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Slacklining

as a hobby

Slacklining can improve your physical and mental health. Studies have shown that slacklining can enhance your balance, coordination, core strength, posture, flexibility, concentration, focus, mood, and well-being.

Slacklining is a fun and rewarding hobby that involves balancing on a flexible webbing suspended between two points. It can improve your physical and mental health, challenge your skills and creativity, and connect you with nature and people. All you need is a slackline kit, some trees or anchors, and a willingness to learn and enjoy. Why not give it a try today?

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Videos

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YouTube | How to slackline for beginners
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YouTube | Learning to Slackline with No Experience
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YouTube | Slacklining Tips: How to Slackline || REI
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YouTube | Slackline Tutorial: Basic Beginner Moves

Podcasts

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Spotify | Unlocking the Slackline with Friedi Kühne

Slacklining has a rich and diverse history and culture. Slacklining originated from rock climbers in Yosemite Valley in the 1950s, who used chains and ropes to practice their balance and have fun. Since then, slacklining has evolved into various types and styles, such as tricklining, highlining, waterlining, yogalining, and more. Slacklining also has a global community of enthusiasts who share their passion, skills, and experiences.

Terms

Basic lingo for orientation.

  • Slackline: A flexible webbing that is rigged between two points and used for balancing and walking.
  • Ratchet: A device that is used to tighten and loosen the slackline.
  • Anchor: A point that is used to attach the slackline, such as a tree, a pole, or a bolt.
  • Tree protector: A piece of fabric or material that is wrapped around the anchor to protect the tree and the slackline from damage.
  • Chongo mount: A technique of getting on the slackline by placing one foot on the line and pushing off the ground with the other foot.
  • Sit start: A technique of getting on the slackline by sitting on the line and lifting yourself up with your arms and legs.
  • Static trick: A trick that involves holding a position or pose on the slackline, such as kneeling, sitting, or lying down.
  • Dynamic trick: A trick that involves moving or bouncing on the slackline, such as jumping, spinning, or flipping.
  • Butt bounce: A dynamic trick that involves bouncing on the slackline with your butt.
  • Chest bounce: A dynamic trick that involves bouncing on the slackline with your chest.
  • Surfing: A dynamic trick that involves swinging or swaying the slackline from side to side with your feet or hands.
  • Walking: The basic skill of moving from one end of the slackline to the other.
  • Turning: The skill of changing direction on the slackline by pivoting your feet or body.
  • Highlining: The type of slacklining that involves rigging the slackline at a high altitude, such as between cliffs or buildings.
  • Waterlining: The type of slacklining that involves rigging the slackline over water, such as a lake or a pool.
  • Yogalining: The type of slacklining that involves performing yoga poses and movements on the slackline.

How to start slacklining as a hobby

First moves for getting acquainted and breaking the ice.

Books

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How-tos

Step-by-step tutorials.

Articles

Further reading.

Websites

Go-tos for information.

Slacklining is a creative and expressive sport. Slacklining allows you to explore your own style and personality on the line. You can experiment with different movements, tricks, transitions, and combinations. You can also express your emotions, feelings, and thoughts through your body language and facial expressions. Slacklining is a form of art that can inspire yourself and others.

Movies

Nothing like a film for inspiration.

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YouTube | Man on Wire (2008) Official Trailer #1 – Documentary HD

FAQS

Get a clue.

Is slacklining safe?

Slacklining is generally safe if you follow some basic safety rules and precautions. Use proper equipment and gear, and start low.

What are the benefits of slacklining?

Slacklining can have many benefits for your physical and mental health, such as improving your balance, coordination, core strength, posture, flexibility, concentration, focus, mood, and well-being. It can also reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Slacklining can also challenge your skills and creativity, and connect you with nature and people. Slacklining can also be fun and rewarding, and give you a sense of achievement and satisfaction.

What do I need to start slacklining?

The main thing you need to start slacklining is a slackline kit, which includes a slackline webbing, two ratchets or carabiners, and two slings or loops. You may also need some tree protectors to protect the trees and the slackline from damage.

What if I can’t find a good spot with trees, or if I want to start or practice at home?

Gibbon has a set of products for practicing and slacklining at home, without trees.

Apps

Smart assistance.

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YouTube | The GIBBON Slackline App

Products

Essentials to have.

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YouTube | Play, Workout & Relax with the new Giboard!
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YouTube | GIBBON Independence Kit Classic

Courses

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Near You

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Slacklining is an adventurous and challenging sport. Slacklining can take you to new places and heights, literally and figuratively. You can slackline in different environments, such as parks, forests, mountains, deserts, lakes, oceans, and even urban areas. You can also slackline at different altitudes, from a few inches to hundreds of feet above the ground. Slacklining can push you to overcome your fears, doubts, and limits.

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