An Extreme Sport is any sport featuring speed, height, danger, a high level of physical exertion, highly specialized gear, or spectacular stunts.

Extreme sports can be downright dangerous, but the sheer exhilaration keeps the adrenaline junkies coming back for more. Not only are these sports fun, and still provide totally unique encounters with nature and also the world.

The below list begins with the most life threatening and finishes using the safest, but there is an element of fear with all of of them. That’s the point of extreme activities, after all; the rush of literally living around the edge.

Many of this top 10 list can be done by novices who are looking for adventure whilst on holiday. The rest, like base jumping and free climbing, are best to left towards the pros.

Sky diving extreme sports

Sky diving extreme sports

Sky diving

Popular in the New Zealand’s Queenstown, or over the Swiss Alps for that spectacular views, is sky diving. The excitement of jumping from a plane from 12,000 feet and free-falling for Thirty seconds is nothing short of exhilarating and terrifying. Sky diving for non-professionals is always done in tandem with an experienced sky diver, who ensures a secure jump and landing.

Cage diving with sharks

Hover just below the surface in a completely secure cage to give sharks. Don’t worry, you feed them fish, not yourself! All of the excitement and thrill with no danger.

Free climbing

Free climbing is really a type of rock climbing that only employs rope for the sake of safety. Agile free climbers ascend treacherous and daunting cliffs only using their limbs. Top climbing locations are found all over South Africa and New Zealand.

Back country skiing/snowboarding

Bring your skis or snowboard off piste to discover the real meaning of adventure. Off the beaten track is where the fresh snow and steep mountain edge await. North America boasts elite back country skiing in Jackson Hole, Snowbird and Whistler.

Big wave surfing

Kitesurfing extreme sports

Kitesurfing extreme sports

Surfing isn’t simple to master but you can have fun trying! Good surfing spots can be found all over the world, but Pipeline in Oahu, Hawaii supports the title as the most extreme using its waves that reach over 6 metres. Other big break beaches in South Africa, Indonesia and Australia follow closely behind.

Kite surfing

Kite boarding encompasses wake boarding, wind surfing, surfing and paragliding into one big extreme sport. There are varying types of kite surfing, but essentially it requires being attached to a board that is being propelled across the water with a parachute in the sky. Many beaches in Cypress have kite surfing training centres, for all those looking to learn.

Bungee jumping

If you aren’t directly into free falling but want the excitement of jumping off something, then you might be more into bungee jumping! The concept is that you fall while mounted on a cord, and it can be done from the bridge, building or cliff edge.