Extreme sports have become quite popular amongst the youth these days. Any sport with a level of danger linked to it can be put in the extreme sports bracket. These sports mostly involve a great degree of speed, dramatic stunts, specialized gear and a considerable level of physical exertion. Though these activities are usually not limited to the youth, it has been noted that the people participating in these activities do belong to the younger demographics. ESPN also provides all of the news and happenings around these events through their programs.
Most of the variables in extreme sports action are beyond control. This can be one of the reasons why the majority of the extreme sports athletes begin training without a coach or considerable guidance and are also mostly solitary in nature. Challenges not only extend between 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 can be seen during events including 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 largest 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 within the month of August. These two events are conducted in the United States.
The participants compete for the gold, silver and bronze medals within the games along with the cash prize that is connected 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 can bring making judgment far 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’s been some controversy all around the label of extreme sports. As some people contend that extreme sports is nothing more than a marketing plan giving viewers the perception of the higher level of danger associated with it. These people say that a sport like rugby or Demolition derby is not considered an extreme sport although there exists a higher level of danger and adrenalin rush that’s associated with it. It’s viewed more like 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 connected with extreme sports, this term is more relevant to youth driven sports such as skateboarding, aggressive skating, BMX etc.