Extreme sports, otherwise also called adventure sports or action sports are not for those with weak hearts. There are certain sports that has high level of danger involved and they often include grilling physical exertion, lighting speed, dizzying heights and other scary things. Although the origin of extreme sports is not specific, it largely gained popularity in the 90’s and companies started taking notice. Here is the list of sports that can get you killed
It was around that time that the Extreme Sports Channel and later Extreme.com was launched. The adrenaline rush that these kinds of diverse sports issued made it an instant hit with the young generation. So gear up for some of the most extreme sports that are both risky (like, could-die risky) and exciting:
10 Extreme Sports That Can Get You Killed
Ice climbing is exactly how it sounds – dangerous. This game is in the top spot in our list of extreme sports that can get you killed.
Enthusiasts climb ice covered cliffs, frozen waterfalls, icefalls, ding which requires guts and technical knowledge on how to deal with soft, hard and tough ice. Climbers, for the sake of their benefit have divided ice formations into two kinds – water ice and alpine ice. While water ice is the frozen ice found on waterfalls or any kind of outcropping beneath a stream of flowing water, alpine ice is found on mountains (the kind of ice mountaineers climb attempting to reach the summit).
Fun Fact: There’s a certain kind of climbing called ‘mixed climbing’ which is basically a combination of both rock climbing and ice climbing.
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Freeflying is a discipline in skydiving where the divers besides diving in the traditional belly towards the earth position, also dive vertical (feet towards the earth or head towards the earth position). Doing this accelerates the speed and provides opportunities for new types of formations.
Freeflying is the result of an endeavour by Olav Zipser (now known as the ‘Father of Freefly’). In the 1980s he came up with this discipline while experimenting and later, in 1992 he founded the FreeFly Clowns who opened the first freeflying school. Zipser organised a competitive game called the Space Games where the best divers would come together and provide Zipser an opportunity to research, document and judge.
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Somewhat similar to skateboarding and BMXing, freestyle scooting involves performing freestyle tricks while riding kick scooters.
Throughout the 70s and early 80s, kick scooters were massively popular and massively produced until skateboards and push bikes came into scene. Thanks to the design of kick scooters, Riders can use a number of structures (similar to skateboards or bikes) vertical ramps, rails etc. in a skatepark. In streets, riders are faced with more versatile structures where they can learn and perform interesting tricks. Parking lots and driveways are also some of the most popular places for practicing freestyle scootering. But unfortunately the sport have had its heyday and now is declining.
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Also known as newschool skiing, is a kind of skiing specifically designed to perform tricks by using a number of cool moves like jumping through obstructions. Freediving is in the 4th place in our list of extreme sports that can get you killed.
Since its origin, freeskiing has become rapidly popular so much so that currently there are four freestyle skiing events in the Olympics. Today there are a number of professional freestyle skiers who participate in competitive games or some who don’t compete at all and only produce videos.
Fun facts: In 1990s growing freestyle skiers, facing restriction from International Ski Federation (FIS) began experimenting in skateboard parks and eventually developed tricks and styles influenced by skateboarding.
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Also known as flowboarding, is one hell of an extreme sports that involves elements of skimboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, skateboarding, snowboarding and bodyboarding.
The challenge is to ride and perform tricks while riding artificial waves in an small area. The waves are called ‘sheet waves’ and they are pumped at a speed between 20 MPH to 30 MPH. Depending on the type of board the riders choose, flowriding can be divided into two types – bodyboard and flowboard. Although there are many different kinds of ‘area’ where the riders ride their board, two, namely the ‘Wave Loch Flow Barrel’ and White ‘Water West Single, Double, and Triple Flow Riders’ are the most recognized ones.
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It’s a kind of air sports where the rider launches a non-motorised hand-glider by pushing against the edge of a cliff with his foot. Hand gliding is in the 9th spot in our list of extreme sports that can get you killed.
The rider hangs on the harness suspending from the wing-frame and changes direction of the glider by shifting her/his body weight; although these days some hand-gliders come with control systems too. Now as for the glider, its light weighted and is normally made of aluminium alloy or composite frame covered with sailcloths that form wings of the glider.
Fun Fact: Historically gliding has been recorded in China as early as the end of 6th century. At that time they made gigantic kites that could sustain the weight of an ordinary man.
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It’s a sport where two teams endeavour to eliminate their opponents by fake-shooting using Airsoft pellets via Airsoft guns. Airsoft is in the 8th spot in our list of extreme sports that can get you killed.
The pellets are spherical and non-metallic and the guns are designed to closely emulate real guns. The style and composition of the game varies ranging from re-enactment of historical events to a regular enactment of combat situations on the battlefield. Military tactic and organised scenarios are used to bring each member of the opponent team down.
Airsoft had its origin in Japan and became popular following it spread in the United Kingdom in the 80s. Today, the game is used as a military drill by many law enforcement agencies in the United States.
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Aggressive inline skating
In in-line skating the skates are designed in a manner that allows greater speed and better manoeuvre compared to regular roller skates.
And an extreme form of in-line skating is aggressive inline skating where the focus lies on the execution of spinning and grinding. These kinds of skating are best performed in parks that provide plenty of rails and ledges to grind on.
The first aggressive in-line skate were manufactured by Rollerblade Inc. in 1988 and wasn’t until the 1990s that it developed as real organised sports. And from 1994, this form of skating has been subject to many skating films.
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Also known as spelunking and potholing, is different to cave diving or speleology (a scientific study of the cave environment). Caving is in the 6th spot in our list of extreme sports that can get you killed.
This game simply means exploring the caves for fun as a pastime activity. Besides the almost complete absence of light beyond the entrance, the cavers face several hazards so despite this being recreational pursuit one needs to be prepared and very daring to do caving. The skills required to pull-off caving is somewhat similar to that required for mining or urban exploration.
Though pioneered by Édouard-Alfred Martel in France in 1889, caving didn’t become as popular as today until the 1930s. In contemporary times, with the advent of modern caving gears and safety equipments many cavers dislike the sports being termed as ‘extreme sports’.
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In freedriving one needs to hold her/his breath and go deep under water and resurface. This is in the 5th spot in our list of extreme sports that can get you killed.
Freediving activities can be competitive (like underwater rugby or hockey or football, spearfishing, synchronized swimming etc) and non-competitive (like traditional fishing etc). Historically freediving was practised in search of food or for harvesting or recovering resources. Under extreme sports, freediving attracts large audiences who cheer competitors trying to cover great distances or depths or time on a single breadth. Currently there are two international associations – AIDA International (International Association for Development of Apnea) and CMAS (World Underwater Federation) who organise freediving competitions.
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