For these who might not know, rodeoline is a slackline which is REALLY slack. That means there is no tension on the line at all and usually the line has LOTS of sag in it. Usually that means you have to climb your trees and attach your anchor high above the ground (for example for 20-25m line 3-5m is great!) If the trees have branches it is really easy to climb and fix your spansets (best placement for your anchor would be just above a branch so the spanset can not slide down). If the branches start really high above the ground you will have to climb the trees using two spansets. It is pretty simple; you wrap the tree with a spanset and girth-hitch it. You will need second spanset/sling fixed the same way. Then, simply, put both spansets as high as you can, put your foot in a free hanging loop of the first spanset and stand in it. Next, move the second spanset as high as you can, step on it, move the first spanset up and repeat till you get to the point where you want to fix your anchor ...
Soon, I will post whole article about how to set up your rodeo, different line types, gear tips, photos etc.
Rodeoline is great practice for longlines, highlines and your balance in general. I like how slow you have to react to any movement in the line. What really got me hooked though, was surfing it ("brah!")... It is not easy but also not as hard as I thought it would be. I definitely got lots of inspiration from 'rodeo-surf masters' such as Jerry Miszewski, Johannes Olszewski, Jordan Tybon and Basti Aldehoff.
|Jordan going BIG (25m L/4m of sag, Type-18)|
I followed continuously train rodeo lining and soon moved to 20m length with 3 meters of sag. I was using quite static Gibbon 'Flowline'. You can watch the video down below:
Nowadays I am in Berlin. Amazing place to be, with LOTS of slackers and great slacklining spots ... I went out few times with Jordan for some slackline training (mostly some longlines, 50m of loose threaded 'Slack Spec' and rodeolines rigged with Type-18) ...
|On the 123m rigged with Core [OS-FM] (photo by Ingo Thomas)|
Both of us got it first session although Jordan and I have slightly different technique. Good swing and the timing is really important in this move. We had so much practice that right now we seriously can barely sit down because of the sores on our butts...
|Swinging sit-start in progress (25m L/4m of sag, Type-18)|
|Jordan going BIG ... (photo by Ingo Thomas)|
|... like a fairy! (photo by Ingo Thomas)|
Peace & SlackOn!