An extreme sport (also known as an action sport) refers to a sport that involves adrenaline-inducing action. It is characterized by speed, height and spectacular stunts. It is important to note that the level of danger when taking part in extreme sports varies widely so always have protective gear when taking part in the below popular sports. Here is the list of top 10 most popular extreme sports in 2014:
10. Mountain/Rock climbing
During this sport participants will climb up, down or across natural rocks or artificial rock walls. They can also climb up a mountain. The aim is to reach the peak of the mountain or the summit of the rock without falling. Some of the equipments used for climbing include harnesses, helmets, climbing rope, climbing shoes and many more.
9. BMX Cycling
Bicycle motocross (BMX) has gained popularity of the years because of the action it offers. It is one of the fastest and youngest disciplines in cycling. You will need some important equipment for this sport to ensure your safety. Some of the equipment are cycling apparel, cycling gloves, helmets and protective gear.
This is an action sport that entails riding a wakeboard on the surface of a water body. This was as a result of combining techniques used in water skiing, snowboarding and surfing. A rider is towed behind a motorboat at a speed of 30 to 40km/h depending on various factors. You will need a wakeboard, skates, life vests and other equipment to play this sport.
7. Mountain Biking
As the name suggests, this sport involves riding bicycles off-road on rough terrain using mountain bikes. Mountain bikes are similar to other ordinary bikes, but are built with special features to enable them perform well on rough terrain. Some of the equipment needed include cycling helmets, gloves, pump and tool kit and many more.
6. Trail Running
This sport mainly involves running and hiking on trails and is usually played in mountainous terrain. In some countries like United Kingdom and Irish Republic it is referred to as mountain or fell running. There are more trail running races organized hence showing that it is gaining popularity each day. You will need trail running shoes, hydration kit and a backpack to carry other essential items.
It is a popular winter sport where the participant descends on a slope covered with snow while on a snowboard. This is among Winter Olympic sports but most people now play it for fun too. Essential equipment for playing this game are snowboards, snowboard boots, snowboard bindings and many more. Besides, one must wear snowboard clothing.
4. Artificial Wall Climbing
This is a sport where participants climb up or even across an artificial wall. The walls are built like natural rock walls and it is aimed at ensuring one reaches the summit of a formation of a pre-defined route. Mostly one will use his hands and feet to climb with a rope and some safety equipment. Examples of this equipment are belay devices, climbing shoes and harnesses.
It is an extreme sport that involves the use of a number of equipment in order to play the game safely. Each player must have a marker, a mask to protect the eyes and face, paintballs and a loader to hold them in place. In addition to that, you must have barrel socks for the marker for maintaining safety outside the playing field. There are also other equipments needed depending on the type of play you settle for.
A participant mainly rides and performs tricks using a skateboard when playing this action sport. One who skateboards is called a skater or skateboarder. This sport is so popular that the number of skaters all over the world has increased tremendously. There are skateparks used by skaters to make this game more exciting. The main equipment used is a skateboard and you must have safety equipment such as a helmet and knee pads.
1. Inline Skating
This sport is played all over the world by both the young and the old. This game is also called roller blading. Inline skates used for this sport usually have polyurethane wheels that are arranged in one line. Recently, manufacturers have stopped making 5 wheel designs. You must always wear protective equipment such as knee pads, elbow pads and a helmet.