Inaugural Estonian slackline championships held in Tartu ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Estonian Slackline championships.
Estonian Slackline championships. Source: ERR

The first ever Estonian slackline championships were held Sunday, with Andres Kriiska coming out on top in a field of 12 competitors.

The 12 participants faced off a pair at a time, performing original tricks and technically complicated jump combinations. Three judges rated different aspects of each performance, ETV's daily affairs show "Aktuaalne kaamera" (AK) reported on Sunday.

Tauri Vahesaar, slackliner and the event's chief judge, said: "First of all, the difficulty and versatility, then combinations and their length and finally, the creativity. Based on those, it is possible to get 30 points and whoever gets the most points, passes to the next round."

Vahesaar said more and more people are getting interested in the sport with each passing year. 20 people applied for the championships, and 16 were chosen after videos were sent in. Boys and girls from different age groups competed on Sunday, he added.

Andres Kriiska came out on top after reaching the finals. Kriiska bought his first line when he was 14, but started taking the sport more serious after a move to Tartu, where he discovered slackline training sessions.

Slacklining is a sport based on walking, running or balancing along a suspended length of flat webbing which is tensioned between two anchors.

While being reminiscent of tightrope walking, slacklining is based more on tricks and jumps performed on a much less tensioned line, allowing for more stretch and bounce, almost like a long and narrow trampoline.

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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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