The extreme sports craze is still going strong with athletes across the globe striving for their next big adrenaline rush, and San Diego is no exception. Local athletes are pushing their bodies to the maximum in the water, on land and in the sea. From surfers to downhill skate boarders and sky-divers to Jetpack pilots, the realm of what human athletes can do is ever expanding.
With beautiful year round weather, diverse topography and over 70 miles of pristine coastline, San Diego is an extreme sport enthusiasts' dream. Here are the top 5 ways San Diegans are getting extreme:
- Surfing: You can't mention sports in San Diego without including surfing. San Diego is home to some of the world's best surfers including everyone's favorite goofy-footer, Rob Machado. The art of surfing has changed dramatically over the last 50 years with the introduction of the short board opening the possibilities for surfers to maneuver up and down the wave. Now surfers are not only riding the wave, but they are also taking it to the air with incredible surfing aerials including tricks like 360's and frontside air reverses.
- Downhill Skateboarding: This insane sport is picking up momentum across San Diego County with kids and adults taking to the streets and hauling downhill at speeds as high as 80 mph! From La Costa to Descanso, this adrenaline packed sport is taking over. It's fast, its dangerous and it's picking up speed on local San Diego streets.
- Jetpack Flying: San Diego's newest extreme sport craze has got to be the Jetpack. Currently there are two different ways to experience flying a Jetpack in San Diego: either strapped to your back or on a wakeboard looking contraption strapped to your feet. Either way, the power of the water propelled Jetpack pushing you up into the air at heights as high as 30ft and allowing you to experience solo flight above the water is enough to light the fire in any extreme sport enthusiast. The two most popular Jetpack companies currently in San Diego are Jetpack America on Mission Bay and Aquatic Aviation in the San Diego Bay.
- SkyDiving: For a more traditional solo flight connoisseur, San Diego is home to a number of sky-diving companies. Extreme sport lovers can take to the skies at Skydive San Diego in Jamul, 15 minutes south of downtown San Diego with Pacific Coast Skydiving, or Oceanside with Tsunami Skydivers among others. There are few things more exhilarating than jumping out of an airplane and free falling at speeds of up to 120 mph over the beautiful San Diego horizon.
- Rock-Climbing: San Diego has some of the best outdoor natural rock-climbing in Southern California. Seasoned rock-climbers love the multi-pitch routes of Mission Gorge, the picturesque Descanso Wall in East County and of course the classic local bouldering spot, Mount Woodson.
Extreme sports can be a great workout, give participants a solid adrenaline rush and be a ton of fun, but it's always important to remember that they can also result in serious injuries. As The Higgins Firm in Nashville claims on their website, "Injuries suffered as a result of these types of accidents can be severe and life altering." So be smart about your extreme sport choices. Always use proper safety equipment and if you are new to the sport, only work with a trusted expert in the field.