The Floating Boards (フローティングボード) is an obstacle first introduced as the third obstacle in Third Stage of SASUKE 25.

The obstacle consisted of five boards hanging from the scaffolding above, with the fifth board placed lower than the other four boards. Competitors must cling onto the first board, transfer to the next board and so on, until they could reach the landing platform.

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

Prior to SASUKE 25's Third Stage, large curtains either covered several obstacles until the Third Stage was to commence, or the obstacles were not completely set up, ostensibly to build tension in the broadcast. The Floating Boards were of the latter case, not being installed until later.

American Ninja Warrior Appearances

American Ninja Warrior 4’s Floating Boards in Stage Three

The Floating Boards appeared as the third obstacle on American Ninja Warrior 4 in Stage Three. It again preceded the Ultimate Cliffhanger. However unlike in SASUKE:

  • The number of boards was decreased to four,
  • The gaps in between the boards were decreased to three feet,
  • The fourth board was placed lower than the other three boards, and
  • The thickness of each board was 2.25 inches.

The obstacle was completed by the only remaining competitor, Brent Steffensen, who ended American Ninja Warrior 4 later on the Hang Climb.

This obstacle was also used during American Ninja Warrior 2's Boot Camp finals, but it wasn't used in any of the Team Relay.

Other Season Appearances

American Ninja Warrior 5

American Ninja Warrior 5’s Floating Boards in Stage Three

The Floating Boards was used again on American Ninja Warrior 5, and for the first time, the obstacle eliminated competitors (Travis Rosen, James McGrath, and Joe Moravsky). It became the most difficult obstacle for competitors. Only Brian Arnold was able to complete this obstacle, and 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 three more competitors failed on this obstacle (James McGrath, Yamamoto Shingo, and Urushihara Yuuji).

American Ninja Warrior 6

American Ninja Warrior 6's Floating Boards in Stage Three

On American Ninja Warrior 6, the fourth board was placed equally high as the other three boards. Two competitors (Elet Hall and Joe Moravsky) attempted the obstacle, but only Joe Moravsky could complete it.

American Ninja Warrior 7

American Ninja Warrior 7's Floating Boards in Stage Three

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

American Ninja Warrior 8

American Ninja Warrior 8's Floating Boards in Stage Three

On American Ninja Warrior 8, the obstacle was moved as the second obstacle, but once again preceded the Ultimate Cliffhanger. However, 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 could complete it).  

American Ninja Warrior 9

Sean Bryan attempted the modified Floating Boards during American Ninja Warrior 9's Stage Three

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

However, during USA vs. The World 4, the obstacle eliminated Marco Jubes from Team Latin America, when he lost his balance at the dismount.

American Ninja Warrior 10

American Ninja Warrior 10's Floating Boards in Stage Three

On American Ninja Warrior 10, the same version of the Floating Boards from the previous season returned once again as the first obstacle in Stage Three. Once again, no competitor fell on the obstacle.

After being on American Ninja Warrior for seven seasons, the obstacle was replaced by the Grip & Tip on the next season.

Other Appearances

Ninja Warrior UK

Ninja Warrior UK 3's Floating Boards

During the first three seasons of Ninja Warrior UK, the Floating Boards appeared during the finals:

However, the obstacle was never been attempted, as the obstacle was replaced by the Spider Flip on Ninja Warrior UK 4.

Australian Ninja Warrior

Australian Ninja Warrior's Floating Boards

Australian Ninja Warrior 3's Floating Doors

The Floating Boards appeared:

During the first two seasons, the obstacle was unattempted. On Australian Ninja Warrior 3, four competitors (Josh O'Sullivan, Bryson Klein, Daniel Mason, and Charlie Robbins) were able to reach the obstacle, but none of them could complete it (all of them failed while trying to make a transition to the second board). Therefore, the obstacle became the cut-off to determine which competitor became the season's winner and took home the AU$100,000 cash prize, which ultimately went to Charlie Robbins. However, no one failed on this obstacle on Australian Ninja Warrior 4.

SASUKE Vietnam

SASUKE Vietnam 3's Floating Boards

Ván Treo (SASUKE Vietnam's official name for the Floating Boards) appeared as the second obstacle in Stage 3 on SASUKE Vietnam 3.

The obstacle was similar to one used in SASUKE 25, with the presence of five boards. However, the first, third, and fifth boards were placed lower than the second and fourth boards. Also, if the competitors touched the white trail of the boards, they would be disqualified.

The obstacle eliminated four out of eighteen competitors who attempted it, with three of them falling on the obstacle, and one competitor (Phạm Xuân Hùng) being disqualified for touching the white trail on the third board.

SASUKE Vietnam 4's Floating Boards

On SASUKE Vietnam 4, the Floating Boards appeared once again as the second obstacle in Stage 3. This time, all five boards were placed equally high, making the obstacle similar to the one used on American Ninja Warrior 6 and American Ninja Warrior 7 (except only four boards were used on those American Ninja Warrior seasons). The obstacle eliminated four competitors, with three of them (Nguyễn Phi Hùng, Chunmin Yang, and Perry Oosterlee) being disqualified for touching the white trail on the board, and one competitor (Fang Bin) fell while making the transition to the final board.

SASUKE Vietnam 5's Floating Boards

On SASUKE Vietnam 5, the obstacle was moved to the fourth obstacle in Stage 2. Despite with the introduction of the 180-second time limit in Stage 2, the obstacle was only served as the time waster for the competitors, as only two competitors failed out of 26 competitors who attempted it.

SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia

SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia 2017's Floating Boards in Semifinal Stage 2

On SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia 2017, the Floating Boards appeared as the fourth obstacle during Semifinal Stage 2.

It featured four hanging boards, with the fourth board made shorter than the other three boards, in order to make the obstacle more difficult. Also, competitors were not allowed to touch/grab the top part of the boards (the blue part). If they did so, they would be disqualified (this particular rule came into play, when Josh Levin was disqualified for touching the top part of the fourth board during SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia: International Competition).

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS/NBC broadcast and external information found


SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
25 4 4 100%
Total 4 4 100%

American Ninja Warrior

ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW4 1 1 100%
ANW5 1 4 25%
ANW6 1 2 50%
ANW7 8 8 100%
ANW8 2 2 100%
ANW9 3 3 100%
ANW10 2 2 100%
USA vs. Japan 5 8 62.5%
USA vs. The World 7 7 100%
USA vs. The World 2 8 8 100%
USA vs. The World 3 9 9 100%
USA vs. The World 4 5 6 83.33%
USA vs. The World 5 3 3 100%
Total 55 63 87.3%
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