You stand with your eyes down, in a plane flying forward. Your legs are shaking. Your stomach is churning. But then you jump-and there is no freer feeling.
Your heart is racing as the horses head for the finish line, the wind is blowing through your hair and the tips of the ground are getting bigger and bigger at a surprising speed. And, just like you’ve never felt so good, pull on the cord of your parachute and feel your rapid descent turn into a smooth glide.
Once your feet are on solid ground, all you can think about is, “How can I get more people to experience this?”
The trick is to start small. Take your friends on an extreme journey that they will not forget and you will soon make them jump out of planes with the best of them.
But what sports should you try?
Driving a Segway
The Segway may not seem like the ost sparkling day out, but thanks to the guys at Segway Active, the Segway Adventure Centre is a fantastic way to spend a weekend.
Starting with a tutorial on how to use these two-wheeled wonders, you will end up racing your time against your friends on complex dirt tracks and even embarking on time trials.
Based in Chepstow, the Segway experience is ideal for adrenaline junkies, young and old, and can even win you some extreme sports converts.
Jump off a bridge safely
For some people, the thrill of jumping off a bridge doesn’t have to end with a horrible splashing sound. Instead, they tie a rope to their feet and call it bungee jumping!
There are many interesting places to take this giant leap, but one of the most beautiful is provided by Highland Fling, based in Highland Perthshire, Scotland.
The only purpose-built bridge in the UK, Highland Fling has perfected the ideal jump. During your descent, you will be greeted by breathtaking landscapes and the ebb and flow of a river gently lapping under you.
It’s a feeling like few others. Who knows, you might want to try again when you’re done.
Tanks for painting.
You like tanks! You like paintball! Then there is no way you don’t like tank paintball!
An epic action through leaved military fields in Leicestershire, tank paintball is the ultimate combination of competitive extreme sports, pitting friend against friend and having a lot of fun in the process.
Working in a team, outwitting your opponents, learning to drive a tank – there are fewer cooler things than that.
Watching a giant Dulux orb hit a heavily armored vehicle on its flank is the most fun you can have outside of a long-term relationship. Soon you will have friends who will beg you for more extreme sports – and then you can attach the parachutes to their backs!