Winding down :(

It’s with a touch a sadness I have to announce I’m winding down Slackline Academy operations.

2012: a year in review 1

Slacklining can be a frustrating sport. Session after session can go by with seemingly little progress, and new tricks can seem impossible for months on end. While international athletes continue their clear and obvious progress towards ever-more impressive displays of skill and agility, a poor session at the park often leaves us feeling we’ve gone backwards. It’s only until we look back a ways to where we have come from that we can truly appreciate the progress we’ve made, and gain some motivation to press forward – to persist at that trick that’s been evading us, or try something new and a little scary. The new year provides the perfect opportunity for such reminiscence.

Nothing major, but a good enough reason to be extra careful of where your leash is when turning!

Dalwood in December

It had been a hot couple of weeks for the Brisbane slacklining crew, so with Christmas approaching, we decided a trip down to Dalwood Falls was in order. Along for the ride was highline fashion expert Ugo Capozzoli, excuse-master Dan Rogers, “Miss persistent” Elissa Jack and highline virgin Basil Twisleton.

Slackliner/BCC guidelines

Dear Brisbane slackliners, In recent months, tension has been rising between Brisbane City Council (BCC) and slackliners engaging in their chosen sport in council parks. To address concerns on both sides, a couple of slackliners and I met with several council staff representing a number of branches of council in an attempt to identify and […]

Slackline Communities – more diverse than you’d expect

I’m constantly amazed by the social groups among which I find slacklining prevalent. Coming from a climbing background, there was a time when I naively thought all slackliners had some connection to the climbing community. In the time since, I’ve realized I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Throw your arms in the air!

Since I started slackline instructing, I’ve been amazed at how much I’ve learned. The human brain is such an incredible beast, it subconsciously learns techniques to make you better without even knowing it. I’ve been jumping along lines for close to 7 years now, and it was only a few weeks ago I came to […]

Slacklining – are there benefits off the line?

If you believe everything you read about slacklining, you’d think by participating in this sport you become less prone to injury, develop a wickedly ripped core, get smarter and be able manage ADHD-like disorders completely drug-free. The internet has no shortage of anecdotes supporting each one of these claims. Sounds like a pretty good deal, right? The question is, do these claims really stack up? Is there any scientific evidence to support such statements? This article hopes to give an overview of some of the research that has been done, both slackline-specific and related to more general balance training benefits.

Elephant slacklines – which one is right for you?

Choice, particulalry for the novice slackliner, can be confusing. With so many different slacklines on the market, how can you be sure you’re making the right decision when it comes to which line to buy? In this article, I hope to answer some common questions about Elephant’s line of 50mm slackline kits so you can rest assured you’re making the right choice when it comes time to buy.