Top Ten Extreme Sports: Which One Would You Want to Try Out?

Posted on December 28, 2016 By

24-10The sport activities that involve a significant amount of risk to life and include speed, great heights, or physical exertion are classified under the group of extreme sports. These sports are characterized by an element of thrill and excitement. Stunts and dangerous feats also fall under this category. Sports enthusiasts enjoy participating in such thrilling activities. Those of the daring type take part in all types of adventure sports for that adrenaline rush, while safe-players prefer watching them. In general, extreme sports have reached far and wide and have become popular among the youngsters today.

The advancement in technology became one of the important reasons behind the emergence of extreme sports. Perhaps, the absence of the risk factor, rather the adventure element in daily living generates the need for adventure, which is best met through extreme sports. People began to engage in extreme sports mainly for the thrill involved and in some cases, also for publicity. The emergence of extreme sports can be traced back to the 18th century. They have come a long way and have become a craze.

Top 10 Extreme Sports

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Life Skill Essentials: Mastering Rope Climbing Techniques

Posted on December 24, 2016 By

24-9Rope climbing is an excellent form of exercise that helps work out every part of one’s body. Not only does it strengthen the muscles, but it also increases stamina. Rope climbing has been practiced by soldiers and combat athletes for over thousands of years, because it is a simple and effective form of exercise. Not only that, you never know when it might just help you save your own or someone else’s life.

PE Style
In this method, you need to grab the rope with both hands, one below the other. Then place your legs around the rope, so that the rope goes in between the thighs. The feet should be placed in a way so that one foot is in front of the rope and the other is behind it. Now, pull the body up, so that the chest reaches the level of the hands. Let the rope slide down between your legs. Maintain the position of the feet as already mentioned. Once this step has been achieved, the rope needs to be squeezed with the feet. Then reach your hands up one at a time and grasp the rope at a higher level. Loosen your grip on the rope with your legs and pull your body up again. Repeat this step to cover the required distance.

Brake and Squat Method
Grab the rope with both the hands and then bend your legs. Place the rope between your legs, so that it goes around the inner thigh between the legs, and then twists around the knee and calf on the outer side of one of the legs, and then runs across the top of the shoe of the same leg. The foot of the free leg should be placed on the rope where it passes over the top of the other leg. Press firmly on the rope at this point with your free foot. Push yourself up by straightening the legs. At the same time, stretch out the hands to grab the rope at a higher level. This step needs to be repeated to climb higher.

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The Relatively Modern Origins and History of Water Skiing

Posted on December 14, 2016 By

24-8Water skiing is a kind of extreme sport, where the participant is pulled behind a motor boat on a water body. The skis help the person stand up straight while holding on to a tow rope. Further, water skiing has always been a part of recreational boating. Interested in knowing when it all started? Hang on, because we are going to travel back in time and check out exactly that!

Eureka
It was on June 28, 1922, that Ralph Samuelson, hailing from Minnesota, put forth a path-breaking idea. He was just 18, and was of the view that if skiing was possible on snow, then why not do it on water? To prove his point, Samuelson and his brother did an experiment on Lake Pepin in Lake City in Minnesota. Samuelson’s brother towed him. Considering all this, Samuelson can safely be called the father of water skiing.

The Tools
Needless to say, in 1920s and 1930s, the equipment was not very sophisticated. The initial experiments were done by Samuelson using staves of a barrel and lengths of wood. These were held together using leather strips, and this ensemble formed the precursor to modern-day skis. Further, a window sash was used as a ski rope. It was after quite a few days of experimenting that the inventors realized that leaning backwards and having ski tip up, help in balance and the overall experience. Supposedly, Samuelson never patented what he invented. He was credited for the invention of the sport by the American Water Ski Association in 1966. Back to Samuelson, he made the first water ski jump with the help of a greased 4X16 feet ramp on July 8, 1925. In the same year, Fred Waller got the first patent for water skis called Dolphin Akwa Skees. Cut to 1970s, the skis started being made from fiberglass. Now, they are made of composite material, including carbon fiber.

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Get Your Adrenaline Pumping at These Bungee Jumping Locations

Posted on December 5, 2016 By

24-6In bungee jumping, the thrill from the free fall, notwithstanding the elasticity of the cord, leads to a sort of rebound which adds to the fun. There are a number of locations around the world where this extreme sport can be experienced to its fullest. Let’s take a plunge into knowing where they are.

Idaho, Perrine Bridge
One of the most exciting bungee jumping spots, Perrine Bridge in Idaho, offers a 486 ft fall in the Snake river. This is the only man-made bridge in the USA where bungee jumping is allowed, throughout the year, that too without a permit.

Victoria Falls Bridge
Go east in Africa, and you have Zimbabwe offering a fabulous and breathtaking bungee jumping location. This is a 500 ft drop from the Victoria Falls bridge over the Zambezi river, connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia. The thrill of the jump, combined with a dreamy spray of waterfall. Wow, must go!

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Very Important Bull Riding Tips for Your First Riding Experience

Posted on November 30, 2016 By

Bull riding is an adventure sport, wherein an individual is expected to mount a bull and stay on it for at least 8 seconds, whilst the animal tries its level best to throw him off its back. Bull riding is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous sports in the world. In fact, those 8 seconds wherein the individual rides the bull are considered the most dangerous 8 seconds of his life. Over the last few decades, this sport has gained wide popularity among adventure enthusiasts. More importantly, it is not restricted to a particular age or gender any more.

Bull Riding Rules

As far as scoring is concerned, a rider can achieve a maximum score of 100 for his performance. There are 2 judges, who can give 50 points each; 25 for the riders performance and 25 for the animals performance. In most of the forms of bull riding, the rider is not supposed to touch himself or the animal throughout the performance. Doing so only results in loss of valuable points. Before we move on to tips, you need to understand that bull riding is not the same as horse riding. The two are totally different and the risk involved in former is quite high, considering that you ride an animal which is trying to throw you off its back.

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