Adventure sports: 52 brilliant ideas for taking yourself to the limit

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Infinite Ideas, Feb 28, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 238 pages
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Remember when marathons were something only a few extraordinary athletes did? Now your neighbour's done one. In a rhino costume. The same is happening across the board of sport as people of all ages realise that paragliding, white water rafting, abseiling, ultra running, wakeboarding and the rest are all entirely possible (and enormous fun) for us mere mortals. Increasingly fringe sports are being sought out not just by thrill seekers, but by those who may have never felt comfortable in traditional sports. Or just those who have never felt comfortable being stereotyped. There is almost no limit to the variety on offer or the different degrees of thrills and risks. This book takes a look at the vast range of adventure sports now on offer and how you can master them while turning up the adrenaline volume in the process.
 

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Contents

1 Twenty inches of pure joy
1
2 Heroes of Telemark
5
3 Solid sky ice diving
9
4 A leg at each corner horse trekking
13
5 Lighter than air
17
6 Street luge
21
7 A taste for adventure
25
8 Cave diving
29
29 Paddle your own canoe
121
30 Triple fun triathlon
125
31 Circles in the sand sandboarding
131
32 Paragliding
135
33 Underground movements
139
34 Abseiling and rap jumping
143
35 Rad tradding
147
36 Up up and away
151

9 Surfing on snow
33
10 An elephant can do it
39
11 This is a raid
43
12 Catching waves
49
13Back to basics BASE jumping
53
14 Getting the hang of it
57
15 Swimming up solid water ice climbing
63
16 Bailing out
67
17 Just for the heli of it heli skiing
71
18 Taking the plunge
75
19 Big bore action
79
20 Geronimo coasteering kloofing and canyoning
83
21 Tip top sport climbing
87
22 Boing bungee jumping without tears
91
23 Messing about in boats
95
24 Tour de force
99
25 The big blue
103
26 Mountain biking
109
27 Trekking
113
28 Catching air
117
37 Eat my wake
155
38 Reach for the sky
159
39 Whitewater rafting
165
40 Extreme Ironing ironing in the soul
171
41 Scare yourself witless with SCAD
175
42 Wildwater and whitewater slalom
179
34 Freefall fandango
185
44 Sea kayaking
191
45 Windsurfing
195
46 Get the inlines on
201
47 Simply scuba
207
48 World Wide Weird
211
49 Land yachting
215
50 Sk8 skateboarding for dudes dudettes and duds
219
51 Xterra Xcitement
223
52 Going ultra beyond the marathon
227
The end
232
Index
234
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Steve Shipside is a renowned fitness writer and fitness instructor based in the UK. He is also an ultrarunner and an IronMan triathlete.

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