The Top 5 Totally Thrilling Extreme Water Sports
Water sports used to mean surfing or boating.
A guy or girl, a surfboard and some waves.
Or maybe a kayak if you didn't want to be directly in the water.
But things have changed since the days when those first wood boards were paddled out.
Check out these five extreme water sports and take your fun to the next level!
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Hollywood has long promised us huge technological advances: flying cars, flying people. So far, we've gotten Google self-driving cars....and hydroflying.
Hydroflight comes in a few versions: jets on your feet, a bike, or the more "traditional"-looking jetpack that you strap into like a seat on a roller coaster.
All use a hose that provides the hydro part of the flying, so you're still attached as you "fly" into the air.
Learning hydroflying can take a little time, but fortunately, there are folks who can teach you. They're the same ones that will likely rent you the gear, as the options to buy your own can be a bit pricey.
But WOW, that's an extreme water sport that looks like fun!
Like a jetpack, flyboarding uses a hose to propel your board over the waves and sometimes into the air! Most use your Personal Water Craft (PWC) to provide the propulsion.
Flybiking is the last, but not least, of the hydroflight sports. Somewhere between flyboarding and the jetpack, this is one of the newer versions of hydroflight.
Like a regular bike, the handlebars give you a bit more stability and control over your board, as you flip and loop on the waves.
Under the waves
Subwing (or underwater scooter)
Depending on whether you want to be pulled by your boat, or to have a motor of your own, there are two options for extreme waters sports underwater exploration that aren't just snorkeling.
The Subwing was invented by Simon Sivertsen in Norway. On a family trip, he was fascinated by the clear water for diving - but wanted something more than just fins on his feet.
A Subwing is made of two fins with a rotating joint in the middle that allows you to control each wing independently. Towed at a gentle 2-4 knots by a boat, it gives you the experience of flying underwater.
A Subwing is pretty easy to learn to control and maneuver. Though don't twist the wings in opposite directions your first time out unless you want to do a roll!
If a boat isn't available, and you don't want to just swim, you can grab an underwater scooter instead.
Not to be confused with a water scooter (or jet ski), this bullet-shaped scooter will pull you along under the waves, or in the pool.
Underwater scooters are among the easiest to learn of all the motorized water sports equipment. Like a digital camera, it's basically point and shoot.
Grab the handles, point it in the direction you want to explore, and you're off!
There are different models available, based on your needs and budget. See-Do offers a variety of options for everyone, from kids in the pool to serious underwater exploration.
On the waves
While yes, it's a campy B movie from the late 50s, it's also one of the most awesome extreme water sports.
Using an enormous inflated "blob" or airbag, one person hangs onto the far side of it, while several others jump onto the blob.
It launches you into the air, like a kid on the wrong end of a seesaw.
And it might not just be a little launch - the Guinness World Record was 72 FEET into the air.
Kiteboarding and parasailing
Depending on whether you want wind or machine propelled, there are several ways to upgrade a regular surfboard to make it extreme. If you've got a boat, you can also try wake boarding.
Kiteboarding is a step up from paddle boarding, which is standing on a board and using a paddle to propel yourself along.
By attaching yourself to a kite (almost like a small parachute, not an actual kite), the wind will pull you instead.
Depending on the wind speed, you can really get moving on a kiteboard. Though it does take some skill to control the kite and watch the waves at the same time.
As your skills improve, there are tricks you can do when the wind and waves are good - check out the air these guys get!
Parasailing is similar to kiteboarding - except you don't stay down on the waves.
With a parachute strapped on, you're towed behind a boat as you soar high into the air.
Parasailing is a little easier to pick up on and can be safe for all skill levels and ages.
There are versions available that are completely dry for takeoff and landing, and you can do it with a couple of your friends if you're in Hawaii.
Jetboarding is the hybrid of surfing and jet skis: a surfboard with a motor.
The early designs in the late '60s were designed more to help the surfer on the paddle out, not as actual propulsion, so the motors were small.
Fast-forward thirty years, and Bob Montgomery patents the Powerski Jetboard™.
Wanting to take things to the next level, Montgomery created a board that go up to 45 mph and create G-force on a turn!
Making "wipeouts all the more epic", the Powerski Jetboard does have a steeper learning curve than its non-motorized cousin.
But if you're looking for something in the extreme watersports category, you've definitely found it with the Powerski Jetboard.
No, this isn't looking for treasure (though sometimes you find a bottle of 200-year-old booze that's still drinkable).
With coral reefs being threatened by pollution and other issues, there's an increase in scuttling (intentionally sinking) boats, to create a surface for new coral and other sea life.
Shipwreck diving is exploring these man-made reefs.
This isn't one for most beginners, though, since you normally need to be a SCUBA diver, first.
But, if you've got that certification taken care of, here's a list of the top 50 most beautiful shipwrecks for you to explore the world.
Whatever water sport you want to explore, RapidSplash has you covered!