GoPro devices have allowed for an all-new generation of daredevils. Extreme stunts no longer have to be nationally televised events. Head over to YouTube and you can enjoy hours upon hours of people doing dangerous stuff with cameras strapped to their heads.
So, if you thought that white water kayaking was extreme, wait until you get a look at these guys zipping along down a drainage ditch no more than a few inches deep. Basically, the duo of Rush Struges and Ben Marr ride down a mountain in a tandem kayak.
If you watch closely, you can even see them quickly duck below a cable which could have quickly put an end to the fun, a la Ghost Ship. The daredevils are quite impressive with their ability to keep their kayak upright through the tumultuous journey down the ditch.
The guys made it down the ditch unscathed, but I doubt the same can be said for the bottom of that poor kayak.
New technology is going to allow thrill seekers, like our kayaking friends above, new ways to risk their lives.
JetPack Aviation has developed a real jetpack which could be a part of future extreme sports. Image the awesomeness of jetpack drag racing or jetpack jousting (don’t try this at home). The technology may not be conducive to extreme sporting at the moment, but now that we do have our first personal jetpack, the innovation is surely going to rapidly develop into smaller, faster, and more fun tech. Take a look at what the current model can do.
If zipping around on Earth isn’t hardcore enough, you may soon be able to try space diving. In 2012, skydiver Felix Baumgartner traveled 39,045 meters (128,100 feet) above the surface of the Earth and jumped back down.
Whichever way you choose to live life to the extreme in the future, be safe.