NURNBERG: SLACKLININGOctober 12, 2012
The day dawned bright and clear and we dragged ourselves out into it, with a lot of cameras, tripods and sensible shoes. We were going to meet Max and he was going to take us slacklining.
In case you’re not familiar with the growing sport-cum-activity-cum-lifestyle-choice, it involves wrapping a long, strong piece of cord around two trees, pulling it tighter than you ever thought possible and then walking up and down it, doing tricks as you go. Sounds pretty simple, right? We can all walk in a straight line, right? Well, we couldn’t. It was like learning to walk all over again, drunk.
We spent the afternoon hanging out with Max and his friends Marcus, Elena, Simon and Leo in Wohrder Wiese. They held our hands while we tottered along the lines and eventually fell off, and then wowed us with jumps and flips and one-leg-in-the-air stunts.
‘I hated it when I first tried it,’ Elena said. ‘I was with my sister and just knew it wasn’t for me. Then her and my brother bought me a line for my birthday, so I tried it again, and now I love it. It’s not so scary – I trust my body and if something feels too high, I’ll bring it down a bit.’
Slacklining is illegal in some places, but in Nurnberg It’s embraced – the council have even put up posts for the lines to be attached to. If you fancy having a stab at the YMCA-like arm gestures and awesome balancing acts, join the guys’ rapidly expanding Facebook group and find out when they’re meeting up next!