What is slacklining?
I’ve heard many descriptions of the sport, but it may be best to simply search it on youtube or visit our videos page to get a better idea. The best description I’ve heard is that it’s a cross between trampolining and tight-rope walking, where athletes walk across thin (generally 25mm or 50mm wide) straps or webbing. This strap or webbing has dynamic properties (it stretches) like a big rubber band, allowing for jumps and tricks (tricklining) or very long and/or high lines (longlining and tricklining respectively). There are various other niche branches of the sport – yogalining, for instance – but the three mentioned above make up the vast majority of slackliners today.
How do I find out what’s going on in the Brisbane slacklining scene?
Join the Slackline Brisbane facebook group.
What are the benefits of slacklining?
Being such a new sport, little research has been done on the activity specifically. Some evidence has been collated here. To summarize, studies have shown that balance training of different forms considerably reduces the chance of some injuries, and theory would suggest that slacklining may be beneficial for managing behavioral/concentration conditions such as ADHD.
Is slacklining safe?
Anyone who claims slacklining is completely 100% safe is either lying or delusional. There are inherent risks associated with slacklining, as there are with any activities involving height (even as little as a foot above the ground), large forces and unstable platforms. That said, it is our honest belief that, when done properly, in an appropriate environment and with the appropriate equipment and supervision, slacklining is safer than most other sports out there.
Speaking from personal experience, I did not injure myself beyond a few scrapes and bruises for the first 5 years of my slacklining. In the last year, I’ve decided to push my body to the limits of what it can do, and as a result I’ve twisted an ankle, and had to take time off due to a stress fracture. Neither of these injuries incapacitated me for longer than a day (I was walking on my twisted ankle within 24 hours on the advice of physios).
Research also shows that slacklining can actually reduce the chance of injury when participants engage in other sports, so you may even avoid a potential injury through slacklining.
I’m looking at getting into this sport, but I’m not entirely sure how. Where should I begin?
Slackline Academy has wound down commercial operations, but founder Dominic Jack is still active in the Brisbane slackline community. Join the community facebook group to stay up to date on latest get togethers, or contact Dom directly.
Do you run courses?
Not anymore, sorry.
Do you sell slacklines?
The question I had wasn’t on this list – who can I contact?
See our contact us page.