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SlackFest ‘13
Last canada day we held our first event. We called it slackfest and it was a great success. Basically we took over a small park in Kelowna, BC and strung up as many hammocks as we could. We had a friend hook up a DJ setup in the back of his truck and it was an awesome party. We had 4 different slacklines setup including one 4 way slackline that was alot of fun!
We also set up a hammock and had almost everyone who attended write / draw something on it throughout the day. This was great because we had an item that everyone at the event had put something into. As the day went on it got more and more signatures. After watching the Canada day fireworks from our hammocks and enjoying a impromptu glow-toy show we gave the customized hammock away in a draw. It was a great way to celebrate Canada day and we really felt it brought together a good community of people. Hopefully we can do it all again sometime soon!
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SlackFest ‘13
Last canada day we held our first event. We called it slackfest and it was a great success. Basically we took over a small park in Kelowna, BC and strung up as many hammocks as we could. We had a friend hook up a DJ setup in the back of his truck and it was an awesome party. We had 4 different slacklines setup including one 4 way slackline that was alot of fun!
We also set up a hammock and had almost everyone who attended write / draw something on it throughout the day. This was great because we had an item that everyone at the event had put something into. As the day went on it got more and more signatures. After watching the Canada day fireworks from our hammocks and enjoying a impromptu glow-toy show we gave the customized hammock away in a draw. It was a great way to celebrate Canada day and we really felt it brought together a good community of people. Hopefully we can do it all again sometime soon!
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SlackFest ‘13
Last canada day we held our first event. We called it slackfest and it was a great success. Basically we took over a small park in Kelowna, BC and strung up as many hammocks as we could. We had a friend hook up a DJ setup in the back of his truck and it was an awesome party. We had 4 different slacklines setup including one 4 way slackline that was alot of fun!
We also set up a hammock and had almost everyone who attended write / draw something on it throughout the day. This was great because we had an item that everyone at the event had put something into. As the day went on it got more and more signatures. After watching the Canada day fireworks from our hammocks and enjoying a impromptu glow-toy show we gave the customized hammock away in a draw. It was a great way to celebrate Canada day and we really felt it brought together a good community of people. Hopefully we can do it all again sometime soon!
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SlackFest ‘13
Last canada day we held our first event. We called it slackfest and it was a great success. Basically we took over a small park in Kelowna, BC and strung up as many hammocks as we could. We had a friend hook up a DJ setup in the back of his truck and it was an awesome party. We had 4 different slacklines setup including one 4 way slackline that was alot of fun!
We also set up a hammock and had almost everyone who attended write / draw something on it throughout the day. This was great because we had an item that everyone at the event had put something into. As the day went on it got more and more signatures. After watching the Canada day fireworks from our hammocks and enjoying a impromptu glow-toy show we gave the customized hammock away in a draw. It was a great way to celebrate Canada day and we really felt it brought together a good community of people. Hopefully we can do it all again sometime soon!
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SlackFest ‘13

Last canada day we held our first event. We called it slackfest and it was a great success. Basically we took over a small park in Kelowna, BC and strung up as many hammocks as we could. We had a friend hook up a DJ setup in the back of his truck and it was an awesome party. We had 4 different slacklines setup including one 4 way slackline that was alot of fun!

We also set up a hammock and had almost everyone who attended write / draw something on it throughout the day. This was great because we had an item that everyone at the event had put something into. As the day went on it got more and more signatures. After watching the Canada day fireworks from our hammocks and enjoying a impromptu glow-toy show we gave the customized hammock away in a draw. It was a great way to celebrate Canada day and we really felt it brought together a good community of people. Hopefully we can do it all again sometime soon!

This was a spot we found while travelling through Viet Nam. In one of our last stops of Viet Nam, Hanoi I stumbled across this amazing spot while scouring the streets in search of a post office. My girlfriend, Olivia and I had been walking all day searching for a post office and shopping. When I eventually came across this spot I couldn’t leave without setting up a hammock in it. So after we found the post office and sent the letters that needed sending we walked across the street just as the sun was beginning to set. 
I quickly realized this wasn’t going to be as easy as setting up a hammock usually is. I had to climb out on this tree was surprisingly high and treacherous over some water that looked not so inviting (alot of bodies of water like this are actually quite polluted in Southeast-Asia). As I secured the first hammock anchor point, Olivia was sure I was going to be taking a swim at any moment, but I was careful and got the perfect sag. As I did so I noticed a small crowd of locals had developed waiting to see me go for a plunge in the murky waters below. 
Getting in the hammock was a unique challenge on its own, I had to lower myself quite precariously into the hammock and at one point with only one dangling foot holding the hammock open I had to drop a couple feet right in.
As risky as it might have been the photo really did turn out to be worth it. Its one of my favourite photos from that trip and eventually the silhouette (with a little refining) became our company logo. 
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This was a spot we found while travelling through Viet Nam. In one of our last stops of Viet Nam, Hanoi I stumbled across this amazing spot while scouring the streets in search of a post office. My girlfriend, Olivia and I had been walking all day searching for a post office and shopping. When I eventually came across this spot I couldn’t leave without setting up a hammock in it. So after we found the post office and sent the letters that needed sending we walked across the street just as the sun was beginning to set. 
I quickly realized this wasn’t going to be as easy as setting up a hammock usually is. I had to climb out on this tree was surprisingly high and treacherous over some water that looked not so inviting (alot of bodies of water like this are actually quite polluted in Southeast-Asia). As I secured the first hammock anchor point, Olivia was sure I was going to be taking a swim at any moment, but I was careful and got the perfect sag. As I did so I noticed a small crowd of locals had developed waiting to see me go for a plunge in the murky waters below. 
Getting in the hammock was a unique challenge on its own, I had to lower myself quite precariously into the hammock and at one point with only one dangling foot holding the hammock open I had to drop a couple feet right in.
As risky as it might have been the photo really did turn out to be worth it. Its one of my favourite photos from that trip and eventually the silhouette (with a little refining) became our company logo. 
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This was a spot we found while travelling through Viet Nam. In one of our last stops of Viet Nam, Hanoi I stumbled across this amazing spot while scouring the streets in search of a post office. My girlfriend, Olivia and I had been walking all day searching for a post office and shopping. When I eventually came across this spot I couldn’t leave without setting up a hammock in it. So after we found the post office and sent the letters that needed sending we walked across the street just as the sun was beginning to set. 
I quickly realized this wasn’t going to be as easy as setting up a hammock usually is. I had to climb out on this tree was surprisingly high and treacherous over some water that looked not so inviting (alot of bodies of water like this are actually quite polluted in Southeast-Asia). As I secured the first hammock anchor point, Olivia was sure I was going to be taking a swim at any moment, but I was careful and got the perfect sag. As I did so I noticed a small crowd of locals had developed waiting to see me go for a plunge in the murky waters below. 
Getting in the hammock was a unique challenge on its own, I had to lower myself quite precariously into the hammock and at one point with only one dangling foot holding the hammock open I had to drop a couple feet right in.
As risky as it might have been the photo really did turn out to be worth it. Its one of my favourite photos from that trip and eventually the silhouette (with a little refining) became our company logo. 
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This was a spot we found while travelling through Viet Nam. In one of our last stops of Viet Nam, Hanoi I stumbled across this amazing spot while scouring the streets in search of a post office. My girlfriend, Olivia and I had been walking all day searching for a post office and shopping. When I eventually came across this spot I couldn’t leave without setting up a hammock in it. So after we found the post office and sent the letters that needed sending we walked across the street just as the sun was beginning to set. 

I quickly realized this wasn’t going to be as easy as setting up a hammock usually is. I had to climb out on this tree was surprisingly high and treacherous over some water that looked not so inviting (alot of bodies of water like this are actually quite polluted in Southeast-Asia). As I secured the first hammock anchor point, Olivia was sure I was going to be taking a swim at any moment, but I was careful and got the perfect sag. As I did so I noticed a small crowd of locals had developed waiting to see me go for a plunge in the murky waters below. 

Getting in the hammock was a unique challenge on its own, I had to lower myself quite precariously into the hammock and at one point with only one dangling foot holding the hammock open I had to drop a couple feet right in.

As risky as it might have been the photo really did turn out to be worth it. Its one of my favourite photos from that trip and eventually the silhouette (with a little refining) became our company logo. 

The story of how The Suspended Life began

It all started when I first went travelling. On my first major trip in 2007 I spent 5 months travelling and surfing around Indonesia. It was an amazing experience which I would not change a thing about. One thing I quickly learned though was how much downtime there is on a surf trip, waiting for buses, lazing around in the evening or just sitting on the beach there’s always time to kill and a lot of times not the comfiest options available.

On a later trip close to the end I purchased my first woven hammock to go on my deck at home. I ended up setting it up in the courtyard of a hotels where I was spending more than a couple days. This was awesome, but setting it up was quite the hassle transporting the hammock took up way too much of my backpack. When I got home once I had set up the hammock in the spot I had imagined it never really came down because it was just too much trouble to set up and takedown.

The next trip I went on I found a guy on the streets of Indonesia who was sewing hammocks with a foot powered sewing machine. This was it, I was sure. This hammock fit in one hand and took up way less of my bag. Setting it up was still a bit of a hassle, but I had gotten better with the knots and finding spots. This trip was my first trip where I was able to set up my hammock all over the place.

When I returned home with this hammock I found that I would take this hammock everywhere. When I went rockclimbing I could set it up while other people were climbing (even belay from it on certain routes!), When I went to the beach it was my perfect spot to catch a nap, when I went camping this was my favourite way to spend a lazy afternoon, I was finding so many times I could use my new hammock. Another thing that allowed for such quick setup was I had swapped out the cheap metal hooks that came with the hammock for carabiners and the ropes had been replaced with a climbers’s daisy chain. This was a perfect setup although the daisy chain was a bit expensive to have 2 of and a little short for some of the places I tried to setup. Also the hammock itself was quite poorly made, and low quality; the single stitched seam had come loose in many places and the low quality nylon was wearing through in other areas. One thing i found was almost every time I setup my hammock I met someone new that wanted a hammock setup just like mine.

So the next time I went back to Indonesia this time with my girlfriend, I brought my trusty old, poorly made, falling apart hammock with me of course, but I met someone that had a friend that worked in a factory where he said they could make me a new hammock of a way higher quality. I went with him and met his friend and sure enough they assured me they could produce a hammock to my specs and as many as I needed. This was the first time the suspended life was born (although we didn’t know what to call it at the time).

With our hammocks I changed a few important key features and with the addition of our suspension ropes setting up your the suspended life hammock couldn’t be easier. We made sure to have triple stitching on every seam to maximize durability, we used the highest quality parachute nylon available and we added a new stuff sack design that was completely waterproof. Once I had this hammock (took 3 or 4 prototypes) and our suspension ropes, I was setting this hammock up at every chance, in airports, while waiting for a ferry, on that ferry. I could set it up and take it down in under a minute so there was no commitment. 

Once I had one and people saw my pictures and heard I was able to get more, the orders just started rolling in, before even arriving home with our first stock we had over 30 people who wanted hammocks as soon as we got home. From there its been an amazing experience of starting a business from nothing. And that brings us to where we are today, browse the gallery for pictures of all the amazing spots we’ve found to use our hammocks.

And remember: Please Hammock Responsibly.

The Ultimate Surf Trip Companion
While travelling in search of surf there are few necessities. Board shorts, surfboard, wax, first aid kit and one of my most important is of course my TSL hammock.
When I went on my first large surf trip to Indonesia I learned alot, I learned how to properly surf (being from inland Canada this was not in my skillset), how to speak enough Indonesian to get by and that there was alot of down time on any surf trip no matter how good the conditions are. Really you surf for maybe 4 hours total on a really long day and the rest of the time your resting up for the next session or recovering from the last one. A hammock was really what I missed on that trip. Not just downtime between sessions, but the waiting around time, waiting for buses, boats and drivers you’ve always got time to kill and there’s usually always a couple palm trees you could suspend between.
Now when I travel, my hammock is at the top of my checklist when I pack. Any time i’m stuck waiting for transportation, looking for a good place to read, or just waiting out a flatspell I can just look around and find somewhere to setup my TSL hammock in seconds. with a quick clip of the suspension ropes it also goes hands free as you can see in the photo above. Truly a low-maintenance / high reward travel buddy any surfer can appreciate. 
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The Ultimate Surf Trip Companion
While travelling in search of surf there are few necessities. Board shorts, surfboard, wax, first aid kit and one of my most important is of course my TSL hammock.
When I went on my first large surf trip to Indonesia I learned alot, I learned how to properly surf (being from inland Canada this was not in my skillset), how to speak enough Indonesian to get by and that there was alot of down time on any surf trip no matter how good the conditions are. Really you surf for maybe 4 hours total on a really long day and the rest of the time your resting up for the next session or recovering from the last one. A hammock was really what I missed on that trip. Not just downtime between sessions, but the waiting around time, waiting for buses, boats and drivers you’ve always got time to kill and there’s usually always a couple palm trees you could suspend between.
Now when I travel, my hammock is at the top of my checklist when I pack. Any time i’m stuck waiting for transportation, looking for a good place to read, or just waiting out a flatspell I can just look around and find somewhere to setup my TSL hammock in seconds. with a quick clip of the suspension ropes it also goes hands free as you can see in the photo above. Truly a low-maintenance / high reward travel buddy any surfer can appreciate. 
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The Ultimate Surf Trip Companion

While travelling in search of surf there are few necessities. Board shorts, surfboard, wax, first aid kit and one of my most important is of course my TSL hammock.

When I went on my first large surf trip to Indonesia I learned alot, I learned how to properly surf (being from inland Canada this was not in my skillset), how to speak enough Indonesian to get by and that there was alot of down time on any surf trip no matter how good the conditions are. Really you surf for maybe 4 hours total on a really long day and the rest of the time your resting up for the next session or recovering from the last one. A hammock was really what I missed on that trip. Not just downtime between sessions, but the waiting around time, waiting for buses, boats and drivers you’ve always got time to kill and there’s usually always a couple palm trees you could suspend between.

Now when I travel, my hammock is at the top of my checklist when I pack. Any time i’m stuck waiting for transportation, looking for a good place to read, or just waiting out a flatspell I can just look around and find somewhere to setup my TSL hammock in seconds. with a quick clip of the suspension ropes it also goes hands free as you can see in the photo above. Truly a low-maintenance / high reward travel buddy any surfer can appreciate. 

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