Prepare to get your fix of adrenaline. This is an extreme sports list that covers the basic elements that shaped our planet. You’ll find Air, Earth, Water and Ice represented here, in this list of extreme sports (also called ‘Action Sports’) that covers your bases from Winter to Summer and those months in between.
This extreme sports list packs action sports just dripping with ‘Wow’ Factor and can give you ideas for your poly extreme athlete training – assuming you’re game for them, and acknowledge the risks and rewards with this crazy awesome ways to get epic!
We can’t have an extreme sports list without board shorts and footies. Water sports are done on water (No way!). You’ve got the obvious contenders, like surfing and white water rafting, but don’t forget some of the lesser known water sports – flowboarding, anyone? – along with those other crazy board/GoPro water combos that stem from many a drunk afternoon conversation by the barbecue…
Extreme Water Sports:
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Check This Out: Big wave surfer Garrett McNamara’s now legendary (and unconfirmed world record) ride at Nazare Portugal in 2011, in which many believe he surfed a 100 foot wave.
Earth Sports are done on terra firm. Yes, I know you aspire to surf that 100 footer at Nazare, but bear with me here. Earth-based extreme sports can throw a lot at you, from rock climbing to sand boarding and stuff that would trigger the pacemaker in even the most seasoned extreme athletes. Three of the ordeals from the Ozaki 8 are based on extreme sports done on land. That’s more than any other element.
Extreme Earth Sports:
Parkour (Free Running)
Check This Out: Mountain biker Kelly McGarry’s F**king stunning back flip over a 72 foot canyon in 2013.
Air Sports honour the wind. It’s good not to have a fear of heights with extreme sports done in the air. Think skydives and BASE jumps, along with some thing called a wing-suit that puts extreme sports done in the air among the more dangerous, albeit thrilling, ways to get the ultimate rush.
Extreme Air Sports:
Wing Suit Flying
Check This Out: You will be a changed person in eleven minutes and fifty-five seconds after watching this tear-jerker documentary and tribute to fallen BASE jumper Ian Flanders by his wingsuit partner left to pick up the pieces. Get a tissue.
Extreme Sports of Ice honour the howling tempest that is Winter. They can be done on ice or snow (but Life of Ice does have a certain ring to it, agreed?). If it’s chilly out, there’s a good ice extreme sport to take up, somewhere, finishing this extreme sports list off with an adrenaline fix that may chill you to the bone.
Ozaki 8 Ordeals: Life of Ice
Extreme Ice Sports:
Check This Out: Matthias Giraud’s SICK GoPro video from 2011 in which he and fellow skier Stefan Laude outrun an avalanche on the French Alps by…skiing off the cliff.