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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.