Slacklining

Stills from Slacktivism sessions

What is it ?

 

Slacklining is a sport / recreational activity that requires one to balance on a flat webbing made up of synthetic materials, fixed between two points, generally trees.

Similar to tight rope walking yet different as the act of balancing is done on the webbing which is not too tight ( as the name reads ) and there is no use of a balancing pole, as otherwise seen in tight rope walking.

Slacklining is often used to hone in on one’s body and learn to focus, and many people enjoy the thrill of doing something that not many others do. The activity has evolved into different styles and even has a World Cup of Slacklining. Additionally, slacklining is considered a recreational and moving meditative activity that can improve core strength, coordination, flexibility, and focus.

The activity has been gaining popularity in India as multiple groups throughout many cities have come up who rig beginner/mid lines/rodeo and trick lines by holding community sessions.

These community sessions are open for the general slacking community as well as beginners to come and try out the sport.

 

Stills from Slacktivism sessions

Where to start ?

Community sessions are mostly free of cost, it is for the love of the sport. There are some paid sessions held from time to time. Try to connect with like minded people and or explore community groups to get to know where and when can you get a chance to slack at such events.

Following are the currently active communities that hold sessions on weekends in cities like

New Delhi, Mumbai, Vasai, Thane, Pune, Aurangabad, Lonavala, Chennai, Hyderabad, Goa, Shillong and Bangalore.

New Delhi

There are two active groups in Delhi that hold sessions on holidays and weekends


Slacktivism.
in and Delhi climbs hold sessions at Nehru Park, Lodhi garden and Panchsheel Park

You can connect with these groups on Facebook/Instagram and follow them for updates about sessions ( generally posted a couple of days earlier )

Slacktivism.in Website

Slacktivism.in on Instagram

Slacktivism.in on Facebook

Delhi slacks on Instagram

The following list of communities, their group pages and locations are compiled by Slackmitra ( https://www.slackmitra.com/)  which sells slackline kits, gear etc in India as well.

Mumbai ( Maharashtra, India)

How to connect with the group?

Slackline Mumbai Facebook Group

Slacktopus Juhu Community Instagram Page

Slack Bombay Instagram Page

Slack About Instagram Page

Slack Women Instagram Page

Spot #1 Pushpa Narsee Park, Mumbai
(a.k.a Pranjal Narsee Park in Juhu)

How to get there?
Click here for the Google Maps Location
Note: Check with the group for timings as it is a gated park with a small entry fee.

Spot #2 Juhu Chowpaty, Mumbai
(a.k.a Juhu Beach)

How to get there?
Click here for the Google Maps Location
Note: This is a public beach spot, check with the group for appropriate anchors to use for rigging to avoid trouble with nearby hotel and police.

Spot #3 Joggers Park, Mumbai
(Mira Road)

How to get there?
Click here for the Google Maps Location

Spot #4 BPT Park, Mumbai
(Colaba)

How to get there?
Click here for the Google Maps Location

THANE (Maharashtra, India)

How to connect with the group?

Pratham’s Instagram Profile

Spot #1 Thane Municipality Garden
(near Siddachal, Vasant Vihar)

How to get there?
Click here for the Google Maps Location

VASAI-VIRAR (Maharashtra, India)

How to connect with the group?

Brian’s Instagram Profile

Rohit’s Instagram Profile

Ajin’s Instagram Profile

Spot #1 Bhuigaon Beach, Vasai

How to get there?
Click here for the Google Maps Location

PUNE (Maharashtra, India)

How to connect with the group?

Slackline Pune Facebook Group

Whatsapp Group Invite Link 

Spot #1 ARAI HILL, Pune
(a.k.a Vetal Tekdi near Kothrud/Law College)

How to get there?
Click here for the Google Maps Location
Note: Check with the group for entry timings and best access points. Normally you can enter from Panchvati, ARAI Parking Area or Law College Road.

Spot #2 Empress Garden, Pune
(near Race Course)

How to get there?
Click here for the Google Maps Location
Note: Check with the group for timings as it is a gated garden with a small entry and parking fee.

AURANGABAD (Maharashtra, India)

How to connect with the group?

Renuka’s Instagram Profile

Nirmika’s Instagram Profile

Spot #1 Near Aurangabad Caves, Aurangabad

How to get there?
Click here for the Google Maps Location
Note: You can reach the spot from BAMU University, before reaching the Aurangabad caves, take a left and it’s a 2-3 min walk from there.

LONAVALA (Maharashtra, India)

How to connect with the group?

 

Shivdurga Climbing Gym Instagram Page

Spot #1 Shivdurga Climbing Gym, Lonavala
(near Lonavala Station)

How to get there?
Click here for the Google Maps Location
Note: The indoor gym is managed by the Shivdurga Mitra group. The space has a big climbing wall and usually has a mid-line and rodeo line setup too. Please connect with the group to confirm timings and access.

CHENNAI (Tamil Nadu, India)

How to connect with the group?

Chennai Slackline Club Facebook Group

Chennai Slackline Club Instagram Page

Whatsapp Group Invite Link

Spot #1 Adyar Aavin Park, Chennai
(near Ratna Cafe)

How to get there?
Click here for the Google Maps Location

HYDERABAD (Telangana, India)

How to connect with the group?

Hyderabad Slackliners Facebook Group

Spot #1 Botanical Gardens, Hyderabad

How to get there?
Click here for the Google Maps Location

PANJIM (Goa, India)

How to connect with the group?

Slackline Goa Facebook Group

Anveer’s Instagram profile

Spot #1 Garcia De Orta Garden, Panjim
(near Panjim Church)

How to get there?
Click here for the Google Maps Location

SHILLONG (MEGHALAYA, India)

How to connect with the group?

Slackline Meghalaya Instagram Page

Spot #1 Shillong Golf Course, Shillong

How to get there?
Click here for the Google Maps Location

BANGALORE (Karnataka, India)

How to connect with the group?

Slack.in Facebook Group

Anusha’s Instagram Profile

HSR Slack Whatsapp Invite Link

Spot #1 HSR Main Tree Park, Bangalore

How to get there?
Click here for the Google Maps Location

Spot #2 Cubbon Park, Bangalore
(near State Central Library)

How to get there?
Click here for the Google Maps Location
Note: Connect with the group to confirm access, permission and timings. Although a lot us have learnt how to slackline in this very spot, the management often causes trouble to the slackliners.

Meet the Slackline Communities Across the World!

If you are travelling outside of India and looking to make new friends in a new city, check out the International Slackline Community Directory on Slackline.com here

Where to buy Beginner setup / Gear etc ?

There are currently two companies that offer slackline related products such as beginner kits, professional gear and accessories in India.

Slack Mitra & Slacklife inc.

Highline Gatherings, Festivals and conclaves have also started coming up in the past few years, hosted by enthusiasts and community people

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