Athletics enthusiasts in search of adrenaline-fueled excitement have a wide variety of extreme sports choices in Sacramento. The capital city seems to have been designed with elite sporting opportunities in mind. In this article, extreme sports aficionado Rory Angold explores some of the best sports the Sacramento area has to offer.
Skydiving truly requires some courage for the beginner, but when adrenaline-seekers have a taste of the thrill of free-falling and flying through the air, there is no looking back. Beginners jump with a jumpmaster. As skydivers gain experience and skill, there are virtually unlimited opportunities for new challenges, including group diving and acrobatics, target jumping, and even sky surfing.
Sacramento area skydivers can find Sky Dance Skydiving at the Yolo County Airport. The company consists of licensed jumpmasters and pilots who can take your thirst for adventure up into the wild blue yonder.
Although the sport dates back to the 1800s, hang gliding has seen a recent explosion in popularity as an extreme sport. Modern hang gliders have advanced designs and materials that allow for hours-long flights up to thousands of feet into thermal updrafts. Hand gliders can soar and see the sights and also perform advanced aerobatics.
Cyclocross is bicycle racing taken to the limit. Racers traverse a course with laps usually shorter than two miles. The courses include a wide variety of surfaces, including grass, hills, broken trails, pavement, and structured obstacles. Riders must dismount for some obstacles, carry their bicycles over and through obstacles, and then remount to continue the course. Cyclocross includes many aspects of other biking disciplines, although the sport’s popularity is leading to specialized equipment and training in many locations. The Prairie City Race Series features weekly racing for Sacramento area cyclocrossers.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiers and snowboarders will find real challenges in the Sacramento area. Heavenly Ski Resort features a multitude of trails and lifts that will provide for action-packed days of skiing adventure. The resort also has lots of summer sports such as zip-lining. Kirkwood Ski Resort features black diamond challenges and amazing sights. The resort presents opportunities for all skiers from beginners to experts.
Rock climbing is a fantastic sport for teamwork and building lifelong friendships through extreme athletics. All skill levels will find a proper location in the Sacramento area for indoor training to advanced outdoor climbing adventures. Rock climbing is a sport well-suited for group training and incremental advancement along many developmental steps.
Climbers have many choices for indoor and outdoor rock climbing adventures in the area, including The Boulder Field and Lover’s Leap. The Boulder Field is an indoor fitness facility focused on training and club association for climbing groups. Lover’s Leap includes advanced guide services covering climbing adventures for everyone, from novices to experts.
About Rory Angold
Rory Angold has spent the past 20 years assuming leadership and executive positions within various companies. Mr. Angold worked with Zurich North America, managing and more importantly developing field teams in California, Nevada, Hawaii, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming. His goal was to connect with automotive dealers and industry partners to help them increase their wealth while managing risks and protecting their assets. Mr. Angold is now serving as Executive Vice President at United Car Care, a company that offers vehicle service contracts that provide reliable protection at an affordable cost.
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