Summertime: beautiful weather, clear skies and the urge for an adrenaline rush.
To overcome your limits soaring high in the sky, here is a list of 5 extreme sports that let you see the world and breathtaking landscapes from a different perspective, with all the freedom that only open, infinite spaces can give.
Perhaps one of the most famous extreme sports in the world, to experience at least once in a lifetime. Skydiving involves jumping at high altitude from an aeroplane or helicopter, using your parachute to slow your descent and land safely.
There are lots of skydiving courses and schools, and you can choose whether to jump on your own (recommended only for the more experienced) or together with an instructor. On average, a parachutist can reach a speed of about 250 km/h in free fall.
Speed flying was developed as a way of overcoming the limitations of and fusing together two of the world’s most adrenaline-pumping sports. A mix between skydiving and paragliding that involves jumping off from mountains and then sliding down from the heights.
Similar to a large kite, a hang glider consists of a metal frame (usually triangular) over which a large wing of synthetic material is stretched, with the pilot secured by a harness.
Hang gliding can be done individually or in pairs, and begins with a short run down a mountain slope before taking off.
A type of flight inspired by that of the flying squirrel. A truly extreme sport practised using a special wingsuit that, due to its shape, increases the surface of the body to enable horizontal gliding. In this case the free fall phase is slower and lasts longer than when jumping with a parachute.
Along with skydiving this is one of the most popular extreme sports, providing a full-throttle adrenaline rush. Paragliding involves flying with an unpowered aircraft that exploits the same air currents as those used by birds.
Flights can reach average speeds of over 160 kilometres an hour. But how do you get into paragliding? Here’s a video to show you!