Slacklining originated within the mountain climbing scene during the 1980’s. During days of rest, climbers got the idea to tie up climbing ropes between trees to see if they could balance. From then on the sport has exploded.
Slacklining is a practice in balance on a flat piece of tubular webbing tied between 2 trees or support structures (anchors).
Slacklining is distinct from tightrope walking in the line is not held rigidly taut, it is instead dynamic, stretching and bouncing like a long narrow trampoline.
Styles of slacklining
- Tricklining: This is the most common as it can be strung up between any two secure points and is low to the ground. A great number of tricks can be done on the line, and because the sport is fairly new, there is plenty of room for new ones.
- Waterlining: Waterlining is slacklining over water. This is an ideal way to learn new tricks, or to just have more fun.
- Highlining: Highlining is slacklining at large distances above the ground or water. Many slackliners consider highlining to be the pinnacle of the sport. To ensure safety, most highliners wear a climbing harness or swami belt with a leash attached to the slackline itself, however, unleashed walks of highlines are not unheard of.
- Yoga slacklining or Slackasana: Yoga takes traditional yoga poses and moves them to the slackline.
- Urbanlining: Urbanlining or urban slacklining combines all the different styles of slacklining. It is practiced in urban areas, for example in city parks and on the streets.
Slackline in Greece
Slacklining is a modern extreme sport that is becoming increasingly popular. It’s a fun, exciting sport, that can help you build up mental and physical control. Slackline is an innovative sport and most of Greek citizens are not familiar with it. Here, the first steps on the line were made back in 2009 in Meteora (high-lining style). However, it was not until recently that slackline started to become increasingly popular, counting over 200 people slacklining and having fun every day in the parks of Volos or around the mountain of Pelion. The first waterlines were also set in Xinovrisi beach near Argalasti and in Vamvakia beach near Platanias.
Slacklining is also well known in Athens where a lot o f people use to train in Thiseio park.
Why you should slackline?
- Calm your busy mind
- Increase your focus power
- Improve your core stability
- Improve lower body strength
- Improve your body coordination
- Reconnect with yourself
- Eliminate stress and tension
- Injury prevention
- Have fun learning a functional new skill
Slacklining is a full functional workout and will test your mental state too. In the beginning, every aspect of learning to slackline is a challenge. But as you move from key balancing principles, on to varied techniques, you won’t find your motivation dulled by repetition. You’ll be achieving more, with each and every attempt, as your brain begins to build neural pathways for this new skill. It’s like learning to ride a bike, except with a faster and greater reward.
If I have anything to say about it, slacklining will become its own modality and style of fitness training. It is fun, it gets you outdoors, it’s accessible and it’s a great cross-training activity for almost every sport you can think of because most sports require a level of stability and balance.” And it only takes a few minutes to set up the line.
“Slackline is the art of dynamic balance”
Start today, anyone can do it!!!
— Article by George Kyriakos, professor of physical education and sport science. Contact the organizer through their contact data below.