Adventure and Extreme Sports

Adventure Sports have been best defined as 'Outdoor Sports or Activities in which the participant competes in a natural environment, more against themselves than against others'. Although the term is sometimes used interchangeably, Extreme Sports can be considered a sub-category of Adventure Sports, as well as the terms 'Action Sport' and 'Adventurous Sport' are also used.

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An Extreme Sport is any sport featuring speed, height, danger, a high level of physical exertion, highly specialized gear, or spectacular stunts. Another characteristic of extreme sports is that they tend to be individual rather than team sports. Extreme sports can include both competitive and non-competitive activities.

Some of the sports listed here as Adventure Sports would probably not be considered as 'true' extreme sports. True Extreme Sports are more likely defined as a leisure or recreation activity where the most likely outcome of a mismanaged accident or mistake was death. Extreme sports are often associated with young adults wishing to push themselves to the limits of their physical ability and fear, in turn pushing the boundaries of a particular sport.

List of Sports

The following is a large list of sports that some people consider to be classified as Adventure or Extreme Sports. You may or may not agree with what is here, or you may want to suggest one that is not.

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List of more Adventure or Extreme Sports

This list of adventure and extreme sports is not complete, every day people are coming up with more ways to get some thrills and spills.

  • Airsoft
  • Backpacking
  • Ballooning
  • Bicycling
  • Bodyboarding
  • Bossaball
  • Bouldering
  • Buildering
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Canoeing & Kayaking
  • Canyoning
  • Caving/Spelunking, Cave diving
  • Cycling - Mountain Biking, BMX freestyle
  • Dog sledding
  • Extreme Ironing
  • Extreme skiing
  • Flowboard
  • Four Wheel Driving
  • Freebording
  • Free-diving
  • Gliding
  • Hang gliding
  • High diving
  • Highlining and slacklining
  • Hiking, Hill Walking, Trekking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking, Canoeing (& sea)
  • Kite Landboarding
  • Kite-Surfing
  • Kitesurfing/Kiteboarding
  • Kitewing
  • Kneeboarding
  • Motorsports - Motorcycling, Drag racing, Freestyle Motocross
  • Mountain boarding
  • Mountaineering / Mountain Climbing, Ice climbing
  • open water swimming
  • Paintball
  • Parachuting / skydiving
  • Paramotoring
  • Parasailing, Paragliding
  • Parkour
  • Poweriser
  • Rafting
  • Rappelling
  • Rock-climbing, Climbing Walls, Abseiling
  • Roller derby
  • Sailing and Windsurfing
  • Sailing- ┬áIce land sailing
  • Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiboarding
  • Skiing, Barefoot skiing
  • Skimboarding
  • Skysurfing
  • Slamball
  • Snakeboarding
  • Snow shoeing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowskating
  • Soaring
  • Spearfishing
  • Street luge
  • Stunt pogo
  • Surfing
  • Tricking
  • Unicycling
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water skiing
  • White water rafting
  • Whitewater kayaking
  • Windsports
  • Windsurfing
  • Zorbing

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