your feet sideways very basic its a skill that is needed for most tricks. It
changes your entire balance stance.
being able to use your turn on your feet to do a pivot turn. Several
techniques but the most common involves pausing with your feet
sideways. After practice you can make it a seamless rotation or spin.
backwards - one foot behind the other. It helps to keep your
eyes focus while stepping back and aligning the ball of your
foot on the webbing as you go backwards. Slowly transfer your
weight back to your heel and repeat.
either jumping forward or backwards onto the webbing. Some find it
easier to run/step forward and jump up with one foot or both and
others find it easier to do a backwards hop onto the webbing. The
backwards hope is usually better for a more stable landing since you
can lean forwards to counteract your momentum while the forwards
jump is better to reach higher line.
Bouncing - using
your body weight to cause the webbing to bounce you like a trampoline.
bouncing the next step to the point your feet leave the webbing in a
touches - turn sideways and reach for your toes.
your feet sideways and swaying the line really far out left and
right and staying in a motion. The line needs to be really loose to
get a big arch.
walk the line with your arms behind your back or folded in front
of you. It makes balancing significantly more tricky but is
still quiet doable.
jump from one slackline to another.
Posing - pick a yoga or
similar pose. This can be graceful to downright
contortionistic (is that a word?).
Sit start with
one foot on the webbing and the other hanging in mid air or both
starting on the line, use your
body weight to rock forward and stand up without using
the ground to assist you. Its much harder than it sounds as it
demands a good deal of abs and leg finesse to control your standing movements.
Sitting down - going from walking, stop,
crouch down and continue back until you are sitting on the
webbing. From there do a sit start to get back up.
Laying down start
Balance yourself completely laying down on the line, then position
yourself to rock forward and stand up just like in the sit start.
Kneeling - Dropping a knee
to the line.
Knee Drop - Stopping on the
line, and crouching dropping one knee below the line.
learn to control your balance by using only your inner ear, rather than
sight. Much harder than it sounds.
Hand Balancing - Balance
sideways on the line using your hands.
Start below the line and perform a mantel move to raise your body on
top of the line. You then start walking from a sit or laying down
Lie down start - Similar to
a mantle start except your lying on the ground at the start.
The splits - self
180 and 360
degree jumps - jump while turning in mid-air
Knee walking - going from walking on a line, down to your knees
and walking it on your knees.
offside - kneel down on your knees and pivot your feet
completely off the line.
while on the webbing, turn your feet sideways, lean forward and in
a smooth bounce do a back-flip onto the ground.
from the line onto the line - yes, it has been done.
playing Frisbee with another person while both are on the
slackline. Awesome fun, especially when you have to jump to
with a bit of practice juggling on the line is very fun and
Big lines -
keep pushing the length of line; it becomes a trick itself
just to stay on :)
sport up high - warning only experts need apply, rigging is
complex and highlining adds significant risk of death and
injury. (Photo submitted by John Borland)