Extreme Sports and Our Attitude Towards Them

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Efe Ikhenaode

Extreme sports, also called action sports or adventure sports, are activities perceived to involve high degrees of risk. These activities often include speed, height, high degree of physical exertion, and require specialized protective gears. They are dangerous and prone to fatalities, near-fatalities and other serious injuries. The perceived risk in extreme sports has been considered a necessary part of their appeal. Participating in extreme sports is partially based on making huge sums of money as well as providing maximum entertainment for spectators.

Extreme Sports are usually sports that most people consider fun to look at, but would rather not participate in. After all, a large number of players have been known to suffer “unfortunate” accidents while engaging in extreme sports, the likes of Dario Barrio or Caleb Moore, who engaged in the thrill to their deaths.

Extreme Sports include:

1. Surfing:

Surfing is the sport of riding waves while standing or laying on a special board called a surfboard. Surfing is perceived as a fairly safe sport to engage in, probably due to its frequent occurrence in movies and sports shows, however, the waves can be very dangerous as we can see in the tragic story of Malik Joyeux.
Oluwatunmise, from European Studies, said he would like to try out surfing. He confessed that his willingness comes from his admiration of surfer boys in foreign movies.




2. Skydiving:

Skydiving is a sport where one free falls from a height for some minutes, commonly four to five minutes, before a parachute is opened and helps the player glide to the ground.
Surprisingly, a lot of AFASites seem quite taken with the sport. Tunji expressed his admiration for the sport. Also, Stella, the former Miss AFAS Fresher, stated that skydiving is something she would love to do.




3. Highlining:

This sport involves maintaining balance on a tightrope between elevated heights. It is a type of slackline sport that requires the participant to move on a tightrope placed at a great height and between mountains, buildings, and bridges. It is a high-risk sport.
Olabisi, an AFASite, expressed her fear of death as the reason she would not engage in Highlining. She added that, since we only get to live once, why play with life?



4. Volcano Boarding:

Every bit as crazy as it sounds, Volcano boarding, also known as Volcano surfing, has participants riding a flatboard down the outer slopes of a volcano. The safe option is to board down a dormant or inactive volcano, but true adrenaline junkies opt for active volcanoes, which pose risks such as getting hit by flying lava and poisonous gasses. Perhaps, there’s a thrill in being so near to the ‘otherside’


Why Do Some People Love Extreme Sports Though?

Oluwatunmise commented that most people, at some point in life, might want to know how it feels “to fly and be free of earthly worries”, a strong sentiment many can relate to.
In addition, some are driven by a need for adventure or a desire to test their physical capabilities. Others simply enjoy the sense of accomplishment they get after mastering their chosen activity. Many claim that the feelings of freedom and joy that accompany these extreme sports cannot be found elsewhere.

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