Blog & Know-How

  1. Study of breaking strength reduction in highlines caused by UV-light exposure

    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:

    uv-test-slackline-webbing

    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.

    Study of breaking strength reduction in highlines caused by UV-light exposure (pdf)

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  2. Highlining in "La Grotte des Demoiselles'

    With 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.
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  3. Final Round Slackline Contest

    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

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  4. Round 9 Slacktivity Freestyle Competition

    Rocket-Mount to Sofa to Sick-Nasty to Feet.

    Lukas Irmler explains the 9th round of our competetion

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  5. Round 8 Slacktivity Freestyle Competition

    The Backroll

    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!

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  6. Round 7 Slacktivity Freestyle Competiton

    Sofa Style

    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.

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  7. Round 6 Slacktivity Freestyle Competition

    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.

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  8. Round 5 Slacktivity Freestyle Competition

    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.

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  9. Round 4 Slacktivity Freestyle Competition

    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.

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  10. Round 3 Slacktivity Freestyle Competion

    This combo is the third assignment in our slackline contest. In this video dutch slackliner Tijmen van Dieren explains how to do it.
    This combo is the perfect one to get a feeling of what it's like to do trickbouncing on a highline. Later on you can try to get bigger amplitude, for now, you can do it with smaller bounces and make it yourself a bit easier. 

    Information about how to participate can be found here.

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  11. Round 2 Slacktivity Freestyle Competition

    The Korean Roll

    The second assignment is The Korean Roll. It is explained to you by Gaëlle Joubert

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  12. Round 1 Slacktivity Freestyle Competiton

    The Deadman Dive

    The deadman dive is the first assignment in our slackline contest. In this video Lukas Irmler explains how to do it.

    Information about how to participate can be found here.

     

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  13. Take part in the game and become the Slacktivity Freestyle Champion!

    From April to June 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.

    Basically the idea is to stick the task on a highline but it is also allowed to fulfill them on a waterline or a longline. However, be aware that some tricks are potentially dangerous on a longline due to possibly uncontrolled ground-falls. A few tasks will also require a leash – those are not allowed on longlines.

    Rules

    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 Deadman Dive Lukas Irmler 8th April 29th April Video 128
    Round 2 The Korean Roll  Gaelle Joubert  15th April  6th May Video   109
    Round 3 Nevermind Combo Tijmen van Dieren 22th April 13th May    Video  85
    Round 4  Backbounce - Chestroll - Feet  Sarah Rixham 29th April  20th May Video   61
    Round 5  Feet - Sit - Cross sit - Budha - Feet  Louise Lenoble 6th of May  27th of May Video  47 
    Round 6  Feet - Korean Roll -Richy Roll - Feet Richard Derico  13th of May  3th of June Video  36
    Round 7 Sofa Style  Sam Volery 20th of May 11th of June Video  
    Round 8 Backroll Louise Lenoble 27th of May  18th of June   Video   
    Round 9 Rocket-Mount to Sofa to Sick-Nasty to Feet  Lukas Irmler 3th of June  25th of Juni   Video  
    Round 10 Spin to Win  Samuel Volery 11th of June 2th of July  Video  

    What can you win?

    First of all eternal fame! The Slacktivity Freestyle Champion will win a 80m pinkTube Type C plus a stainless HangOver of the next generation.

    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 80m pinkTube Type B plus 2 sexy aluminium shackles.

    How can I participate?

    Slacktivity uploads a video of each round on their Youtube channel, this page and on Facebook. From this 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). Then you send us an e-mail to contest@slacktivity.ch. 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 

    It would be cool if you use Slacktivity Intro or logo in the video. You can download the intro video here, and the logo's here

    If you want, then share this video and tag a friend who should also participate, so that you can rig and rage together!

    Disclaimer

    You participate at your own risk. We strongly recommend that you exactly know how to set up a highline and that you make a partner check every time you mount a line! We also strongly recommend to use a dynamic line that allows soft leash falls. Use for example a nylon slackline of about 50m length. Tension it with a 3:1 Hangover-Pulley and 1-2 people pulling – this makes it much easier to get some bounce out of the line.

    Copyright

    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.

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  14. Used pinkTube breaking strength test by the International Slackline Association (ISA)

    A piece of pinkTube has been permanently rigged and sessioned for 6-8 months. It has seen between 3000 - 5000 leashfalls and was exposed to the sun for about 2 hours per day. It was located in a forest in France, near streaming water with high humidity. This piece of webbing has been break tested by the International Slackline Association. In the following article you can see the results:

    Webbing break tests Slacktivity pinkTube - ISA

    If you want to find out more about forces that are occuring in highlines, then you can watch the following video. Be aware that highlines rigged with low-stretch webbing and short highlines see clearly higher peak forces compared to high-stretch webbing ones or long highlines. 

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  15. Knots in slackline webbing

    TEAR IT UP

    Knot breaking by SLACKTIVITY

    Tear it up

    Author: Daan Nieuwenhuis
    Break tests: Daan Nieuwenhuis & Samuel Volery
    Pictures by: Daan Nieuwenhuis

    Introduction

    Since a few years the low-tension lines have become more of a standard. This new style brings new styles of rigging, one of these is tying knots in the back up webbing. But what does a knot in webbing actually hold? How does the knot influence the breaking strength of the webbing? As SLACKTIVITY we also had the goal to test out multiple knots to connect our back-up webbing to the mainline in our Type B webbings (redTube & pinkTube). This is done by making a knot in your back up webbing, and connect it to a T-Loop with a quicklink.

    WARNING: Knots can be complicated and hard to check properly. Don’t use them if you’re not 100% sure that the knot is correct, or if there is nobody that has the knowledge to double check it. Even after tying a knot 20 times, mistakes can still happen. Always double check each other rigs.

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  16. Samuel Volery

    Sam Volery - Pic by Aiden Williams


    Samuel Volery

    The 34 year old slackliner from Zurich, Switzerland started Slacklining in 2004 to stabilize his knee after an injury of his crutiate ligament. Not only did he recover extremely fast from his injury, but he started loving that sport and soon after founded SLACKTIVITY together with Tobias Rodenkirch. In the following years he concentrated on Jumplining and became Swiss Champion in Tricklining in 2013. From that moment on he started to highline more and more as he discovered the freestyle potential of that sport, and started pushing the boundaries. He broke the world record of highlining several times - in 2018 he walked a 1900m long highline without falling. Beside that, he was the first person to manage the handstand on a highline and keeps impressing the slackline world with spectacular trick-combos. He walks all his highlines secured.

    Titles

    Current Highline World Record Holder

    Shows

    Sam already did countless highline-shows in Switzerland but also in other countries in Europe. His favourite length to do shows is between 40m and 100m. But he is open for any highline up to 3km length. Contact him on info@slacktivity.ch if you want to book him for a show.

    Specialities

    Sam was the first highliner to do shoulder stands and handstands on highlines and is still inventing a lot of new tricks. His show-program - mixed up with music and dance-elements - is versatile and amazes every crowd.

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Sam? Email to info@slacktivity.ch, checkout www.slacktivity.ch, give a follow on his Instagram: @samuelvolery or check out his Athlethe page on Facebook!

     Instagram @samuelvoleryFacebook Samuel VoleryWebsite SlacktivityCH

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  17. Lukas Irmler

    Lukas Irmler picture by Christian Spreitz


    Meet the Athlete

    Name: Lukas Irmler
    Nick name: Luke Skywalker
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    Age: 30

    When I stepped on my first Slackline in the summer of 2006, it felt totally different to me then any other sport I had tried before. I will never forget that positive feeling after crossing my first Slackline after 3 days of practising. Slacklining quickly became more than just my hobby. It developed into my sport, my passion and finally became my profession in 2011. After finishing my Bachelor of Science in 2011 I decided to dedicate my life completely to my passion Slacklining. Since then I was able to travel the world, realizing my dreams, sharing my passion and knowledge. After I finished my studies 2016 with a Master degree in Economics I commit my time fully to the sport and the work as a professional Athlete, Artist and Consultant.

    I got unique chances and never let pass one, so I got two Guinness World Record Titles and numerous Longline Records within the last years. I also became first in several Tricks and Combinations on the Trickline and Highline. Furthermore I have gathered great experience in performing shows all around the globe and have been part of multiple TV productions. Today I am more than happy to share my passion and experiences while giving speeches and presentations as well as performances and workshops.

    Shows

    As a slackliner, speaker and artists Lukas is the most experience worldwide among all slackliners. He started doing shows all around the globe in 2008. Check out his website www.lukas-irmler.com/en for more information about this! Or send him an email at lukas@lukas-irmler.com

    Specialities

    He's a specialist on the highline, freestyle tricks and going on expeditions to rig epic lines.His favorite trick is the handstand, but you will always see it Lukas when he does a double drop knee or handstand. 

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Lukas? Or follow his adventures? Check out his website, send him an email, give him a follow on Instagram @lukasirmler or follow his Facebook Athlethe page

     Instagram @lukasirmlerFacebook Lukas IrmlerWebsite Lukas IrmlerMail Lukas Irmler YouTube

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  18. Richard Terashy

    Richard Terashy


    Meet the Athlete

    Name: Richard Terashy
    Nick name: Terashy

    Age: 33

    Richard aka Terashy88 is a Slackliner from Zürich, Switzerland. He was born in Jamaica and moved to Switserland as a kid. He has only been slacklining since 2016. Before that he has enjoyed a lot of other sports like ice hockey, surfing, downhill mountainbike and downhill longboard. He's unstopable and rarely sits still, he keeps on going! Besides a lot of slacklining he's an elevator technician and gives slackline lessons. He loves to visit different meetings when he has enough time besides his work. 

    Shows

    Richard has been helping out Samuel Volery with some shows in Switserland. 

    Personal message

    "Hope to slackline with you soon at a slackline meeting!"

    Specialities

    You can easily recognize him by his aggressive, but controlled slackline style. You can regonize him by his quick twists, surfs (one leg) and bounces. All his tricks are always peformed with a huge smile on his face. Next to that he also loves to dance and feel the flow on the Slackline. He can be a real crowd entertainer! 

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Richard? Or follow his adventures? Give him a follow on Instagram @terashy88 or find him on Facebook

     Instagram @lukasirmlerFacebook Lukas Irmler

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  19. Anthony Hotte

    Anthony Hotte - Pic by Aiden Williams

    Meet the Athlete

    Name: Anthony Hotte
    Nick name: Antho

    Age: 20

    Anthony is an slackline artist from Québec, Canada. He was introduced to highlining in May 2016 by his great friend Guillaume Fontaine. They are now knows as the duo Les Farfadets! Direcyly he fell in love with the sport, he already started highlining in september 2016, and ONLY after one year he competed in his first Highline compettion in China. There he stunned every pro highliner by winning the competition, he came out of nowhere! 
    There Samual Volery took 3rd place after Guilliame Fontaine, Sam was so amazed by their skill that since then Les Farfadets are part of the Slacktivity Athlete team. In the winter of 2018, he won a trickhighline competition in Mexico. In that same year in September he set the new world record for highlining to 1900m together with a team of other slackliners, including Slacktivity Athletes Lukas Irmler, Sam Volery and Guilliame Fontaine. 

    Shows

    Anthony already has quite some show experience! He has been performing at Jackalope 2017 (Big action sports event), Freak Show 2018,  Festival des traditions du monde de Sherbrooke in 2018 and Noctalumbe in 2018. 

    Specialities

    When you see a guy with a unicycle on a highline, it's him, it's Anthony for sure. And when you see two people doing tandem on a highline you can be quite certain it's Anthony & Guilliame. His favorite trick is the handstand on the line! He's an specialist in handstand on the line, he has been practicing a lot with the handstand on the rodeoline. 

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Anthony? Or follow his adventures? Give him a follow on Instagram @lesfarfadets or find him on Facebook

     Instagram @lesfarfadetsFacebook Les Farfadets YouTube

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  20. Andrea Dattoli

    Andrea Datolli picture by Maurico Ramos


    Meet the Athlete

    Name: Andrea Dattoli
    Age: 28

    Andrea is a slackliner from Mexico. She's a very passionate practioneer and teacher of the following three things: Yoga, Acroyoga and Slacklining! The mastering of these 3 skills make up for an unique creative slackline style with lots of controlled and elegant yoga moves on the slackline. Next to that she's a social psychologist and sometimes an artist!
    She defines her self as someone who experiments with all forms of movement, lately she has been mainly interested in the development of her balance. This has led to new Yoga moves on the floor & on the slackline. Her improved balance on the line helps her a lot while doing Yoga and Acroyoga. Her moves come from moving her body consious and constant motivation. She has been slacklining for 5 years now. 

    She's a certified teacher in Acroyoga TT Montreal since 2015 and Hatha Yoga. She's a member of the Mexico City slackline team "Tenochtitline Slackline México". Her goal is to motivate the community and make it grow, and above all to create new possibilities of art, corporal expression and options to open a path of heailing and well-being. 

    Shows / Workshops

    Andrea hasn't done a true show yet, but it's always magical to see her move so calmly and elegenant on the highline which is already a great performance! However she has a lot of experience giving slackline workshops, for beginners and about Yogalining. The workshops she gave were in numerous of places, think about yoga centres, musical / cultural events and even in a juvenal jail! She's trying to show kids, adults, yoga teachers and physiotherapist the way of the slackline! Sharing is very important to her. 

    Specialities

    Check out her photo on the left, Andrea is a true master in Yoga on the line! Check out the video below for a feel about what Yoga on the line is. Slowly she's moving from the slow and controlled yoga to the highline trickbouncing as well. 

    Getting in touch

    Do you want to get in touch with Andrea? Or follow her adventures? Give her a follow on Instagram @a_dattoli, subricbe to her YouTube or follow her Facebook

     Instagram @a_dattolliFacebook Lukas Irmler YouTube

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