Burriac Extreme 2011 Classification Essay

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“Extreme sports have boomed since the early '90s” (Petrecca 16). It is hard to believe that such activities as sky diving, snowboarding, bungee jumping, and the up and coming razor scooter have been labeled as so-called “extreme sports”. What characteristics must a sport have to labeled extreme? Perhaps it is the lack of safety, or the inability to create specific rules for these sports. Maybe it is the fact that these sports are just recently becoming mainstream so there is no other classification other than extreme sports. In any case, these activities are definitely something new and interesting to sprawl out in the mainstream of sports, which will do nothing except become larger and more…show more content…

“White-water rafting, snowboarding and skiing are sports that represent our culture and help us learn how to overcome challenges by working together” (Gurevich 50). It allows you to become closer to people you barely know; spending a day on a mountain with people can be a bonding experience. While answering a question about why he takes his staff skiing and rafting, Dmitry Gurevich told the news reporter that he believed it is an important thing for his staff to spend time outside the workplace. It will help the staff learn to trust each other more, and increase the level of understanding between everyone.

Although there are rules in snowboarding, these rules apply only in competition racing. They are basic rules, which apply to most any other sport. When in competition there is really only one rule, to be sober. When establishing rules for people who just go snowboarding to have fun, there aren’t any. If rules would be created, it would nearly be impossible to enforce; it would be like having police officers on ski’s to tell you that you are going to fast, or snowboarding recklessly. The element of risk is also present when snowboarding as Shaun Palmer stated in an interview for people magazine. “Michael Jordan just had a basketball. I’m on a bike going down a mountainside. Or on a board flying over 60-foot cliffs” (Lambert 67). To fly over a cliff is another experience by which you are cheating death. If you

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