"Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off!" Terry Pratchett
The bad weather can´t hold back over 10 000 amazed and bedazzled spectators to see incredible jumps, flips and static balance maneuvers of the Peruvian brothers Choza and Renzo Robles on the slackline. The highly demanding yet precisely executed performances and finally their unique tandem show was rewarded with the title of becoming the Trickline Team World Champions in 2019.
8 different Nations with 24 of the best trickliners in the world gathered last weekend in Munich, Germany to demonstrate their unique skills on a slackline. Tricklining is a modern sport, where spectacular trampoline like aerials with the balance skills of slacklines are combined. On a highly tensioned specific and dynamic Slackline the athletes compete against each other with crazy jumps up to 7 meters over the ground. Precision, coordination and the highest level of physical and mental fitness is required to keep up with the skill level presented at the at the contest.
At the team world championships two athletes join forces to battle for the title. The highlights are the tandem runs, where both athletes step on the line together to jump and flip in an alternate rhythm. Precision, coordination and confidence are essential here. At twice the speed tricks are presented to a bedazzled crowd. Especially the Brazilians Pedro Rafael and Alisson Ferreira amazed the spectators with incredible tandem runs.
In the Semifinals the teams Brazil, Japan, Chile and Peru face each other by collecting world record point scores. The final though is fought out by the two south American teams from Peru and Brazil. Both teams challenge each other with a head to head race in scoring more points, which is analyzed by a specific video software developed by the American Trickline Association (ATA). Team Peru manages to reach 1872,32 points and celebrates their victory together with an amazed crowd.
“what we see here are world class athletic performances! Professional trickliners not only have to be at their highest possible physical level, but also have to outpace any other coordination skillset in the sports world.” Robert Kaeding, co-organizer:” Slacklining is so diverse that it provides an appeal to any age or interest group, as everyone has the basic coordination skills to master the art of balancing. For activating these skills over the last 12 years we have developed efficient techniques to learn how to slackline and have put them into an app.”
The people of Munich are also taking part in a world record attempt to get as many people balancing for 10 seconds on a short and low slackline. Here Munich is challenging cities such as Tokyo or Dublin. Due to unstable weather conditions though the record of over 800 people was missed just by 70 people. “If it wouldn´t have rained again and again throughout the days we would have managed it.” Heidrun Messner, Chief coordinator of the city of Munich claims after an exciting day.
In addition, a Jibline Contest was held. Jiblining is a specific trickline discipline where the setup is much lower and therefore more relatable and accessible. The goal here is to bounce and move to the music while performing tricks to the rhythm of the music.
Estonian slackliner Jaan Roose managed to win yet again back to back the contest with amazing performances entertaining the crowd and judges. Crowd favorite Peruvian Rosa Tokumoto managed to reach the finals with her beautiful static and dynamic static balance poses, demonstrating the variety of possible trickline approaches.
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