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3 Awesome Extreme Sports

21When you think of sports what do you think of? Maybe you think of football, soccer, basketball or baseball. Well, in the world of sports there is much more than just the classic sports you always hear about.

I have made a list of 3 extreme sports that will be sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Extreme sports, un-like other sports, are always exciting and are usually somewhat dangerous. The danger is the reason they are so exciting and why they are so extreme.

Let’s take a look at these sports and who knows, maybe you’ll find one your interested in and take on a whole new lifestyle.

1. The first sport on our list is motocross. I am sure you know what this is but incase you don’t, it’s when a lot of people race dirt bikes around a man-made track with jumps, whoops, berms and many more features. This is extremely fast paced and exciting to watch.

What is even more exciting is actually participating in the sport. It is a little expensive to start but it is an investment that keeps on giving. Just be sure that you get the proper protective gear because it is a dangerous sport. If you have a chance be sure to go watch a professional race as the professionals ride faster than you could believe.

2. Now let’s check out freestyle motocross. This is where riding dirt bikes truly gets insane. This is where people will do tricks on their dirt bikes.

Freestyle motocross is probably most known because of the freestyle competitions held at the X-Games every year. Riders will take their bikes off of 70 foot jumps doing backflips, grabs, different body movements and pretty much every trick you can possibly imagine. It truly is spectacular.

Keep in mind that performing tricks on a dirt bike is extremely difficult and you should always try tricks into a foam pit before taking them to the dirt.

3. The last sport on our list is cliff jumping. This is something everyone can do but is still exhilarating and very extreme.

Cliff jumping is where you find a cliff or ledge that towers above a body of water and jump from it into the water. This is something that everyone should try at least once.

If you ask around I am sure someone you know will tell you of a place that you can do this safely.

A few things to keep in mind are to not jump off of anything too tall (15-35 feet is ideal), always check to make sure the water is deep enough so you don’t hit the ground and make sure you jump out far enough to land in the deep water

The History and Evolution of Extreme Sports

19From barrier breaking auto-racing to the calm and peaceful game of golf, the world of games and sports has always been exciting. While the masses enjoy commonly watched sports such as tennis and soccer, there are many people who are involved in sports that do not have much fan following.

Yet, even those sports are enough to fascinate the athletes and audience alike. For instance, kayaking is not a very common sport yet you can find a lot of shops with Kayak accessories and kayak hardware.

There is one kind of sport that is although very popular but only few people are courageous enough to be a part of it as a professional athlete – the extreme sports. The true definition of extreme sports is hard to find, yet it can simply be categorized as a sports or activities that are associated with the adrenaline rush that is felt by the athletes and the audience as well.

Extreme sports are also referred to as action sports or adventure sports because they mostly fulfill the thirst for thrill and adventure. These sports can take participants to the edge of their physical and psychological extreme. Also, these sports involve a very high risk of fatal injury. However, every sport that involves a high risk of injury might not be extreme.

The term extreme sports is said to be coined by the highly publicized TV event, The X games. However, the origin of such games links back to simple games and sports. The extreme enthusiasts usually add new and risky techniques and maneuvers in existing sports to make it more thrilling for them and exciting for the audience.

Skateboarding, which is a common and popular activity around the neighborhoods of America, was taken to extremes by performing extraordinary maneuvers at unimaginable heights and dangerous terrains. Similarly, extreme enthusiasts took the typical bike and BMX ride and turned the activity into extreme sports such as dirt biking and extreme BMX.

The scope of going extreme in a sport is not limited to being land but also in the sky and water. Sky diving, paragliding and bungee jumping are some of the most favorite sports of this kind. Plus, hiking is also taken to the next level by climbing the most impossible places such as glaciers and high mountains.

Water gliding, surfing and paragliding are only few of the sports that take the participants to the extremes of their physical and mental endurance. Other water extreme sports include canoeing and rafting against speedy raging rivers.

As apparent in most sports of this kind, these sports do not need any special ground or conditions. Rather, they are played in a natural environment with virtually no or very less safety gear and equipment. Today, there is a new breed of extreme sports that relies totally on human physical capabilities and the ability to transform the body into an extreme machine. A popular example of these activities is free running in which participants jump and run with nearly super-human skills.

Extreme Sports Aren’t Any Fun Without Proof and Bragging Rights

18Are there more people participating in extreme sports, or are there just more video cameras out there at a low enough price that anyone can afford?

The reason I dare to ask this question is as I go online I am amazed at all the crazy activities that human beings get themselves into, and all the trouble and injuries that occur when they fall on their butts.

Now then to answer this question I’d like to propose a hypothesis, it goes something like this;

1.) Yes, humans are doing more extreme activities when it comes to sports
2.) One thing that motivates them is the fact that they can get it all on video, so they do

It is for these two reasons that we are seeing more YouTube videos of people doing extreme things, as well as watching the “agony of defeat” when they make a mistake, get in over their head, or crash and burn. There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal had an interesting article published on June 20, 2013 titled; “Extreme Sports Get a Camera – Surfer, Seeking a Way to Film His Outrageous Stunts, Realizes He Has to Invent It,” by Lizette Chapman.

The article didn’t surprise me much because I did do some research on this in 2004 with regards to the future virtual reality in your holographic living room and how the computer gaming industry would grab hold of all of these videos and allow individuals to experience a simulation of some of these most fantastic extreme sporting maneuvers and activities. Soon you will be able to download someone’s B.A.S.E. jump and have a near experience in your own living room, perhaps enough to get your heart really pumping and a perfect venue for adrenaline junkies.

Imagine being inside of your holographic living room where everything appears real, and stepping forward one step and feeling a rush of speed as the visual effects make you feel as if you are falling, and then you reach back behind and pull on a lever which allows the shoot to open, and if you don’t, the ground comes up really fast, and there’s a big crashing sound of broken bones and a thud from the base speakers in your living room.

This perhaps will be the future of extreme sports simulation, and it will give money for those extreme daredevils who do the stunts. They can sell their experiences to computer gamers and couch potatoes. Please consider all this and think on it.

Reasons for Extreme Sports

17Extreme sports are frequently linked with a variety of youth subcultures.
Extreme sports are no more considered “extreme”. Now-a-days, they seem to be more or less similar to the conventional activities that are played at a high level.

A few sweeping statements can be given about extreme sports.
They are approximately always an individual not a team activity.
They often spotlight on performing tricks or stunts.

Some people who enjoy extreme sports disclaim the conventional “adrenaline junkie” label.

There are many reasons for the popularity of extreme sports among people. The practitioners would assert that they enjoy developing their physical or mental abilities.

They seek excellence in unwelcoming situations, and look to get away from the regular rigors of day-to-day existence.

They just love the rough country atmosphere in which lots of these sports take place.

Bob Drury, a paraglide pilot tells, “We do these things not to escape life, but to prevent life escaping us.”

However, accidents in these sports could be deadly. Contestants cannot think anything except extreme sports.

To the most zealous purists, the sport tag does not fit as they are not competing to win anything.

Worse, the extreme tag has regularly been blamed for typecasting participants as stupid, irresponsible, and even suicidal.

Eric Brymer, PhD (2005), discovered that the potential of extraordinary experiences was a significant part of the extreme sport experience.

Some of these sports have survived for decades. Some of the generations are continuing to become well known personalities.

Rock climbing and ice climbing have given fame to people like Edmund Hillary, Chris Bonington, and Wolfgang Gullich. Lately, we had a new name in this field. It is none other than Joe Simpson. Another similar instance is surfing.

Thus, extreme sports are played for no specific reasons as such. It is the personal interest of a person that drives him into these sports! In short, extreme sports are played because they involve adventure, risk, and an unmatched thrilling experience.

5 Best Extreme Sports in Peru

16Many foreign visitors to Peru are happy with a relaxing few days travelling around ancient Inca archaeological sites, kicking-back in luxury hotels, and riding exclusive trains to Machu Picchu. But if your dream getaway is a taking things to the max in search of extreme thrills and fun, then you won’t be disappointed either! Peru can offer it all! Here are the 5 best extreme sports in Peru.

Extreme Mountain Biking

Peru was made for mountain biking, after all the Andes – the world’s longest mountain chain runs right down the centre of the country, peaking at 22,132 feet (6,746 m) in the Cordillera Blanca in central Peru. Possibly one of the most extreme sports in Peru with locals and foreigners alike, there are literally thousands of places to find fast fun down-hill thrills. In Cusco there is a handful of specialist travel agents that offer a range of different day (and multi-day) trips, with full suspension Kona bikes. Our favourite extreme ride is the 1 day Mega-Avalanche single track ride, that starts at the top of Abra Malaga in the Sacred Valley (close to Cusco) and descends 1600 meters to the village of Ollantaytambo. Oh, and you can do it three times!

Surfing

You wouldn’t think so, but yes, Peru is actually one of the world’s best surfing spots. Along the northern coastline, Peru offers waves for everyone from beginners to pros. Peru has produced many world surfing champions, and it’s easy to see why when you understand just how good the waves are. Chicama has the world’s longest left-handed wave in the world at 4km’s long, and Mancora (close by) has the world’s largest left-handed point-break in the world. Extreme sports in Peru don’t get much better than this!

Sand-boarding

During the 1960s, the small oasis town of Huacachina was once a holiday hot-spot for rich limenians. Nowadays, this rather less glamorous place is the home of one of the most fun and extreme sports in Peru – Sand-boarding. Located 7 km’s from the main city of Ica, Huacachina is surrounded by vast sand dunes which stretch as far as the eye can see. There are only a handful of hostels in the town, but all of them will rent you sand-board for a few soles per day. Cover yourself from head-to-toe in sun-block and start climbing! It’s fun, cheap, thrilling and often painful!

White Water Rafting

With so many mountains, there are bound to be quite a lot of fast flowing and rocky rivers to enjoy. Rafting is probably one of the most common extreme sports in Peru, and in the region of Cusco, there are many expert travel agencies that will take you out on the river. The Urubamba River (in the Sacred Valley) offers a thrilling full day experience which is suitable for beginners through to intermediary rafters. But hard-core rafters looking for the ultimate thrill need to go a little further afield. Cotahuasi Canyon is the deepest canyon in the world, and is also home to one of the world’s toughest rafting challenges. The route includes 6 days of full-on, technical class 4 – 5 rapids, uncharted pre-Inca ruins and spectacular campsites. Extreme sports in Peru don’t get much better than this! But be warned the Cotahuasi raft is for only the toughest travellers!

Zip Lines in the Jungle

15 Km’s from Machu Picchu, close to the village of Santa Teresa is Peru’s first canopy top zip line (also known as flying fox). A series cables with a total length of 2500 meters are broken up into six sections, with the longest section being 400 meters in length. At the fastest point on the wire it is possible to reach speeds of 60 Km/h (37 mph), which is enough to give the sensation of flight! Make sure that you are not scared of heights either, as part of the line hang 150 meters above the jungle floor. Extreme sports in Peru don’t get much more fun than this!

Of-course there are a whole bunch of other great things to see and do in Peru, but if you think that there are better extreme sports in Peru than the ones listed, we would love to hear your thoughts!

This article was written by a Machu Picchu travel expert at Totally Latin America who specializes in helping people like you create Peru Vacations. Totally Latin America know what it takes to create a great vacation to Peru, and our quality personalized service coupled with high standard is what sets us apart from the rest.