Saturday, May 25, 2013

May 25. Day 145. No-one in their right mind ...

No-one in their right mind would do this, laughs Dom.
The head of the Slackline Academy is gently ribbing one of the slackliners going through his paces in Musgrave Park.
It's the peer pressure that keeps people getting back up on the line and giving it a go, he tells me. The support and encouragement plus a little bit of shit thrown in is what motivates people to keep getting better.
Mostly getting your head right is the trick to getting it right on the high wire strung between the trees, he says,
Earlier, up on the line, Dom (pictured doing through his paces) confessed that he needed to relax but couldn't before trying a particularly complicated trick.
"It's a bit hard when you are worried about being decapitated," he laughed. But then he gave it a go anyway.
I asked one of the other slackliners watching on what he was working on.
"Mostly not freaking out," he said. "I can do it on the ground but when I get up on the line I just freak out a bit and go all wobbly and lose it."
But he said he was working on that.
"I just need to practice a bit more," he said. And he did and his mates were there to give him advice, encouragement and a little bit of stick. After all, that's what friends are for, right?

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