Students learn to balance, relax on slackline

Sophomore Kelsey Terherst walks across a slack line. UM does not have a slacklining club, but fans of the unique balancing act meet on the Green three days a week. Monica Herndon//The Miami Hurricane

Three days a week, Frankie Pereda and his friends set up their slacklining equipment in front of the Ashe building.

They string a 1-inch wide piece of nylon webbing between two trees, stretching it just enough so it bounces and acts like a long, narrow trampoline.

Then, they hop on, making their way up and down the line, trying not to fall.

Slacklining has become an interesting option for students looking to get away from the stress of daily life.

“Being relaxed is one of the main ways to stay balanced on the line,” Pereda said. “You need to be focused on keeping your center right over the line. With all of that, it’s hard to think about anything else.”

Though UM has no official club, passionate slackliners like Pereda set up weekly sessions on the Green in front of the Ashe Building on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The group has been setting up their lines for over two years.

Many of the frequent slackliners are also members of the UM Parkour Club and Rock Climbing Club who go to unwind after doing activities with those clubs.

Michael Greene, a member of the Rock Climbing Club, became involved after spotting some of his friends slacklining.

“I was returning to Mahoney-Pearson from class one afternoon, and recognized some of my rock climbing friends on the line at the Green,” he said. “I went over, tried it, and have been hooked ever since.”

Pereda, like Greene, became involved with the club last spring after watching members practice on the Green.

He hopes passersby will also take a chance on the line.

“We encourage people to try it at least once,” he said. “Many of the people that are regulars now tried the slackline once, liked it, and have been returning ever since.”

April 5, 2012


Erika Glass

Multimedia Editor

4 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Students learn to balance, relax on slackline”

  1. Ray says:

    I love slacklining, happy to see others are taking to it as well. I have a Gibbon surfline and I just recently bought a Perfect Tension Proline after trying it on the beach in Venice. Will have to come to Miami sometime and slack with you all. I’m pretty sure Perfect Tension is sponsoring student reps and giving free lines to anyone who starts a slackline club. You guys should definitely check that out!

  2. AJ Ricketts says:

    These types of activities contribute to a wide and diverse range of hobbies students at Miami have, which I believe is good for the school. Slightly ‘eccentric’ clubs open awareness to different aspects of enjoyment and life others may previously not have known. A good article on a very interesting topic.

  3. Kate Geldmacher says:

    If so many students are interested in slacklining, why does UM not have a club for it? It sounds like an interesting concept that more student might get involved with if it was more organized and advertised.

  4. slacklines sound so cool for those who have great balance. Looks really tough for those who are closer to the norm.

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