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Are you a risk taker, especially when it comes to sports? Most any sport will raise your adrenaline level, but certain extreme sports will really satisfy your inner adrenaline junkie. These sports require you to push your limits, go higher, go faster, and live more dangerously than most. Some you’ve probably heard of before, but some may be new. Either way, these adventure sports will definitely appeal to all the risk takers out there.
Who says you have to have a horse to play polo? All you need to play bike polo is a bike! Well, you’re probably going to need a little courage and practice, too… this isn’t a sport for the faint of heart. The concept of this game is pretty much the same as regular polo. Two teams ride bikes, and attempt to hit the ball into their opponent’s goal using a mallet.
This game can be played on a gravel field or a hardcourt. The catch? Your feet can’t ever touch the ground… if they do, you are tapped out of the game, and have to sit on the sidelines. This game probably isn’t the most “extreme” sport out there, but it can get pretty nasty! Make sure you’ve got good balance before you give it a try.
Gliding through the air with nothing but a cord and a harness to hold you up can provide quite a thrill. You don’t even need any equipment! Almost every state offers some sort of zip lining experience these days. You can soar over tree tops, or get thrown off a cliff… depending on what your spirit of adventure calls for. You might even see some cool wildlife along the way.
Who knew jousting was still a thing? Didn’t it fade away with the knights of the round table? It turns out that jousting does still go on today, and it’s not a sport for the fainthearted! It’s pretty much just like what you’re thinking… two competitors put on armor and charge at each other on horses while carrying long wooden lances! The name of the game? Knock your opponent off their horse with your lance, of course! And, the horses can go as fast as 30 miles per hour… ouch!
Jousting has become increasingly popular throughout the world from New Zealand to California. There’s even an event called the Harcourt Park World Invitational Jousting Tournament that draws enormous crowds of as many as 10,000 people.
Most folks would run away from an active volcano, or maybe snap a few pictures from a safe distance. But, some adrenaline junkies just have to get up close and personal. Believe it or not, volcano boarders actually ride down active volcanos on a thin wooden board, armed with nothing more than some goggles and overalls.
Experienced volcano boarders can race down 1,600-foot slopes like Nicaragua’s Cerro Negra at speeds up to 50 miles per hour! For the novice volcano boarder, sitting on their board and sliding down the steep sides of an active volcano can provide quite a rush. At the time of this writing, the top volcano boarding speed ever recorded was 54 miles per hour by a woman from Israel.
Never fear! Even if there’s no active volcano, or jousting arena, near you, you can still get your adrenaline fix by going skydiving! There’s no thrill like strapping on a parachute, and jumping out the door of an airplane at 16,000 feet. If you ever wanted to fly like a bird, this is the way to do it! Finding local skydiving dropzones is easy, so all you need is the nerve to step over the edge!
Is it really necessary to combine two extreme sports? Apparently so! There are limbo dancing tournaments all over the world, but limbo skating brings a whole new spin to this sport. You guessed it... it’s simply limbo dancing on skates.
The limbo skating world record holder is a man from India who can literally skate horizontally, holding his entire body just eight inches off the ground! He actually holds a Guinness World record for limbo skating a total of 126 feet and 11 inches while traveling under 20 cars. He has to practice for four hours a day to keep himself ready to limbo skate.
Kite Boarding, Snow Kiting, and Kite Surfing
Sometimes called flyboarding or land kiting, kite boarding involves holding onto a kite while riding on a board with four wheels. You’ll get some breathtaking airtime with this sport, and it allows for some seriously impressive maneuvers. If you’re into long jumps, big heights, and the feeling of being taken away by gusts of wind, this sport will undoubtedly satisfy the adrenaline junky in you.
For those who want to kick up their kite boarding experience, there’s also snow kiting. The concept is the same, but you ride on a snowboard or ski, and the kite helps you glide across the snow and gain speed, even on flat areas. Daredevil Snow Kiters can gain incredible speeds and airtime by heading downhill.
Another version of this sport, called Kite Surfing, takes place on the water. You’ll stand on a surfboard and hold onto the kite, so upper body strength is a must. Kite Surfers can pull off some gravity-defying stunts on the water, and gain some gravity-defying air time. But, the higher you jump, the harder you land!
You’ll want to skip this one if you’ve got claustrophobia issues. Cave diving involves diving into often unexplored dark abysses of the ocean with only a flashlight to see by. The underwater world unveiled by your light will make you feel like you’re on another planet. Just be careful not to get lost… it’s challenging to keep your sense of direction in this incredibly complex underwater world.
Whether you’re into defying gravity, dominating your opponent, or exploring unknown places, there’s something out there to satisfy any adrenaline junkie. The possibilities indeed are endless. The question is, do you have the nerve to get out there and go for it?