Slacklining- Styles and Disciplines

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Slacken (Slacklinen, Slacklining) is a new trend sport similar to tightrope walking and balancing on a flat piece of tubular webbing, hose or belt strap tied between ( two attachment points) 2 trees or support structures (anchors).


In California during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Originated within the mountain climbing in Yosemite National Park. Adam Grosowsky and Jeff Ellington were the first who came up with the idea to use their climbing equipment for it. When they were not climbing, they took flat nylon webbing and stretched it between two rocky outcroppings over a void, and then learned to walk and balance on this webbing and brought it the slack in the camp of climbers in the Valley, from where it was from about the turn of the millennium to other climbing areas, and finally outside the Climbing sport spread.

In Europe, the photographer and climber Heinz Zak is inventor.

The sister sport of tightrope walking, slackline is different because the rope is dynamic; it moves with you whereas tightrope walking is on a wire or steel cable, and bends some to the weight but is not stretching with each movement.

Three styles are available

  • Classic

A very robust, but flexible line for everybody; the perfect all-rounder for families as well as progressive slackliners.

  • Fun-line

Ideal slackline for children. Thanks to less flexibility the perfect slackline for all the little Slackliners! Rubber based prints provide added grip and for sure the main event at any child’s birthday party – promise!

  • Jib-line
    The Jib-line is ideal for tricks and moves! This super bouncy Jib=line allows anyone to add style and more performance to their slackline adventures.


Different avenues have branched off of slacklining but in essence they are one in the same. The requirements of the Slackers at the athletes are a combination of balance, concentration and coordination. Slackline is as well an additional training for sports such as climbing, skiing, martial arts, horse riding, vaulting and other sports that require a good sense of balance.

Disciplines of Slacklining

  • Long-Lining

Longlining means setting up your slackline very long and take great physical endurance as they are the most longunsteady of lines.  ‘Jerry Miszewski’ holds the world’s longest line at over 1600 feet.
This attempts counter a possible long line of fixed-point to fixed point. The difficulties lie in several areas:
– The weight of the line requires a very peaceful walk. It is getting very hard to calm the line, once it is beginning to vibrate.
– The ability to concentrate is placed on a permanent strain.
– Clamping mechanism and restores must be built by professionals, because extremely high forces occur that can result in incorrect material or structure to material failure.

  • High-Lining

High-lining is slacklining at large distances above the ground or water. High-lines require the most mental strength, with the exposure of being so high up and having so much sky surrounding you, walking on 1″ thick webbing is subconsciously frightening, even if you are attached with harness anhighline-cover-picd leash to the line.

To ensure safety, most high-liners wear a climbing harness or swami belt with a leash attached to the slackline itself; however, unleashed walks of high-lines are not unheard of.

Dean Potter was a pioneer of the highline and has been an inspiration to thousands of slackliners across the world.


  • Slack asana or Yoga SlackliningAsana

Slack asana is incorporating yoga poses and sequences onto the slackline and ove
r the ground on shorter lengths in the slow movements and positions. ’Sam Salwei’ from Yoga Slackers is a pioneer in the field of slack asana.

Taking your yoga practice to the slackline is one of the most rewarding adventures one can embark on. Strength and muscle memory grows exponentially on the slackline


  • Trick-lining

Trick-lining is the most common type of slacklining, can be set up from almost any two secure points and involves jumping and even flips. Also called as “low-lining(done low to the ground).”

Basic tricks are: standing, stand start, walking, walking backwards, turns, drop knee, opposite Teaser_picutre_small_eng_2014_Trickliningturn around, bounce walk.

Intermediate tricks are: moonwalk, throwing a disc around with someone from line-to-line, sit start, Buddha sit, mantle start, sitting down, lying down, jump start, cross legged knee drop, surfing forward, surfing sideways, and jump turns, or “180s.”
Advanced tricks are: backflip landing on the line, jumps referred to as “ollies”, tree plants, front flip dismount, back flip dismount, doing push-ups, tandem walking, the tandem pass, piggy-back rides across the line, and jumping from line-to-line, 360’s. Also see the tight rope sub-category of “freestyle-slacklining”, aka “rodeo-slacklining.

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