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  • The craziest extreme sports on the beach

    Wakeboarding, photo by Mike Vondran

    What counts as an extreme sport is a matter of debate, but what’s deadly sure is that they all involve danger and a considerable increase of your adrenaline level. You don’t have to have a death wish in order to enjoy extreme sports, just a taste for adventure, and maybe the willingness to risk a few broken limbs if it means that you can have fun.

    Adrenaline junkies come up with ideas for increasingly insane extreme sports all the time, and many of them involve water – at least there’s something to cushion the fall. If lounging on the beach sounds like a waste of time to you when there are perfectly acceptable alternatives like kitesurfing or cliff diving, you’ll like this list of the the craziest extreme sports on the beach.

    Wakeboarding

    When you combine snowboarding with surfing and water skiing, you get a whole new sport that is crazier than all of the three combined. Wakeboarding is usually done by means of a motor boat, like in the case of water skiing, but the wakeboarder can also be towed by an ATV or a cable system. Needless to say, it helps to know a bit of snowboarding, skiing or surfing if you want to wakeboard. You can try it at custom-built venues, or at any beach that strikes your fancy.

    Kitesurfing

    Kitesurfing, photo by Michalis Polakis

    Wakeboarding is already a jumble of other sports, but kitesurfing takes it one step futher: it is described as a combo of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics, and it this sport isn’t a test of endurance, then nothing is.

    Kitesurfing allows you not only to perform insane jumps and to glide on water, but also to become airborne for a short while. Egypt has quite a few great kitesurfing destinations, such as Sharm-el-Sheik, Marsa Alam and Soma Bay.

    Barefoot skiing

    If water skiing sounds too tame for you, then you might want to leave off your skis next time your try it. The trick with barefoot skiing is to travel at much higher speeds than with conventional skiing, which means that you will end up with a lot more bruises too should you fall.

    Barefoot skiing has many adepts, and even competitions where the skiers perform tricks or jumps. Florida, where barefoot skiing was invented, is one of the most popular destinations for aficionados of the sport.

    Hydrofoil

    photo by Jonas Leander

    The sit-down hydrofoil is a fairly new sport, but already very popular, and suitably dangerous to amuse extreme sports addicts. Unlike in wakeboarding and waterskiing, the skiers doesn’t touch the water, and the board is supported above water by a hydrofoil wing.

    You strap your feet to the board and secure your waist with a seatbelt, after which it is up to a motor boat to make you fly!

     

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