Written & Contributed by Tanmayi Gidh.
If you’ve ever gone to a place like Cubbon Park in Bangalore or Hauz Khas Park in Delhi or maybe Narali Park and Chowpatty in Mumbai, you might have seen a bunch of people trying to balance on a webbing, no broader than an inch or two. If you’re lucky, you must’ve also seen them pull off some tricks on the line and maybe you would’ve gone nuts thinking how something like that was possible. Here’s the thing – it’s perfectly doable. And you have the chance to have a go at it!
Slacklining is a new sport in India. It has evolved immensely in terms of equipment and skill since it began and although there are slackers all over the world taking insane strides in the sport, it has a long way to go here. Luckily for us, the slacklining community of India is an ever-growing group of enthusiastic, crazy people, pushing the limits of the sport in the country. There’s a lot of reasons slacklining can become addictive.
One, and most importantly, it is as easy and uncomplicated as a sport can get. All you need is a few meters of sturdy webbing, a ratchet (the slacklining kit is easily available online or in a good sports store these days) and two strong anchors. You can put it up almost anywhere, and in little time once you get the hang of it. Two, it will give you an entirely different thing to do among friends and introduce yourself to some amazing people who share similar interests as yours. People who take up the sport are generally quite bad-ass, always game for something new and really fun! Three, the amount of good it does to you is amazing. It improves your focus, is a brilliant workout for your core, helps you get your balance (in any area you pick), is the preferred option as rehab post injury, and it’s the closest you could get any of us to meditation – and so powerful at that.
Until we didn’t try it, there was no way we could’ve guessed that a sport as simple as slacklining could engross us like this. More and more people are getting out of their homes, finding a couple of trees in the nearby park or a pair of pillars in their parking lot, getting friends together and having the time of their lives.