Slackline Tricks Encyclopedia

Tricklining is probably the most popular form of slacklining – there are dozens of stunts to perform and the only thing you need is a simple slackline kit, no expensive equipment.

And what's great on this activity is that it is still fairly new, so new interesting tricks with attractive names are born every day and you can even create your own! Here you can find a huge list of them, with videos, pictures and tips, organized by their difficulty. Enjoy!

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Beginner slackline tricks

These are the most basic slackline tricks you can encounter – easy to learn, so you can start practicing them as soon as you learn how to keep balance and walk.

I have chosen a balanced combination of walking, static and jumping tricks as well, so that you can quickly learn the basics and form a solid base for the more advanced stuff. So let's start!

Turn around

slackline turn around

  Difficulty:  Very easy        Type: Walking

An easy and fundamental move, essential for all walking action on a slackline.

First video will show the basics – just walk a few steps, eyes fixed on a single point, then turn your head and body, and fix your eyes on some point again – do not look on your feet when turning!

The second video delves deeper into the actual turning technique – a few slackliners explain what is their favorite method.

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Walking backwards

walking backwards on slackline

  Difficulty:  Easy        Type:  Walking

The first advanced walking style is moving backwards – quite easy to do, just follow some basic advice:

As always, do not look under your feet – after some practice, you'll be able to place them on the right place automatically and without looking. Also, keep your core tight and straighten, do not bend (see the video).

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Jump mount

jump start

  Difficulty:  Easy        Type:  Mount, Jump

The first mounting trick we are going to learn to make our starts more interesting. You can jump both forward and backward, with one foot or simultaneously – try all these options and see what you enjoy the most.

Also, there are three methods according to your position – you can start parallel to the line (first video), directly towards it (second video) or even standing astride on it (third video). To make it more challenging, you can add a 180° or 360° spin to it.

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Tree

tree pose

  Difficulty:  Easy        Type:  Static

I'll have chosen also some easy static tricks for beginners – for the Tree (originally a Yoga pose), you don't even have to know how to walk on slackline, just how to keep balance on one foot.

Remember, the key to all static poses is to keep your body as still and calm as possible – so try not to shake or press too much against the line.

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Drop knee

drop knee

  Difficulty:  Easy        Type:  Static, Linking

A very important basic trick – quite easy to learn, but more importantly, it forms a base of many popular advanced stunts, for example: Double drop knee, Foot plant, Drop knee turn etc.

Also, it can be used for linking multiple tricks together or even for some crazy walking (Drop knee walk and Plane walk).

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Sitting down

sitting down

  Difficulty:  Not difficult        Type:  Static

And here we have another quite easy static pose: You start on the line, get into a squat, then move one leg forward and sit down. You can then stay with one feet in the air, or put both feet on the line and continue to keep balance just using your arms.

Afterwards, you can get up using the Seated mount or, after you learn it, the Pistol mount for example.

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Seated mount

sit start

  Difficulty:  Not difficult        Type:  Mount

A classic mounting technique, also called a sit start. You start sitting on the line with both feet on it (the closer they are to your body, the easier it is), rock yourself backwards and then lean forward and get up without using your hands for support.

This can be a little difficult, so practise just sitting on the line first. Also, make sure the slackline doesn't run directly under your tail bone (which can be painful), but rather slightly to one side.

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Bounce walk

bounce walk

  Difficulty:  Not difficult        Type: Walking, Jump

A playful and funny type of walking – as you can see in the first video, you can start with only small jumps on both feet, then try them on just one leg. There are no strict rules, just bounce along the line as you like, forwards or backwards.

After mastering that, try higher and longer jumps (second video) and finally, you can even do Lemur leaps all the way across the slackline (third video).

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Moonwalk + Airwalk

moon walk and air walk

  Difficulty:  Not difficult        Type: Walking

Michael Jackson's popular walking styles on a slackline? Why not! Start with the Airwalk (see tutorial in the third video), which is a bit easier as you move forward.

And then continue with Moonwalk (guide in fourth video) – however, we'll do a slightly modified version as it is impossible to swap your legs during that slide on a slackline.

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Vertical jump (Ollie)

vertical jump

  Difficulty:  Not difficult        Type:  Jump

Air tricks are probably the most attractive, so we'll certainly include them in our repertoire. Your first one of these would be a simple jump above the line:

Push your weight down onto the slackline and then utilize its power to throw you up (you can bend your knees while in the air). And while landing, start with putting your feet sideways. After you master that, you can try landing with your feet inline, or add a 180°, 360° or 540° spin.

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Line snap

line snap

  Difficulty:  Not difficult        Type:  Jump

Also one of the easiest jumps. The beginning is the same as with Vertical, but instead of jumping upwards, you slide your feet from the line in opposite directions – which makes it "snap". Afterwards, you land with your feet sideways (again, you can try inline later).

Some advanced variations of this trick include multiple snaps in a row, doing it on just one foot or even walking the line using just line snaps.

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Advanced slackline tricks

After you master the basic stunts, it is time to proceed to more challenging tricks. Bouncing, jumps, new types of mounts and also some more advanced static poses – all of that is waiting for you!

Lemur leap

forward leap

  Difficulty:  Slightly difficult        Type:  Jump

Similar jump to the Vertical – just this time you'll leap forward, not up. When jumping, you can look on the spot where you are going to land – and then switch to some point ahead again. Also, start landing with your feet sideways (and try inline later).

Start with smaller distances and then slowly increase them. And later, you can combine this trick with others – for example with a 180° or 360° spin, or even a Butt bounce to create the Atomic butt bounce.