See our list of 15 entertaining extreme sports.
Summary: pulling on diving, climbing, scrambling and swimming, this action requires participants to traverse the intertidal zone of a shore on foot or from swimming, without the aid of watercraft.
Summary: also known as canyoneering and river trekking, this game encourages participants to utilize a vast selection of techniques including climbing and rappelling to traverse scenic canyons.
Summary: established in 1959 as a manner of on-snow transport, modern snowmobiles (also known as sleds) are more commonly used for extreme street riding.
Summary: proponents call this evolution of walking, wherein participants float across a strip of nylon held taut between two points just over the ground. It could not look especially intense, but it’s very tough (and fantastic core exercise).
Summary: often included as part of an eco-tour, zip-lining is the act of exposing an incline through a pulley attached to a cable that is suspended. Zip lines can also be known as zip slides and flying foxes.
Summary: a hybrid of browsing and many board sports, flowboarding is the art of riding lsquo & an artificial;sheet tide ’ on a device that looks a bit like a skateboard.
Summary: climbing became so popular that it was considered for the 2020 Olympic games. The latest trend is bouldering, which suggests climbing without safety equipment.
- Ice swimming
Summary: northern Europeans have been partial to an icy dip between sauna sessions for centuries, but the more modern International Ice Swimming Association deems an ice swim as a one-mile paddle in water below 5°C.
- White water rafting
Summary: first tried on the Zambezi River below Victoria Falls in 1981, white water rafters navigate rapids graded from one to five (anything higher is considered unraftable) within an inflatable boat.
- Cheese rolling
Summary: originating in the fifteenth century, this injury-prone action sees participants bill down a hill in pursuit of a round cheese.
- Kite surfing
Summary: a fusion of wakeboarding, surfing, windsurfing, paragliding and gymnastics, kiteboarders utilize what’s known as a power kite to propel themselves across the ocean whilst standing on a specially designed board.
- Ice climbing
Summary: ice climbers ascend ice formations, such as frozen waterfalls, with the aid of ice axes along with other special climbing equipment.
- Extreme ironing
Summary: a type of performance art folks iron clothing in remote locations, ‘EI’ purports to combine the thrill of an extreme sport with the satisfaction of a shirt.
Summary: Another Kiwi invention, zorbing is the act of rolling down a mountain in a transparent plastic ball. Elect to zorb solo, with buddies, or with plain water all in the name of fun.
- Bungee jumping
Summary: motivated from Vanuatu’s land divers, the modern game of diving off a ledge while connected to a safety cable was popularised by Kiwi entrepreneur AJ Hackett.