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Why Skydiving Is The Number 1

It is a bold statement to make that Skydiving is the number 1 of all extreme sports but many would say that it certainly is a heart-pumping, thrill seekers activity that is becoming more and more popular.

The term extreme sport is a fairly general term and actually covers a wide range of various sports and activities most of which include something to do with speed, heights and with a high level of adrenalin associated with it.

When people think of the words extreme or adventure generally the first though is skydiving. After all what could have higher speeds and heights with a high level of adrenalin than jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft with nothing but a parachute?

Basically the sport of skydiving refers to jumping out of a plane from around 8,000 feet and higher (in some cases much higher) with nothing but parachute creating a freefall experience before opening a parachute where the participant then floats gently down to the ground.

For the majority skydivers, especially first time sky divers the nerves kick in well before taking off in the old rickety plane which adds to the excitement of the jump as well as gives them a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction once they land on the ground.

The freefall itself can create speeds of up to around 200 kilometres per hour (124 miles per hr) so is by no means a slow ride. The free fall itself doesn’t last all that long although it may give the illusion of slowing down time.

Many skydivers do argue that the fall doesn’t feel like freefalling at all as you are so high up in the air that you feel as though you are just floating gracefully plus the fact that you are not moving past stationary objects which would show your mind just how fast you are travelling. For that kind of freefall experience you would need to look at something like bungee jumping.

Although many out there dread the feeling of jumping out of a plane there are hundreds of thousands of people who take up the challenge of skydiving to try it out or prove they are one of the brave few.

And there are those who cannot stop skydiving once they start. Adrenalin is addictive and so is the feeling of being free as a bird. Often people feel the need to return to the air to make another jump perhaps higher up, solo or to experience the accelerated freefall.

There are of course many other extreme sports which are popular although very different in nature. It really comes down to what kind of experience and thrills you wish to have.

As an example those people who don’t like heights may decide to take on an extreme sport such as white water rafting, caving or spelunking, skiing, snowboarding, scuba diving, mountaineering, wind surfing and so many other types of extreme sports.

Each of the different extreme sports all come with their own set of thrills and excitement which is what draws in the different types of thrill seekers. While one person may have a fear of heights another may have a fear of drowning and so avoids scuba diving for example.

There are many people who have a fear of heights out there in the world but I think it’s safe to say that at least most of us feel uncomfortable around heights which is what makes skydiving the number 1 extreme sport to most people.

Those brave enough, who do feel nervous about heights but still manage to take up a skydiving adventure either way will feel one of the most amazing feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction.

Las Vegas Skydiving and Other Extreme

The number of extreme sports in Las Vegas, including skydiving has exploded in recent years. While they offer all of the standard extreme sports, skateboarding, BMX biking, and things like skydiving, they also have a chance to offer great sports like rock climbing, too, because of the nature of the area.

One extreme sport in Las Vegas is skateboarding. There are many skate parks in the area for enthusiasts of the sport to enjoy. Some of the parks are even open to other sports like roller blading and BMX biking. Moreover, several parks offer lessons to novice skateboarders that will help students to learn the sport effectively and be safe while playing.

Another way to experience extreme sports in Las Vegas is cycling in their canyons. Several companies offer a Red Rock Canyon bike tour that takes cyclists through one of the most beautiful locations in the United States. Most of the companies include all of the equipment necessary for the trip like the bike, safety gear, and water. While the trails are very, very rough, the ride is exhilarating.

Extreme sports in Las Vegas also includes some awesome rock climbing trips. The canyons in the area are incredible. Thirty minutes from the insanity of the strip with all of its overburdening society features are rock climbing areas that are unimaginably beautiful. Climbers can experience simply nature hikes or rough and tumble climbs that are difficult for even experienced climbers.

If climbing in the heat of the desert is not for you, you might also try the extreme sport of indoor rock climbing. There are several places in the city that offer rock walls. It’s a great way to try rock climbing before you get to more difficult stuff like the canyons outside the city.

Another version of extreme sports in Las Vegas is skydiving. There are many companies in the city that offer serious lessons and one day deals like tandem jumping. This gives people at all levels a chance to experience this extreme sport while in city of lights. You can also experience indoor skydiving with the help of one of several wind tunnels in the city. Nevada is an excellent place for a number of different activities. Las Vegas skydiving is becoming one of the most popular among other extreme sports.

Particular Sport Is An Extreme Sport?

What are the determining factors in naming a sport extreme? There are many sports considered to be extreme sports today but how did they become to be known as such? Some came from seemingly benign beginnings and have evolved to more dangerous sports. The addiction to these sports it seems comes from the associated adrenaline rush that comes from the participation in them. Let’s look at some examples of extreme sports.

Skateboarding is considered the best known of extreme sports and was actually started in the sixties by bored surfers looking for a way to get exercise and cross train when the surf wasn’t up. The sport took on a life of its own and soon national competitions were being held bringing the cult sport into mainstream America. From its humble beginnings the sport has now garnered worldwide attention.

The cold weather sister to skateboarding is snow boarding which takes the same movements and more onto the snow. This extreme sport has really caught fire today and in the last winter Olympics the snowboarding events were among the most popular. As its popularity has grown many resorts have added specialized snowboard trails and trick spots.

The sport that takes biking to the extreme is BMX biking. There are a couple of different versions of this sport with one being like traditional racing with dirt jumps and obstacles. Freestyle BMX is more closely related to skateboarding as they use the same courses as the skateboarders use and perform tricks on their bikes.

Have you seen the skiers that do all the crazy tricks and flips coming off of ramps on the slopes? This is freestyle skiing and is one of the most popular of the winter extreme sports. Like snowboarding, this sport has its own tricks and its own language.

An extreme sport mainly for the more mature of participants has recently evolved to be called sport climbing. With sport climbing there are preset handgrips and a designated course to climb with the goal to prove one’s strength and athletic ability.

Ever felt the urge to jump out of an airplane? Most people don’t, but still this has become a very popular sport that gives an enormous adrenaline rush from the initial jump. Parachuting teams work together to form shapes and perform choreographed aerial maneuvers while freefalling.

There is no doubt that as our culture seeks new ways to create excitement there will be new extreme sports introduced that may prove to be just as popular as the ones we see now.

Things You Should Know About Extreme Sports

Extreme sports tend to push the limitations of the human body in order to cope with extraordinary conditions. This requires a high level of physical exertion and the necessity of facing the possibility of death. It would seem at times, that extreme sport appears to defy scientific laws. Extreme sports have become the domain of clever advertising marketers and clothes and equipment designers and is as varied as their imagination.

Extreme sports have formed a sub-culture which has a cult-type following. It is a sport aimed at the wealthy, adrenalin pushing and thrill-seeking dissatisfied younger generation. A sport the marketing gurus quickly predicted as being a Blue Moon Opportunity, (once in a lifetime opportunity).

As extreme sports may involve performing death-defying stunts, they require tremendous discipline and fitness of the body, as well as the mind. This can be clearly seen in the sport of free diving, which is based on the ‘Mammalian Diving reflex’. This was originally witnessed in whales and dolphins. At the extreme depths of free diving, the heart beat of a world champion free diver was recorded as low as 9 beats per minute, in the area known as the ‘baracardia shift’. The deepest free dive was performed by the German Herbet Nitsche, diving with the aid of a weighted sled, to 214 metres (702 feet), in 2007.

Advertising marketers and designers of specialized equipment and clothing make sure that there are costly ‘toys’ that go with freediving, or any other extreme sport, such as low profile masks, skin tight hydrophobic freedive suits, freedive fins etc. Free diving has evolved into underwater team sports of rugby and hockey.

X Games were evolved for the TV audience. It is a variety of extreme action sports which has evolved into a yearly event, with both winter and summer games.

There are a wide variety of accepted sports which were once classed as extreme sport. These include skiing, hang gliding, mountain and rock climbing. New extreme sports continue to evolve including riding the air waves on a board, snocross, ice climbing, and wingsuit flying. Now you can strap a human bodyinside a specially designed wingsuit and the body becomes shaped into an airfoil. Special feet and hand ‘wing’s created in the suit, allows the participant to glide several thousand feet. A conventional parachute is used to ensure the flyer lands safely.

Extreme sport is based on three major factors: the purchase of expensive equipment, the purchase of designer clothing and a heart, will and physical ability to oppose what is the accepted norm. Along with video-music and the ability of advertising giants, there continues to be new frontiers thrust at the experience-hungry adrenalin-pumping, thrill seeking younger generation. Perhaps one day we will see someone like Richard Branson create an extreme sport in the low-gravity of the moon. Maybe it will be an oxygen-free, ‘giant step’ competition.