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The 10 most dangerous sports in the world

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Push yourself to the limit, defy gravity, ride very high waves here is the list of the 10 most extreme and dangerous sports in the world 

1. Cave Diving

Cave Diving, cave diving, is one of the most terrifying sports in the world! We dive in search of caves, natural or artificial, entirely submerged under water. The only thing stopping you from getting lost or drowning in a vacuum is a battery powered lamp that can stop working at any time and leave you in complete darkness and, coupled with this, a limited amount of oxygen in your cylinders.

More than 500 divers have died trying to explore the complex underwater cave system. In South Africa, diving veteran David Shaw died 890 feet deep in Bushman’s Hole while attempting to recover the remains of Deon Dreyer, who  died in a dive 10 years earlier. Don Shirley, who accompanied Shaw on the recovery mission, survived to tell the story, but suffered permanent paralysis in the left side of his body.

2. Bull Running 

Running for the first time in the fourteenth century in Pamplona, ​​Spain, the Bull Running is organized every year for the feast of San Firmino , or the running of the bulls of Pamplona, ​​800 meters of path through the streets of the city until reaching the Plaza de Toros in the company of 6 bulls!

One of the most dangerous races in the world where you continually risk being trampled and overwhelmed! Surprisingly, despite being a very dangerous race, the death rate is not high. Since 1924, 15 runners have been killed. However, every year they are injured in large numbers and the injuries they sustain are terrifying. The race attracts a huge number of tourists every year who want to experience the adrenaline rush of the famous running of the bulls, underestimating the danger. In 2015 , American Benjamin Miller reported a 16-inch gash on his thigh.

3. BASE Jumping

One of the most extreme sports in the world! Launching from natural reliefs, buildings, towers and bridges at very low altitudes. Every second is vital, think that a base jumper that jumps from a height of 150 meters has time from 10 to 15 seconds to open the parachute. The parachute has a special shape and is worn together with a kind of wingsuit

While it may seem similar to skydiving, base jumping is by no means comparable, as jumps occur at such a low altitude that the risk of losing control of the parachute is much higher. It is so dangerous that in some countries it has been outlawed. Suffice it to say that between 1981 and 2018 this sport caused over 362 deaths.

4. Free Solo Climbing

Challenge the mountains by giving up ropes, harnesses, any other protective gear for climbing! Free Solo Climbing is a type of climbing that is practiced using only hands and feet. This means that every mistake, even the smallest one, can be fatal. In August 2014, visitors to Yosemite National Park witnessed the death of climber Brad Parker who fell 300 feet from Matthes Crest while practicing the sport.

The routes are thoroughly studied by climbers since those who come across these enterprises must have an excellent knowledge of mountaineering techniques and have  a very high degree of concentration. In 2018 , a documentary “Free solo – extreme challenge” was produced which tells of Alex Honnold ‘s ascent of the rock face of El Capitan, Yosemite National Park.

 5. Creeking

Creeking , also known as steep creeking, is a hybrid of canoeing, kayaking and mountaineering. Those who decide to practice this sport descend steep mountain inlets whose streams are fed by the snow upstream that slowly melts. The paths are among the most dangerous and it is easy to encounter landslides during the descent. In fact, unlike those who practice canoeing or kayaking, extra equipment is required which can include throwing bags, elbow pads, floating bags etc.

It is difficult to estimate how many deaths per year this sport produces, we only know that the number of deaths among athletes who practice extreme sports has significantly increased .

6. Bullfighting

Let’s go back to Spain, which with its bullfighting has made this sport famous all over the world. Bullfighting is an ancient sport, there are some paintings that date back to 2000 BC and depict young Cretans circling on the horns of a bull. Fans do not consider it a sport, but a real deadly art form.

Matadors are  highly skilled, learn complex gestures and move in such a way as to confuse the bull and ultimately kill him in charge. Bullfighting has been practiced in Spain since 771 AD and records show that 553 matadors   have been killed since 1700 .

7. Heli skiing 

Practice off-piste skiing using a helicopter to go up the mountain. Wasteful and not at all ecological. Heli skiing causes damage to the local fauna as it favors the formation of avalanches which cause considerable damage to the territory. Indeed, its practice in Europe has been limited to certain specific areas.

The greatest danger to heli skiing is not to plummet at breakneck speed along slopes that reach 50 degrees of incline level and 6,000-foot elevation gains. The greatest danger is avalanches, so those who practice this sport can be overwhelmed and buried. In 1991, a group of 12 helicopters were exploring the mountains of British Columbia when an avalanche engulfed the group, killing 9 of them. 

8. Jousting

The medieval joust, from the English Jousting, are war games, arms festivals of medieval origin where two knights compete on the back of a horse with spears that aim to unseat the opponent. They were originally battles between two knights carried out to resolve political conflicts.

Since the mid-16th century, they have lost this function, keeping only the sumptuous and spectacular aspects of the sport, with heavy and elaborate armor. The medieval joust is not a forgotten sport and is still practiced today, for example during medieval re-enactments. There are real courses that take you back in time and teach you to juggle like a real medieval knight.

9. Wingsuit Flying

Skydiving using a wingsuit, jumping from airplanes or cliffs thousands of meters above the ground, this is Wingsuit Flying. The wingsuit is designed to allow an average free fall speed of around 550km / h, or slow down to around 70km / h, with a horizontal speed of 180km / h!

This sport is extremely dangerous, so much so that its own inventor died practicing it in 1912. Franz Reichelt jumped off the Eiffel Tower to test his new “bird suit”, falling from 986 feet. Nonetheless, the followers of this sport, who have continued to manufacture ever more technical wingsuits. The numerous attempts to refine the suits have caused numerous victims and since 2002 it is estimated that over 87 people have lost their lives. With the increase in popularity of Wingsuit Flying, accidents related to this sport also gradually increase,

10. Big Wave Surfing

20 foot waves , with surfboards called gun or rhino chasers. Surfers run the risk of being submerged 20 to 50 feet below the surface or being kept underwater for a long time. One of the most recent known deaths from big wave surfing occurred in 2011 when Sion Milosky was trapped under a two-wave block after attempting to tackle a 60-foot wave off Half Moon Bay in California.

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