Competitors normally got tangled in the curtains or either timed their landing wrong. Also, some competitors disqualified for touching the water with their foot or hand. There are times when competitors did not hold the silk at the same time, the end of the silk with the most weight distributed will lengthen while the other will shorten, forcing the competitor into the water.
For some reason, it was really tough for Venice Beach finalists, as it eliminated 9 of the 16 finalists from that region, leading the entire Venice Beach finalists to go out in Stage One. This made the first time in American Ninja Warrior history, that the entire city finalists from the same region went out in Stage One.
On American Ninja Warrior 7, it returned as the third obstacle. However, the landing pad was bigger and less slick, so it proved to be much easier as only four competitors failed it, particularly competitors like Dillon Gates and Josh Cook.
Mini Silk Slider
The second version of the Silk Slider, the Mini Silk Slider, first appeared in Venice Beach qualifiers on American Ninja Warrior 7. The obstacle began just like the Silk Slider, but when competitors reached the end of a shorter track, they must jump to a rope and swing to the landing mat ahead of them.
This version of the Silk Slider was also used in several Ninja Warrior international format (e.g. Ninja Warrior UK and Australian Ninja Warrior), although it was called as the Silk Slider (without the word 'Mini').