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Why go Extreme?

 article about why do people do extreme sports
2004-02-23 18:51:18
Some people say that life is complicated enough.

Some people say that there is enough danger and risk around in the world without adding to it.


Such is the attitude that infects the casual observer of an Extreme
Sport. It does not matter if this sport is popular or regarded as the
in thing, the attitude of the casual observer is the same.


The casual observer tends to feel that any Extreme Sport is a waste of
effort and a confusing and pointless exercise. To the untrained
observer looking in to an Extreme Sport, there seems little in the way
of risk and even less in the way of near fatal danger that could claim
a competitor's life.

To the untrained observer Extreme
Escapology are little more than people playing at being Harry Houdini
in the same way as a person doing tricks on a skateboard is simply
someone playing at being Tony Hawks.

These people say that there is nothing Extreme in what these sportsmen and women do.

Should anyone read the above and agree, allow me provide you with an education.

There
is a statistic for Performance Escapology that states Worldwide every
year two escape artists die performing an escape. I have not seen the
data behind that figure but I can honestly say I am surprised that the
number it is that small.

This is a sport that requires a
human being to put him or herself into a dangerous position, whilst
being restrained by devices that are not designed to be removed easily.


Use your imagination for a second and try to imagine what it must be
like knowing that you have one minute to remove a restraint before
something bad happens. It is a worrying thought that the only thing
between yourself and freedom is a mechanical device designed by someone
you have never met and your ability to overcome it.

The Escape
Artist could be hanging upside down in a Strait Jacket, trying to get
free before gravity causes them to suffer a red out where the blood
rushes to your head and your brain shuts down or sinking under water,
with their hands restrained, trying to pull themselves free from their
watery, airless tomb. Yet there is nothing unique about Escapology when
it comes to risks.

Freerunners often have to take their lives
into their hands as they try and prove that the cities of the world do
not restrain the human spirit. Their leaps across the roves of France
and mainland Europe have become the stuff of urban legend, yet all
around them exists the risk of failure combined with the almost
inevitable fall and critical injury.

Snowboarders and Extreme
Skiers are also putting their lives in their hands, their own survival
in a battle of skill against the elements and the limits of equipment.
Even the humble Skate Boarder is taking chances every time he goes to
the park and tries a trick.

So why take the risks?

If
it was not for the risk takers at the dawn of the Automobile age there
would not be an Indy 500, no F1 and no Motorsport Industry at all.
Someone took the risk to drive those cars fast, someone took the risk
to develop and advance the technology, the understanding and the
acceptance of the sport.

If it were not for the risk takers out
there the Land Speed record would be 20 MPH and held by a horse. No one
could ever have foreseen the benefits of doing it but they did.

To the casual observer Extreme Sports are pointless.

To the enlightened, they are the future.





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