Participating in extreme sports does pump up the adrenaline. It probably gives successful people the same thrill as they get when they make a huge bet in the stock market, or when they complete an acquisition. There is an element of danger to extreme sports, which really gets the heart rate beating faster and the blood pumping ever so furiously.
In fact, the challenges faced by the world’s greatest sportsmen such as Lionel Messi in football or Usain Bolt in athletics, are nothing compared to what those participating in extreme sports have to deal with. There is a constant danger, and a single critical mistake could end your life in extreme sports – which is quite possibly the reason why successful people do extreme sports in the first place.
So what are the 5 most popular extreme sports for successful people right now? Let’s take a look!
Everybody loves surfing. But while surfing is popular, it is not extreme enough. That’s why we have tow-in surfing. In tow-in surfing, the idea is to get to the waves and latch onto them in time, so that you can surf on the highest of the waves, some of which are as tall as skyscrapers. For this, you will have to use a new innovation called the Jet Ski. Tow-In Surfing is as extreme as it gets and some of the greatest surfers in the world such as Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama talk about the adrenaline rush that it gives them. However, it is a very dangerous sport, as there is always the danger of being thrown into a sharp reef, or going underwater for an extended period of time during a wipeout. That’s why Tow-In Surfing is such an extreme sport.
BASE Jumping is perhaps the most dangerous extreme sport of all. It is similar to skydiving, except that you jump off buildings, bridges or cliffs, instead off from a plane, and so have much less reaction time to open up your parachute. It is so dangerous that 1 out of every 2,317 jump ends in a death. But successful people being what they are, love this extreme sport. Remember, if the parachute fails to open in time – it is certain death!
Rock climbing is hard as it is. Now, imagine climbing rocks with safety ropes, harnesses or any equipment to aid you in case you happen to slip just once – that’s what Free Soloing is all about. The idea is to support your weight using nothing but your finger tips and toe tips while climbing rocks, maintaining concentration of the highest order – because one mistake and you are gone!
Cave diving is an extreme sport created by the famous adventurer Jacques Costeau. It involves diving into underwater caves. This is actually extremely dangerous because if your equipment fails at the wrong time, getting out of the cave and coming to the surface in time will be extremely difficult. Also, currents in underwater caves are very unpredictable. Visibility is an issue as well. That’s why Cave Diving is such an extreme sport. Do it at your own risk!
Kite skiing is a really hard thing to do, which a skier uses a traction kite and a harness to pull himself across the snow and into the air. This is best done in open fields or frozen lakes. There are some extreme sportsmen who do it while skiing downhill alongside a snow-covered peak. The dangers of Kite Skiing cannot be emphasized hard enough – a single error would lead to certain death or a debilitating injury.