If you are tired of relaxation in wellness centres or going on long hiking routes and you are looking for something that is much more exciting and that will make you work even harder on building your strength, then taking up an extreme sport might as well be for you.
If you are tired of relaxation in wellness centres or
going on long hiking routes and you are looking for something that is much more
exciting and that will make you work even harder on building your strength,
then taking up an extreme sport might as well be for you.
Why take up an extreme sport?
You would like to try something exciting, but you are afraid because you are a complete beginner. Even experienced sportsmen and sportswomen were once beginners. However, in order to build your strength and your muscles, extreme sports are amazing because they make you work even harder. They can be a lot of fun especially because you can meet a lot of new people and share some incredible moments with them. What makes extreme sports great in the very fact that you will get to spend a lot of time in nature – breathing fresh air and having the sound of rivers, streams and birds calm you down.
Which sport is interesting?
This, of course, depends on your interests as well. If you like climbing and testing the strength of your arms and legs, then you should take up climbing. It is one of the least expensive extreme sports but still interesting.
If you are looking for a bird-view experience, then you should definitely go for hang gliding or paragliding as there are plenty of schools for beginners as well. However, remember that you must have good body coordination for this type of sport as you will have to learn to avoid small hills or high trees.
If you like to spend time around rivers and streams, then kayaking might just be the right sport for you as it is fun and challenging but be aware that you will start practicing in a pool.
Additional equipment is a must
Of course you will need to invest some money into buying some additional equipment for every extreme sport. However, apart from the essentials, for most of them you will need gloves, a wetsuit or some warm clothes if you decide to go for paragliding.
What’s more, you will need a 4 season tent for sure. Since most of these sports require spending time in nature in various conditions these tents are truly a must have item. When choosing the best 4 season tent, to pay attention to the pitching – if it’s easy or tricky, because you don’t want to spend hour trying to set up a tent. They are pricey, but they are worth every penny since they can protect you in any weather.
Shaun Baker is the world’s foremost extreme kayaker. He holds 4 world records for paddling off huge waterfalls, down seemingly impossible gradients, and even the “Land Speed Record” for a kayak (on snow!)
Shaun began kayaking in 1974, aged 10 and six years later was already leading his first unsupported expedition – 700 miles around the treacherous coastlines of Scotland, England and Wales.
Having survived these formative years, the allure of enormous waterfalls began to bite. Before long he had achieved more than 20 major first descents around the world, including some of the largest falls in Iceland and the Alps. His numerous anecdotes of near-death experiences lead one to wonder: “Is this complete madness or merely partial?”. Shaun insists that all his actions are carefully calculated and that it is unlikely he would have survived this far if he really was a complete madman.
He needs a special team and special equipment to help him transport his kayaks to extreme locations around the world.
By 1997 he had also won the UK National Championships in Whitewater Freestyle 9 times; and attained senior and advanced instructor and examiner status in all disciplines of the sport.
Despite all this, it is a passion for the extreme and the truly ground-breaking that drives him. More record attempts are planned and there will always be more falls that need to be run!
JUST A FEW OF SHAUN’S ACHIEVEMENTS:
- Guinness “World Freefall Waterfall Kayak” Record holder (19.7 m pure vertical drop).
- Guinness “World Speed Altitude Descent” Record holder (75 ft in 19.9 sec).
- Guinness “World Speed Altitude Descent” Record holder (50 m in 4 min 54 sec).
- Guinness ” World Kayak Land Speed – Snow” Record holder ( 62.94 km/h).
- Numerous first descents of major waterfalls and whitewater rivers worldwide.
- 9 times UK National Whitewater Freestyle/Rodeo Champion.
- 6 times UK Team ranked No.1.
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Suitable for all forms of canoeing and kayaking up to Grade 4. The outer shell is made from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), the inner from closed cell polyethelene. Adjustable webbing securing straps with a clip in buckle secure the helmet under the chin, and the helmet comes with self adhesive foam strips to alter the size. Fits head size 54-58cm. Available in black, white and speckled.
The foam adjustable helmet stands up to all forms of canoeing and rafting up to Grade 4. The outer shell is made from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and the inside has a fully adjustable cradle harness. Adjustable webbing securing straps with a clip in buckle secure the helmet under the chin. Available in black, white, red, blue, yellow, purple and teal.