Slider Jump (スライダージャンプ) is a First Stage obstacle that was introduced in SASUKE 22 to replace Flying Chute. It was a hybrid of Stick Slider and Jump Hang, as competitors had to slide down a track holding onto a bar and launch themselves onto a net at the end of the track, then decide whether they wanted to go over or under the net. Going over the net took more time but was a safer approach, while going under the net was faster but more risky, as competitors could get disqualified because they were close for touching the water.
The net used for Slider Jump, and later Giant Swing, had considerably more slack than the net used for Jump Hang, likely due to lack of space because of Tarzan Rope and Rope Ladder, thus making it somewhat more difficult to exit the netting.
This obstacle was ruthless in SASUKE 22 as many top competitors failed, including Paul Anthony Terek, Levi Meeuwenberg, and Nagano Makoto, who all had a chance to clear First Stage. Due to this, the net was made closer and lower in SASUKE 23. This modification leads the obstacle to be a massive time waster instead, as more competitors cleared this obstacle than the previous tournament, but would later timed out at the final obstacles, either Tarzan Rope or Rope Ladder. Some competitors came close to failing but managed to hold onto the net, namely David Campbell in SASUKE 22, and Joop Katana and Jordan Jovtchev in SASUKE 23.
Slider Jump famously malfunctioned during Nagano Makoto's run in SASUKE 23, when the rope holding the bar got caught around a metal support, preventing the bar from reaching the end of the track. He was granted second chance due to this, which he comfortably cleared, and he was moved forward until the final stage on that tournament.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found.
American Ninja Warrior
Slider Jump appeared as the fourth obstacle in American Ninja Warrior 5 in Miami, but the track was shorter and the gap between the track and the cargo net was smaller than in SASUKE. Also competitors were only allowed to go under the net rather than having the choice to go over or under.
However, just like in SASUKE, the obstacle was brutal, as several competitors slid the bar off the track and fell/touched the water. The obstacle had taken out many strong competitors such as Reko Rivera, Bootie Cothran, Todd Bourgeois, and Felix Chu. During Miami finals, the obstacle wiped out notable competitors like Sean Bennett, Brandon Arrington, David Gilbert, Brian Escarsega, and Fernando Vazquez, and although he managed to clear it, it also notably broke Tukrong Klengdong's nose when the bar derailed, striking him in the face.