There is no person in the world who hates being in & around the water bodies. The water is the primeval source of life for sure. But the same water can also become the most enthralling source of the recreation & exciting activities as well!
There are plenty of adventure sports that one can try to get the most thrilling experience of the life. It may be fidgeting with the soaring tides of the oceans or keeping up with the ferocious flow of the river gushing down the slope, the Water Sports are innumerable! So, for the hardcore adrenaline junkies, here we have the list of ‘Top 7 Extreme Water Adventure Sports’ which every brave soul should try at least once in the life!
- Freshwater Cave Diving:
Underwater diving in caves using scuba equipment is generally considered to be a part of technical diving. Stalactites are the most prominent features that magnetize the enthusiasts. ‘Freshwater Cave Diving’ is the sheer pleasure with some potential dangers as the lack of sufficient lights & intricate landscape of the caves sometimes result in the decompression sickness & drowning.
Where To Try: The popular cave diving includes Grand Bahama Island, Central & Northern Florida in US, the cenotes in Mexico’s Yucatan Penninsula & West Timor in Indonesia.
- Kite Surfing:
An extreme surface water sport of ‘Kite Surfing’ is all in one package that combines the goodness of a wide range of adventure sports, including Paragliding, Windsurfing, Wakeboarding, Surfing & Gymnastics as well! A large controllable kite that sails using the power of wind propels the kiteboarder across the water while standing on a specially designed surfing board.
Where To Try: Some of the most popular Kitesurfing destinations such as Cayman Island, Maui in Alaska, Nabq in Egypt, Le Morne in Mauritius, Tarifa in Spain & Cumbuco in Brazil are considered perfect due to the flat water & good wind speed.
‘Flowboarding’ or ‘Flowriding’, as it is often called as, is one of the most recent inventions in the traditional Boardsports that includes aspects of Surfing, Bodyboarding, Skateboarding, Wakeboarding, Snowboarding & even Skimboarding! The sport takes place in the controlled environment wherein the rider surfs on a three-inch layer of artificial waves, called as ‘Plastic Waves’, which are pumped at 20 to 30 MPH. The surface over which the water flows, are engineered to mimic the ocean waves & the rider can perform most of the surfing tricks while riding on the plastic waves.
Where To Try: Since the sport is completely dependent upon the Flowboarding machine, it can be practiced anywhere in the world. ‘Flowhouse’ is one of the most famous institution in this business since they provide the ‘Flowboarding’ facilities in various cities, including Bangkok in Thailand, Yorkshire & Bedford in UK & Beach Haven & Wildwood in the USA.
- White Water Rafting:
Navigating a highly rough river water using an inflatable raft is the heart & soul of the extremely dangerous ‘White Water Rafting’. The teamwork is the key of this leisure-sport & the participants need to be cautious about maintaining the balance of the raft perfectly as the strong, gushing flow of the water can flip the raft at any moment, which can result in serious injuries.
Where To Try: Zambezi River in Zimbabwe is the most famous destination for the river rafting since it was the birthplace of this extreme sport. Apart from this, Grand Canyon’s Colorado river, Chile’s Futaleufu river, Chinese Yangtze river, Indian Ganges & Switzerland’s Rhine river also offer challenging opportunities for the White Water Rafting.
- Ice Swimming:
Swimming in outdoor locations during the winter season when the mercury in the thermometer lingers around the near freezing mark may sound incredibly insane, but the north Europeans find themselves more than happy in taking a nice dip in the ice-cold water of pools or sinkholes formed by breaking the upper crust of the ice. The ‘Ice Swimming’ is the part of Eastern Europe’s celebration of the Epiphany.
Where To Try: The activity is widely practiced in almost all European countries. Estonia, Finland, Russia, Belgium & UK are more fond of the ‘Ice Swimming’. In other parts of the world, the North American countries & China are also known for indulging in ‘Ice Swimming’.
‘Canyoning’, which is also called as the ‘River Trekking’ or ‘Canyoneering’, is the extreme adventure sport that requires to incorporate several techniques of hiking such as walking, rappelling, jumping as well as swimming to navigate through the canyons. Although the most descriptive definition of Canyoning incorporates the elements of hiking & mountaineering, in most parts of the world, the ‘Canyoning’ is restricted to ascending or descending tall waterfalls or the natural gorges with flowing water. ‘Canyoning’ can be dangerous, but usually, more attention is given to sheer fun which rules out the navigating through the challenging places.
Where To Try: Several countries in the world have well-set Canyoning destinations. Some of them includes, Indonesia, Argentina, USA, India, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Costa Rica, Croatia, Switzerland, New Zealand, Nepal, Canada, Chile & Ecuador.
The ‘Coasteering’ involves traversing the intertidal zone of a rugged coast without using any of the watercrafts. The participants often enjoy exploring the coastline by walking, swimming or may be diving in the ocean. The ‘Coasteering’ offers splendid opportunities of understanding the marine geology adorned with water, rocks, corals, gullies, caves & exotic marine life.
Where To Try: The rocky cliff coastline of Western Britain is the most celebrated place for Coasteering.