The International Church of slacklife
Apr 17, 2018

I know that slack is true


Edited: Apr 17, 2018

Hi, my name is Bryson and my first slackline was a Gibbon Classic rachet line and I played on it a lot in 2010. I brought this slackline everywhere because I thought it was a lot of fun and a good challenge to improve my balance. An old family friend of mine, Ryan Robinson had rigged a few highlines close to home that he invited me to come watch at. I had no idea what this was but I wanted to do it so I spent more time on my Gibbon Classic.

In 2016 a new friend made me walk a 1" in the park and I felt the spirit take over me. Next thing I knew my wallet was overcome by the slacklife spirit and over the next year I bought a 100m Gibbon Proline and all the gear to highline. Adam from Northwest slacklines taught me the basics with youtube videos and then Ryan Jenks and Sam from Slacktivity taught me the rigging safety and walking techniques to highlining.

I attended GGBY for the first time in 2017 and that was my first time on a highline. The Slacklife spirit was so incredible that entire week. I went home and found an amazing slack community in SLC, UT where Jacob Pawlak mentored me and rigged a highline on my own gear. I now do my best to share to slack spirit stoke with others and have had almost 12 people on my line who had never been on a highline before. Praise the slack gods!


Apr 17, 2018

Dude. That's incredible. Really awesome to read about your journey and see how motivated you were to soak up all the knowledge you could get. I'm really stoked you were able to learn from Ryan's videos. He'll be happy to read this :)

Apr 18, 2018

Haha... "my wallet was overcome by the slacklife".... I feel you there! I watch Adam's videos soooooo many times because it was essentially the only thing out there at the time, that's awesome that you too got to learn from those. I'm glad you feel that you learned something from my channel since I find it hard to have a balance of fun and educational. GGBY is a great place to get "baptized" into highlining. Not only do you get to really experience flow state for the first time, you get to be with hundreds of people who are also drawn towards that life. Keep spreading the slacklife!

Apr 18, 2018

Your learning experience seems ideal.

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