Imagine a tightrope walker inching slowly across a high-tension wire.
Now imagine if the tightrope was about four inches wide and bouncy as a trampoline, and the tightrope walker isn’t just walking — but bouncing on it. Every part of his body is used to propel himself into the air — his chest, his shins, even his back — as he turns another graceful somersault.
This is called slacklining, and you can have a shot at it at HarbourFront Centre (HFC).
From June 1 to July 8, HFC will be hosting Singapore’s first-ever indoor slacklining event in a mall.
Tight action ahead
Slacklining is one of the more prominent alternative sports in Singapore. Today, there is a community of over 1,000 active slackliners here, a far cry from the handful of practitioners who came on the scene back in 2010.
From June 7 to 17 (except June 11), the event will see two of the sport’s most decorated slackliners, Carlos Neto and Filip Oleksik, perform some of the most complex aerial routines that the sport has ever seen — from double knee drop-turns to 360-degree mid-air turns.
In 2013, Mr Neto, 29, was conferred the title of World Slackline Champion when he snagged the first-place trophy at the Slackline World Cup in Las Vegas. A year later, he took the crown in the Red Bull Air Lines competition in Argentina.
Mr Oleksik is almost 10 years younger than his counterpart, but his list of awards is almost as long. He has walked almost 100 highlines — slacklines suspended at high elevation — ever since he took up the sport in 2012.
Catch the duo’s gravity-defying performances at HFC’s Central Atrium at 1pm and 7pm on weekdays, with additional shows at 3pm and 5pm on weekends.
But if you are not content with just watching, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get in on the action as well.
With a minimum spend of $30 in two same-day receipts at any participating stores in HFC, you can compete in the Slackline Dash, a competition where the fastest five in each age group (four to six years old, seven to 10 years old, 11 to 15 years old, and 16 and above) stand a chance to win vouchers worth up to $2,800 in total.
Better yet, the first 30 Friends of HFC to sign up at the Customer Service counter on level 1 can join the Slackline Dash for free.
If that is still not enough slackline action for you, head down to HFC on June 15 to take part in the Global City Balance Challenge — an international event that sees cities worldwide competing to get the highest number of slackline participants at one time.
All you have to do is balance on the slackline for 10 seconds, and you will have done your part in putting Singapore one step closer to winning a special performance from the Gibbon professional slackline team next year.
Prizes and discounts galore
Shopaholics will be well rewarded for their purchases at HFC. From June 1 to July 8, spend $50 in two same-day receipts or less to stand a chance to win an OSIM massage chair, with Friends of HFC getting twice the chances.
The grand prize is OSIM’s uLove chair, worth $5,999, while the second and third prizes are the brand’s uDiva Star and uDivine Mini chairs respectively.
That’s not all. Several of HFC’s tenants are also offering promotions for the Great Singapore Sale.
There’s something for the whole family: new students at I Can Read can enjoy $30 off any course, while men can add a long-sleeved shirt to their wardrobe for just $50 at Goldlion, excluding wrinkle-free shirts.
Fast fashion giant Yishion is offering 50 per cent off select apparel, and an exclusive complimentary Teebox belt bag with the purchase of a Champions Cup Series tee and a minimum spend of $99.
But the ladies have it best: they get 50 per cent off their second and third purchases at Pierre Cardin.
First-time female customers at Beautti Slim who are Singaporeans or permanent residents aged 23 and above can enjoy a 60-minute LDM facial session with complimentary eyelash extensions for just $68.
So what are you waiting for? Roll up those sleeves and get your bounce on at HarbourFront Centre this Great Singapore Sale.