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Extreme Sports by VeresJanan ,  Dec 28, 2012
Extreme Sports

Volcano Boarding

Volcano Boarding

Racing down an active 2,380 ft volcano at speeds of 50 mph with only a board for protection is considered by many thrill-seeking sports fanatics as the coolest sport around.Thousands of travelers head to the foothills of Nicaragua's Cerro Negro mountain every year to take part in the new sporting craze. Surfers, dressed in protective jump suits, knee-pads and helmets, can reach speeds of up to 80 km/h (50mph) on their specially-constructed plywood boards. Since its creation, in 2005, the volcano boarding has attracted more than 10,000 participants

Cliff Diving

Cliff Diving

Adding a new dimension to the sport of diving, cliff diving is defined as the acrobatic perfection of diving into water from a high cliff. Braving the rough rocks, divers take a plunge in the hard-hitting water beneath to experience a thrill to last for a lifetime.This dangerous sport originated from the Hawaiian Island of Lana´i in 1770. Kahekili, the king, demanded that his men leap off high cliffs and enter the water feet first without a splash, to prove their courage and loyalty. Today, after centuries, the activity has expanded into a sport that is marked by immense courage, focus, thrill and risk.

Human Catapult

AirKicking

In this strange extreme sport, a human catapult launches individuals over 26 feet in the air into a swimming pool or foam pit. AirKick works propeling participants through the air in a pre-calculated parabolic trajectory using a special combination of air pressure and
water recoil technology. The participant sits in a specially constructed seat at the back end of the catapult arm and 3,2,1…liftoff! The participant himself sets the device in motion by pushing a button. Approximately 60 Liters of water are then forced through a rocket nozzle under the seat. This pressurized water (8 to 10 bar of air pressure) propels the participant 8 meters (26 ft) though the air for a cool and refreshing splash down in a swimming pool.
Slacklining

Slacklining

A balance sport, Slacklining utilizes nylon webbing stretched tight between two anchor points. It is distinct from tightrope walking in that the line is not held rigidly taut — it is instead dynamic, stretching and bouncing like a large rubber band. The line's tension can be adjusted to suit the performer and different types of dynamic webbing can be used to achieve a variety of feats. The line itself is flat, due to the nature of webbing, therefore keeping the slacker's footing from rolling as would be the case with an ordinary rope. The dynamic nature of the line allows for imposing tricks and stunts.
Christian Schou holds the Guinness World Record title for the highest slackline after crossins a Norwegian fjord in Kjerag, Norway at 3,280 feet (1000 meters) — the equivalent of 3 Eiffel towers high

Ice Climbing

For most people, getting up close and personal with ice means drinking a frosty beverage. The worst that could happen is brain freeze. But adventure junkies will spend hours, days even, with their faces flat against the side of a glacier or frozen waterfall, using picks and ropes to scale its slick, textured and treacherous surface. The thrill of danger -- Will I fall into an icy crevasse? Will I get frostbite? Will an avalanche come out of nowhere? -- is what makes ice climbers so passionate about their sport.

Extreme Bungee Jumping

A visit to the Pentecost Island in the nation of Vanuatu in April should include time to see the N’gol land jumpers. Dozens of men climb to the top of a rickety, hand-made-from-sticks tower one at a time, with vines tied to their ankles. They then jump 80-feet, head first, and try to touch the ground without killing themselves. The closer they get -- a head and shoulder touch is best-- the better the yam harvest will be for the year. Boys as young as 7-years-old take this jump, too. A group of Brits from Oxford took the first bungee jump in the late 1970s and the activity started to blossom in the late 1980s when it achieved commercial appeal in New Zealand.

 

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