Golden Classic Slackline Tournament

28 03 2011

 

 

Come and participate in the first ever Golden Classic Slackline Tournament. It will be in Golden Colorado on the Colorado School of Mines campus in the Kafadar commons area. April 16th at 12:00 pm is when the party starts and Slackline Visions will be hosting a balance work shop at 12:30 pm and the competition at 2:00 pm. Pro slackliner Mike Payton will be there giving a demo as well at 1:00 pm. Any one can sign up for the comp. Each competitor  will receive a free day pass to The Spot bouldering gym and become part of a raffle with prizes to give out at the end of the comp. It will be an awesome time with lots of different slackline styles to see!

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Searching for the right line

24 03 2011

Like many road trips Slackline Visions has been on there is not always a good place to set up but there are lots of places that look tempting yet end up not working out at all. It’s not the perfect line we are searching for but instead the right line. By that I mean 80% of the time we were searching for line set ups and only spent 20% of the time walking.  There are lots of things that can contribute to your success when setting up a line and an equal amount that are not in your favor. Like not having the right material or too much snow with wind or the particular environment did not support a line set up.  All of this should be expected when searching for the right line. When you spend the time and effort looking for such a place it all pays off when you get there and walk the space between.
Such concepts were there when I left for Panama Beach, Florida to help a friend Ed, move his things back to upstate New York and then continue on to Colorado. So it was decided to make slacklining the theme of the road trip. Our goal was to set up wherever we could through the states that we passed through along the way.  After leaving Florida we stopped here and there until we arrived in Chattanooga. Ed and I had arranged a couch to sleep on through the couch surfing web site.  I have to say it was a good experience and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a place to stay while on the road.  Our next major stop was in upstate New York where Cascade Falls is located.  The day we decided to investigate the area turned out to be the day when we should have set up. The next day was howling with wind and snow making it difficult if not impossible to set up a line. So in the morning we went with Option C, which was to set up a line over a stone bridge before we left that day.  The line was 3 ft over the bridge and 3 ft to the side.  It was definitely a line that you would not want to fall from. Lines like this were common along the way  from state to state. We set up over water,  at parks, rest stops and even swamps with the cattails everywhere. It was a great trip, Ed and I met a lot of really great people and got the privilege to introduce slacklining to people who have never heard of it before. By the time we made it back to Colorado we were pretty exhausted, but it’s all worth it when you are searching for the right line.

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Written by Josh Beaudoin





Slacklining in Panama

5 03 2011


Panama Beach Florida that is. For the next couple of weeks Slackline Visions will be on a slackline road trip  promoting the good sport of slacklining in every state we pass through. While it was snowing the morning before I left Colorado, the sun was shining and my feet were buried in the sand by the afternoon. Before the trip began there were a couple of days to kill. So it was easy to figure out what was to be next on the agenda,slacklining. I was definitely excited because this would be the first time slacklining at the beach for me. After getting some rest, Ed and I got the gear together and headed for the beach. Since there were no trees where we were going, Ed and I had to wing it. Our plan was to head to the pier and see where we could set up. When we arrived I was right, there was no where to set up except for the pier. The set up was a simple friction system, thirty feet long with the end of the line just over where the waves would come in and then retract. Right away people were scratching their heads trying to figure out just what the heck was going on. Once we started to slack different groups of people started to gather. It was a great opportunity to present the sport of slacklining to so many new face’s. Most of the people who came to watch ended up trying it themselves and liked it a lot. After several hours Ed and I decided to set up the line over the water. This line ended up being 50 ft long, and was quite challenging because of the waves coming in from underneath. The water moving back and forth beneath made it hard to focus on where you were at on the line.  Since this was my first time slacklining at the beach I learned a valuable lesson, and that was to always have an extra pair of shorts handy. In the process of performing the splits pose on the line my shorts ripped in the crotchal region, and after a minute or two I finally realized what happened. With a crowd of people watching, needless to say, I had to be careful slacklining for the rest of the day. When the sun finally set Ed and I had been slacklining for five hours. Exhausted and sunburnt, we headed for home to get some rest for the continuing road trip.

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Written by Josh Beaudoin