Now that summer is properly here, it is probably time to cool down in a quiet, natural place. It makes sense for most people to find solace in a destination that offers respite from the summer heat and also offers a great opportunity to unwind from the pressures of work life.
While most people will head out to holiday resorts to spend quality time with friends and loved ones, there are those among us whose idea of unwinding means a healthy dose of adventure.
So if summer is here and adventure is your need, there is only one place you go to- A water body. This post outlines the 9 unique water sports for the adventure head in you.
Barefoot water skiing
Water skiing is not an alien concept for anyone. Doing it barefoot is certainly a novelty. Apart from the usual exhilaration it comes with, it is also a sport that tests how well you balance your body. People who love dancing will find this really enjoyable, as balance is a key factor.
This is where two passions become one to engender an unforgettable experience. If you love photography, which in the modern sense you most likely do, you may want to explore the beautiful marine and aquatic life with your trusty camera. The Bahamas, Hawaii, and the Cayman Islands are prime examples where you can try underwater photography, albeit with the right equipment.
Yachts are cool just for the simple fact that they are vessels you can actually live on a nice summer holiday, and what’s more, if you have the necessary skills, you can actually pilot them and basically set sail to wherever you want. Ellen MacArthur pushed yachting to the absolute limits by circumnavigating the world on one. But for a well-deserved summer break, yachting would be just fine.
This activity is for the more adventurous of us, as the world is full of places by the sea that have high cliffs along the shoreline that provides an excellent opportunity to be airborne and dive into the calm, mostly cold waters. The higher the cliff, the better the experience. Lake Wolfgang in Austria, the Ka Lae in Hawaii and the Kamari Beach in Santorini, Greece are few places that come to mind for this absolute thrill of an activity.
Wakeboarding is a familiar sight you will get in many Hollywood movies, where the main character is seen being towed by a speedboat and all he has for support is a weighted board that helps him/her surf. Despite the common nature of the sport, it is wholly satisfying and enjoyable if done right at the right place.
This is a simpler version of scuba diving because it does not require you to have much training or high end equipment. All you need is a snorkel (which for the uninitiated is just a hollow pipe that you use to breathe underwater) and a pair of glasses that help you see better underwater. It is quite a relaxing way to enjoy the aquatic flora and fauna, and if you couldn’t care less about it, it is still a better option than swimming.
This is one sport that is actually a prime example of the adage “Give a man a fish, he’s fed for a day. Teach a man to fish, he is fed for all his life”. Unlike the old days when spearfishing was more a necessity than anything else, it has taken on as an adventure hobby for the man who has an affinity for the wild. Nowadays, they use air powered spearguns to catch the target, and its hugely satisfying to hunt your own food for once.
If you have watched Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation you’ll know what we are on about. It’s about holding your breath underwater as long as you can while you explore the world in it. It’s not for everyone. But if you’re up for it, it’s worth every penny.
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