Extreme sports have grown to be very popular amongst the youth these days. Any sport that has some higher level of danger attached with it can be put in the extreme sports segment. These sports mostly involve an incredible degree of speed, dramatic stunts, specialized gear as well as a considerable degree of physical exercise. Though these activities are not exclusive to the youth, it has been noted that the people engaged in these activities do are members of younger demographics. ESPN also provides all the news and happenings around these events through their programs.
Almost all of the variables in extreme sports action are beyond control. This can be a good reason why most of the extreme sports athletes begin training without a coach or considerable guidance and are also mostly solitary in nature. Challenges not simply extend amongst competitors but in addition to nature and environmental variables such as wind, snow, terrains and water. Some of the uncontrollable phenomenas attached with extreme sports is seen during events such as surfing, rock and ice climbing and snowboarding. The quality of ice and rocks, the heights on the waves during snowboarding or the snow conditions during snowboarding events are beyond physical control.
One of the biggest extreme sports sporting events is called the X Games. This commercial sporting event is organized and aired live by ESPN.. There are two such sporting events organized during the year, one during wintertime and the other in summer. The Winter X Games are held in the month of January and February and the Summer X Games take place mostly in the month of August. These two events are conducted in the United States.
The participants compete for the gold, silver and bronze medals in the games along with the cash prize that’s associated with it. However, judging an extreme sport event is quite different from the traditional games. While distance, score and time form an important portion of the judging considerations for traditional sports, extreme sports players are judged mostly on the aesthetics that they bring making judgment far more subjective. Due to this each sport employs its respective dynamic ideals that evolve assessment with new techniques and trends set by the participants.
There’s been some debate surrounding the tag of extreme sports. As some people contend that extreme sports is nothing more than a marketing strategy giving viewers the perception of the high level of danger related to it. These folks say that a sport like rugby or Demolition derby is not considered an extreme sport even though there exists a higher level of danger and adrenalin rush that is associated with it. It’s viewed more like the youth trying to reject authority and order and setting up a place of their own making the participating demographics of a much younger age group. Although at first adult sports such as sky diving, bungee jumping, mountain climbing scuba diving etc were associated with extreme sports, now this term is more applicable to youth driven sports including skateboarding, aggressive skating, BMX etc.