Many people were introduced to slacklining during the halftime show of the 2012 Super Bowl when professional slackliner Andy Lewis – “Slacker Andy” – did his thing in front of Madonna during one of the most elaborate Super Bowl performances ever. Andy flawlessly bounced and danced on the tightrope-style slackline like an Olympic gymnast for 28 seconds, with no safeguards.
But slacklining is not a new sport. People have been slacklining on playgrounds and beaches throughout the country for years, including the beaches of California. Just search for slackline on YouTube and you will come across dozens of videos of slackliners showing their stuff, including the one embedded below. Here, Frankie Najera recorded himself and Hayden Nickell “throwing down some tricks” at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, California.