Leap Into the Canary Islands’ Epic Folk Sport

Imagine pole-vaulting across dangerous terrain, down steep slopes and ravines. "Salto del pastor"—translated from Spanish as "the shepherd's leap"—is just that. Now a folk sport and hobby, it was once the Guanches way of transport while shepherding on the volcanic terrain of the Canary Islands. Gregorio is a shepherd who still moves around this way, avoiding the use of cars and city life. Salto is now seen as a hobby or a leisure sport practiced by enthusiasts who continue the tradition. We meet Gregorio, as well as the others who have developed new techniques to enjoy this peculiar transportation, in this short film by Dorota Mazur and Robert Migas.

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