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Top 10 Extreme Hobbies in the World

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Extreme sports, such as parasailing, scuba diving, sky diving, bungee jumping, snowboarding, and skiing, have become increasingly popular in our times and not only to men but to women as well. Such stunts as skating on ramps and rails are potentially dangerous and have even resulted in serious injuries or worse. As was also mentioned, such persons often go to Olympian proportions to accomplish such dangerous stunts, practicing for hours on end.

Some are so enrapted by such sports that they have an insatiable ": high", if you will, for it. This euphoric feeling is spoken of as being "amped.” However, as mentioned previously, such extreme sports can be risky or life threatening. In many cases, many persons who engage in such risky sports such as skateboarding have arms and legs broken, and in some cases, some have even been killed as a result of very risky but foolish stunts.

Unlike conventional sports, which are usually governed by rules and are monitored by certified judges, extreme sports are often left to its own devices and there are no 'rules of the road', as it were. Little wonder why there are such fatalities in the above sports.

Here is a list of the top 10 extreme sports I came by:

1-Parasailing

I came across this extreme adventure sport in Turkey; it is located in two main sites Mt Asas in Kas and Babadag in Oludeniz. It is a very high adrenaline sport, also called Paragliding, it’s easy and fun packed, and they make it safe enough that anyone who has the courage to try it, can easily fly it. What makes Turkey a perfect place for this sport is the clear and calm weather condition. And the beautiful rocky and mountain terrain provide the great view that any Para sailor is looking for. There are two major parasailing sites in Turkey - Mt. Asas in Kas and Babadag in Oludeniz.

Parasailing

2- Dune Bashing

 Dune Bashing is a popular sport in Dubai, it’s riding a four wheeled vehicle over the tricky sand dunes of the Dubai desert, you have to manage your SUV around the dunes and avoid tumbles and tilting by skillfully maneuvering the environment around you.

Dune Bashing

3- Spelunking

Spelunking or caving is a sport of exploring underground caves. It is also widely known as Spelunking in America and Potholing in England, and it’s about exploring non commercial cave systems. Due to the advancement of the technology in gears and tools, caving became more fun and safe. Technology changed the face of caving a lot. And as mentioned it is available over the world, but France will always be the focal point and hot spot for cave exploration and with over twenty thousand caves available for exploration. 

Spelunking

4- Kite boarding

Kite boarding is a term used to encompass the following sports: wakeboarding, surfing, paragliding, and windsurfing. This sport is very popular in Cape Town, South Africa. It has over 30 beaches, and each one has its own conditions and level of difficulties. Western Cape of South Africa is a kite surfer's paradise.

Kite boarding

5-Glacier Climbing

If you like to reach new height, push your limits and test them to the max, then this is your drug. However, you need to be fit enough and be able to handle the skills needed to walk on the ice of the glaciers, which in most cases are very steep. Best spots for glacier climbing are located in Argentina's Nacional Los Glaciares. It's very famous and popular there, that they even name the place after glaciers (Glaciares).

Glacier Climbing

 

6- Surfing

A hot spot and paradise for Surfing is without a doubt, Australia. Its part of the national culture there, most if not all of its beaches have their own surfing teaching schools and tutors to guide people who are eager to learn surfing. In Australia and its awesome beaches you can have what surfers caorll, ‘’First Class Waves’’ in the Pacific Ocean on surf beaches located in the eastern part of the country. Perfect waves in the Indian Ocean in the west and the Southern Ocean in the south.

It’s advisable to pay a visit to various awesome surfing beaches there such as the iconic Bells Beach which is located near Torquay. Byron Bay, Sydney and the southern coastline also offers superb waves and surf beaches. As for Western Australia, Margaret River and Esperance are the home of the first class waves. Other places you should visit too are the beaches of Bruny Island, Devonport and Hobart. Wherever you decide to go in Australia you will find yourself in a calm but not so crowded beach where you can enjoy the clash and the fun of the ocean waves.

 

Surfing

 

7-Storm Chasing

A very dangerous, yet adrenaline filled extreme adventure, where you go one on one with wild mother nature with its powers in full display. As the name states, it’s a sport where people chase Storms around, and it is becoming a growing tourism attraction in the United States of America.

There are specialized guides who show people around and guide them in hunting down storms around the Midwest. Make sure to respect the wrath of nature, because nature can be so unpredictable, even to the most experienced weather-reader.

Storm Chasing

 

8-Bungee Jumping

My favorite extreme sport. You tie yourself up and you jump off the ledge of a very high building or a bridge, with nothing holding you than an elastic rope. It’s pure madness, but a very adrenaline-filled madness that gives you a tremendous rush. 

The history of bungee jumping dates back to November 1988, at the Kawarau Bridge in New Zealand. This is also where the first commercial use of bungee jumping was carried out by A J Hackett.

Bungee Jumping

 

9-Hang Gliding

My second favorite extreme sport, where you soar like an eagle over beautiful scenery in a hang-glider. The best spots for Hang Gliding are over the Grand Canyon in the United States of America. It’s a sport that bravely mixes the awesome thrill of defying the powers of gravity and amazing sight-seeing.

In America, you have several choices to choose from when it comes to Hang-Gliding. Arizona and Los Angeles are the hot spots for Hang Gliders. To describe Hang-Gliding in a simple way is you fly an unmotorized Hang Glider which is launched by foot. The Hang Glider is made of composite framed fabric wings or aluminum and looks like a huge kite with handle bars with which you can control it and harnesses where you can securely strap yourself into the Hang Glider.

Hang Gliding

 

10- Kayaking

You might think this is a slow and non exciting sport, but in the right spot, kayaking can also be very adventurous and exciting. One of those exciting spots is in Thailand. With islands everywhere and some of the best scenery in the world, Thailand is heaven for Kayaking. There can be no better way to explore the heaven-like emerald bay on the west of the Andaman coast of Thailand than by Kayaking.

It is the location of the beautiful limestone islands and sceneries in the movie "The Beach." Kayak your way through this tropical paradise environment, it is quite an experience.

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