From Ryde to Rushcutters Bay: Is slacklining the new planking?

Slacklining in Rushcutters Bay Photo: Kate McClymont Slacklining in Rushcutters Bay Photo: Kate McClymont

Slacklining is a growing trend in Sydney this summer.

A young man practises his slacklining at North Ryde at the weekend. Photo: David Havyatt

Sydney seems to have a new trend – and it has nothing to do with food.

Slacklining appears to be growing in Sydney, as sunny days and warm weather bring out an adventurous spirit.

It’s a little reminiscent of planking, that odd trend which hooked in a few requiring participants to find challenging spots to lie flat on their stomachs.

“Slacking”, which has been around for a few years, involves walking along a tightrope like material from one end to another. It is done usually without the aid of a harness, a short distance from the ground or sometimes above water.

Popular in parks, like North Ryde Common, and along the beaches, “slackers” tend to position their spot in between two trees, an intriguing sight on crowded weekends.

Civil engineering student Chris Wallace started slacklining in the summer of 2011 and has since progressed to highlining, a more extreme version of slacklining, done over high valleys and sheer drops.

“In 2011 it was only a small hobby but once I got involved with the community it became an incredible way to hang out and enjoy being outside, and it came with the added bonus of being physically and mentally great for your body.” Mr Wallace said.

He said the rise in popularity has to do with people seeing it on social media and its appeal as an alternative form of exercising.

“The sport has always been great, but it’s becoming so popular now because more and more people are finding out about it,” Mr Wallace said.

“It has a low cost, it’s easy to use and it fits the laidback Australian lifestyle.”

Mr Wallace started slacklining in his backyard before venturing out to find like-minded people, a feat that wasn’t so difficult.

A group meets every Wednesday afternoon at Victoria Park in Glebe.

“It is honestly the best way to meet new people, relax after work and learn incredible new skills. It’s completely free and there is no need to buy a line as there is already loads of all different difficulties rigged by the regulars,” Mr Wallace said.

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