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Dangerous Extreme Water Sports for Daredevils – Taste the Adventure

Water sports are fascinating adventures for folks of all ages. Taking the adventure to a new level here is a list of adrenaline pumping hazardous water adventures that satisfy the daredevil sportsman


Big Wave Surfing

Big Wave Surfing

By Shalom Jacobovitz (SJ1_8558) CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A derivation of surfing, Big Wave Surfing is carried out across waves that are over 20 feet high. 🏄

Here surfers are towed or paddle into the giant waves on boards that are referred to as 'towboards' or 'guns'. Board lengths are customised to suit the size of the wave and technique administered by the surfer.

In this context today's big wave surfers have traded in the bulky 12 foot boards for lighter and shorter 7 foot boards that enable surfers to ride waves as high as 30 feet. Learn more about similar sports on The Adventure Travel Site.


Cliff Jumping

Cliff Jumping

Crater Lake , Photo by Andy Spearing via Flickr, (CC BY 2.0)

Cliff jumping is a thrill sport favoured amongst adventure hungry sportsmen; interestingly the sport originated in Hawaii.

The story goes that in 1770 the last Maui King commanded that his faithful followers jump off the seaside cliffs feet first and in order to show their skill and courage the loyal followers needed to make the minimal splash.

Since then Cliff Jumping is a refined art amongst adventure junkies who scour the earth in search of perfect locations for some deliciously dangerous cliff jumping.

Well, the best sites, of course, are found in Hawaii, Australia, Jamaica and Switzerland. 🏞


Waterfall Rappelling

Waterfall Rappelling

By Scarleth White (originally posted to Flickr as i'm a rappel junkie) CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

One of the newer sports to hit the dangerous extreme water sports list is waterfall rappelling.

Quite popular in Maui the sport works in partnership with an activity called 'canyoneering'. This activity takes place as you rappel over cliffs home to cascading waterfalls, typically within a rainforest.

A usual tour will consist of you trekking through a forest where on reaching the rappel point guides instruct you on the basics of what you need to do.

All equipment is provided including helmets, water shoes, harness, canyoneering backpack, locking carabiners, rappelling devise and others. 💦🍃


Cave Diving

Cave Diving

Photo by arhnue via Pixabay , CC0 Public Domain

A wholly thrilling and rather nerve wracking adventure cave diving is an underwater sport.

Diving into underwater caves is what this sport is centred around and may be conducted for sport or research purposes.

Cave diving in most instances is done with scuba equipment although breath hold and surface supplied options too are used.

Due to the high potential risks involved specialised skills are required for this activity.


Free Diving

Free Diving

By Karolmeyer (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Free diving or breath hold diving also called skin diving is a specialised skill where the diver relies solely on his or her skill of holding their breath until resurfacing.

No breathing apparatuses are used in this activity. There are various forms of free diving and one of the oldest is probably the traditional method of fishing.

There are many aspects to the sport such as competitive free diving, spearfishing, free diving for photography and synchronised swimming.

Did you know that free diving is utilised for sports such as underwater football, hockey, rugby and archery? In some notions, free diving is also considered as scuba diving due to the dive being free of surface supplied breathing apparatus.