“Well described as a cross between tight rope walking and trampolining.”
Slacking is the latest sporting craze to hit the UK and Bournemouth. Sandbanks is the first purpose built place to practice the unusual exercise and local, 47 year old, Quentin Abbott, assures me that it is great fun!With a local business making slacklines in Poole, by the beach seems to be the place to practice. Quentin tells me that slacklining originated by thrill-seeking climbers in the US and that the record for a long line walk is 200m on what appears to be a length of rope 5cm wide!
Slacklining only arrived in the UK in the last three years and started in parks around the country and notably among the ruins of Brighton’s old West pier.
There are world championships but Quentin said “No one in Britain’s going, we’re not good enough yet” and explains that national championships will be held next year in Britain for the top slackliners.Some have described it as a kind of therapy and meditation – where you forget about your worries and just concentrate on moving forward but most beginners may need a helping hand.
Quentin assures me that it gets more challenging with longer slacklines and higher highwires! You can even try water lining over the sea and this is something Sandbanks will be piloting.“Sandbanks have had posts put up especially for the trampoline like “sport” (if I can call it that yet) and you can borrow free lines there”, says Abbott. So if you fancy something different to test your balance then get yourself down to the beach to see what all the slacklining fuss is about! Or you can check out Mavericks slacklines on Facebook, also taking place is the Animal Windfest in Sandbanks from9th to 11thSeptember.