Extreme sports have grown to be quite popular within the youth these days. Any sport that has some level of danger linked to it can be put in the extreme sports segment. These sports mostly involve a great amount of speed, dramatic stunts, specialized gear as well as a considerable degree of physical exertion. Though these activities are not exclusive to the youth, it has been noted that the people engaged in these activities do belong to younger demographics. ESPN also provides all of the news and happenings around these events through their programs.
Almost all of the variables in extreme sports action are beyond control. This could be one of the reasons why most of the extreme sports athletes begin training with no coach or considerable guidance and are mostly solitary in nature. Challenges not only extend between competitors but also to nature and environmental variables like wind, snow, terrains and water. Some of the uncontrollable phenomenas linked to 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 the snow conditions during snowboarding events are outside of physical control.
One of the biggest extreme sports sporting events is known as the X Games. This commercial sporting event is organized and aired live by ESPN.. There are two 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 within the month of August. Both these events are conducted in the United States.
The participants vie for the gold, silver and bronze medals in the games and also 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 a major part 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. Due to 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 surrounding the tag of extreme sports. As some people contend that extreme sports is not more than a marketing plan giving viewers the perception on the high level of danger related to it. These people say that a sport like rugby or Demolition derby isn’t considered an extreme sport although there is a higher level of danger and adrenalin rush that is related to it. It’s viewed similar to the youth looking to reject authority and order and establishing a place of their own making the participating demographics of a much younger age bracket. Although at first adult sports like sky diving, bungee jumping, mountain climbing scuba diving etc were connected with extreme sports, this term is more applicable to youth driven sports including skateboarding, aggressive skating, BMX etc.