10 Unbelievable Sports
A look at sports that have been taken to the extreme.
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Sports are wonderful things when they are played but the ones that partake in these sports are taking sports to the extreme. These sports leave “Macho” way behind.
Boarding on a Volcano
These people race down an active 2,380 foot volcano. They reach speeds of 50 miles an hour and the only protection they have is the board that is between them and the volcano ash. To try this sport you really have to be a sports fanatic. Would you believe that there are thousands of people head to the foothills of Nicaragua’s Cerro Negro Mountain every year to get the thrill of going down this volcano on a board? They do wear protective jump suits, knee-pads and helmets. This fad started in 2005 and the boards they use are customized for this sport. Believe it or not this mountain attracts up to 10,000 people a year.
What use to be roller skating in a safe arena is now known as Limbo Skating today and it is certainly not in the safety of an arena. In India the latest rage with roller skates is skating under vehicles. You have to be more than limber to do this as it requires flexibility, strength and the balance of a gymnast. Looking at this picture I can assure you that if I could even get in the position this guy is in, I would need an ambulance to get me on my feet again.
This sport is illegal but that doesn’t stop these guys from climbing aboard this moving train. This is a very big issue in South Africa. Many of the young people that have tried this sport has ended up with serious injuries or death. The sport started in 1980 in Germany. It died out for awhile but was rediscovered by a gang in Frankfurt, Germany.
Bungee jumping is not unusual today; in fact you can see it almost everywhere you look. The difference in this bungee jumping is that they are going down into a pool of water that holds live crocodiles. This changes bungee jumping to crocodile bungee. Makes you wonder how bored some people are with life!
Diving of a diving board is apparently not thrilling enough for some people they take to cliff diving. This sport originated in Hawaiian Island of Lana’I in 1770 when Kahekili, the king, ordered his men to leap off the high cliff and enter the water feet first. This was supposed to prove their courage and loyalty. Today people are not forced to jump, in fact they do it very willingly but you have to admit it certainly still takes courage to carry this out. There are limits of heights set for these jumpers which are 28 meters for men and 23 meters for women.
Free Poweriser Stilts
This sport is just recently on the scene. The things that you see attached to this guy’s foot are a cross between low stilts and pogo sticks. The object of this sport is to see what acrobatics can be done in the air and on the ground.
This surprisingly is not a well known sport but divers love playing this, especially in the winter when they can’t get to dive outside. This sport started in Great Britain during the 1950’s. All you need for equipment is a course stick protective gear and gloves and oh yes, we must not forget the snorkeling equipment. The game is played at the bottom of the pool which gets a bit tricky when you have to remember that you need air. The puck weighs over one kilogram. It is a tough and tiring sport. There are even national teams that take part in championship games.
This is a sport where you sit in a catapult, push a button and you are launched 26 feet into the air and hopefully you land in a swimming pool. The trajectory is water and air combined that sends you flying out of your seat.
This sport totally depends on your balance on a nylon rope that is stretched between two anchor points. The rope is looser than tight rope walking. This rope stretches and bounces like a rubber band. The only thing that is a hint of safety is that the rope is flat to keep the foot in place. There are people that really do tricks on this type of rope. I will not be one of them.
Basically what this sport is about is climbing into a ball and throwing yourself down a hill. The ball is designed with a ball inside a ball. You can choose to be strapped in or do a free fall. Sometimes water is added so the person that is going down the hill can slide on the way down. I don’t think I would need the water added I could probably add my own on the way down! This sport originated in New Zealand.
There you have it some new ways in sports that are as close to thrills as any sportman would want to get.