Maybe it is due to Jack Osbourne’s UK show that adrenaline sports have seen resurgence in popularity not only with adrenaline junkies but also with the normal day to day people of this world. Also more and more of these documentaries are appearing on our TVs, for example the recent Channel 4 documentary ‘The Men Who Jump off Buildings’ attracting thousands of viewers. This show documented probably one of the most dangerous of adrenaline sports ‘base jumping’. Base jumping, if you have never heard of the sport, is quite simply jumping of a base. However what makes this the most dangerous of all sports is that the base is usually a sky high building or bridge that is meters off the ground. You jump off between these sky-high buildings with a parachute attached to your back and fall to the floor at an exceptionally quick speed. Once you have pulled the parachute you have to fight the swirling winds without colliding with the other buildings. If this sport sounds just a little too life threatening there are others that are a lot safer and you can still fulfil your adrenaline cravings.
If you really crave the experience of free falling and the air rushing past you, then there are other activities that are a lot safer, for example bungee jumping and skydiving. The life threatening factor is deceased substantially with these two sports, by where first of all you are attached to a long bungee that is attached to your feet and you free fall towards either water or a huge net and with sky diving you will be in the hands of experienced professionals when you do your jumps until you become a professional if you decide to take the sport to the next level.
One of my favorite adrenaline sports and ones where you can hardly ever predict what is going to happen is white water rafting. You are propelled down rough, swirling, current pulling rivers on what can only be described as a dingy. You have to fight against all the elements of these ferocious rivers as you get covered in waves splashing over the raft and often getting turned over and thrown in to the river itself. The raft can handle all that comes between its path, even though some of the boat members may not. You don’t have to fear that you will be set out on this journey without an experienced professional. Before you set off through the rapids you will be informed on safety and instructed on all aspects of rafting to guide you through the wild waters. The experience will leave you breathless and extremely wet but with a huge smile on your face at the end of the journey. If you ever plan to undertake this sport in Europe, a great place to do this is in the south of France or in the depths of the Alps in Switzerland. Traveling through Europe is almost as fast as rafting down these wild rivers with Eurostar, which there are always great Eurostar deals you can obtain.
One last trend that is increasing in popularity all over the world is ‘free running’. Free running or free-running whichever you prefer is basically a form of urban acrobats. The ‘free runners’ use structures in cities to perform their elaborate movements and propel themselves of these platforms. Sebastian Foucan the founder of this sport defines free running as a discipline to self development, following your own way.Adrenaline Sports on the Rise by Steven R