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Learn how to slackline

How to learn slackline? It's not hard to learn, although it requires some practice. In this video an experienced slackliner explains how to learn to slackline in the efficient way

What kind of slackline setup is required?

There are a couple of import aspects about the setup that you need to know if you want to learn to slackline in an easy way. 

The slackline

  1. 1. Needs to be tensioned short (ca. 4-6 meters) and thight. The longer the slackline, the more it moves, the harder it gets. For your first time, start with a slackline shorter than 8 meters (4-6 meters is ideal).
  2. 2.The width of a slackline is less important: a 5 cm wide slackline tilts faster and you can’t feel the edges as good as a narrower line. You can’t really feel how you’re standing. The benefit is that you have a bigger surface to stand on. On a 2,5 cm wide slackline the line forms ergonomically to your feet and therefore you are able to perfectly feel how you’re standing on the slackline. Although, psychologically a 2,5 cm slackline is very narrow. A width of 3,5 cm combines the benefits of a 5 cm as a 2,5 cm slackline and is in this way the perfect width for a slackline that’s for allround usage.
  3. 3.Use treeprotectors. If you don’t hav treeprotectors, use an old towel. It’s important to always use treeprotectors, a tree bark can easily damage if a slackline is directly attached to it. Without the use of treeprotectors you also run the risk of being sent out of the park by a guard or park ranger.

Your first steps on a slackline

  1. Focus your eyes on the end of the line, on a surface that doesn’t move. Try not to look at your feet. Always put your feet straight on the line, don’t go walking sideways. In this way there are the least "crooked lines" in your body and is balancing on the line the easiest.
  2. Keep your body straight and bend your legs a little bit. While walking the line, keep the same knee angle. 
  3. Walk barefoot or with flat, thin soles on a slackline. You’ll feel better where the slackline is underneath your feet. 
  4. Correct the movements with your arms; keep them above shoulder heigth. Make sure that your thumbs are upwards. Make corrections from your elbows; so you are able to correct more precisely.

Slackline Basics

When you go slacklining for the first time do not try to immediately walk across the line, but try to stand on 1 leg at approximately 1 meter from the tree on the slackline. The advantage is that you can maintain your balance easily with your other leg. Practice this with both legs.

Once maintaining balance on one leg works for 15 seconds, you can try to make your first steps. It is important that you first feel with your toes were the line exactly is, before you put all your weight on your foot. To move forward, it is not important how many steps you can take on a slackline, but how long you can stay standing on the slackline.

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