Extreme sports have become quite popular amongst the youth these days. Any sport with a higher level of danger linked to it can be put in the extreme sports bracket. These sports mostly involve an incredible amount of speed, dramatic stunts, specialized gear and a considerable degree of physical exertion. Though these activities are not exclusive to the youth, it has been noted that the people participating in these activities do belong to younger demographics. ESPN also provides all the news and happenings around these events through their programs.
Most of the variables in extreme sports action are beyond control. This could 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 only extend amongst competitors but in addition to nature and environmental variables like wind, snow, terrains and water. Some of the uncontrollable phenomenas attached with extreme sports can be seen during events such as surfing, rock and ice climbing and snowboarding. The quality of ice and rocks, the heights of the waves during snowboarding or even the snow conditions during snowboarding events are outside of physical control.
One of the largest extreme sports sporting events is known as the X Games. This commercial sporting event is organized and aired live by ESPN.. There are 2 such sports activities organized during the year, one during winter and the other in summer. The Winter X Games are held in the month of January and February and the Summer X Games happen 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 rather 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 a lot more subjective. As a result of this each sport employs its respective dynamic ideals that evolve assessment with new techniques and trends set by the participants.
There has been some controversy all around the label of extreme sports. As a number of people contend that extreme sports is not more than a marketing plan giving viewers the perception on the higher level of danger related to it. These people point out that a game like rugby or Demolition derby isn’t considered an extreme sport although there exists a level of danger and adrenalin rush that is related to it. It is viewed similar to the youth trying to reject authority and order and setting up a place of their very own making the participating demographics of a much younger age bracket. Although at first adult sports such as sky diving, bungee jumping, mountaineering scuba diving etc were associated with extreme sports, now this term is more relevant to youth driven sports such as skateboarding, aggressive skating, BMX etc.