Top 5 Extreme Sports

Extreme sports is a popular term for any kind of physical activities which have a high level of danger or risk.  Extreme sports require a lot of focus and courage, because they often involve height, speed and stunts. They become very popular in the 1990s, thanks to X Games, which is a popular multi-sport event. Take a look and see which are the Top 5 most popular extreme sports in the world!

Extreme Sports for Extreme People!

Skateboarding

Skateboarding

Skateboarding is very popular and modern action sport, which is often used for recreation and transport.  Skateboarding involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard, and originated from 1940’s when some surfers in California wanted to entertain themselves when waves were flat. The jumps and tricks can result with serious injuries for skaters, therefore this sport is considered as extreme.

Climbing

Climbing

Climbing is another very popular extreme sport with many disciplines such as ice climbing, rock climbing, mountain climbing, buildering, bouldering and lead climbing. The most popular of these sports is rock climbing which involves climbing up, down or across natural rock formations or artificial rock walls. The goal is to reach the top of a formation without falling. This extreme sport is very demanding, dangerous and requires a lot of strength and endurance.The usage of specialized equipment is also essential.

Skydiving

Skydiving

Skydiving or parachuting is an extreme sport, which became popular in 1797 when  Andre-Jacques Garnerin made a few successful parachute jumps from a hot-air balloon. Skydiving involves exiting an aircraft and returning to earth with the aid of gravity while using a parachute to slow down the falling.

Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping

Bungee jumping is an extreme sport which involves jumping from a tall structure (usually a building, bridge or crane), while connected to a large elastic cord. So when the person jumps the cord stretches and the jumper flies up and down, which is very exciting. The bungee jumping became popular in 1986, when A J Hackett from New Zealand made his first jump from Auckland’s Greenhithe Bridge.

Surfing

Surfing

Surfing is probably the most popular extreme sport in the world. There are several types of surfing such as wind surfing, kite surfing, body boarding, long boarding, short boarding and large wave surfing. This sport includes riding forward face of a wave, and is a test of timing and agility. For some people surfing is not just a recreational sport but is a way of life. Surfing is most dominant in California and Hawaii because they offer the best conditions for this extremely popular sport.

 

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