sb: Bernd, thank you for taking the time to talk to us about slacklining. Many people don’t even know what the term means. Could you briefly outline it for our readers?
Bernd Lohmüller: Thank you very much. I appreciate the opportunity to spread the word about slacklining and generate awareness for this form of exercise. Slacklining came about in the early 1980s as an activity in its own right on stretchable webbing among the climbing community in Yosemite National Park, USA. From there, it slowly spread within the climbing scene to other countries and eventually around the world. The slackline trend in Europe got going in about 2006 with the introduction of simple slackline kits that allowed anyone to set up a slackline and practise on it.
Slacklining is a sport that involves balancing on a narrow strap of polyester or nylon tensioned between two attachment points. This strap or webbing is called a slackline. Users have to apply a high degree of balance, concentration and coordination.