This post is a part of our slacklining trick tips category and today’s trick tip is going to help you do a 360 on a slack line. This is a pretty advanced trick and will definitely take a fair amount of practice before you can consistently land it back on the line. In addition, it takes a fair amount of commitment to the trick so if you’re going for it, you really need to go for it. 360′s on a slackline are a really fun trick and they look and feel really cool when you land them so let’s get onto the how to!
There are a few general tips and ideas you should try before attempting a 360 on a slackline. These are pretty basic concepts and I’m just going to go over them in case you don’t know one or two and it can help you out.
- Bend your knees. This will lower your center of gravity and enable you to balance on the line better.
- Hold your arms up. This gives you more control and balance.
- Stare at the end where the line meets the pole. This seems scary at first but it gives you a fixed line of site and helps you balance a ton.
-Take it slow. Slacklining is a pretty mellow and patient sport. You can’t rush anything so if you’re not feeling it, there’s no pressure to do anything.
- If you’re off balance, stand on one foot instead of two. That extra foot not on the line will give you more weight to put on one side or the other to help you get back on balance.
A good first step to take is to practice the 360 when you aren’t on the line. Find a line on the road or anywhere really as long as it’s straight. Stand like you would on a slack line and just practice a few 360s on it. Try to take off and land with both feet directly on the line because this is how you will need to do it on the slack line. Get down how you’re going to spin most comfortably and accustom yourself to how it feels to take off and land in the same spot.
I’m going to generally skip over the parts where you setup the line, stand and walk on it, and warm up and skip right to the part where you do the 360. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t warm up by standing and walking on the line first because you should! And you should definitely set it up first! Anyways, the first step is to get a really solid stance on the slack line. Step up onto it and stand on one foot. That foot should be facing forward. When it’s sideways, you have significantly less surface area to work with. Make sure you get all of your wobbles out and take a few deep breaths. Try to get as stable as you possible can before attempting the 360. Make sure you are also centered on the line. If you aren’t, you will go off to one side when you try to spin.
The next step is to get your pre bounce down. I like to call it a pre bounce because you’re not really jumping but you’re just giving the line a little bounce before you go. This helps you get more height and control. You should be standing on one leg right now, so to do the pre bounce, just bend your knee a little bit and make sure you go down with the line just a little bit and then back up with the line on your dominant foot only. You’ll go down one more time on both feet with the front dominant foot facing forward and the back non-dominant foot facing sideways and on the up bounce you’ll jump and spin. This sounds a little bit confusing but it’s something you’ll figure out as you mess with it a little bit.
This part is going to cover the take off and the spin. First of all, you should be looking at the point where the line meets the pole at nearly all times. There will be a split second where you are spinning when you lose it but to take off and land solidly, you need to jump off the line looking at it, lose it for a second, find it again, and land back on the line looking at the anchor. When you’ve done your pre bounce, you’re just going to jump off the line nice and easy. Do exactly what you practiced on the line on the road. Focus on making it a really quick spin otherwise you might not get it around. When I do the actual 360, I like to hold my arms above my head. I feel like it gives me better balance but that might just be in my head.
Now comes the landing. You’ll be turned around for a split second and now you need to find the line again. When you come around, look right at the anchor and if you are centered enough your feet should find the line. Land exactly like you took off, with your front dominant foot facing forward and your non dominant foot facing sideways behind it. This is a very stable way to land and if you’re too off balance on the landing, go right to one foot to regain your balance.
You should be able to do this after a few days of practicing once or twice out of ten times and if you practice it a lot you’ll be able to do it almost every time before long. It may seem a little bit far away at first but it’s close than you might think. I hope this how to helped you with 360′s on a slackline. If you enjoyed it, I’d really appreciate it if you shared it with friends and subscribe to receive every post we put out right in your email! I also encourage you to leave a comment with any questions, suggestions for future posts, or general statements.