Types of Slacklining
Slacklining it a relatively new sport that has seen exponential growth in recent years. As a result of this, many people have begun unique styles and types of slacklining. This diversification is great in that it creates a strong, dynamic sporting environment that has something to offer for everyone.
Tricklining is arguably the most common form of slacklining. It’s easier to set up and can be done on both low and highlines. The slackliner can perform a variety of tricks on the line; such as turning around, lying down, jumping and backflips. The great thing about this is since slacklining is a relatively new popular sport, there is room for a lot of new tricks and styles to develop.
Considered by many as the ‘pinnacle’ of the sport, highlining takes slacklining to the extreme. It can be set up in various locations such as over gorges, crevices and between buildings. Highliners are generally experienced slackliners who have spent a lot time training near the ground before they head up high. There is also a lot of measures taken to ensure optimum safety to the user, such as multiple anchors on each end, back up webbing and often climbing rope for redundancy. Free-solo highlining is the most extreme version of this, which excludes the leash or safety harness that is usually associated with this type of slacklining.
As the name suggests, this is done with a relatively long line over water. It is great practice for other styles of slacklining such as highlining and tricklining. The water means that new tricks can be practised with a lower risk of injury. It can be set at any level above the water, or even in the water, which is great way to develop balance.
Urbanlining is a combination of different styles of slacklining. Obviously, its performed in urban areas such as streets or urban parks. There are variations of this style of slacklining such as streetlining, which combines street exercise with slacklining. And then there’s timelining, which challenges the slackliner to stay on the line for the longest possible time.
This is a variation of slacklining is essentially any type of slacklining that is performed on a line that’s longer than 30 meters. Under this definition, it is often incorporated into other styles of slacklining (such as highlining). Longlining is often practiced close to the ground or over water before a slackliner progresses to the more adrenaline-pumped highline.
This is a great way to add variability to your yoga routine. It’s much like traditional yoga – just on a slackline! This is an advanced style of slacklining – as just trying to not fall off whilst standing is a challenge for beginners (never mind yoga poses!). A practised slackline yogi will be able to perform multiple yoga poses on the thin webbing. This includes everything from standing poses, kneeling poses, arm balances, etc. It’s great for improving dynamic balance, concentration, breathing, core and slackline confidence!
Freestyle slacklining differs from other types of slacklining as the line itself has no tension on it (apart from your weight on it). This means that the line is very slack, even by slacklining standards! This slack tension results in a very dynamic line, allowing for lots of static and swinging maneuvers. The swinging dynamic opens up a whole new branch of tricks and moves unique to this style of slacklining.
Windlining is the art of balancing on a slackline in very windy conditions. Varying wind intensity creates a very dynamic experience, likened to the sensation of flying, as the slackliner must angle their body into the wind to keep balance. Due to its dependence on strong winds, this isn’t a commonly practised style of slacklining. Although many slackers will try it given the chance.