Product review Slack Line.
Gibbon slack lines are the original slack line company, and have been around for over a decade. Gibbons classic line is a great standard line for if you want to get into Slack lining. Slacklining is its own sport, it’s also a great way to train for other balance sports such as surfing.
Slack lines are easy to setup and can be setup nearly anywhere, providing you have two strong anchors to tighten the slack line between. Trees are perfect anchors, the thicker the better, poles or round concrete objects are also useable.
Check out this great video on how to setup a slack line.
Gibbon classic slackline.
What is a Slackline?
Slacklining in essence is walking on a flat piece for webbing suspended between two anchors. Slacklines are the same as slack lines but differ to tightropes or tightwires, slacklines have less tension and are the line is made from nylon or polyester. The modern slackline comes with a ratchet which makes setting up and taking down easier.
How can slacklining help my surfing?
Slacklining won’t improve your surfing, the best way to improve your surfing is to keep paddling out. Saying that, slacklining improves your balance second to none. As balance is an important skill in surfing, training it isn’t a bad thing.
When I sit back and think how slacklining has improved my surfing it always comes back to balance, but there are a couple situations within general balance that it did help.
Recovering from a wipeout, keeping the slacklining stable while stationary can be difficult. If you try to hold a surf stance on a slackline for as long as possible you will notice you have to constantly shift your center of balance to keep on the line, not un like surfing.
Walking on a longboard, walking, hang 5s, hang 10s, spins, etc can all be practiced on the slackline. Learning the wave and how to angle the board is integral to the above longboarding skills. However you can learn or work out what you plan to do when you are in that situation.
Top Tip: Use cardboard inbetween the line and the tree, protect the trees.