Raul moved to West Virginia in August 2013 and as everyone and each of us with a passion to any sport we have, he started to search for people who'd been practicing slackline in West Virginia. As he soon discovered, there wasn't any data base of slackliners or a place to gather them in WV so he intended to help the slackline community to grow there. The first thing he did was set up a slackline facebook fan page and things got moving.....
Words by Raul Alarcon: Few days before I set up the fan page, one slackliner from West Virginia had contacted me through my own fb page and asked me if I wanted to meet up and slack so I told him to come up to the "slacklinefarm" I knew about, which is located in Grafton. The guys I met that day turned out to be Paul Vallette & Rob Riffe, both slacking since 2002. Immediately, we began practicing, spreading the word around, and doing slackline session everywhere so more people could get into it.
Wvu Rec Center, Morgantown - this is our most common spot for everyone in the city, near college with multiple beautiful spots. In the picture: Rachelle-Robinette
Slacklinefarm, Grafton - this is the place where I live in Grafton. It's a place I've build to become a conecting point for slackliners all over the world where we have all kinds of spots for Highline, Longline, Trickline, Basiclines, Waterlines, Rodeolines, trampolines and crashpads. In the picture: Peter Cutler
I, on the other hand, started working doing some Demo's at Middleschools and Highschools around WV (5 so far, the videos are on my YouTube account) and it took like a year for people to really start knowing what slackline was, really, because WV is a state of other sports so seeing somebody walking and doing tricks on a line was something relatively new.
Bruceton Mills - spot at a private location
WoodBurn Circle, WVU, Morgantown - this is the spot we get the most attention from all over the city of Morgantown, it is located right next to college campus with Longline and Trickline spots. In the pictue: Wesley Ornick
The year 2014 came and a few new riders really got into it; Max Jives, Peter Cuttler to name a few. Especialy Peter cought up really fast and he even started clubs on his college campus (WVU College Slackline Team) and set up some webpages (check also the International College Slackline Association, the offical regulatory organization of college slack line completion and exhibition). Nowadays, people are more used to see us around, and little by little, more and more people are joining us.
Deekers Creek - one of our Waterline spots. In the picture: Max Jives
Tygart Lake - this is our Trickline Waterline Spot; beautiful, calm, peaceful. It's a perfect place to go with everyone and have a blast! In the picture: Peter Cutler
VW Slakline welcomes everyone to the community and to develop this sport in many places as possible. If you are a slacker from West Virginia and haven't heard of VW Slackline yet, check them out!
Photos: © VW Slackline