Types of slackline
There are currently five different types of slackline:
Tricklining or lowlining is the most common form of slacklining. In this case, the line is tensioned at a relatively low height (knee to hip height) over soft ground and the slackliner attempts to perform various tricks.
As long a line as possible (around 40 - 100 m) is stretched between the two fixing points. The main difficulties are stopping the slackline from swaying as far as possible and maintaining concentration over this longer period. Longlines place great strain on the equipment, so these should only be set up by professionals.
A rodeo line is a looser slackline. The fact that it hangs down more makes this kind of line far more difficult and dangerous to walk on. Tricks are generally restricted to walking, turning and swaying, but this is good preparation for longlines.
Highlines are set up high above the ground, which means it is no longer possible to safely jump down. As well as keeping your balance, there is the psychological element of knowing that you are balancing above a steep drop. Highlines should only be set up by professionals. A second line or rope is tensioned alongside the line, and the slackliner is secured to this with a climbing harness and sling. Do not attempt to walk on a highline without being properly secured.
Lines above water
The slackline is tensioned above water. Initially, the fact that there is no firm surface to jump off onto makes this more difficult to walk on. Lines above water are particularly suitable for practising tricks since there is less risk of injury if you fall off into the water. Make sure that the water is deep enough to support your fall. For normal walking it must be at least 1.5 m deep, a little deeper for tricks.