Blog & Know-How
Core - Yogaline
Here Gaelle Joubert will show you 3 yoga positions on the line. The Dove, The Plank and the Exposure sit, all great training for your Core! Are you looking for a more detailed tutorial check this playlist of YogaLine video's by Andrea Dattoli.
Want to know more about this contest, click here.
Certified Slackline Gear
The International Slackline Association (ISA) has started to certify highline-gear. Some people are wondering what the advantage of a certification might be. But before answering, let us ask you a question: Would you buy climbing gear that is not certified? Most climbers would not.
But let us start explaining how gear can become certified. First, the ISA is in discussion with different slackline-brands to decide what the gear in question needs to fulfil. This includes:
- Minimum Breaking strength
- A manual that is easy to understand and explains well how the gear needs to be used
- A clarification after how much time the gear needs to be replaced
- Depending on the gear some further tests like e.g. slippage-test for weblocks, etc.
Those standards are based on experience from highlining of the last decades, different studies led by the ISA, private people or companies, experience from the climbing world and the incidents and accidents that have happened in the slackline-world so far.
Once a standard for a certain piece of gear has been decided, the company needs to send their gear to a neutral tester. This is SIEBERT CONSULTING (Walter Siebert, siebert.at) who then tests the gear according to the standard. The manual will be checked by a team from the ISA. Once the gear has successfully been tested and has fulfilled all the required standard, it will be officially certified slackline- or highline-gear.
But what is the advantage for you as user? So far (March 2020) there is almost no tested gear on the market. But this will change over the next months and years and it will become a standard.
- When buying certified gear you will know that it is safe and tested by a neutral party. In the manual you will also be able to read how it needs to be used, about the lifespan of the gear and at what point it should be replaced.
- Insurance companies might insist (in future) that only certifed gear will be used to get an insurance covering.
- Access: Often when talking to officials about permission to rig a slackline or highline in a public space, you will be asked whether you use certified gear. In future you can answer with yes which will for sure help you to get access to a new place.
- Gear certification will also help to get acceptance for the sport – it is not unlikely that prohibited areas for highlining will be allowed again.
- Shows: when offering shows and courses it will help you a lot if you can tell the organizers that you are using certified gear.
SLACKTIVITY has started with 3 certified products: redTube, seaHorse and the leash – more will follow.
Webbing is categorized into 4 different types, depending on the MBS (minimum breaking strength). The webbing categories A+, A, B and C of the ISA have nothing to do with the categories A, B and C that have been used by SLACKTIVITY for over 2 years now (just coincidence). Here are the ISA classifications:
- Type A+: 40kN+
- Type A: 30 – 40kN
- Type B: 26 – 30kN
- Type C: 22 – 26kN
The SLACKTIVITY redTube is the first webbing on the market that can be used as an official highline webbing. It is categorized as webbing Type A by the ISA-Standards. This means, it has a recommended lifetime of 720 days of use. Lifetime is counted as the days that the slackline is rigged. Leaving your line rigged for a week costs 7 days of lifetime, no matter if it is being sessioned or not because UV-light is one of the main factors to weaken your line. Once the days run out, the slackline is no longer safe for highlining. Webbing can becume unsafe much earlier for other reasons like abrasion, cuts, burns or contact with chemicals.
For permanent rigs, SLACKTIVITY recommends slacklines that have a physical connection between the mainline and the backup. This is e.g. the case with redTube Type B (SLACKTIVITY-classification of webbings with T-Loops). The T-Loop should be connected to a backup-webbing with a knot/connection that holds at least 12kN. Here you can find the breaking strength of different knots of SLACKTIVITY-Webbings.
Be aware that every redTube sold, comes with a sewn end loop on BOTH sides of the line plus a backup loop on one side of the line. This loop can be used for a direct connection to the anchor point. More information about the use of the redTube as highline can be found in the manual.
Also for highline-leashes there is a new ISA-Standard. And the SLACKTIVITY leash is the first leash on the market that can officially be used on a highline. According to the standard the rings need to have a MBS of at least 24kN. The SLACKTIVITY leash ring is much stronger than the required standard and convinces with a MBS of 39kN at a weight of only 51g per ring. Also the weight of the rings have been limited to 150g in the new ISA standard, because being hit by a heavy ring can lead to injuries. Therefore oldschool leashes with a heavy steel bomber ring will luckily be prohibited in future.
SLACKTIVITY (Tobi + Sam) thanks to all people from the ISA that have worked hard to realize this standards - we think it is a big step for the slackline sport and his futur.
From March to June 2020 we challenge you with 10 different slackline tasks that you have to master. After the task is released, you have 3 weeks to stick the challenge. Every week, a new challenge will be released. Every time you succeed to fulfill the task, you will get to the next round. Every week the tasks will become more challenging. This year, due to the circumstances, the challenges will take place on (indoor) rodeolines. As some of you might not have much space at home, surfing challenges won’t be part of the game. If the tasks are too easy for you, try to combine all of them into one combo.
Most importantly: Please stay safe! If you feel like one of the tasks could lead to an injury, please don’t do it. You can use mats to lower down the risk. Stay home, stay safe, but don’t forget to have fun.
See the video for a better explaination of the competition. Here you can also see the first trick of the contest!
Overview of tricks
Trick Presented by Start Deadline Challenge Video Succesfull Round 1 5-seconds Samuel Volery 24th March 14th April Video 260 Round 2 Slackline Workout Sarah Rixham 31th March 21th April Video 221 Round 3 Core Gaelle Joubert 7th April 28th April Video 181 Round 4 Exposure Sarah Rixham 14th April 5th May Video 164 Round 5 Balls Samuel Volery 21th April 12th May Video 139 Round 6 Morning Routine Lukas Irmler 28th April 19th May Video 100 Round 7 Increased Control Samuel Volery 5th May 26th May Video 67 Round 8 Hardest Core Lukas Irmler 12th May 2nd June Video 33 Round 9 Ball Artist Tijmen van Dieren 18th May 9th June Video 19 Round 10 Master Class Samuel volery 26th May 16th June Video
What can you win?
First of all eternal fame! Plus cool skills and a strong body. The Slacktivity Freestyle Champion will win a SLACKTIVITY DaVinci Line plus a Traveler Slackline Set of 40m that weights only 2kg.
You think that you won’t make it 1st place? Good news for you: There will be a second winner! The participant that classifies in the middle of the entire ranking will win a 15m Traveler Slackline that weights only 1kg and is simply the ideal light weight rodeoline set.
How can I participate?
Slacktivity uploads a video of each round on their Youtube channel, this page and on Facebook. From that moment on you’ll have 3 weeks to send us back your video, performing the trick. You’ll have to upload a video of you doing the requested trick to a video-platform of your choice (Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook, others – important to have open privacy settings, so that we will be able to watch the video without any login). Then you send us an e-mail to email@example.com. The following information need to be in the e-mail:
Header: Make sure to state what round it is already in the header. E.g. “Round 1 – Samuel Volery”
- Your Full Name
- Age (only necessary in the first e-mail)
- Country of Residence (only necessary in the first e-mail or if you change residence)
- Link to the video
- Optional: Sponsors
- Optional: Slackline-Association / Federation
If you want, then share this video and challenge a friend who should also participate.
You participate at your own risk. In the first days of the challenge we will post some pictures and videos of possible rodeoline anchoring methods. We do not take any responsibility for any damage caused to your room, house or furniture.
Your video is your property. We will not use any of your content on our channels unless you give us written permission to do that.
SLACKTIVITY (Samuel Volery, Tobias Rodenkirch) has conducted a UV-light-exposition test in a permanent midline that was up for 7 months over summer. The tested slacklines were not in the shade but rigged in full exposition to the sun. Five different Slacktivity webbings were tested:
The main line as well as the backup have been tested. After about 1500 hours in the sun the breaking strength of the mainline has decreased an avarage of about 8kN (=800kg) and the one of the backup has decreased by about 7kN. The complete study can be read in the following pdf document.
13 JunWith the team Houle Douce, Louise Lenoble participated in a unique highline show located in the magnificent cave ‘La Grotte des Demoiselles’ in the south of France.Read more »
Spin to win
The final and last round 10 is here! Quite the challenge, time to get dizzy! The goal is to keep doing the same sequence of Chest - Sofa - Back - Belly, with each time you succeed to do one roll in each position you have to add one more. Is your head already spinning? Good luck!
In round 6, 36 people succeed. Want to know more about the competition click here!
Rocket-Mount to Sofa to Sick-Nasty to Feet.
Lukas Irmler explains the 9th round of our competetion
Louise Lenoble challenges in round 8 to do not one, but two backrolls, ready for it? So far we haven't done any shoulderstands yet, eventhough it is now time to make a backwards one directly to a sitting position. From there on in the same bounce you have to go to feet again. Go to exposure and make a backwards sofaroll going to feet afterwards. The main challenge will be to keep the bounce going and get the right tempo to stand up again at the right moment. Good luck!
Time to sit down and get back up in style! Sam really mastered the Sofa roll by now, he challgens you to play with the timing and earn some style points while bouncing. Sam also gives you an exercise to start with the sofa bounce on a highline. Good luck!
Information about how to participate can be found here.
This is the 6th challenge in the contest, brought to you by our Slacktivity Athlete Richard! In this video you will learn one of his signature tricks which makes his style so amazing, powerfull and fun! The Korean roll to sofa position, the tricky part is the timing here, in time you have to put your leg over the line and quickly grab the line before it will throw your self off. Also be quick this time after the roll you need to stand up quickly.
Information about how to participate & how many people succeeded can be found here.
This combo is the fifth assignment in our slackline contest. In this video Slacktivity Athlete Louis Lenobe shows the 5th challenge. Last challenge you already had a go had getting from sitting to feet, this round has this challenge once more. But now also from feet to sitting. Louise explains that it's important to change your position when you're "lightweight" aka on top of the bounce. And when you are "heavy" on the end of the bounce you have to be strong. Good luck!
Information about how to participate can be found here.
This combo is the fourth assignment in our slackline contest. In this video Slacktivity Athlete Sarah Rixham shows the 4th challenge. It's time to get to the more challenging combo's. We go from backbounce, to chestroll, to feet. It has element of tricky balancing on the back, and the fast acting for getting back on the line again in one bounce. Checkout the video, Sarah will talk you right through it!
Some backstory from Sarah about the video:
I’m stoked to present this combo as I hadn’t tried it before so it was fun to try something new! I’m really psyched about learning new bounce tricks on the highline at the moment as I’m finally making progress after everything feeling so hard (and scary) at the beginning. Especially the mount in this combo which took me a really long time to learn and it feels like just the basics (not to put you off trying I’ve seen people learn it in one session). So even if you think it’s too hard or scary try this combo or even just some parts of it, it will become really fun I promise!
Information about how to participate can be found here.