Many of us may be apprehensive to start up a new sport of any kind, knowing that you have a new set of skills to master and that you have to be in a state of at least reasonable physical fitness is often enough to make most shy away. However the adrenaline junkies out there feel the complete opposite, they prefer not only to take on a brand new hobby, but one that dangles the risk of intense injury or often death right at them. Regular members of society cant understand the logic behind these extreme sports that pose more danger than satisfaction to most, but the extremists don’t hear them because they are too busy jumping of buildings and surfing the big waves. If you are intrigued about stepping up your current weekend activity, check out the following hair-raising sports that people actually take part in.
Actually, an acronym for Building, Antenna, Span and Earth all of these things represent objects which jumpers can climb in order to inevitably jump off. This activity evolved out of sky diving, which is why it shares so many similarities, but this variation is actually a lot more dangerous and requires a much more seasoned person to successfully deploy their safety gear on time. With a lot less air control and with the ground rushing to meet your body with a lot less time in between BASE jumpers play a dangerous game with gravity, but it doesn’t stop them from continuing all year round.
As you can probably guess this unique sport is a mix of two existing ones. Here skiers equip a parasail (which is like a permanent parachute) and proceed to take on the slopes as normal. This time though they don’t stop when they come to an edge, instead they gladly leap off the side and let the parasail do its part. Some glide their way all the way to ground level whereas others string these two abilities together over and over until there are no cliffs or declines left.
You may be more familiar with the term tightrope rather than slackline, but the two are very similar, the main difference being that the line is (you guessed it) not as tight or taut. Creating a flexible bridge between two points has been a method of traversal in exploration for a long time and slacklining is a hobby that occurs safely in urban areas. Highlining however is slacklining over extremely high altitudes. Some purveyors of this madness even cross the gaps without safety equipment!
It seems a lot of extreme sports use falls as their trigger for danger, but what if you can’t fall, is it still possible to be as death defying? Freedivers nod a resounding yes as they expertly hold their breath without any safety equipment such as the SCUBA gear you would expect. These impressive divers use their own lung capacity and breathing control to swim like the mermaids of legend unencumbered by the bulky (but life sustaining) apparatus. Certain cultures have been known to have a predisposition for having superior breathing skills underwater, but even so the danger is very real because no matter how good you are eventually you need to come up for air.