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Trickline: jumps, flips and spins

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Slacklining is a very diverse activity full of possibilities. Despite the fact that it is a quite young sport, since it started to spread across the globe, many variations emerged and, side to side with highlining, trickline is one of its most popular branches.

Trickline, that is practiced on beaches, parks and indoor spaces around the world, it’s more about tricks than walking and crossing lines. The point is to perform tricks over the slackline and the goal is to make increasingly difficult ones, combining them into larger and larger sequences.

Lyell Grunberg tricklining on an abandoned ship

Trickline: from static positions to flips and spins

This variation of slackline is super dynamic. On tricklining, as in most freestyle activities, creativity plays an huge part, and we have witnessed an incredible evolution since 2013. What today is just a basic bounce, like the backbouce, back than was an impressive trick, when, in fact, a triple flip, landed by some today, was not even imagined.

Judgment systems like ISI have a lists that with more than 500 tricks, so it is easy to understand how popular and fun trickliningmust be. Within these, we can group some types of trickline tricks.

  • Statics, which include various postures and positions on the slack
  • Dynamic tricks that have a wide range and generally greater difficulty

In dynamic tricks, the rider gains air or bounce from a base, ie the body part that touches on the line. The base can be butt bounce, back bouce, feet, shoulder or even some static tricks such as crook. Once the athlete manages the desired height he goes for the trick, be it a rotation, a flip or grab, to then land on one of the bases. The tricks are many and the possible combinations countless, but we can to group them into more specific types:

  • Air grab tricks where riders work steeze between bounces;
  • Sick’s, which can only be made on a slackline, like the Nasty Chest where you grab the line to make a move on it;
  • Flips.
  • Rotations and spins;
  • Etc.

The Setup

The trickline webbing must fulfill some requirements to perform well and so that we can enjoy tricklining safely:

  • It should be at least 15 meters long. This will decrease the impact on the body as we bouce or land tricks, protecting specially our lower back. In addition, a longer line provide greater amplitude, allowing us to jump higher. The ideal distance for tricklining is between 18 and 25 meters.
  • It should be between 3.5 and 5 centimeters, so that the impact on the body is spread over a larger area, protecting the athlete.
  • The trickline webbing should be tensioned with two ratchets to achieve perfect tension or, alternatively, a pulley system.
  • As any other kind of slackline, the ratchets, tensioning systems or webbing anchors must be a backed up.

SLACKTIVITY’s best trickline

Unique and with distinct characteristics, that may appeal to those who prefer a slightly slower and softer line, SLACKTIVITY’s Super Jumpline can throw up super high and seem to slow down time, giving you more time to react, spin or flip. With a width of 3.7 cm, the color stands out when you are landing and it feels super soft and comfortable on the body. for its and for being super soft and comfortable.

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