Slacklining - the kids' latest craze

TEENAGERS have been slacking off over the holidays, but for once their parents are not complaining.

The latest craze to hit Newcastle is an acrobatic activity called slacklining.

VIDEO: See slacklining in action.

The Hunter Sports Centre at Glendale is offering slacklining classes for teens during the school holidays.

Slacklining is tightrope walking with a twist.

Individuals walk across the nylon tightrope, which is not held taut and is similar to a narrow trampoline.

The activity has become increasingly popular in Australia and is commonly performed outdoors between two palm trees.

Hunter Sports Centre program manager Rohan Kennedy said he hoped the slacklining students would make great progress during the sessions.

‘‘We expect the students to go from a beginner level through to an intermediate level,’’ he said.

WHAT’S ON

TODAY

¦ Horse riding, Orchard End Equestrian Centre, 10am-1pm. Phone 49303178

¦ Playin’ old skool, Thornton Library, 10.30am. Phone 49644468

TOMORROW

¦ Tree Tops Adventure Challenge, Treetops Adventure Park, 11am-2pm. Phone 40267617

¦ Fairies and elves party, Swansea Library, 10am. Phone 49210780

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