What does it take to qualify as an extreme sport? Well, wiki defines it like this:
Extreme sports (also called action sports, aggro sports, and adventure sports) is a popular term for certain activities perceived as having a high level of inherent danger. These activities often involve speed, height, a high level of physical exertion, and highly specialized gear.
But for me, if I take one look at it and say 'no f#@!king way would I ever do that!', that's qualification enough. And while some of these definitely fall into the category of extreme skill or outlandish premise (that I would actually love to try), all in one way or another are very 'extreme', especially in comparison to the US varieties of football, baseball, etc. So, here's my top 20 most extreme and/or downright crazy sports in no particular ranked order, broken down into 4 categories: Altitude Sports, Water Sports, Animal Sports and Misc. Enjoy! It's fun to feel the thrill of living, even if just vicariously.
Big Mountain Free Skiing
Cliff Diving/Cliff Base Jumping
Ski Base Jumping
Wingsuit Proximity Flying
High Line Slacklining
The Iditarod Trail
Running Of The Bulls
Big Air Kiteboarding
Big Wave Surfing
BMX/Extreme Mountain Biking
Agree with my top 20? Did I miss anything? Comment below and let me know what you think. I spend a lot of time watching crazy sports online. Would enjoy finding out about what other craziness is out there that I am not yet aware of.