“What is a Slackline?”
This is a question that is asked of us time and time again whenever we rig our kit in the park or on the beach.
So, we decided to make an online guide to help to increase awareness & knowledge of this incredibly fun and simple sport.
A Slackline is simply a piece of polyester webbing. Usually between 2 and 5cm wide and 15 Metres or more in length. A full slackline kit will usually include at least one ratchet to allow the user to secure the ends of the line to any stable points (posts, trees etc.) and then use the ratchet to tension the line.
The aim is to balance on the line and walk along it. Unlike tightrope walking, the line is not supposed to be absolutely rigid. Instead it is preferable to have some slack in the line (hence the name of the sport) which allows the line to move a little as the Slackliner walks along it. The real skill then is to anticipate these slight movements of the line and move your body to compensate for them, improving your balance and core strength. Visit our Slacklining For Beginners page for a tutorial to help you get started.
Once the basics of balancing have been mastered then the sky is the limit! It is possible to perform all manner of static and dynamic tricks on the Slackline and this is where the fun really begins.