SPOKANE – Spectators will see balance, control and acrobatics at Spokane Hoopfest this year beyond the basketball courts.
Gibbon Slacklines 2013 World Cup will take over the lawn by the big red wagon at Riverfront Park for four days surrounding Hoopfest.
Professional slackliner Josh Beaudoin said the professionals make it look easy, but almost anyone with patience and passion can learn.
“You see all the cool tricks that these guys are doing; it’s not something that you’d want to try your first hour of slacklining,” Beaudoin said. “At first you want to balance on one foot, you want to take a few steps, then maybe some yoga moves and then jumping around, maybe doing some surfing. The rest is, the sky’s the limit, really.”
Last year, Spokane Hoopfest invited Gibbon Slacklines to town as an alternative event for spectators. But this year, Gibbon Slacklines asked Hoopfest if it could return with 32 professional slackliners and one of its biggest events.
“This is an opportunity for them to share their passion for this really dynamic sport with another audience,” Spokane Hoopfest marketing manager Kirstin Davis said.
“It’s a great sport to enjoy with your friends, it’s a great cross-trainer, and it’s a great sport to get into to compete as well,” Beaudoin said. “It’s gaining a lot of momentum.”
Slackling Schedule at Riverfront Park (red wagon)
Thursday – 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (performance and athlete introductions)
Friday – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (competition at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.)
Saturday – 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (competition at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., finals at 3:30 p.m.)
Sunday – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.