Article by Andy Adams
For those who like the adrenalin pumping as they push their bodies to the limit many people take up some form of extreme sport. We know most of them from television and video games, the main ones being skateboarding, skydiving and the nauseating bungee jump!
The fun doesn’t stop there, people can do most extreme sports anywhere but like most sports they have their true home, places which are perfect for that sport. Like Wembley is to Football and Wimbledon is to Tennis there are places all over the world that are considered the Mecca of extreme sports.
Skateboarding is a common extreme sport you will likely see people in town centres performing tricks and doing jumps but the modern skateboarding scene has descended from the skate parks of California. The home of world class skaters like Tony Hawk, California has many dedicated skate parks with both street setups as well as vertical sets like half-pipes.
If California is too warm for your sport of choice then there are always the mountain ranges of Europe of which there are plenty. Ski slopes are dotted all over Europe with the Alps as well as other European countries in the north like Norway. Norway is a popular ski and snowboarding area with thousands of people learning the sports as well as seasoned pros cutting their way down the slopes.
For the more death-defying extreme sports nut New Zealand can help out with skydiving and white water rafting available in a picturesque country last seen in the Lord of The Rings films. For those who are extra daring there is a bungee jump location in Taupo, New Zealand which hangs over a giant gorge to a river below. It’s this river that you end up dunked in at the bottom of your fall, but don’t worry, you’re flung out of it and will surely dry out