ISA Safety Event – Talks, Links, and Resources

The first ISA Safety Event is being held in Moleson, Switzerland this week. Follow along with our live feeds on the ISA Facebook Page. On this post, you’ll also find summaries of each talk, links to presentation slides, and other resources. Talks are given by individuals and do not necessarily represent the views or recommendations of the International Slackline Association.

ISA Safety Event Program

Monday – September 11, 2017

Slackline Accident and Incident Reporting (SAIR)

DESCRIPTION: Slackline Accident and Incident Reporting – Creating safer slacklining by learning from our mistakes
SPEAKER: Sonya Iverson, International Slackline Association President, Slackline U.S. President
SLIDESSlackline Accident and Incident Reports – Moleson 2017 (.pdf)
LIVE VIDEOFacebook Live Video – ISA Introduction and SAIR talk

RESOURCES:

What Does Slacklining Need

DESCRIPTION: What are the pressing issues of our time? A small brain-storming, idea-gathering and task-forcing to make the slacklife safer! Getting everyone on the same page.
SPEAKER: Bradley Duling, Philipp Gesing, Thomas Buckingham, ISA Administration
SLIDESWhat Does Slacklining Need – Moleson 2017(.pdf)
LIVE VIDEOFacebook Live Video – What Slacklining Needs

This was a workshop session where the 50 participants split up into groups to discuss specific safety issues and solutions. We will regroup at the end of the day to discuss these.

Highline Safety at Urban Highline Festival

DESCRIPTION: UHF grew from 10 people and 2 lines in 2009 to 315 people and 14 lines in 2017. Every year we had to adjust our approach to safety in rigging and managing the festival. How do we apply these lessons to the future?
SPEAKER: Piotr Blaszczak, Organizer Urban Highline Festival, Poland
SLIDESHighline Safety at Urban Highline Festival – Piotr Blaszczak – Moleson 2017 (.html)
LIVE VIDEOFacebook Live Video – Highline Safety at Urban Highline Festival (Part 1)
LIVE VIDEOFacebook Live Video – Highline Safety at Urban Highline Festival (Part 2)

Alternative Facts: A different point of view on safety in highline

DESCRIPTION: 1-kg-leash rings with a breaking strength of 20 tons will knock you out; A tight low-stretch backup on a 10m highline prevents you from touching the ground in a mainline failure, but will hit you hard on every leashfall – a freestylers point of view on several issues
SPEAKER: Samuel Volerz, Slacktivity, World Record Highliner
SLIDESAlternative Facts – Samuel Volery – Moleson 2017 (.pdf)
LIVE VIDEOFacebook Live Video – Alternative Facts

Rescue on Highlines

DESCRIPTION: Exactly what it sounds like. We will define and practice some of the various methods of evacuating an incapacitated person from a highline. Secondly, we would like to come up with an instructional document or video on safe rescue practices.
SPEAKER: Charles ‘Chill’ Chater, Philipp Gesing, Jediah Doohan
SLIDES: No Slides, Demonstrations being recorded
LIVE VIDEOFacebook Live Video – Rescue on Highlines

Fear and Stress at Thaurac

DESCRIPTION: Report of an unexpected windstorm. Emergency evacuation of the highline, and the impossibility of derigging.
SPEAKER: Manuel Brossard
SLIDESFear and Stress at Thaurac Manuel Brossard – Moleson 2017 (.pdf)
LIVE VIDEOFacebook Live Video – Fear and Stress at Thaurac

Weather and Long Highlines

DESCRIPTION: Electrical storms have damaged three of Sam’s long highlines in the past two years. Here he clarifies some details about each of these events. He’s also brought a sample of damaged pieces of webbing from the 1210m highline record line in Turkey earlier this year that was brought down by a storm shortly after his send.
SPEAKER: Samuel Volery, Slacktivity, World Record Highliner
SLIDES: No slides. Samples of webbing to inspect.
LIVE VIDEO: Facebook Live Video – Weather and Long Highlines

What Does Highlining Need (Part 2)

DESCRIPTION: What are the pressing issues of our time? A small brain-storming, idea-gathering and task-forcing to make the slacklife safer! Getting everyone on the same page.
SPEAKER: Participants sharing workshop conclusions
SLIDES: None
LIVE VIDEOFacebook Live Video – What Slacklining Needs (Part 2)

This was a workshop session where the 50 participants split up into groups to discuss specific safety issues and solutions. Part 2 is where they share their conclusions.

Tuesday – September 12, 2017

Aluminum vs Steel in Slacklining

DESCRIPTION: A presentation on material science and engineering to demystify fatigue behaviour, endurance limits and much more!
SPEAKER: Stephan Chalkowski, Raed Slacklines
SLIDESAluminum vs Steel in Slacklining – Moleson 2017
LIVE VIDEOFacebook Live Video – Aluminum vs Steel

Carabiners in Slacklining

DESCRIPTION: The so-called “big NO NO” of slacklining. There are a various problems with using carabiners in slackline applications, but not all is lost! We will illustrate the mechanics that govern carabiners and discuss some new research!
SPEAKER: Thomas Buckingham, International Slackline Association Vice President, Swiss Slackline President
SLIDESExisting climbing carabiner standards do not really help – Moleson 2017 (.pdf)
Existing climbing carabiner standards do not really help – Moleson 2017 (.pdf)
LIVE VIDEOFacebook Live Video – Carabiners in Slacklining

Slackline Ethics and Leadership for a Growing Sport

DESCRIPTION: Present managerial concepts linking manufacturers and safety issues in terms of management. Ethics for a manufacturer is often linked to the research of leadership in a community/market through its communication. The goals is to raise a debate on communication tools and manners.
SPEAKER: Antonin Levy, ISA Safety Commission
SLIDESSlackline Gear Manufacturing – Ethics and Leadership for a Growing Sport – Moleson 2017 (.pdf)
LIVE VIDEOFacebook Live Video – Slackline Gear Manufacturing – Ethics and Leadership for a Growing Sport

A-Frames

DESCRIPTION: A-frames have a broad application in slacklining and can offer many advantages, both on the highline and in the back yard. From edge protection to natural anchoring to rescuing, A-frames can open up a range of possibilities for increased safety and opportunities in slacklining.
SPEAKER: Bradley Duling, International Slackline Association Vice Chairman Advisory Board, Move Copenhagen Board Member
SLIDESA-Frames in Slacklining – Moleson 2017 (.pdf)
LIVE VIDEOFacebook Live Video – A-Frames in Slacklining

Tie Offs

DESCRIPTION: TIE OFF and SLACK ON! We will try out some of the more common tie off methods and discern their pros and cons.
SPEAKER: Oliver Roß, International Slackline Association Safety Commission
SLIDESTie Offs – Moleson 2017 (.pdf)
LIVE VIDEOFacebook Live Video – Tie Offs

Airspace and Highlines

DESCRIPTION: Airtraffic is arround for some years now, and already has international organisations and regualtions to ensure saftey for all participants in the airspace. Due to the rise of Highlining as a sport more and more potential for conflicts and risks arise.
SPEAKER: Helmuth Ronacher, International Slackline Association Advisory Board Member
SLIDESAirspace and Highlines – Moleson 2017 (.pdf)
LIVE VIDEOFacebook Live Video – Airspace and Highlines

Slackline Education Program

DESCRIPTION: What does it mean to be a certified slackline rigger? What responsibilities does this title maintain? How can certifications be effectively implemented to increase safety at festivals and in the park?
SPEAKER: Philipp Gesing, International Slackline Association Advisory Board Chariman
SLIDESSlackline Education Program – Moleson 2017 (.pdf)
LIVE VIDEO: Facebook Live Video – Slackline Education Program (will be posted when talk begins)

ISA Translation Group

DESCRIPTION: Unscheduled short talk about the ISA Translation Group and how anyone can help us spread information through translations.
SPEAKER: Marc Thompson, International Slackline Association Executive Board
SLIDES: No slides
LIVE VIDEO: Facebook Live Video – ISA Translation Group (first ~5 minutes)

Testing Aged Slackline Equipment

DESCRIPTION: Unscheduled short talk about the break strengths of webbing from long term slackline installations.
SPEAKER: Emil Hübner, Landcruising Slacklines
SLIDES: Break Testing Aged Equipment – ISA Safety Event 2017
RESOURCES: Emil Hübner – Break Testing Aged Equipment – ISA Safety Event 2017 (.mp4, 76 MB)
LIVE VIDEO: Facebook Live Video – Testing Aged Slackline Equipment (after ~5:00)

Purpose and Future of the ISA Safety Commission

DESCRIPTION: What is the role of the ISA Safety Commission? How can it most effectively live up to its purpose of “examining all aspects relating to safety within the sport of slacklining.”
SPEAKER: Panel of ISA representatives
SLIDES: No slides
LIVE VIDEO: Facebook Live Video – Purpose and Future of the ISA Safety Commission