Adventure sports are not always associated with the some serious, strenuous hard work that tests your endurance. In fact, it can be fun too! The fun factor of such activities gets doubled up when blended with the nerve-wracking pace!
Skidding down the steep slopes of high mountains at insane pace is one of such activities that perfectly fits in this particular category of the adventure sports. Equipment that are used for rushing down the hill may vary from a sober wooden board to a bicycle or even a giant plastic ball!
Here we have a list of ‘Top 5 Extreme Adventure Sports Which Can Be Done While rushing Down The Hill Slope’. These sports may sound eerie to some people, but will definitely set the adrenaline level in your veins surging to the top notch, if at all you dare try any one of them!
- Volcano Surfing:
The latest sporting craze in the world of adventure sports- the ‘Volcano Boarding’ or ‘Volcano Surfing’ is definitely a stern ‘NO’ for the weak hearts! The idea of skidding down the steep slope of a 2,380 ft high active volcano on a reinforced wooden plank may sound pretty enticing although it is highly dangerous. The slope is so steep that one can easily clock up to 80 km/h (50mph) while zooming off downwards.
Where To Try: Nicaragua’s active volcano named Cerro Negro near Leon is the birthplace of this extreme sport & it still serves as a premium location for experiencing the volcano boarding.
Zorbing, also known as ‘Globe-riding’, ‘Sphering’ or ‘Orbing’, is a fun sport consisting of rolling down the gentle slope inside an orb, made up of transparent plastic. Although it is generally performed on a gentle slope, in some parts of the world, it is done on the flat surface, allowing the insider to control the motion & direction of the orb. Ride the orb solely or with a friend or two, ‘Zorbing’ is always an exciting fun!
Where To Try: ‘Zorbing’ is performed in a bevy of countries across the world. In the pubs & clubs of the UK, it is performed on the ground level. Other countries include Nez Zealand, Sweden, Estonia, Canada, Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland, Japan, Kochi in India, Phuket in Thailand, many parts of the United States, Slovenia & Slovak Republic.
A variation of normal Snow-Skiing or Snowboarding, the ‘Heli-skiing’ is performed by landing off of a helicopter at the starting point of the skiing & then moving along with the normal Downhill Skiing or Snowboarding. ‘Heli-skiing’ was supposedly started in the late 50s or early 60s in Utah, Alaska or Wyoming regions of the US.
Where To Try: The ‘Heli-Skiing’ is widely popular in countries which promote skiing & snowboarding. British Columbia of Canada has almost 90% share in the global market of Heli-skiing. This sport is also famous in Nepal, the Indian Himalayas, Russia, Turkey, Greenland, New Zealand, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, Chile, Argentina, Alaska & the continental USA.
- Downhill Mountain Biking:
A very popular variant of mountain biking, the ‘Downhill Biking’ is performed on a steep & uneven terrain that requires the rider to jump, flip, & ride over rocky & uneven surfaces to overcome the obstacles in order to complete the course in the shortest time possible. The rider is expected to reach the finish line by meticulously selecting between the shortest possible path & the path that can be completed at the highest speed.
Where To Try: The sport is widely popular across all over the world. Australia is the Mecca of downhill biking, although other countries also provide excellent opportunities for the sport. Countries such as Austria, Canada, France, Croatia, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Norway, etc. are quickly building a good reputation in the field of ‘Downhill Mountain Biking’.
Another variant of snowboarding- the ‘Sandboarding’, as the name suggests, is performed on the slopes of sand dunes in desert terrains as well as near coastal areas having beach dunes. This type of boarding also requires the boarders to use special wooden Sandboards to hurl down the dunes knocking a pace up to 50 mph (80 km/h).
Where To Try: The ‘Sandboarding’ is rapidly growing across the world, especially in the desert areas. It has gained popularity in the Australian Island of Kangaroo, widely known as ‘Little Sahara’. Other countries such as Namibia, Egypt, USA, South Africa, Peru, Chile & a sand mountain called Monte Kaolino in Germany have also started promoting this extreme adventure sport.