New Sports

Innovative new extreme sports with mega air include mega ramp skateboarding. This is 100 feet jumps that push the boundaries of any normal ramp. Danny Way has set two world records for the world's longest jump and the highest air, both of which were accomplished in the same run. The MegaRamp combines the aspects of launch ramps, gaps, and banked landing pads of standard ramps. At an astounding nine stories high, this ramp intimidates even Tony Hawk. Tony Hawk only attempted the 60-foot gap, while Danny Way started at the highest point to win the competition.

The standard ramp used is a 12-foot half-pipe. The MegaRamp is nine stories high and longer than a football field. Danny Way also took something similar to the MegaRamp and jumped the Great Wall in China. At such a great height, competitors have to ride an elevator to get to the higher roll-in. Out of 11 competitors invited to the X-Games Big Air Competition, only 3 launched from the highest point. The MegaRamp allows skaters to perform 720's over immense gaps and McTwists that are 50 feet off the ground. (See Slate, http://www.slate.com/id/2124309)

Powerisers Jumping Stilts have also led to a great new extreme sport. With curved springs, a gravitational energy is created that allows jumps of more than six feet in the air and running speeds of over 20 miles per hour that even Olympic athletes can't do. Combined with simple runs and jumps, extreme athletes are adding their own movement combinations such as back flips and split kicks. Powerbocking, named after originator Alexander Bock from Germany, implements an aerobic workout while enhancing muscle strength without the aid of batteries or power.

Birdman suits allow users to skydive without parachutes. Jeb Corliss is a creator of the wingsuit, which provides speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. This suit is not designed for base jumping; however, some people have had great flights from mountains. As far as equipment for the suit, pinclosed containers are a must-have in either a 32" or 38" pilot chute size.

Cable Sports

700 foot swings from the peak of the world's second highest tower at 1,100 feet give people the ultimate adrenaline rush. Similar swings have been taking place from smaller heights. The swing is set on a viewing platform and allows users to swing out over the city. Known as the "Game for Brave People," the swing is located on the tower in Harbin City, China.

The Batman Rope, also known as the Atlas Rope Ascender, allows users to ascend more than 600 feet in the air at about 10 feet per second on one battery charge. This rope has also found a home with the military because of its ability to pull a soldier up a repelling line, tow vehicles, and remotely move equipment and casualties. The prototype rope operates on a battery and a motor from a bomb-disposal robot. (See http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/the-atlas-rope-ascender-batman-rope/)

Vertical soccer is performed on a billboard that is 10 stories high in Tokyo. The game is played with two players suspended by ropes with a tethered soccer ball. In the new Adidas advertisement, vertical soccer is the focal point. Upon seeing this ad, extreme athletes around the world have begun plans to incorporate this game into their lives.

Water Sports

The Powerski Jetboard by Powerski International is formed like a surf board, contains a 45 horsepower motor to generate G-forces up to 6G, and allows riders to get nearly horizontal. The board provides rear thrust, rail, and 3 fins underneath to carve through water and snow easily. A standing rider can easily perform high speed turns. The handle on the board allows for balance, while also providing a start/stop button, thumb throttle, and safety kill switch. (See GizMag, http://www.gizmag.com/go/3871/)

Jetbiking is the new form of water skiing. In short, the jetbike is a motorcycle made for the water. The bike uses a propulsion system and is aerodynamic to allow for a smooth ride. Developed by the AquaJet Corporation, the jetbike boasts dual front and rear steering, throttle off maneuverability, an integrated headlight, and taillight system as well as a lightweight construction.

Nuclear Globing is fun in a bubble... literally. The Nuclear Globe is a 6 feet round ball that people can climb inside to go across the water. Inset cups on the surface allow for better grip on the water, so you can paddle across easily. Users can either play on the water alone, or they can find competition to bump and bounce each other on top of the water. This inflatable sphere has people dying to climb inside for a test run.

For The Disabled

Disabled individuals aren't letting their problems interfere with their love of extreme sports. In an event called Extreme Wheelchairing, those who are paralyzed perform amazing tricks in wheelchairs. There are wheelchairs available that are customized to perform some of these stunts. Some of the events include downhill mountain biking, off-road wheelchair, wheelchair racing and jumping, jousting, and sit-ski.

There are also distance events such as the Rollathon where athletes cross 200 miles in 7 days in a wheelchair. There is also a trail ride, sponsored by Extreme Chairing, where athletes cross 43 miles of rough terrain in 3 days. Among these sports, there are also more mainstream sports such as Quad Rugby and Paragliding. Fourcross is a new extreme sport that takes advantage of lift assisted mountain bike parks. The riding style here is a combination of mountain biking, rally car driving, supercross/motorcross, and high end off road truck racing. (See Extreme Chairing, http://www.extremechairing.com/sports.html )


Other, more mainstream, extreme sports that are gaining in popularity run the gamut from one end to the other. Street Luging is known as one of the most dangerous new extreme sports. More recently, athletes slide down marked streets that are empty. Originally, the stunt was performed through traffic. Kite Jumping is also another pretty dangerous new extreme sport. This is performed with a kite and periodically jumping into the air to let it pull you along. (See http://www.cocktailworldcup.com/forum/thread/thread_id/0

New Recreational Sports

Sports are one aspect in our culture that has always been cutting edge. If we look back to our history, what was considered a new extreme sport then is considered a legitimate competitive sport today. Athletes and young minds find sports not only a competitive activity, but also an expression of the youth in the society. Most people will always imagine something new and & nbsp;invent them as a new sport. Eventually it gains enthusiasts, professionals, and casual followers until it becomes a recognized sport. Let us look at some of the new and weird sports that have made a mark in this global culture.

World Cyber Games: Competitive Video Gaming At Its Finest

This current decade saw the tremendous growth of gaming consoles, game design, and the video game industry in general. This evolved into a global gaming culture that is now recognized as a new extreme sport in more than 70 countries. Competitive Video Gaming has become one of the most sought after new recreational sports in the last five years.

The best players from around the world meet in the annual World Cyber Games (WCG). This event was launched by International Cyber Marketing, a Korean company backed by Samsung and Microsoft, with the goal to market video games as competitive sports. Like athletes and fans that recognize sports talent, many will attest to the fact that Korea has some of the elite players in the world, since they were one of the first countries that developed the gaming and the new sports technology that makes World Cyber Games possible. The World Cyber Games bring the best players from different countries to battle it out just like the Olympics.

This new recreational sport draws more than one million visitors every year, which is an impressive number for a young sporting event. Ironically, some players believe in exercise and physical fitness to compete in this sport. Only a select number of games are considered competitive games. These games include Warcraft III, Starcraft, Counterstrike, FIFA, and Need for Speed. Recently Guitar Hero was added to the list of events. The selection of games depends on the balance in game design and the large community that drives these video games. With its strong interest from the youth, and the fascination of "real sports on PC," cyber games are definitely here to stay.

Base Jumping

Many extreme sports involve jumping from high altitude and at high speeds. The ultimate jump is skydiving, where a person jumps from a plane at an altitude greater than 2000 feet. Skyboarding is a variant of skydiving where the jumper has a board attached to his feet, so he can make board tricks in the air while falling. Skygliding is one of the new extreme sports where participants use a special aerodynamic suit to travel from one point to another while falling, compared to dropping straight down in skydiving.

One of the more radical extreme sports related to skydiving is Base Jumping. BASE stands for Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth. This jump employs a parachute or wingsuit to jump from altitudes less than 2000 feet with the parachute unopened. To become a BASE jumper, you must jump from fixed objects.

The first base jumpers were Carl Boenish and Jean Boenish along with Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield. The first jump made in Yosemite National Park demonstrated how Base Jumping is different from other recreational sports. During the eighties, all base jumps were made using standard parachutes, but new sports technology has developed specialized equipment specifically for this kind of low altitude jumping.

Many consider base jumping an & quot;ultra-extreme & quot; sport because it is significantly more dangerous than similar sports. Unlike skydiving, low altitude jumping only spans six seconds at the most. Thus, jumpers have less than three seconds to position themselves and open their parachutes. In addition, these jumps are usually made from man-made structures where there are many people on the ground. Base Jumping is one of the new and weird sports that has found its niche through the years.

Body Boarding

Body boarding is a form of human wave riding and a derivation from surfing. This new extreme sport uses a smaller, rectangular board made of hydrodynamic foam. Body Boarding is the fastest growing extreme sports in the world since this sport is easier to learn than similar activities like wakeboarding or surfing.

A bodyboard is a short board made of foam core and protected by a plastic bottom. The new sports technology behind the boards makes them lighter, flexible, and easier to control. There are stronger bodyboards made of carbon and graphite for stronger waves. The boards are also designed to absorb much of the surface pressure of the water, so bodyboards will have an easier time catching the waves.

Professional bodyboarding involves launching and landing tricks in the height of the wave from the simple spinning and reverse trick done near the wave pipe, to the more extreme jumping and aerial tricks that use the stronger waves as jump-off points. The standard tricks for modern bodyboarding includes aerial spinner, reverse 720s, and air roll spins. Advance bodyboarders also do tricks while in a drop-knee or crouching position, and standing up. Modern bodyboarders place emphasis on sticking to the pipe of the wave and doing multiple tricks as the wave breaks.

New Olympic Sports

Not all sports are considered Olympic sports. There is a strict set of criteria that a sport has to meet before it is voted in. The new Olympic sports in consideration for the 2012 Olympics in London are Karate, Squash, Golf, Roller Sports, and Rugby. Roller Sports is one of the new recreational sports to make a bid for the Olympics. The 2008 Beijing Olympics was also the first time the Olympics hosted BMX riding. It is one of the rare extreme sports accepted in the Olympics. Sailing could be classified as a new extreme sport that gained Olympic recognition. Other sports under consideration include netball and cricket.

New Olympic Sports

Since the inception of the Olympics, the sports included in the games have been in dispute. Advocates of certain activities frequently find themselves fighting for the chance at Olympic glory, while other less popular events are nixed. New sports technology, among other things, is the reason for some of the new Olympic sports we see. Keeping up with the hundreds of games played at the summer and Winter Games is tough, but you can learn about the new games being offered.

The Start Of Extreme Sports

New Olympic sports are part of the games every four years. In the 2008 Olympics, new extreme sports became part of the lineup. BMX ® racing, which sounds tame enough, became one of the key new Olympic sports added to the roster. In BMX ® racing, the participants compete as individuals, and not teams. They race on a track with their bikes only inches from each other. The lap, which lasts under a minute, is full of intensity and sometimes a little bumping.

In 1998, snowboarding became part of the Olympic games. This relatively new Olympic game is a new extreme sport as well. By the 1998 games, the new sports technology available for snowboarders made this sport viable. The most recent games in 2006 saw the addition of two new snowboarding competitions -the women and men's snowboard cross. This event, which is like an obstacle course for snowboarders, includes all manner of bumps and turns in the snow. The snowboarder must navigate these turns, and the judges score this new Olympic sport based on the fluidity of the athlete's movements.

Some people are beginning to mount a campaign for another new extreme sport ice climbing. This sport involves participants using ice axes and crampons, which are clamps that go over shoes with heavy picks on them, to climb up faces of ice. Think of rock climbing, but with an icy face rather than the hard plastic of a rock-climbing wall. Ice climbing is a competitive sport in some parts of the world, and though it is still rare, there is a growing group of people who participate in this sport.

An Obstacle Course For Runners

Among other sports to be newly added to the Olympic lineup is the women's steeplechase race. The steeplechase is an interesting take on the obstacle course. In many ways, among new and weird sports to be added, the steeplechase challenges athletes to have versatility. The steeplechase involves running laps with various obstacles, including hurdles and lanes of water that the runner must jump over. The sport requires the ability to think quickly, judging when to make a jump without being caught.

Changes In Recreational Sports

New Olympic sports aren't only about highly physically demanding activities, however. One of the new recreational sports competitions is team table tennis. In the past, the Olympics featured table tennis that included doubles teams, much like regular tennis, but that sport is gone in favor of a team approach to the sport.

Advocates For New Olympic Sports

The process of getting new Olympic sports added to the roster of what currently is offered is tough. The first requirement from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is that people must play team sports in at least 75 nations, and those countries must cover at least four continents. Over the past year, a campaign has emerged to make (American) football an Olympic sport. This campaign will be interesting, as football has a presence in other countries, but does not rival the popularity it has in the United States.

Others wish new and weird sports were part of the Olympic games, and they may have a chance if they can make a case for the popularity of the sport. Though it sounds satirical, snowball fighting actually is a recognized sport, and Japan annually holds the world championship competition. This sport works like a modified game of dodge ball on a court and has a unique set of rules and requirements.

As new Olympic sports are added, others are removed from competition. These sports are removed for a variety of reasons, but the most common is that there are not enough countries competing in the game. The lack of competition suggests that perhaps the sport simply is not very popular. The sport also could be too expensive, or the obstacles to good practice facilities too much to overcome for people in some nations. The IOC makes decisions during the preparations for each game about the viability of continuing each sport.

Winning With New Sports Technology

Many Olympic sports get an occasional upgrade with the introduction of new technology to their ranks. Swimming has been the sport to see new sports technology lately, and the next summer games are likely to have even better technologies. Speedo ® makes a suit called the LZR RacerTM, and this suit helps oxygen circulation in the muscles while adding to the hydrodynamic design of the human body. This suit has the potential to shave a few tenths of a second off a swimmer's time, but in the Olympics, that kind of time change can make a difference. These subtle changes will continue to add to the record-setting pace of Olympic swimmers at each new game.

Another new sports technology is the Doppler LidarTM system. This system works for sailors, but the sailors must be able to understand the meanings of read-outs. The system concept is simple. The machine releases a scattershot of laser beams and then returns all types of readings about those beams. The sailors then can use those readouts to determine wind speed and direction to help them make adjustments to their sails. This technology works, but the athlete must be well trained in how to use the technology.

New Olympic sports will continue to be added to the games, and controversy will continue to brew over these events, especially new extreme sports. Still one of the joys of watching the Olympic games is participating in lively debate over what games are worthy of a fight for the Olympic gold.

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