Imagine the feeling of accomplishment, the adrenaline rush, and the overall thrill of participating in an extreme sport for the first time. Whether it be skydiving or successfully landing a jump on your snowboard or skis for the first time. Extreme sports are all about big risk, and big reward. To me there are four categories of extreme sports the ones performed in the air, water, on the ground, or on the snow. They can vary from mountain biking or jumping out of a plane with nothing but a parachute attached to your back. To some people, they see extreme sports as an unnecessary risk. But to others these high risk sports are there passion and they couldn’t see life without it. I remember the first time I went snowboarding and I didn’t see the point, I thought it was boring and I wondered how people could enjoy it. But this was only because I wasn’t good at it, and because of that I was frustrated. Once I made that very first run down the hill without falling, that was awesome, it was a huge confidence booster and it was kind of like hearing the Beatles for the first time, simply amazing.
Looking back now I am very happy that I decided to get back on the board and teach myself how to ride because it is currently one of my most favourite things to do. I enjoy it so much because now when I am racing down a hill it feels so refreshing, regenerating, and rejuvenating. I still remember the first time I landed a jump and the thrill and rush that came with it, I just wanted to do it again and again, and at that point I wasn’t worried about any of the risks involved with landing that jump, because everything felt so…… worth it. Many people have been badly injured doing extreme sports, for example; Jeb Corliss who was base jumping in a wing suit in South Africa when he crashed into some rocks at 120 mph and suffered devastating injuries and several broken bones.
He made a full recovery and went right back out to base jumping about 4 months after the accident. Kevin Pearce is a snowboarder who was trying to perfect a trick in the half-pipe ended up suffering a traumatic brain injury. Doctors weren’t sure that he would ever regain the ability to walk again. Not only did he learn to walk again, but in only two years he was back out on the slopes. Bethany Hamilton is a surfer who came face to face with death after she lost her left arm to a shark while surfing in Hawaii. She is now back out on the water surfing with only one arm. To these extreme athletes they have a passion for the sport and they have gone through severe injuries in which they recovered or only have one arm. Yet even going through those experiences they still want to get back on their board or in the air with their wing-suit to continue to do what they love doing. They rather take the risk with their sport then stop the sport completely, because to them the benefits outweigh the risks.
The number one reason I think that people don’t try an extreme sport in their life is that they don’t want to be putting there selves at risk, because to them there is no reward, because they have never felt what its like to have an adrenaline rush or that they aren’t thrill seekers. All it takes is education on the sport and how to stay safe while doing the sport, what kind of gear is needed and what type of training they should go through beforehand. It is also important to know the risks and the dangers of what your doing and how to react to those types of situations. It is also important to know that you can never be too safe. I think that if we all get out one day and try something extreme or out of our comfort zones, afterwards we will like it and get the I want more kind of feeling. At that point I think the benefits of the extreme sport outweigh the risks.