Just a few more months and we will again be welcoming summer! It is time for beaches, getting lazy, and the coolest recreational outdoor activities. And what more way can you enjoy summer than to experience the most extreme water sports that everybody is talking about! One of the newest water sport today is by using a Flyboard.
Basically, a flyboard is an accessory device connected to a Personal Watercraft using a 55-foot long fire hose that enables the rider to “fly” more than 35 feet above (or even below) the water surface. During the insane ride, the pilot of the flyboard has complete control over its navigation – that means he can do tricks!
10- Free diving
If you are excellent in holding your breath underwater for an impressive record of time, why not try and free dive below the ocean’s surface – on just a single breath? Professionals in this extreme water sport can actually free dive more than 214-meters below the ocean surface!
Plus, there is no need for expensive equipment and body strength to do this, as compared to other water sports. During the descent, the brain signals the body to shut down the supply of oxygen to one’s organs, and at the bottom of the free dive, the heart rate goes as low as 12 to 15 beats per minute!
Bodyboarding is another extreme water sport but, this time, you’ll likely be on the surface of the water rather than meters below it. In this sport, the surfer rides a bodyboard and swims together with the crest, face, or curl of the wave so as to carry him to the shore.
A bodyboard is usually made from a hydrodynamic foam with a short graphite rod within its core, referred to as the stringer. It is also designed with fins so that the surfer can have more control in its movement while riding the waves. Although it was primarily an American sport, it has since become popular worldwide!
Coasteering is fun but extreme water sports to do along with your adventurous friends. Basically, coasteering involves riding along with the movement of the intertidal zones of rocky coastlines (on foot or by swimming) without any aid from boats, surfboards, and the like.
It is a combination of rock climbing, adventure swimming, and cliff diving! It is perfect for those who don’t have the fear of heights! During coasteering, participants wear footwear, wetsuits, buoyancy aids, and helmets.
7- Whitewater Canoeing
Whitewater canoeing is another extreme water sport where you paddle a canoe on a movie body of water, particularly the turbulent whitewater river. Now, that is more exciting than paddling in a smooth movement of the sea! If you are a beginner, you can always start at easier and gentler moving water until you level up to more dangerous ones.
These river rapids are graded from range 1 as the easiest and range 6 as the most difficult. An example of a range 6 whitewater grade is the Niagara Falls.
6- Sit-down Hydrofoil
First developed in the late 1980s, the sit-down hydrofoil was a variation on the water skiing. Basically, you have to be towed at speed by a powerful boat and the board of the hydrofoil will fly above the water surface. It has a pair of hydrofoil wings at the front and rear, which reduces the drag of the water.
The ride is not affected by the wake of the chop of the water, since you will avoid having contact in the water, so it is a smoother ride as compared to water skiing or even wakeboarding.
5- Pro Wakeboarding
Wakeboarding is one of the most popular but extreme water sport where the rider uses a wakeboard to ride over the surface of the water. It is a combination of water skiing, snowboarding, and surfing. This water sport includes being towed behind a powerful boat with a typical speed of about 18-25 mph.
Although that still depends on many factors such as the board size, the weight of the rider, type of tricks, and others. Other than motorboats, riders may also be towed by other means such as cable systems.
4- Water Skiing
Another surface water sport is water skiing. This involves being towed behind a powerful motorboat and skimming the surface water using two skis or one ski. Other than a speeding boat, riders can also be towed by cable ski installations which can accommodate more people all at once.
As compared to other water sports, water skiing requires above-average upper and lower body strength and, of course, a good balance. There is no minimum age required to water ski but there are harder tricks that need training first.
3- White Water Rafting
White water rafting is just like white water canoeing, but instead of paddling a canoe, you will have to ride an inflatable raft to navigate the turbulent river or other bodies of water, like waterfalls. It is one of the most popular extreme recreational outdoor activities to try with a group of friends!
It was first developed around the mid-1970s and had since become very popular all around the world. This sport has also evolved from double-bladed paddles to single-bladed ones, and from individual paddling to multi-person rafts.
One of the newest water sport today is by using a Flyboard. Basically, a flyboard is an accessory device connected to a Personal Watercraft using a 55-foot long fire hose that enables the rider to “fly” more than 35 feet above (or even below) the water surface.
Sometimes, it is also referred to as a water jetpack, although you are not propelled from your back but from below. During the insane ride, the pilot of the flyboard has complete control over its navigation – that means he can do tricks! This device was developed by Jet Ski Racer Franky Zapata in 2011.
1- Barefoot Skiing
Another extreme water sport taking the industry by storm is Barefoot Skiing or Barefooting. Unlike other water sports that need equipment, all you need in barefooting is a powerful motorboat to tow you behind.
It requires a higher speed as compared to the usual water skiing sport, usually ranging around 39-45 mph in order to keep the rider upright while skimming through the surface of the water. This sport originated in Florida, where the first-ever barefooting was done way back in 1947.