For some people, sports topics include the most basic, football, soccer ball, and baseball type sports. However, for many others, the world of extreme sports is much more enjoyable. It is the excitement, but it does go much deeper than that. An extreme sport is the one that requires not only the person to have physical abilities that most people do not, but they must also face physical dangers that could in an instant, be life altering. These sports are gaining more popularity by the minute and each year there is a steady decrease in those people who play traditional sports while there is a consistent increase in those who do extreme sports. This leads to the question of, “What is the appeal and what is the world’s most favorite types of extreme sports activities?”
Some of the most popular, but not overly dangerous extreme sports include, snowboarding, mountain biking, skateboarding. These are sports that many young teens are drawn to because they can feel a sense of accomplishment. There are many who also enjoy BMX racing. In all of these sports, there are very few injuries as long as the person doing it, takes the time to put on their safety gear.
Other, more dangerous, extreme sports include activities like highlining where a person attempts to walk a tightrope that is about 1in wide. They do not have safety gear or nets, but they are attached to the rope so that if they fall, there is something that may catch them. Another sport that does not require safety gear is free soloing where a person attempts to rock climb without any of the traditional rock climbing gear. There are no ropes or spikes or anything else to use with this sport.
With the newfound popularity of kayaking through white waters, there has also been a sport called, “creeking” which is gaining fans. With it, people intentionally go off a waterfall in their kayak. However, they do usually wear safety gear when they take the plunge. BASE jumping and wingsuit flying are also risky moves. To take a jump wearing a wingsuit, you must first be very skilled with skydiving. BASE jumping is a banned sport that still has fans. It is perhaps the most dangerous of all extreme sports because it is blamed for more than 2,000 deaths per year.