Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Extreme sports: Offbeat edition


When the going gets tough, the tough get creative.


With a little spur-of-the-moment inspiration, an everyday sporting activity can become something unique (and even spectacular). Lately, inspired iReporters around the world have been both participating in and documenting some risky adventures, and we've been keeping up with the action on our Travel Snapshots page.


Sherbien Dacalanio snapped some pictures this week of nocturnal skateboarders (above) honing their skills and showing off in Manila, Philippines: "Skateboarding is a popular extreme sport here, and skateboarders practice their stunts at night. I was going to Luneta park to take photos of skateboarders and bikers doing stunts, but on my way there, I spotted skateboarders in Blumentritt, Manila."



Marie Sager visited Maeklong, Thailand, last month, and shot this video of the high-stakes game some local merchants play every single day: Setting up shop on train tracks. "I didn't realize the train was going to be that close, and it seemed like none of the other photographers did either," Sager said. "The most amazing part of the whole thing was how as soon as the train came through, they all unfolded their tents and it was immediately back to business for the market."



The recent bouts of extreme weather in the U.S. have put a twist on a few sporting standards as well. After the storms that  rocked the southeast in the last few days, Grayson Daughters captured the striking video above of a kayaker struggling through turbulent waters near Isle of Palms, South Carolina: "Post-storm, we could finally get out on the beach. It looked like a teenager showing off to his friends, and we thought he was about to be swept out to sea! He was still at it when we left, and there were some incredibly strong winds and tides."



And this past week in the small ski-resort town of  Ellocottville, New York, iReporter Jack Quavis captured an annual tradition for cold-weather thrill-seekers: the Pond Skim. These costume-clad daredevils tried to snowboard or ski over a sheet of frigid water, with more than 1,000 participants in attendance this year.


Do you have some pictures or footage of your own extreme-sports adventures from your travels? Submit them to iReport and  share them with the world! [Disclaimer: Extreme sports are a thrill, but compound fractures definitely aren't. Please don't try anything you're dangerously unprepared for.]

April 7, 2011
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Good post! Live like it's your last day.

April 8, 2011
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Thats insane

April 26, 2011
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Hey weather guy. Poplar Bluff is in Mossouri not in Arkanas. You need to go back to school and learn geography.



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