I’m sure these guys aren’t the best out there, but these Freestyle ‘Slackliners’ or ‘Trickliners certainly entertained the crowd at the OutDoor Show in Friedrichshafen, Germany last week.
Camera: Sony NEX-5D
Edit & Colour: Final Cut Pro X & Magic Bullet Looks
Music: “/\/\” by BL▲CK † CEILING (soundcloud.com/danocean)
Freestyle slacklining (a.k.a. “rodeo slacklining”) is the art and practice of cultivating balance on a piece of rope or webbing draped slack between two anchor points, typically about 15 to 30 feet long and a couple feet off the ground in the center. This type of very “slack” slackline provides a wide array of opportunities for both swinging and static maneuvers. A freestyle slackline has no tension in it, while both traditional slacklines and tightropes are tensioned. This slackness in the rope or webbing allows it to swing at large amplitudes and adds a different dynamic. This form of slacklining first came into popularity in 1999, through a group of students from Colby College, in Waterville ME. It was first written about on a website called the “Vultures Peak Center for Freestyle and Rodeo Slackline Research” in 2004. The article “Old Revolution – New Recognition – 3-10-04” describes these early developments in detail.