Stick Slider (スティックスライダー) is a Second Stage obstacle that was introduced as part of the course's renewal in SASUKE 18 after Nagano Makoto's Kanzenseiha in the previous tournament. To attempt this obstacle, competitors must clear Salmon Ladder, overcoming a gap separating the final rungs of Salmon Ladder from this obstacle to slide down a V-shaped track using the bar provided from Salmon Ladder, then keep the bar on the track and let go at the right time to reach a mat at the bottom.
However, competitors had hard time keeping the bar on the track. This became a big issue in SASUKE 20, when the track was not evenly slick and the right side of the track would get stuck, which known via an interview with Levi Meeuwenberg, who said that every tester that got to Stick Slider failed there, because the left side of the track would go too far, while the right side of the track consistently got stuck. This became even more evident after Okuyama Yoshiyuki's failure, as like the testers, the right side got stuck while the left side went perfectly, causing the bar to become too uneven and for him to fall into the water. Levi then further mentioned that the staff spent 30 minutes trying to fix the problem. However, even when Levi was able to attempt Stick Slider, the problem still occurred. However, aware of this problem, Levi pushed the bar and that evened out the bar enough for him to clear Stick Slider.
Okuyama's failure prompts the producers to modify Stick Slider (and Salmon Ladder) in the following tournament, adding small stoppers to the ends of the bar to prevent it from coming off the track. Now, the only way to fail Stick Slider was to mis-timed the release to the landing pad or losing the grip on the slide.
The track, however, was still inconsistent and the bar tended to go to one side more times than not, even causing Urushihara Yuuji to come to a complete stop in SASUKE 22. Also, starting in this tournament, a small net similar to the one used in Flying Chute was added at the end of the track in order to catch the bar when the competitors cleared the obstacle.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found.