If you’ve taken a bit of time to explore True Guts, you probably know by now that I don’t really limit myself to one sport. I’m a greedy person when it comes to adrenaline seeking, so I’ve tried pretty much everything that’s out there. That’s why I’m able to offer the definitive extreme sports list and a bit of advice on the best places to participate in them.

Motorcycling

It may not be considered an extreme sport by many, but it was my introduction into the life I lead and the mini-motorcycle my dad got for me when I was three allowed me to feel the sensation of speed for the first time in my life. Besides, if you move off-road then motorcycles really do start to show their extreme credentials. Motocross, in particular, is a massive thrill.

The Best Place To Do It – This is a tough one as there are tons of motocross and outdoor trails that you can use. The UK is one of my favorite places though, as motocross is quite a popular sport there. Ashby Motor Park is probably the best for me, because it offers something a little different due to the park getting creative with the obstacles.

Skiing

From the most basic slopes through to steep hills that really challenge your reactions, there’s a little something for everyone in skiing, which is probably why it’s amongst the most popular extreme sports. Once you start getting into doing tricks you can spend hours watching footage of some of the best in the world do what they do. Emulating it is a little trickier, but if you keep trying to results are really phenomenal.

The Best Place To Do It – It’s a toss-up between the Colorado Rockies and the Swiss Alps for me. The Rockies are certainly easier to access for anybody living in the United States, but I can’t help but be caught up in the sheer beauty of the Alps. Above all else, I think every skier has to venture outside of an indoor slope at least once in their lives to get out into nature and experience the sport as it is meant to be done.

Sky Diving

The best thing about sky diving is that it can be done practically anywhere in the world. If you go the tandem route you don’t even need to spend that much time training before you get the thrill. The sheer sight of the Earth rushing towards me is always something that gets my blood pumping and it’s a sport that I want to work harder at, as I’ve only just started going out on solo dives.

The Best Place To Do It – Get a plane and a good instructor and you can sky dive practically anywhere. I’m not going to claim it’s the most accessible sport, as it takes a lot of courage to take that first leap, but there is no one best place in the world for me. Still, if you have to be choosy then consider somewhere that you think will offer great aerial views.

Scuba Diving

Yes it may not be an extreme sport in the traditional sense, but there is still an element of danger involved in scuba diving. Plus you get to see some truly amazing things that you may otherwise not get the chance to see.

The Best Place To Do It – I’ve dived all over the world and my absolute favorite place has to be the Great Barrier Reef. It runs for about 1800 miles along the Queensland coast of Australia, so there’s always something new to explore. I recommend it to everybody and I’ll be making my way there again soon enough.

Rock Climbing

As with most people, I got my start with rock climbing by trying it out indoors first. It wasn’t long before I ended up on actual rock though. The views are immense and the level of physical fitness you develop doing it is out of this world. Plus, a sheer cliff face offers you the chance to give abseiling a crack or, if you’re really brave, try a little cliff jumping on for size.

The Best Place To Do It–I’ve climbed in a bunch of places, including Red Rock Canyon, The Pinnacle and Gibraltar Rock, but the top spot has to go to El Capitan. Located in Yosemite National Park, it not only offers a great challenge but the views will take your breath away.

Surfing

I’ve only recently started surfing, having picked up the bug for the sport in Australia, but I’ve quickly latched onto it because it offers an adrenaline rush while also requiring a great deal of technique to master. I’m still getting to grips with it myself, but I’m looking to get better every day.

The Best Place To Do It – My aim is to get good enough to take on the Superbank on the Gold Coast of Australia. Even with all my experience in extreme sports I’m a little nervous about it, but that’s why I practice. Hopefully I’ll have a blog post up in the near future telling you all about my first attempt at taming Superbank.