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Slack Line Walk Quite the Balancing Act in a Santa Barbara Park

An activity that might make you think the circus was coming to town was set up in Santa Barbara’s Chase Palm Park Monday. It’s called “slack lining.”Around noon, Chris Lorimer was walking on the tightrope-style line, which is about an inch wide and made of nylon. He says the activity is getting popular at parks, beaches, and sometimes between mountain rocks. “Not many people do long lines yet. It’s sort of new, I guess. But there’s a small population that does longer lines,” said Lorimer. His slack line was 270-feet long and tied up to two palm trees.The walk was on a line about seven feet above the ground. It was also filmed by an amateur photographer.City parks officials were not happy with the set up and said a permit would normally be required.

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