Travel Addict is proud to offer cover for over 400 extreme adventure sports. Here is our top 5 most extreme sports list, demonstrating quite how dangerous some sports are and the cover that we can provide under our Adventure Travel Insurance.
Travel Addicts Most Extreme Sports List
1. Alligator Wrestling
To be perfectly honest, Alligator Wrestling looks absolutely nuts. This is not something I would personally recommend, or fancy doing myself. However, some of you crazy people out there like the look of it. Whatever floats your boat and all that… For that reason Alligator Wrestling takes our number one spot on our extreme sports list.
Originating from native America the sport has been in existence for thousands of years. With “Gator” Wrestling coming from the need to hunt Alligators as a food source in Southeastern America more specifically Florida. Once defeated the ‘Gators’ were often paraded as roadside shows and other forms of entertainment.
2. Bull Running
The famous Spanish event, the ‘running of the bulls’, takes spot number two on our extreme sports list, and here’s why…
The event is a major feature of the Sanfermines festival in Pamplona. The festival takes place to honour the Saint Fermin. Six bulls are released at the start of the course, which consists of sectioned off areas of the town, to guide the bulls and participants.
The origin of the bull run comes from the 14th century where bulls were commonly transported to the market to be sold. To try and speed up this process and consequently the efficiency of the farmers day, specific actions to incite fear and adrenaline throughout the bulls to make them move faster were implemented, and this the bull run was born.
3. Cliff and Ice Climbing (up to 3000m)
At number three on our most extreme sports list, we have Climbing. We’re not talking any old climbing here. We are talking about cliff and ice walls. Traversing normal cliffs or rock climbing is hard enough but scaling a giant inverted icicle is another matter entirely and not something you’d see me doing anytime soon.
A lot of equipment is used to ensure the safety of the climber, utilising a complex network of rope systems, attached to the users climbing harness. Allowing the ascendant to keep moving higher with the knowledge that there is some support if one were to slip or fall. There are a number of techniques, movements and skills that can take years to develop and require the appropriate supervision and teaching from qualified professionals. Outlining just how serious and dangerous this sport can be and for those reasons that’s why it takes the third spot on our extreme sports list.
Skydiving has become increasingly popular over the last decade or so. With many people deciding to throw themselves out of a plane for charity, no reason at all, fun (some people may question this reason…) and others for that once in a lifetime thrill and gorgeous aerial views of our planet. Whatever ones motive for deciding to hurtle extremely quickly towards the ground, you cannot deny the thrill and adrenaline obtained once returning your feet to safety. It really is something special.
But what about the origins of Skydiving? Did you know that the first ever skydive/parachute jump occurred in 1797? Well you do now. The jump took place somewhere over Paris with the man in question (André-Jacques Garnerin) leaping from a hydrogen balloon in a bid to test his own built contraption (seriously brave). The technique was later used to aid soldiers in wartime to survive falls from distressed planes and after that to intentionally place soldiers in otherwise inaccessible locations. In comparison, and some years later, Skydiving became an officially recognised sport in 1952.
5.Whitewater Paddle Boarding
At number five on our extreme sports list we have whitewater paddleboarding. Now you may think that’s not too dangerous… Whitewater rafting or paddleboarding can vary hugely in difficulty, terrain and current strength. Rafting is consequently graded in levels from 1-6 (1 being the safest and 6 being the most dangerous). In addition to this, the sport can take place in rivers, artificially and on the sea.
Whitewater paddleboarding is highly technical and physically demanding. In the higher grades requiring significant feats of balance, strength, power and endurance throughout the course. It can also be very mentally challenging, sometimes forcing the boarder to push themselves to limits to stay upright. Depending on your location the waters can often be extremely cold and without the appropriate gear can drastically affect the boarder.
That being said our number five on the extreme sports list can also be seriously fun, exhilarating and awesome to do with mates and strangers alike. We also like how the grading system allows people to progress and test themselves without any drastic or unforeseen challenges.