What Does The Term ‘Extreme Sports’ Mean To You?

August 19, 2009

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It was once the case that the term extreme sports related only to a select few activities. Among those worthy of the accolade included sports such as surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, motocross, base jumping and a few others. Even in the early days however, it was clear to see that some of the sports (and people) were are little more extreme than others. No one could argue that riding a BMX around a bit was as extreme as throwing yourself off a huge building with only a thin bit of fabric to slow you down before you hit the ground.

Nowadays however the range of sports that fall under the ‘Extreme Sports’ umbrella is quite frankly staggering. There are thrills to be had everywhere, including in the sky with paragliding, to in the water with the currently very popular, paddle boarding. In some cases it is no longer impressive enough to turn up to the beach with your surfboards, you now need to be involved in kitesurfing, land yachting, skim boarding and loads of other sports that people have dreamt up whilst presumably under the influence.

Some people think this is a bad thing and that the term ‘Extreme Sports’ should only be reserved for those sports either around from the beginning or that contain an element of danger so great that only those will a bit of screw loose are willing to give them a go. What they don’t realise however is that extreme sport is not just about the sport, it’s a way of life. It’s all about leaving your inhibitions and fears behind and just giving something a go. You might not ‘get it’ right away, and you might have to nurse a few injuries in the mean time, but it’s worth it for the sense of achievement in the end. It’s about picking up some second hand kayaks on a whim and taking them out on the river for a quick blast, and feeling alive when you make it to the still-water in once piece. What people need to understand then, is that not only will the term ‘extreme sports’ means something different to each and every person, it will continue to change meaning and embrace anything that pushes the boundaries of convention.


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