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.

  1. 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.

  2. Roller Skating

    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.

  3. Train Surfing

    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.

  4. Bungee Jumping

    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!

  5. Cliff Diving

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. Underwater Hockey

    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.

  8. Air Kicking

    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.

  9. Slacklining

    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.

  10. Zorballing

    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.

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19 Comments
  1. Posted May 14, 2009 at 7:07 am

    I didn’t know that some of these sports existed. Thanks for the information and the superb photos.

  2. Posted May 14, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Cool stuff!

  3. Posted May 14, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Zorballing? Wow. You should look up the SCA, a historical re-enacting group for the middle ages. Their ’sport’ is extreme.

  4. Posted May 14, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Zorball down a volcano?

  5. Posted May 14, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Slacklining would truly terrify me! This is fascinating, the lengths people will go to to get that adrenalin thrill is quite unbelievable.
    Great article!

  6. Christine Ramsay
    Posted May 14, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    These people must need their heads examining. A brilliant article.

    Christine

  7. Posted May 14, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    cool sports,i’d like to try 3-10

  8. Posted May 14, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I have just added a few more ways on how to die. Interesting article but not a sport I would try.

  9. Posted May 14, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I am a scardy cat. I would never have tried any one of these.

  10. Posted May 14, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I agree with Judy – these are really stupid ways to die.

    In Winnipeg, kids do a thing called “bumper shining” in the winter when the streets are icy. They grab onto the back bumper of a bus or a car and slide along.

    Also, our national sport – hockey – could be classified as an extreme sport because of the fighting. An old joke around here is “Some kids were fighting on the ice when a hockey game broke out!”

  11. Posted May 15, 2009 at 3:20 am

    Sports nowadays are getting more adventurous and weird.

  12. Posted June 2, 2009 at 10:48 am

    i’m not into sports but i enjoyed reading this post..got nice pics too:)

  13. Posted June 6, 2009 at 6:25 am

    those are very dangerous… thanks for sharing!

  14. Posted June 7, 2009 at 11:24 am

    They seem amazing sports!

  15. Posted July 4, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Do not try this at home

  16. Posted August 16, 2009 at 7:45 am

    LOL – 10 shown and many more to show, I suppose – I’m looking forward to it …

  17. Posted August 30, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Poweriser is, by the way, a really good way to exercise…

  18. Posted December 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing

  19. Posted January 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Some of those sports are intriguing and sort of strange.

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