10 Extreme Sports You Probably Never Heard Of
So what are extreme sports exactly?
The definition below is from Wikipedia, but the most extreme thing that I’ve done is probably snowboarding.
I’m not a huge fan of taking unnecessary risks at this point in my life. Skydiving is one sport that I have no interest in, but some of the others below like airboarding, I’d do because it’s not that crazy.
Dirt surfing and Bo-Taoshi I’d do as well because dirt surfing is like snow boarding on land, and Bo-Taoshi just because. Check these and more out below.
“An extreme sport also called freesport, action sport, and adventure sport, is a popular term for certain activities perceived as having a high level of inherent danger.
These activities often involve speed, height, a high level of physical exertion, and highly specialized gear or spectacular stunts.
The definition of an extreme sport is not exact — for example, although studies show that road cycling ranks as the sport with the highest number of injuries, it is not considered an extreme sport because it is not counter-cultural.
The term’s origin is also unclear, but it gained popularity in the 1990s when it was picked up by marketing companies to promote the X Games.”
Here are just 10 of many extreme sports out in the world today.
1. Stunt Pogo
I’m sure you’ve heard of Pogo sticks at this point in your life, and have probably seen some of these ultra pogo sticks that extreme sport junkies are now using.
Did you know it’s actually a sport though? Stunt Pogo or xpogo is just another extreme sport due to it’s high difficulty level, danger factor and aerial acrobatics.
Pogo comes from Pohlmann and Goppel who are the first manufacturers of the pogo stick.
These advanced pogos are needed to obtain such heights required for the difficult tricks.
Intro to the Pogo Dudes
2. Dirt Surfing
“Dirtsurfing is the term used to describe the sport of riding a Dirtsurfer brand inline board.
This new Australian boardsport is correctly known as inline boarding because Dirtsurfer is a trademark protected brand name.
A feature of the Dirtsurfer which is not found on other four-wheeled boards is that, much like a bicycle, the stability actually increases with speed, thanks to the gyroscopic action of the large wheels.”
DirtSurfing Downhill View
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The act of powerbocking is jumping and running with elastic-like spring-loaded stilts.
The use of the stilts to perform extreme jumping, running and acrobatics is known as ‘Bocking’ or ‘PowerBocking’ after the inventor.
Each boot consists of a foot-plate with snowboard type bindings, rubber foot pad which is also commonly called a hoof, and a fibreglass leaf spring.
Using only their weight, and few movements, the user is generally able to jump 3–5 ft (1–1.5 metres) off the ground and run up to 20 mph (32 km/h).
They also give the ability to take up to 9-foot (2.7 metres) strides.
Powerbocking in the Park
“Bo-Taoshi (or pole pull-down) is a capture-the-flag-like game, played on sports days at schools in Japan.
The game played by cadets at National Defense Academy of Japan is famous for its size, wherein two teams of 150 individuals each vie for control of a single large pole.
Each team is split into two groups of 75 attackers and 75 defenders. The defenders begin in a defensive orientation respective to their own pole, while the attackers assume position some measure away from the other teams pole once the match has commenced.
A team is victorious if it is able to lower the pole of the opposing team (which begins perpendicular to the ground) to a thirty-degree angle (respective to the ground), before the other team reaches this goal.”
Crazy Game of Bo-Taoshi
5. Salt Boarding
Salt Boarding in the Utah Salt Flats.
This looks really awesome, but knowing first hand how bad it hurts to wipe on a snowboard, how do you handle “Salt Rash” if you wipe out.
They are known to be going upwards of 50mph.
Salt Boarding in the Utah Salt Flats
6. Extreme Sitting
Extreme Sitting or hockering is best described as a cross between skateboarding and sitting down.
Created in Germany by Michael and Stephen Landschutz in 2007, dubbed the Sporthocker.
The Sporthock is a colorful plastic stool with rubber lining.
Hockers perform the hardest and greatest number of tricks before the sitting down to signify the end of the routine.
Sporthocker in Action
7. Wingsuit Base Jumping
Although base jumping and wingsuit base jumping have been around for awhile, and you’ve probably heard of them, some take it to an even more extreme level.
As you’ll see in the video below, it’s not enough to just soar through the air, but it’s also now, how close can you get to the rocks without killing yourself.
They also kick it up a notch by skiing off the mountain for more speed, then drop the skis.
Watch as this base jumper scrapes his hands across the mountain face after skiing off the mountain.
Wingsuit Base Jumping to the Extreme
8. Wife Carrying
This had me cracking up, and I never heard of it so I had to add it.
If you’ve heard or seen this then I apologize, but how can you not get a laugh out of this.
I’d like to see the world’s strongest man competition add this to some degree.
Wife Carrying Championship Finland 2009
9. Sepak Takraw
I’d like to see professional soccer players play this game and see how they fair.
The ball seems much smaller and reaction times have to be incredibly fast.
“Sepak Takraw differs from the similar sport of volleyball in its use of a rattan ball (ball made of a material similar to bamboo).
Players are only allowed to use their feet, knees, chest and head to touch the ball.
It is a popular sport in Southeast Asia.”
Sepak Takraw at the 2011 Arafura Games
Airboarding takes our backyard snow tubing to extreme levels.
Remember thinking how cool you were as you were flying down the hill, just until you hit that bump and went flying and screaming through the air.
Then you did what you could not to cry in front of everyone as your head bounced off the ground. Oh, maybe that was just me.
Well airboarders do this all the time, but on specially designed airboards.
What? There’s no crying in Airboarding.
Watch these crazy airboarders fly down the mountain and through the air.
Airboard Riders in France
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