5 Extreme sports from around the world for adventure junkies

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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” ― Hunter S. Thompson

You know, there is more to sports than just kicking a ball. If you thought skiing or kayaking were extreme, think again. There are sports so extreme, that one should be a little light in the head to take part in them. Extreme sports lovers are restless. They are ready to take the bull by the horn. With the world of such sports having opened up of late, there is no looking back now. Here’s a list of five of the craziest extreme sports that are in trend today.

1 Skyaking

This extreme sport is exactly what it sounds like: Skydiving and kayaking. Invented by Miles Daisher, this involves jumping from an airplane, flying at a height of 13,000 feet and then sailing on a lake while you are in a tiny boat, with a paddle in your hand. Would you dare to try it? This might read easy but is not actually so.

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2 Muni (Mountain Unicycling)

Have you ever thought, while riding a bike on a dangerous mountain path with every possibility of imminent death, what it would be like to lose one of your bike’s wheels? That is exactly what this extreme sport feels like. Any takers? We sure are interested. However, make sure you have high levels of stamina for this one out there.

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3 Free-cliff diving

This sport is straightforward. All you have to do is find a cliff facing a water body and jump feet first into it. The only problem is, you won’t be using any sort of breathing apparatus or scuba gear like fins. You have to hold your breath, until you resurface. Well, if you are thinking extreme sports, it will not get simpler than this. Perhaps it is just the starting point for addiction to more advance categories of extreme sports.

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4 Extreme Ironing

Ever wondered what it would be like, to combine a really cool sport, with an absolutely dull household chore? At last, it has happened, in the form of extreme ironing. In this extreme sport, all you have to do is neatly press a garment, in an insane situation, like on top of a mountain, or while you are water skating. No sport will get more insane than this, ladies and gentlemen. Trust us; this sure has a lot of takers too.

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5 Wife Carrying Competition

This extreme sport will show how far you are willing to go, for the love of your life (literally!). It is fairly simple. Just carry your wife on your shoulders along a course of over 250 meters. It is held in Finland, every July as an annual event. If this doesn’t say true love, then what will? As Rabindranath Tagore said, “There are two kinds of adventurers; those who go truly hoping to find adventure and those who go secretly hoping they won’t.” Make your mind up, on what kind of extreme sports lover you want to be.

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All these sports are made to set the new benchmark for craziness. Apart from being crazy, they are fun and creative too. Therefore, if you are looking for some excitement and fun, these extreme sports should definitely be in your bucket list. What’s life without a little fun anyway?

Also look out for these 27 images, which define the term ‘adventure’ amazingly.

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