What is slackline surfing? Surfing on a slackline generally refers to the art of rocking a slackline back and forth at speed, much in the same way you might carve with a surfboard. Slacklining, however, is still an evolving sport, and slackliners are finding ever new ways to push the envelope when it comes to "surfing the line".
Traditional Slackline Surfing
A longer, loose line + quick oscillations = slackline surfing. A still upper body while your legs and hips do all the work is key. Variations include the double leg, single leg, the circle surf and the surf walk.
Rodeo Line Surfing
A rodeo line is an extremely loose slackline set up between two high anchor points, usually at least 10 feet in height (but often much higher). The end result is something of a slackline swing. Surfing a rodeo line is all about big side-to-side swings, rather than tight oscillations.
Lineboarding refers to surfing a slackline using a skateboard deck (without the wheels), a short board, or even a slackline-specific "lineboard". The slackline is used as the center balance point for the board, which the slackliner uses to stall, press, jump, spin, grab and even flip on the line.
Actually Surfing... on a Slackline
We don't expect many people to actually try this one. Not only is the technical expertise required quite extensive, but you'll also want a parachute and an insane amount of guts. Still... pretty cool. Describing this is difficult. Just watch the video below.
Slacklines can be "surfed" with a snowboard much the same way a boarder might grind a rail in the park. The slackline is setup at an angle down the hill with high tension. A snowboarder then hops on at speed and "surfs" down the line.