How to Slackline: Jump Line To Line

Jumping line-to-line is an advanced slackline skill requiring great balance. This skill has several forms, one of which involves jumping forward on the line and landing a few feet from where you started. If you've progressed in your slacklining ability and need a challenge to take you to the next level, try catching some air off the line and landing on it again. Get ready to feel exhilarated, the first time you hit this trick.

Steps

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    Adjust your slackline so that it is tight enough to absorb the landing without touching the ground.
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    Start near one end of the slackline with both feet on the line, with your shoulders perpendicular to the line.
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    Prepare for the jump by shifting your awareness to the precise location of your center of gravity.
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    As you balance on the line, wait for your center of gravity to be directly over the line.
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    This is your launch moment.
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    Bend your knees and weight load the line--similar to jumping on a trampoline.
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    As your weight rises, push forward off the line and catch some air.
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    If your launch was centered over the line, your center should be coming down on the line.
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    At this (sometimes scary) moment you have to decide whether to commit to landing on the line or not. If you don't decide quickly, you'll probably land somewhere in between and get thrown from the line or worse.
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    Turn your feet sideways to line to make landing easier.
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    Catch your balance and smile at the spectators.

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