As you all probably know by now, I am a sports-junkie. However, there was still one certain genre that I couldn’t seem to wrap my head around…extreme sports.
Why in the world would anyone jump off a plane, speed downhill through the trees or climb a cliff with no safety ropes? Being the curious cat that I am, I decided to dig deeper into this high-adrenaline world of craziness.
Extreme sports are generally divided into three categories: air, land and water. While there is a vast amount of various types of sports that are considered to be extreme, there are certain characteristics that help define the term “extreme”. For starters, most extreme sports are practiced and exercised in uncontrolled, natural environments. This is very different from traditional team sports, which are played in specifically designed courts and arenas. We can see this trait in most extreme sports, regardless of the category. Sky-diving, base-jumping and cliff-gliding are the popular extreme air sports, all of which are not contained to any particular setting. The extreme land sports, such as mountain-biking, street-skating and parkour are also free from boundaries. This is true for the water sports as well, including surfing, wind-surfing and motor-sports.
After I better understood exactly what is extreme sports, I still had a hard time completely understanding the appeal. Ok, so you are free to do as you wish, unconstrained by the boundaries of rules or environment settings. But that’s not all…
The true appeal in these sports is the adrenaline factor. The excitement one gets from defying gravity, overcoming basic instincts and taking advantage of the laws of physics. For this reason, people push their limits and boundaries. Sports filled with life-threatening danger, all for just one more moment of pure thrill and a rush of excitement. It’s a feeling that one can easily become addicted to. And it is because of this, extreme athletes are generally thrill-seekers and risk-takers.
Extreme is not for the faint-hearted.
The risks are real. The dangers should not be taken lightly. There is a fine line between amazing success and dooming failure. The key is to stay composed and trust your instincts. But not your basic human instincts, the one that should have told you to NOT jump off a plane, rather your extreme instincts, the one that you developed through countless hours of training, blood, sweat and tears. Trust those instincts and let the thrill of excitement rush through every inch of your body.
I finally understand the magic of extreme.
So feel free to push your limits, cross the boundaries and take it to the max. Extreme sports lead to extreme excitement…so don’t back down!