Do not Repeat: The Most Dangerous Sports in the World

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Train surfing

Train Surfing

Originally train surfing appeared in Indonesia and South Africa and was considered rather a means of transport than a kind of extreme sport: due to high density of population local trains could not accommodate enough people so passengers not lucky enough to get inside had to climb out to the side or top of the train. Now it is popular among adventure lovers from around the globe even though it is forbidden in most civilized countries because of the high risk of injury or death. Surfers usually hop on the top of train cars or subway trains and try to keep their balance as long as possible: the challenge is to remain on feet on the highest possible speed.


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Limbo skating

Limbo skating

The name for this so-called sport was borrowed from the famous Limbo Dance – competition in which you have to walk under a horizontal pole: the challenge is to never touch a pole as it gets lower and lower with every round. As one can guess, limbo skating suggests riding under the nominal pole (which can be any kind of an obstacle of extremely low height) on roller skates. Some professionals are so good at this kind of activity that they manage to pass under the cars with their legs spread into full split, their upper body leaned forward and face almost touching the ground.

Wingsuit flying

Wingsuit Flying

If you could gain one superhero power what would it be? How about flying? If parachuting is too easy for you and doesn’t bring real satisfaction any more than you should definitely try flying with the wingsuit, or as it is sometimes called a ‘bat suit’ – no wonder, large pieces of fabric between legs and hands remind the wings of the animal. The ‘wings’ considerably enlarge the area of the body enabling it to glide through air like a bird. Unfortunately, the power of the suit is not sufficient for the safe landing, and no matter how good you feel in the costume of a batman your flight will end up with the parachute deploy in any case. Still the minutes of free soar you experience before landing are in no way like traditional skydiving, so if you are looking for new emotions – you are welcome to try.

Creeking

Creeking

Creeking is a kind of canoeing and kayaking – a very dangerous one. Unlike more traditional kinds of sport, creeking involves descending extremely steep whitewater, some professionals even dare to challenge real waterfalls. Creekers are subject to multiple dangers on their way, so if you want to try this one you should make sure you have enough experience to withstand the power of the water.

Free soloing

Free soloing

This is a sort of climbing where you are not allowed to use any kind of protective equipment. If traditional climbing can be compared to a video game where the hero is given multiple ‘second chances’ in case they fall down, then free soloing is a life itself: here you can rely only on your own strength and climbing experience. There are very few real soloists who dare climb beyond the safe altitudes, but once they do they are completely aware of the risks which include serious injuries or even death.


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Highlining

Highlining

Highlining can resemble tightrope walking you can often see in circus – except the fact that it doesn’t involve any kind of protective equipment or a pole that helps to keep balance. Athlete just walks on a very thin rope suspended between two high cliffs. This is an extremely dangerous sport which doesn’t leave any chance to non-professionals.

Running of the bulls

Running of the bulls

Imagine yourself trying to escape from a dozen of enraged bulls. Sounds like a nightmare to you? Well, this is a traditional festive event in some towns in Spain, Portugal and Mexico. Competitions of this kind are held annually and attract thousands of tourists from around the world. Rules are quite simple: the participants have to run in front of a group of bulls. To direct the bulls special fences are erected on both sides.

This sport can be very dangerous and such competitions often end up with multiple injuries of the participants. The only chance to escape once you feel you can no longer run and the bull is about to overtake you is specially designed gaps in the fence that are big enough to let a man run through but too small for the bull.

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