Slacklining refers generally to the act of running, walking or balance-sailing along a tensioned narrow length of webbing which is then secured between two hooks at each end. Slacklining is very similar to tightrope walking and slackline walking in that you use your own body weight as resistance to make your way down a web. There is typically a lot of movement on a slackline walk as the two ropes are connected and intertwined by a smallish knot. The two most popular forms of slacklining are monorail and bolt slacklining. Monorail slacklining entails attaching a lightweight mono-strummed rope to a monorail, which is attached to the top of a large climbing pole, usually on towers. As the monorail is carried through the woods, the rope pulls off the top of the pole and is then cast into the water. This type of slacklining is done mostly on flat beaches, usually not more than 30 ft away from shore. Bolt slacklining entails attaching two anchors on the surface of the water which are then fixed to a larger anchor which is kept afloat by buoyancy. Bolts can be individually fixed to individual webbing, or they can be welded onto larger pieces of webbing called webbing lines. Once the bolts are in place, they are held in place using a clip-on ring. The larger anchor is then lowered into the water by gravity or anchored into a structure which is submerged in the water. The smaller anchor and webbing are then released and the two climbers exit the water via the two anchors which have been secured. Tricklining is an extremely unique style of slacklining, where the two climbers actually "free climb" up a sheer steep artificial wall by manipulating a specially designed rope. Trickliners can be as long as 50 ft, but typically shorter, as well as more technical because there is no anchor used to lower the climber down. Instead, the climber simply uses a special attachment at the bottom of their equipment, and manipulates the attached webbing with their feet to tie-in to several points along the wall. Longline slacklining is practiced mostly above water, because the extra length allows longer and more varied positions. Unlike the popularized "free line", where the climber only has one option - to tie-in at the surface - longlines allow multiple options for positions. A typical longline session would start out with two individuals walking along the shore, maneuvering their way down toward a steep climb. There are many benefits to both forms of slacklining, although the extreme nature of the sport lends itself more toward the longline style. Longline slacklining requires excellent core strength, because balancing on the tightness in the belly while walking or riding a slackline is a very difficult task. When you practice slacklining, it's important to maintain your core strength, so you will not have to worry about losing balance as you go further up the hill.
Slacklining refers to the action of walking, jogging or balance-sailing on a tensioned length of fixed webbing between two fixed anchors. Slacklining is very similar to tightrope walking and slackline walking. The main difference is that in slacklining, you do not have to balance yourself while walking; your hands are merely acting as props. The style of slacklining that most American surfers learned involves standing on a log or other anchored object like a tree stump with one end of the line connected to the nose of the lure, while the other end is attached to the hanging from of the slackline. The object of the activity is to get above the surface of the water and "walk" back to shore. Tricklining is a completely different sport from slacklining, but shares many of the same principles. Trickliners perform tricks on highlines that have been purposely designed to be surfable by hand instead of using a leash. For the most part, this means that trickliners are riding highlines that are off the ground, but are still attached to the same kind of holds as traditional surfing. There are many different tricks that can be done on highlines, but the most popular are the kickflip, and the reverse kickflip. A slackline and a trickline are similar in many ways, but they differ primarily in length. A slackline is usually approximately thirty to fifty feet long, and works well for longlines going down hill or up steep hills. On the other hand, a trickline is usually between fifty to one hundred feet long. Tricklines work best when tied in tandem, so if you want to learn how to surf a highline, learning to tie in a trickline will be much more beneficial than trying to surf a slackline. On the other hand, if you want to learn how to surf a longline, then you may prefer the versatility of a slackline. One of the main differences between slacklining and climbing is the method of climbing. When a climber uses a rope, he or she makes use of one leg to hold onto to, whereas slacklining requires no such attachment. Climbers use both hands to hold onto the rope in order to balance and climb. Slacklining climbers do not have to worry about balancing, and since no actual hands are attached to the rope, the risk of falling while slacklining is practically non-existent. Slacklining and waterlining complement each other in many ways, but there are some notable differences as well. Waterlining works better when there is plenty of surface water, whereas slacklining works better in mud, sand, and other non-natural surfaces. The style of climbing involved with slacklining and waterlining is also different. Waterlining is often done without a protective harness, whereas slacklining requires one. Additionally, waterlining tends to work better in large bodies of water, while slacklining can be practiced virtually anywhere. There are a few different styles of slacklining out there today, but they all basically work on the same principles of holding on to a rope and tying in a loop at the end. Slacklining comes in two varieties - walking and standing. Walking slacklining involves simply walking forward, balancing on one arm, then holding onto the rope with one leg. This walking style is often used by those who just want to do some laps around a lake, pond, or river. Those who have been walking for a while, on the other hand, use walking slacklining to challenge themselves and get a good workout in.
Slacklining refers to both walking and climbing up a set of tensioned, sliding webbing between two free-standing anchors. Slacklining is somewhat similar to tightrope walking and slackline walking. The difference is that instead of people walking, they are walking on top of a surface attached to their slackline. The bottom part of the "webbing" is usually made of wood, while the top part is usually made of a combination of smooth wood and spongy material such as PVC Vinyl. A common place for a slackline to be set up is in the ocean off the shores of South America, although places in the Pacific are also known for setting them up. Slacklining has become a popular sport over the last twenty years. Its increasing popularity is probably related to its simplicity: you don't need any previous experience or skill to perform slacklining. It's definitely not something for the "nerdy." What does this mean for the average Joe trying to learn how to walk across a slackline? Nothing! The first thing you have to know if you want to learn how to walk across a slackline is that slacklining isn't all about bouncing. While the style of the actual act is similar (the person on the slackline holds on to one end of the line and alternates pulling and pushing with the other), it doesn't necessarily follow that all you have to do to learn how to walk across is simply swing from side to side, bounce, and repeat. There are several tricks involved and they are not all about bouncing. In other words, no matter how you describe your tricks you can be sure that some variations of them will work out just fine in the ocean. Balance is important when you're slacklining because your center of gravity is lower than when you're doing traditional tricks. This makes walking on the slackline more like walking on the floor, balancing on a bike, or simply balancing on a step. To practice balancing you can simply stand on a board, balance yourself up with your feet hip-width apart, and stand still. When you feel loose simply jump off and do a double somerick, balancing in the air with each motion. The next time you're on the slackline you can increase the tension and do a triple sommelog. Some people get slacklining mixed into their other activities so it's good to bring along some type of core strength equipment. A stability ball, for example, will help to develop your core strength needed for walking and balancing on a slackline. A medicine ball, as well as the ability to push against a wall with a cable attached to your mid-section, will improve your balance. And there are several other items that should be considered for your overall fitness as a slackliner: rope, harnesses for balance, lumbar support pads, walking belts, and any other piece of gear that helps you get through the toughest stretches. If you're looking for a way to incorporate slacklining into your regular routine you've got to pay attention to your own conditioning and safety. Make sure that you can walk the distance from your house to the slackline comfortably on flat terrain, then do some laps, concentrating on keeping your form stable without taking your attention off the actual activity. Balance is crucial, so make sure that your center of gravity is not too high or low. Pay attention to your posture as well: a slumped posture can compromise your safety, as well as limit your ability to maneuver the slacklines.