columns (poles). The distance between each columns (poles) is 1.8 m if crossed one by one, similar to the function of the Hariyama (aka Pole Grasper).

Though no one failed it in the Third Stage, it exhausted most of the competitors who attempted it, leading to all but two (Morimoto Yūsuke and Kanno Hitoshi) failing the Crazy Cliffhanger. This was similar to the relationship between the Tackle and Soritatsu Kabe in the First Stage.

The Wind Chimes used in American Ninja Warrior 7 were similar to the Sidewinder R.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
31 8 8 100%
Total 8 8 100%

Sidewinder R Kai


In SASUKE 32, the tournament following Morimoto Yūsuke's kanzenseiha, the obstacle was modified. To make this obstacle harder, it was modified that the second and third pole will drop 60cm when transit from the first pole. Therefore, its name was changed to Sidewinder R Kai (サイドワインダー・R 改), its position still remains as the third obstacle.

This obstacle took out André Sihm, which is the only person to fail on this obstacle in that tournament.

Even though this obstacle is difficult enough, this only lasted for one tournament, as it was modified once again in SASUKE 33.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
32 3 4 75%
Total 3 4 75%

Sidewinder Kai


This time, in SASUKE 33, it was modified once again, making it one of the only four obstacles to be modified in three consecutive tournaments in a row, along with the Jumping Spider, Flying Chute, and Vertical Limit. The second and third pole still drop 60cm when transit. However, all poles were arranged in a straight line instead of the usual zig-zag formation. The name has left out the letter "R" thus it will be called, Sidewinder Kai (サイドワインダー 改).

To make it harder, it is tied together with the Flying Bar with no rest. With that change, only Drew Drechsel attempted and completed the obstacle due to the immense difficulty of the previous obstacle.

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Jessie Graff on the transition from the Flying Bar to Sidewinder Kai, SASUKE 34

In SASUKE 34, all of the competitors managed to complete the new modified Flying Bar, though it took out 2 competitors (Obata Satoshi and Suzuki Yusuke).

Also, an unique method of attempting this obstacle was made by Jessie Graff in the same competition, as she locked her legs on the poles, thus allowing to rest her arms in the process.

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Jessie Graff resting her arms on Sidewinder Kai, SASUKE 34

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
33 1 1 100%
34 7 9 77.78%
Total 8 10 80%

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