Slacklining in Dublin began with people setting up lines in their local spots. There were a few people who practiced together but this was a small group who would practice long lines which can seem intimidating as a newcomer. Our idea was to meet up regularly with slackliners of all levels so that newcomers could learn and more advanced people can stay motivated.
Ronan Clarke – President
Youtube was my greatest teacher when I first started in 2016. I practiced on my own until I met Andrew in Merrion square one day. The longlines there were exactly the kind of challenge I needed so I invested in my own too. My first highline was at the Turkish Highline Festival 2019 where I met some of my slack heroes and returned to Dublin with lots of psych. Andrew Heney – Vice President
I have been slacklining since May 2016, I found out about Slackline Dublin from meeting people in Merrion Square. I instantly became obsessed and fell in love with slackline because of how challenging and technical it is. It introduced me into a global community and it has brought me to a number of places in the world. Pauline Imberty – Secretary
Although my first addiction is surfing, slacklining allowed me to correct my body posture and develop my mental strength. As Slackline is a social and accessible sport, I have had intense moments with the community in the wilderness, in a pub or on a highline set up mission. They helped me to find my next big challenge : to walk on a highline ! Luke Quinlan – Treasurer
I was shown Spencer Seabrooke’s world record free solo attempt on Youtube in 2019, I knew instantly that slacklining, with the end goal of highlining, was something I had to try. I’ve been rock climbing for roughly four years, but I’ve always enjoyed the technical and balance focused climbs more. I find slacklining to be really relaxing as you must stay calm and find a state of zem, before making things more difficult; either with a longer or more difficult line, or doing it between two cliffs. Slacklining is as challenging, if not more, mentally as it is physically, which is probably why i think it’s so addictive. I really want to promote the sport, and hopefully have fun setting up some beautiful lines across the country! Shane Keran – Data Officer
While looking for a new hobby I decided to join a Slackline Dublin meetup in Merrion Square. Despite not being able to balance for more than 10 seconds, I still went home that day and bought a line for myself. I have been slacklining every week since that day and it is still my favourite way to relax on my days off work. I’d recommend anybody who is interested to come and try it out with us, we have a really fun and welcoming community. Himanshu Gupta
I came to know about slacklining through climbing friends. And as it goes, I liked the challenges that it posed. From standing, to walking, to walking longer, to walking over water and high above ground. I especially like the zone that I get into when I am on the slackline for a long time. For me, it’s a great activity to change your state of mind and serves as a good social thing as well.