On my commute the other day on the subway in Seoul, I glanced up to look at one of the screens and was amazed at what I saw. The most ludicrous ‘sport’ was beaming out of the display straight into my eyeballs. A person was in the water on some sort of machine-board, the next second he was being propelled 30 feet up into the air by a powerful jet of water. The best way I can describe it is a hybrid between a robotic-human and a dolphin. I was fascinated. I began to Google instantly for more information and the sport in question turned out to be FlyBoarding. After further investigation it appears that this exciting ‘new’ invention is not so new after all, apparently I’m about a year behind the times in extreme sports.
This got me to thinking about thrill seekers and the lengths they will go to find the latest adrenaline rush. Travel, adventure, thrill seeking it’s all intertwined. Here are a few ideas for any hard-core adventurers wanting to push themselves to the limits.
Realistically you can turn a lot of adventure activities extreme, if you think about the most dangerous way you could go about something then it becomes an ‘extreme’ sport. That’s my theory anyway. Why just go scuba diving when you can go scuba diving deeper and further than anyone else? Preferably in an underwater network of caves or a dangerously fragile shipwreck for example. Most active pursuits come with some kind of risk, and heightening the risk amplifies the adventure.
I started with FlyBoarding so I will elaborate; it’s a British invention so you don’t even need to go too far to try it. The actual board costs a small fortune, but lessons start at around £100, which is do-able, although I suspect it would take a lot of lessons to be able to get the machine under any kind of control. Mastering the skill to dive like a dolphin would probably be worth a few hundred quid though, depends on your priorities.
This next invention is quite absurd, I came across it late last year and it really tickled me, I do hope it catches on. I would love nothing more than to see the masses taking to the skies majestically on these contraptions. At the time I discovered the concept (cruising the internet) the company in question were trying to raise money via Kicksarter to put it into production. And it would seem they were successful: you can now become a proud owner of a Paravelo, which as the name suggests is a bike that can fly. One minute you can be cycling, the next flying. It’s a pretty cool concept, but most likely one that sounds better than it is in practice. Take a look at it in action to make up your own mind.
Here’s something you can do anywhere, with no equipment. Free-solo climbing must be one of the most dangerous activities in the world. It doesn’t need much of an explanation, the concept is to climb (usually) insanely tall buildings that have little to grasp on to, with no safety gear whatsoever. I say you can do it ‘anywhere’ you can’t really, as it is illegal in most places to start free-climbing local buildings. The chance of being arrested is preferable to slipping to an untimely death in my book. But neither is an ideal. Free-solo climbing is one for the real extreme adventurers and certainly not me, give me a Paravelo any day.