I went to Delta Park on Sunday for a photoshoot, and while we were busy we noticed guys stringing up a line between trees.
I’ve seen the webbing set up in the park before, but never stayed late enough to see what they do with it.
Evidently it’s called slacklining… and after Googling a bit, it looks like it’s quite big in Cape Town… I can’t seem to find a group or club that does it in Joburg.
From Wikipedia: Slacklining refers to the use of webbing tensioned between two anchor points to balance and walk. Slacklining resembles slack rope walking and tightrope walking as the line is held under tension. Slacklines differ from tightwires and tightropes in that they are tensioned to create a dynamic line with stretch and bounce like a long and narrow trampoline. Tension can be adjusted to suit the user, and different webbing can be used for a variety of tricks. The line itself is flat. Slacklining is popular due to its simplicity and versatility. It can be used in various environments
Anyway I was amazed watching the guy bouncing and walking on the line, so I asked him whether I could take photos.
The guy slacklining is Tim… I’m hoping his buddy will publish the video they were making, and I’ll be able to share it with you.
It’s really cool! Loved the controlled movements. These guys must have amazing core strength to do that.
There was a family walking past, and they let the 2 girls try out on the smaller lower webbing that was strung up close by.
PS. If you’re wondering, I did get permission before I blogged about them 🙂