Intro to Slacklining
Slacklining may be a totally new word to your vocabulary, it’s also a totally new sport that you need to try! Basically, a slackline is a flat wide nylon or polyester web (think of a nylon tied own or towrope used on a truck). The concept is similar to a tightrope, but less ridged, more versatile and more fun! Slacklines are sometimes described as a long narrow trampoline, which isn’t far off. Because it’s so bouncy, and the tension (and therefore the bounciness) can be adjusted, there are a lot of tricks and styles that can be done on this thin strip of nylon.
Slackliners, or “Slackers”, have found a lot of ways to make the sport their own, some of the styles are:
- Freestyle Slacklining
- Slackline Yoga
All of these styles have their place in the community, but one thing they have in common is the need to practice in a safe place, low to the ground, to learn to balance and learn basic slacklining skills.
Tricklining is one of the most popular styles of slacklining, it can be done almost anywhere! String up your line and backup line (not all DIY kits will come with a safety backup line) between two trees in a park and you’re good to go. This can be done at a variety of heights, but it’s safer to start small.
Once you know how to balance, stand, walk and bounce on a slackline, you might be ready to dry out some tricks. Tricks can be anything from turning around, to flips and twists, some of which can be a little tough to get the hang of in the beginning, so it would be a good idea to have something soft to fall on, while you’re first starting out… Which is why our Slackline is set over a nice soft foam-pit. WE have the perfect place to learn the ropes, perfect new tricks, and see what your fellow “Slackers” can show you.
Slacklining has only been around for 35 years or so, since Adam Grosowsky and Jeff Ellington started walking around on the chain fences at Evergreen State College. They were probably pretty bored, and they invented one of the most exciting new sports of our time. Because it’s so new, there is plenty of room in the hall of fame for you and your new tricks and styles. It’s cheap, portable and versatile; you can fit all your gear into a gym bag, take it with you everywhere, and set it up anywhere in minutes. But before you make the investment, why not come on down and give it a try in our foam pit?
You’ll be catching Krazy Air in no time!