How to start the trickline ?

Published : 2017-11-17 09:59:59
Categories : Advice Slackline , News

How to start the trickline ?

How to start the trickline? Article Coco Giro

Some will say "already learns to walk", "starts with the trampoline", "takes a short strap" a "long" strap, "puts on mats", "does not put on", "starts standing" "starts sitting »... in short, how do we find each other? What do I do ? Where do I start? With what material? And how ?

I will try to answer the questions that you ask me regularly by starting the trickine, and which have no absolute answer but simply by proposing suggestions on my part according to what I could live or observe.

Who can do the trickline?

Unlike the slackline, the trickline is not for everyone. As much as the slackline is accessible to all because it can be adapted to everyone, the trickline itself, requires a certain physical condition.

It is first of all an asymmetrical sport: we bounce on one side and therefore we have the back in torsion almost all the time (except those which apply to really play with the 2 sides). In addition we only bounces on this back in torsion, so I would already advise the trickline to all people with back problems. Then, by the repeated shocks on the strap is a rather traumatic sport (not counting the falls), so I would rather advise people "young" and muscular enough to cash shocks. Finally, if you are supermodel and want to avoid hematomas and scratches of any kind, or if you scream at the sight of a drop of blood, I also recommend this sport.

In all other cases, the trickline is exciting, and if you laugh or smile at the slightest sight of this beautiful strap then do not hesitate a second: this toy is for you;)

No prerequisites are really necessary. Some come from gymnastics, some more from freestyle sports, but in no case is this an obligation.

Do I need to know how to walk before I know how to bounce? 

NO !!

Some will tell you that it is the base and that you do not put the cart before the horse. 
I would say that we do what makes us want and then complete with the basics we miss.

Personally, I wanted to put myself on the slackline the day I saw people jumping for the first time. Before I had been tried a few times but never hung. While when I was made to try the jump I never stopped again. So I started directly with the trickline, and I would even admit that I knew how to do my first frontflip before knowing to cross a strap of 10 meters. On the other hand, learning to walk in a second time really helped me improve my technique and progress.

So I would say that it is not essential to be able to walk hundreds of meters to be able to jump, but that it is necessary to practice walking to be able to progress (sheathing, learning techniques of recovery on the strap, to be more comfortable standing ...)

Which material to use?

There is no single installation, many possibilities are available to you as long as you use equipment DEDICATED TO TRICKLINE. That is to say, we do not have fun getting a truck strap at the neighbor's to stretch it with the hoist of his grandfather between the rose and the olive tree of his aunt!

Good otherwise you will tell me: I take what: a ratchet? 2 clicks? pulleys?

I would say it depends on:

  • Your budget

  • Your level

  • Your weight

  • The size of your biceps

To start simply to make static figures and a few small leaps 1 big ratchet adapted to the trickline can suffice.

But once you're going to really want to bounce it's going to have to use 2 ratchets or triple pulleys. 
Here are the advantages and disadvantages I get:

2 ratchets



  • Cheaper

  • Less heavy

  • Allows straightening even with small biceps (just provide referrals accordingly)

  • We can stretch any strap, even heavy (wallaby ...)

  • We can stretch any length


  • Difficult to stretch sufficiently with small biceps

  • Only softens light / thin straps (omega, rubalise, storm ...)

  • Very difficult to reach more than 20 meters long

  • Less solid than a pulley system, to be replaced regularly in case of intensive practice
  • More expensive

  • Heavier

  • More difficult to use for a beginner.

I just allow you to remember to use trick-and-fix equipment, use a lasso to relax if you use ratchets, regularly check all of your equipment, and ALWAYS do back-ups as well as put protections for your slings and anchors.

Do I have to have mattresses?


We do not all have the chance to live in a gym or to build a playground in his garden, so most of us started on the ground (the lawn in the best case, pebbles of which some faces remember it for others).

The advantage of starting without a mattress is that you immediately learn how to fall properly. So from the beginning we develop the techniques of "rescue" when we lose the mastery. On the other hand it is true that training from time to time on mattresses to try new more committed figures is very interesting. In addition you will notice that people who train without mattresses are very "clean", that is to say that their movements are more precise and controlled.

The advantage of training on mattresses is that you remove fear and danger. So we can progress faster and try more figures. But the problem is that we learn little to fall since we know that "it does not matter there are mattresses! ". But in fact I find it problematic because you do not learn to fall properly and bad falls even on carpets can be very serious.

So I would say that the 2 have their advantages and disadvantages but that it is perhaps not bad to do a little 2. Start the basic figures does not require mattresses, learn to fall is essential, then do a little 2 allows both to be clean and validate his figures by passing them on the ground, and to progress quickly by trying new things when one has access to the mattresses. 

How high and how long should the line be?

Once again I'm sorry I'm not going to give you an answer to this question, which is probably the one I'm asked most often. 

For starters this will depend on your hardware. As I told you, if you only have one ratchet do not expect to tend much and especially do not try to stretch over 15m. With 2 ratchets I would say that you can stretch between 15 and 25 meters (depending on the size of your biceps and the amount of strap cleaned before starting to stretch). With pulleys, you choose. We can stretch tricklines up to 35 - 40 meters long.

The "old school" method wants the strap to be fairly low (1m - 1m20). This configuration seems to me very good for learning the basic figures. But you will leave it quickly when you want to start taking more amplitude. Do not hesitate to come back from time to time to work on your technique, your cleanliness, when you have no carpet, or when you want to learn new figures.

It is possible to put his strap even lower (40 - 80 cm from the ground) to work the "feet to feet", that is to say the figures that start from the feet and land on the feet. In the beginning we will start by simply making 2-3 short leaps in a row, then a crossing, then on one foot, on the other, backwards, with half-turns .... This type of installation can be both accessible when you start, to learn to control the strap when you stand on it, and at the same time be indispensable after a certain time to work the "feet" to feet "perfectly, improve his standing receptions ...

Once you want to take the height to send figures with more rotations you will gradually increase the height of the strap.

In competition the tricklines are at a height of 1m50 to 2m high.

Be careful not to go on a strap too high for you !! That is to say a strap on which you do not know to go out in case of imbalance, and on which you risk big falls.

The shorter the line, the faster the bond will be dry, that is, fast. I advise you to avoid too short because it gives pain in the back after a while. The longer the line is going to be, the more the rebound will be loose, flexible, slow. On the other hand, the longer the line, the more you have to control your figures, especially in "feet" on your feet, because the line is more likely to leave on the sides.

To summarize, you do what you want but remember that:

  • The shorter it is and the more back pain, the faster and faster, and the easier the stabilization is

  • The longer it is, the more the leap will be soft, slow, pleasant, but it will be more difficult to stabilize, and it is necessary to have the necessary equipment to stretch great lengths.

  • The lower it is and the less dangerous

  • The higher it is, the more amplitude you can take

  • The longer you want to stretch, the more you will have to stretch

By which figure to start?

We start with the 3 basic positions: the "butt bounce", the "chest bounce", and the "feet" (+ for some the "back bounce"). 

The "butt bounce" means bouncing on the buttocks, the "chest bounce" means bouncing on the belly, the "feet" as its name indicates on the feet, and finally the "back bounce" on the back (Ouch Aïe Ouch !). 

Once you master his 3 basic figures, you're done! You will only have to combine them by adding a half turn to the right, ¾ back flip, a grab, a salto before, .... But beware !!! This is a trap !!! It is ESSENTIAL to learn to fall before starting to learn the figures !!!!!!!

Because, at first trying to learn new figures you will inevitably fall, so as to fall on his feet as on his head. In a second time, you will be much less afraid to try these new figures knowing that at worst you know falling back on your feet !!

For advice on the basic figures I suggest you to see my video tutorials on:

I'm waiting for your feedback and do not hesitate for other questions 

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