29 The Most Popular Extreme Sports
Extreme sports are all about the thrill. For some people, it’s for pure fun, and for others its about . To whatever degree, extreme sports all carry a certain wow factor, giving them a unique sense of appeal. Here is our complete list of extreme sports, listed from the “intense” to outright “INSANE”!
Some might not consider to be an extreme sport. But think about it, you’re 100+ feet underwater and the only thing keeping you alive is that tank of oxygen strapped to your back. Not to mention all of the creatures lurking below… pretty intense.
Sure, it’s not the most extreme sport you can think of. But, some people get very technical with their ; flips, kicks, tricks, and all kinds of acrobatics.
Also known as dirt boarding and off road boarding, take on all types of terrain, and are sometimes used to do tricks or even downhill races. Kind of a cross between skateboarding and snowboarding.
Wakeboarding and water skiing are very popular , typically done at the recreational level. But, some take these sports to a whole new level, throwing fancy maneuvers and jumping the boat’s wake to do tricks in the air.
Many probably think is just a relaxing tourist activity at the beach. But, when you’re being pulled by a piece of rope hundreds of feet above the water, the adrenaline rush definitely kicks in.7
Just like , but without the skis. Barefooters must travel at speeds up to 35-40mph to stay above the water. As if that isn’t enough, barefooting competitions include tricks, slaloms, and even jumps.
The bigger the wave, the better the ride. Some surfers will ride waves up to 50 feet in height! Staying on the is critical, because a bad wipe-out can be ugly.
Using an inflatable raft or to navigate choppy “white water” that has an unstable, turbulent current. Rafters risk hitting sharp rocks, unexpected steep waterfalls, and being thrown from the raft. Hang on tight!
Descending down a cliff side on a rope. Sounds easy right? People must trust their safety and lives to the and their skills. One mishap can make for a very bad situation.
Imagine a giant paper (actually fabric) airplane. Suspend yourself from the frame and run off a cliff or steep hillside, that’s . What could go wrong?
Same concept as hang gliding, but uses a certain type of parachute, and in some cases a propeller. Paragliders can reach great heights and soar for several miles at time. Due to gusts and shifting wind patterns, paragliding is rather risky.
There’s the traditional BMX racing and then there’s BMX freestyle, where riders attempt to gain massive air and pull off next to impossible tricks. Landing a big trick on a brings a big rush, but crashing brings a big OUCH!
A lovely combination of speed skating and hockey, where four people wearing pads and race down a track made of ice. Steep hills, tight turns, jumps and rollers make for a very exciting scene. Oh, and there’s really only one rule, first one to the bottom wins.
Riding a custom-made board down a road at speeds up to 60 mph, using only your shifted weight to steer and relying solely on your feet to stop. brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “road kill”.
Downhill skateboarders use hybrid with longer decks, softer wheels, and wider trucks, enabling them to reach ridiculously high speeds. When there is a crash, the carnage isn’t pretty.
The name suggests it all. Get down the hill as fast you can on a . Take special notice to protruding trees, roots and rocks along the way.
There seems to be a correlation between speed and adrenaline rush. Take a pair of waxed up skis or and rip down a steep, snow covered mountain side at speeds that approach 100 mph. Piece of cake; “It’s all downhill from here”.
As if hitting raging rapids isn’t enough, some kayakers choose to push the limits of what a (and human) can endure. Press your luck and dive head first off a waterfall. Good Luck!
Scaling up massive ice formations either on frozen waterfalls or snow covered mountains. open’s itself up to all kinds of risks, broken chunks of ice, avalanches, even falling to a cold death.
High lining is a form of (basically tightrope walking on a strap) at elevated heights. Enthusiasts set up at the tops of trees, between buildings, even across ravines and canyons. In the event of a slip up, the only thing keeping you from plummeting is a simple harness and rope attached to the line.
We’re not talking about jumping from that big rock at your local swimming spot. We’re talking about big ass cliffs that are 10, 15, 20 meters tall. At those heights hitting the water feels like breaking through concrete; not much room for error here. By the way, the divers don’t wear any protective clothing, just a basic .
What does this mean? It means you climb a rock formation without any other type of assistance or support besides your . If you slip/fall, the only thing keeping you from tumbling down to the bottom is your safety rope and the clips anchored into the rock; better hope they’re secured!
Probably one of the oldest of all extreme sports, originated over 200 years ago. The sport has since evolved into jumping from aircraft and doing a variety of midair tricks before deploying the parachute. Although it is a widely practiced sport, it still carries a considerable amount of risk and produces an adrenaline rush that is described as addictive.
Here’s a different type of trust fall. Take a long , attach one end to your your harness and the other end to the edge of a cliff or bridge, then JUMP! You’ll enjoy a stomach turning free fall, followed by a giant pendulum ride that swings you back and forth for several minutes.
Jumping from a high structure and entrusting a around your ankles to break your fall is quite counter intuitive. But, if you can talk yourself into taking the plunge, you’ll have a near out of body experience to brag about.
Jumping from a Building, Antenna, Span, or Earth (BASE) and free falling at over 100 mph is a thrill that is difficult to match. Unpredictable wind gusts, proximity to other buildings, and short period of time to deploy the parachute are some reasons why is a favorite to many adrenaline junkies. Not to mention it’s illegal.
Mess with the bull and you get the horns, for real! For most people is a “fun”, nerve racking experience that will leave a bank of memories for endless conversation. For an unfortunate few, it means a trip to the hospital, or perhaps worse.
If you have a friend that has an obsession with flying and an addiction for adrenaline, buy them a ! These futuristic suits allow BASE jumpers and parachuters to more effectively steer their direction of travel and achieve maximum hang time in the air. Some people even use their wingsuits to “fly” along cliffs and hillsides, giving them a greater sense of speed and flight.
Anyone that does this is absolutely insane. But, a very select group of people practice the sport of solo climbing without any safety rope or form of protection, just a good pair of and favorite chalk bag. In order to be a successful solo climber, you must have a “grip of death” and be able to “hold on for dear life”, literally.