Crunch time: making money from a medieval extreme sport

Bathurst-based entrepreneur Rod Walker promotes what the History Channel calls “the most dangerous collision sport in history”: jousting.

The former coal miner keen on horses graduated to jousting by way of foot combat.

His jousting business, Full Tilt, “kicked off” in 2003.

“Before that, jousting was just a hobby club,” says Walker, 41. Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald..


Jungle marathon

Meet Ed Stafford.

His mammoth Amazon trek may just merit comparison with the Antarctic odyssey made by another Brit, Captain Scott.

Stafford, who was born in 1975, began his Amazon expedition on April 2, 2008, at the source of the Amazon, in Camana, Peru, accompanied by his guide, Gadiel “Cho” Sanchez Rivera. He was partly driven by an urge to boost awareness of creeping destruction of the Amazon rainforest. He also just wanted to experience an epic adventure.

Armed with a machete and tenacity boosted by fear of embarrassing failure, Stafford duly marched along the river, which runs 4,200 miles eastward before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. Quite a slog.

But on August 9, 2010, Stafford completed his mission despite spectacular tribulation. Find out what the crew-cut hard-charger endured before his eventual emergence on a Brazilian beach. Read more at the Adrenalist..

Thinking person’s contact sport

If you thought boxing was hard, think just how tough it must be to shine at “chessboxing”.

The name of this ultra-demanding adrenaline sport may suggest fusion fighting atop a giant chessboard. But chessboxing splits the two activities that its name implies. Participants perform them separately, using brain and brawn heavily in a case of “You throw a hook, I take your rook.”

Read more at the Adrenalist..

The man who rode the world’s biggest wave

The viral YouTube clip is stupendous. The clip shows Hawaiian big wave surfer Garrett McNamara coolly surfing a vast black wave rearing up from the break at North Canyon, Nazare, Portugal. The international surf industry and wave experts pegged the wave at 90 feet: an apparent world record.

Read more at the Adrenalist.

Sub-zero racing

Here’s a simple way of torching fat and getting fit that you might not have thought of – go somewhere brutally cold.

Why? Because your body is constantly trying to keep a temperature of about 97 degrees. So, when you enter an icy setting, your body must work hard, killing extra calories. Just taking a cold shower helps burn fat.

Better still, train for a race in a bone-chilling wilderness complete with snowdrifts, shifting ice and maybe polar bears. Such a setting keeps your body under constant, positive pressure. Zip up your thermal boots and discover three of the world’s top sub-zero racing opportunities. Story live at the Adrenalist..

Top three endurance races

You know you are getting a good workout when you start hallucinating. That actually happens during the world’s most extreme endurance races. The ultra-demanding events push mind and body to their limits and beyond, driving some competitors into the realm of madness. Some contestants report paranoia.

Think you are tough enough to handle that level of pressure? Get a feel for the obstacles presented by the toughest races on earth. Read more at the Adrenalist

Basic instinct: 10 stunning facts about base-jumping

If a prize existed for the world’s most extreme sport, base-jumping might win it. Leaping off some towering landmark – as you do in a base jump – gives you minimal time to adjust for your blind date with the ground, which might go okay if you inflate your parachute fast. The thrill of base jumping is its immediacy – it forces you into the moment. No latitude to plan or agonise about malfunctions. But here’s a lightning brief on the adrenaline sport’s highs and lows.

Read more at the Adrenalist