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How to Find Extreme Sports that Won’t Cost You an Arm and a Leg 1

Posted on March 17, 2016 by Brooke Chaplan

Extreme-SportsExtreme sports are activities that can provide an adrenaline rush to the participant and usually involve some level of danger, speed, and physicality. In recent years extreme sports have become more popular for both recreation and competition. There are different types of extreme sports categories such as vehicle sports where the vehicle is either motorized or non-motorized like skateboards, and non-vehicle sports. Many extreme sports can be expensive due to the cost of the activity and equipment, but there are also inexpensive options for the adrenaline junkie with a limited budget.

Vehicle-Based Cost Effective Extreme Sports
Motorized vehicle based extreme sports are typically more expensive because of the equipment required. Motocross racing is a popular activity and is a form of off-road motorcycle racing on enclosed circuits either inside or outdoors. For safety reasons, participants must be a minimum of 15 years old. Snowmobiling is another popular motorized extreme sport which involves driving the snowmobile in snow and ice conditions on trails or open terrain. You can find lots of equipment for cheap at places like Bob’s Cycle & Snowmobile Supply. Non-motorized vehicle extreme sports are less expensive and offer more opportunities to participate. Mountain biking, freestyle biking, surfing, and windsurfing are extreme sports that are easy to pursue and typically don’t cost too much.

Non-Vehicle Based Cost Effective Extreme Sports
Non-vehicle extreme sports are a favorable option for extreme sports enthusiasts who do not want to spend much money. These sports include roller derby, rock climbing, paint balling, canyonering, white water rafting, body boarding, zip lining, and parkour. These activities all provide the thrill of danger, are physically demanding, and cost a fraction of vehicle-based extreme sports. Other budget friendly adrenaline driven sports are caving, street luge, bungee jumping, hang gliding, paragliding, and base jumping.  Read the rest of this entry →

The Development of Extreme Sports 5

Posted on October 24, 2015 by Wolf Popovic

xgamesExtreme sports have always been there. From the ancient gladiator fights in the famous Colosseum, through marathons and rock climbing, finally evolving into forms people recognize and participate in today. The adrenaline in our head and that feeling of accomplishment when you make it happen are pretty awesome for many. Degrees of risks and type of challenges we take are obviously different. Some of us would not break a sweat surfing in the sky or kayaking in whitewater rapids. Others, who prefer slightly less extreme way to go, would choose mountain biking or surfing. Nowadays, people even go for small doses of adrenaline by playing mobile games with real money. The rush is even greater with a mobile casino bonus. Variety is there, no doubt about it.

How it all started
If we stick with recent history and not go way too back, marathon runners and rock climbers were considered as modern gladiators in 1970s. Making it to the end of a 42.195 km long race was quite a challenge. Defeating endlessly high mountains was not for everyone back then. But, as more people started accomplishing both challenges, the meaning extreme evolved. Marathons were transformed to triathlons and multi-day cycling events appeared. Extreme skiing and snowboarding also started to enjoy a steady rise in popularity. People became more creative and wanted to challenge themselves even more. Sky, water or on the ground – limits seized to exist.     Read the rest of this entry →

  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Hall of Famer Tony Oliva
      July 17, 2022 | 2:15 pm
      Tony Oliva

      After waiting for 45 years after his retirement, the Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month is finally taking his rightful place as a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

      Before injuries cut short his Hall of Fame worthy career, Tony Oliva was one of the best hitters in baseball and combined with Hall of Famers Rod Carew and Harmen Killebrew to make the Minnesota Twins a perennial American League contender during the late 1960s.

      Discovered on the baseball fields of Cuba by a Minnesota Twin scout, Oliva came to the United States in 1961 and within three years the American League Rookie of the Year. There have been many great MLB players from Cuba, including a new generation of stars today, but it is hard to argue that there has been a better player from the island in MLB than Oliva.

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