Stand Up Paddle Boarding — Where Did it Come From?

It seems like stand up paddle boarding, or SUP, is all the rage today. Beaches-goers throughout the United States, Australia and elsewhere are spotting people catching waves on boards with — what’s that? — a paddle in hand! A mere 5 or 10 years ago this would have been a very rare sight. So where did stand up paddle boarding come from and how did it explode in popularity so quickly? Let’s take a look.

It All Starts in Hawaii…

As you may have guessed, stand up paddle boarding got its in Hawaii, where it’s also known by its traditional name: Ku Hoe He’e Nalu, which translates to “to stand, to paddle, to surf, a wave.” Back in the ’50s, the area saw a huge inflow of American tourists after the war who were excited to learn surfing, which was then a pretty new sport. A lot of these tourists started hiring the Waikiki Beach Boys of the area to teach them surfing and take pictures to send home to their friends.

It wasn’t long before the beach boys discovered how hard it was to take action shots of the tourists surfing. Cameras back then were really large and not even close to waterproof. They were also very expensive so the beach boys wanted a way to get closer without dropping their cameras into the ocean.

It wasn’t long before a few clever beach boys got the idea to use an outrigger canoe oar to paddle their longboards to get these great shots. This method allowed them to get close to the surfers without the risk of dropping their cameras.
This paddle surfing was used for some time to take close-up pictures of surfers as longboards became smaller and waterproof cameras hit the market. It took a long time before people actually caught on that paddle surfing was actually fun, too.

A Decade Later…

John Zabotocky, a famous beach boy of the ’60s, used his board and a paddle to take pictures but he eventually started using paddle surfing as his preferred form of surfing for sport. He is today considered the Father of Stand Up Paddle Surfing and is still active. In 2010, he even participated in the Battle of the Paddle.

The SUP Explosion

So, how did the sport explode in popularity? Back in 2000, a long summer with very few good waves caused a number of water sports celebrities and athletes like Dave Kalama, Bruce De Soto and Laird Hamilton to switch to paddle surfing so they could still enjoy the water. After finding out how fun paddle surfing really is, they starting bringing SUP to a huge audience. Laird Hamilton, now considered the most popular stand up paddle boarding celebrity, even started producing his own line of SUP boards.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Today

While SUP took decades to finally catch on, it seems like it’s here to stay. There are now dozens of huge competitions and events taking place every year around the world. The beauty of stand up paddle boarding is it can be enjoyed by nearly anyone, including kids, the elderly and the inexperienced. Unlike surfing, the sport also requires no waves so it’s open to more people. If you haven’t tried paddle surfing, give it a try! Rent a board and paddle and hit local lakes, rivers or beaches to see how enjoyable this sport really is.

Walk on Water was founded to share water sports like kayaking and SUP with the whole world. Based in Hollywood, Florida, Walk on Water offers inflatable stand up paddle boards, inflatable kayaks, paddles and accessories, as well as rentals.

How to Impress Your Friends – 4 Basic BMX Bicycle Stunts

Got a BMX bike, but don’t know any stunts? Got the guts to learn some? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

BMX bikes are designed to do things that will surprise a lot of people. Because those bikes are versatile, lightweight, and durable, they can take a lot of beating. Racing and mountain bikes are fragile and would be likely to break if any stunts were attempted on them.

If you want to learn BMX bike stunts, you would be better off starting with basic flatland tricks.

The Barspin

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The best way to practice this technique is to remain stationary. You want to have your seat at the same level as your knees, so you can catch it if you lose your balance. Also, be sure to secure your back wheel against a fence or a wall.

  1. Press both your knees against the nose of your seat.
  2. With your feet on both pedals, lean back and lift the handlebars at least a foot high.
  3. Immediately spin your handlebars clockwise or counterclockwise, whichever is more comfortable for you.
  4. After the handlebars rotate fully, catch them with your opposite hand. Let the bike down.
  5. Keep practicing until you can do all the above steps in one fluid movement.
  6. Now do it while riding (slowly)!

The Wheelie

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The wheelie is not as easy as it looks. However, once you master it, you’ll be able to do it with your eyes closed (that being said, please don’t actually do it with your eyes closed!) In order to do this trick, you have to lift your front wheel high up in the air by leaning back and pedaling hard.

  1. Start by moving slowly on a low gear, preferably third and first (or second and second).
  2. Pedal hard.
  3. Gradually lean back and pull up on the handlebars.
  4. Keep pedaling with the front wheel up in the air, and let your handlebars down.
  5. Don’t let your front wheel turn sideways more than a few degrees while landing.
  6. If you have trouble mastering this trick, try doing it with a lower gear.

The Endo

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This trick is like a wheelie, but with the back wheel instead of the front. It’s actually much easier than doing a wheelie… if you have good balance, that is.

  1. Start pedaling at a low speed.
  2. If you’re comfortable, do it standing up.
  3. After gaining slight momentum, pull the front brakes very hard.
  4. Keep both feet on the pedals.
  5. Lean your body forward until the back wheel lifts off the ground.
  6. Hold the position for as long as possible, and then let your bike down.

The Bunny Hop

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This trick is great for hopping curbs without having to slow down. You have to lift your bike high and then level your bike out while landing. It’s a neat trick, but it may take a while for you to master it. It’s never too late to learn a new trick, right?

  1. Start by pedaling at a low speed.
  2. Lift your front wheel (see instructions for The Wheelie)
  3. Point your toes slightly towards the ground
  4. While putting pressure on the pedals, push your legs back towards your rear end. This should lift your back wheel. You can lean forward slightly if you need to.
  5. Steps 2-4 need to be done in a fluid motion. Lift your back wheel as soon as your front wheel leaves the ground.
  6. Practice, practice, practice!

How to Impress Your Friends – 4 Basic BMX Bicycle Stunts – Guest post by Chiara Fucarino. Chiara is writing for Cruiser Bikes, a great cruiser bike and cool bike accessories shop

Is Skydiving Dangerous?

Skydiving is a very popular sport that draws hordes of enthusiastic participants from across the globe. The principle behind skydiving is simple: the participants simply have to jump out of plane at about 14,000 feet above sea level. The diver is expected to open a parachute to stop the free fall at about 4,000 feet above the ground. In the United States, skydiving is regulated by the United States Parachute Association, which is a self-regulating organization dedicated to the sport. However, given the height at which the skydivers are expected to jump at, the sport poses real danger to the participants.

Understanding the Reality

In order to understand whether the sport is really dangerous or not, making a comparison with other sports or activities helps. People who are not skydivers only look at the fatal outcomes when mistakes occurs. Of course, a mistake in skydiving almost always leads to death. However, fatalities from skydiving are not common. Statistics indicate that only one skydiver out of a total of 80,000 die from skydiving-related accidents. Whenever a skydiver dies from an accident, the media always portrays the sport in a negative light. In reality, car accidents in the United States claim more lives each day.

Being Safe While Skydiving

Skydivers consider skydiving a great sport with minimal risks. They consider the safety measures taken before and after every jump adequate in protecting their lives. A well-trained skydiver rarely gets into accidents, as most fatalities in skydiving are attributable to human error. For instance, skydivers with fully functional parachutes died as a result of advanced maneuvers like swooping. Also, strong winds also contribute to fatalities in skydiving. Sometimes the skydivers get caught by the shifting winds, and they crash because of the excessive accelerations. Fortunately, good training provides skydivers the skills to overcome most of these challenges in skydiving.

Death an Option?

In general, skydiving deaths are not common. However, skydivers are driven by their adrenaline, and they crave for the adrenaline rush. This makes them more likely to do things that most people deem suicidal. This only further paints a grim picture of the sport. Because of their cravings for adrenaline rush, skydivers often do things other people would not do under most circumstances. This should not be misconstrued as a direct consequence of skydiving. Some of these dangerous acts are directly linked to the personality of the person. Despite popular beliefs, not all skydivers are adrenaline-driven. Safety is a big component of the sport.

Use an Experienced Skydiver

Although ordinary folks may consider the sport dangerous, skydiving is actually one of the safer sports in reality. The sport is less risky compared to other extreme sports such as motorcycle racing. Southern Skydivers use adequate safety measures, skydivers are well-protected from accidents. All the equipment for skydiving have to be inspected before a dive, and appropriate gear should be worn. People who don’t have a lot of experience with skydiving should be accompanied by qualified instructors at all times. Most importantly, participants should always carry on with some common sense and follow instructions.

15 of the Coolest Skiing Tricks Ever

15 of the Coolest Skiing Tricks Ever

So, you have managed to successfully pass the beginner stage of skiing. Does skiing straight down hills not excite you anymore or are the repeated turns becoming outright boring? If you are up for those cool skiing tricks you see others perform and are sure that you can carry them off well, here’s how you can begin taking your skiing skills to the next level:

1. Spread Eagle – One of the simplest skiing tricks, it’s all about forming an ‘X’ in the air. Yes, you got it! Spread your arms and legs on the sides as an eagle would spread its wings and bring back your legs in before landing. The catch here is to keep your body stiff in the air, lest you want onlookers to believe that you lost balance!

2. Iron Cross – This one is about crossing your skis in an ‘X’ shape. Again, bringing your legs back in time is the key; else they’d be skiing in different directions post landing.

3. Daffy – Simply put, this is a front lift in the air. One leg goes in front and the other behind. You can even stretch your arms likewise for balance and touch. You should have enough height to bring your back leg in before the tip of your ski lodges in the snow.

4. 180 Twist – Now, this is a big one. Not as big to get you into the Olympics, but you get the gist, right? You land backwards by rotating your head and hips in one direction.

5. Tail Grab – Enough air and good speed are the prerequisites. You jump and take both your legs back and grab the skis with your hand, and return to position in time before your face gets planted in the snow.

6. Zudnick – This is the pike position for gymnasts and a bit difficult for beginners. You stretch your legs and arms in front with skis close together. Failing in this one might mean sliding down the rest of the hill on your bottom.

7. 360 – A complete turn in the air, that’s how simple or difficult it is.

8. 360 Tail Grab – Combine 360 and tail grab and you get to do this. Concentration and awareness are required unless you want to spin and go face down in the snow.

9. 540 Tail Grab – Take off, hold the tail of the ski and spin it along and watch your landing. The harder you spin the more chances of getting it right.

10. Mute Grab – A twist to the Tail Grab, grab the opposite ski as you take your legs back.

11. Half Cab Mute Grab – You need to ski backwards before taking off and then spin as soon as you hit the lip.

12. Under Flip – Turn 90º towards the slope, roll upside down after throwing down your uphill shoulder and turn 270º before landing. Tread heavily lest people think you just tripped.

13. Back Flip – In simple words, a somersault backwards.

14. Flatspin – Jump sideways and backward as you take off and take a flip with your horizontal body in the air. Mind your landing, as this can get pretty nasty.

15. Lincoln Loop – On reaching the lip of the jump, wind your arms to the side and drop your shoulders, flipping sideways.

Before trying any of these, wear proper gear and helmet to be safe.

Author Bio: This post was written by Chris from Simply Piste an online ski and snowboarding store, take a peek at our great range of ski jackets before you head to the slopes.

Preparing To Go Heli Skiing – Checklist

Heli-skiing is an exciting extreme sport that involves off-trail, downhill skiing in a natural mountain environment which is accessed by a helicopter. Heli-skiers enjoy skiing conditions that contain terrain that has not been manipulated and has long descents, steep slopes, smooth untouched snow, and natural features and contours. A heli skiing guide, along with the right equipment, help to reduce discomfort and risk associated with skiing natural mountain conditions. Heli skiing quite safe but sometimes emergencies can happen so it is important to be prepared. Below is a checklist on preparing to go heli skiing.

Fitness:

Before you go heli skiing,  you need to make sure you are in good physical shape. This does not mean you have to be a marathon runner, but you do have to be healthy and strong. Remember, you will be skiing real steep vertical slopes and maneuvering in a tough natural environment so make sure you are in good physical health. Appropriate training for heli skiing includes stretching, cardiovascular exercise, and strength training to increase your endurance.

Travel Insurance:

Because you will be skiing in a natural environment with rugged terrain, there is always a risk of injury. For this reason, you should have travel insurance. Travel insurance will protect you financially if there is a medical emergency, if the trip is cancelled or delayed, or if your luggage is lost or stolen. Also, travel/medical insurance will ensure that you are covered if you are transported by ambulance or helicopter.

Verify Trip Confirmation Details:

Check your confirmation letter regarding your trip and inform the heli ski company of your  travel arrival and departure details. Pack your airline ticket, valid passport, and credit card. Read over the heli-ski company’s liability waiver. Print and bring your itinerary.

Items To Pack:

There are a number of items which will be essential to your trip. These items include:  goggles, gloves, hats, thermal underwear, light jackets, waterproof outer wear with room for layers of clothing underneath, medications, camera, binoculars, chap stick, sunscreen,  ski boots, and skis. It is important to note that heli skiing company’s can offer specific equipment such as skis and poles, and snowboards. Contact the company if you wish to reserve skis, snowboard, helmets, and other equipment. The heli ski company will provide shovel packs,  avalanche transceiver, climbing harness, probe pole, small shovel, water bottle, and two-way radio.

When heli skiing with a guide, the guide will maintain radio contact with helicopter pilots and the base to ensure a rapid response in the event on an emergency. All guides carry emergency equipment in their packs and additional equipment is carried in the helicopters. Also, to ensure safety, guides meet before each heli skiing excursion to determine safety issues. With modern equipment, guides review snow pit data, field observations,  and remote weather station data feeds. The guides then select the ski terrain based on analysis of snow stability and weather forecasts.

When you go on a heli skiing adventure, the guides take all precautions to minimize risk of emergencies so your heli skiing experience is safe, challenging, and exciting. All you need to do is make sure you have all of the essential items, hop on the helicopter, and then jump off when you arrive at the mountain point. Then, take to the slopes and have a fantastic and unforgettable heli ski experience.

This guest post was provided on behalf of Last Frontier Heliskiing, offering the best tours for heli-skiing and heli-boarding in some of the most wildest terrain in British Columbia.  http://www.lastfrontierheli.com/

8 Of The Most Insane Sports In The World Where Remaining Injury-Free Is An Achievement

When you picture tennis players hitting the ball back and forward on a hot summer’s day nothing could seem more relaxing. If you wanted to turn the heat up a bit you could go with basketball. It’s a non-contact sport, but you still have huge guys trying to chase you down and get in your face. These don’t come close to certain sports that people partake in. Crazy people that risk their life every time they walk out the house. Here are 8 of the craziest sports ever.

Street Luging

The aim of the game is to simply make your way down to the bottom of the hill. It sounds easy enough until you realize that you’re speeding down the hill with no brakes and one wrong move could see you crash into something at break-neck speeds. The worst thing is you are lying completely on your back on what is nothing more than an oversized skateboard.

Heli-Skiing

Some parts of a mountain are so inaccessible they are impossible to reach without a helicopter. Instead of realizing they should stay away they decided it would be a great idea to drop people out of helicopters with their skis attached to their feet. Sometimes people don’t even make it out of the helicopter because it crashes before it reaches the drop-off zone.

Big Wave Surfing

If you have any fear of the water you can turn into a shaking mess just watching someone surf a big wave on video. I wonder what these guys actually feel like knowing the most powerful force in the world is right behind them. One slip and there is no escape from death. Surfing is cool, but taking on 50ft waves is a completely different kettle of fish.

Cheerleading

When you go to a ball game I bet you don’t expect the extreme stuff to be on the side of the pitch. Cheerleading is the sport with the leading cause of injuries for women with up to 20,000 injuries per year. Some of these include seriously nasty stuff like broken bones and spinal injuries. It’s a bit like extreme gymnastics without serious gymnastic training. What could possibly go wrong?

Bull Riding

Can you think of any possible reason why you would ever ride a bull? If you ever have the pleasure of seeing one close up you know how powerful and dangerous they look. Jumping on their back as they’re going crazy sounds a bit insane. But still, it you don’t mind being flung 10ft in the air and smashing into the ground or being trampled by a 1800 pound beast, go ahead.

Motorcycle Racing

Motorcycling is the daddy of dangerous sports. Mostly because you are racing around at hundreds of miles per hour and one slip will cause sudden death. Even the Isle of Man TT race, which has being going strong for over a hundred years, has had 220 deaths in its history. It takes a lot of guts to step onto a two-wheeled machine when there is nothing to protect you.

BASE jumping

There is a reason why this used to be thought of as attempted suicide. Not happy with jumping out of airplanes people decided to crank it up until the dial couldn’t go any higher. They now jump off buildings and mountains with mere seconds to open their chute before they splat into the ground at a hundred miles per hour. There are still around 15 people killed each year.

Cave Diving

Scuba diving is a pretty dangerous sport. Anything that involves diving underwater and relying on equipment to provide you with oxygen would be. But now you have to explore uncharted waters which are freezing cold. Sometimes the visibility is so low you can’t even see in front of you. They now call a successful cave dive one in which you reach the surface at the end.

Marcus Jhonson is a renowned blogger and a great fan of hockey. He suggests to take your dryland hockey training at hockeyot.com.

Extreme Solutions for Extreme Conditions

When undertaking “normal” activity, that is in essence what we would describe as everyday life, our instinct is usually to travel as lightly as possible. Generally speaking heavy clothing will make us slower, more tired and less agile. This is why most sports involve some form of “kit” which is appropriate to the activity in question. At the light end we swim wearing one solitary item of clothing and play field sports often wearing shorts and a short sleeved shirt.

Climbing however, in its various forms, is not a normal sport in the sense that the objective is to complete an assignment successfully whilst remaining safe at all times. It is seldom a race, and even when time is a factor it is never placed ahead of safety. Making the wrong choices could result in serious trouble and, in extreme instances, even death. Being properly equipped is not a choice, it is an obligation.

Outdoor Research

One company manufacturing various items of climbing gear is Outdoor Research, which describes itself as “an outdoor gear company focused on creating functional solutions for human powered adventure”.

“Functional solutions” in this instance refers to heavy duty balaclavas, gaiters, fleece beanies, cold weather suits and ski gloves. The challenge is to employ modern materials and designs in making products which are as light as is possible without compromising on their ability to successfully discharge their role. For instance balaclavas worn when climbing are not merely the light woollen items protecting the ears that we see some children wearing to school on cold days, but rather a carefully constructed solution involving maximum face coverage and neck gaiter with warm synthetic material for ultimate protection even in sometimes perilous conditions.

Keep a Warm Head

Retaining warmth to the head is one of the most important factors in adventure sports, and as well as being small and light headwear is so easy to adjust, add or discard according to circumstances and to individual preference.

Similarly gloves for climbing need to be so much more than a simple means of keeping the fingers warm. Instead they strike a calculated balance between insulation and dexterity, with ample nylon lining and a waterproof insert.

Outdoor Research’s ultimate warmth-giver is a one-piece, all in one winter Saturn suit that is often worn underneath more standard outdoor gear for climbing. Made from nylon and Lycra it is highly breathable in spite of its heavy appearance, and is ambitiously guaranteed by the manufacturer to last forever.

Article brought to you by David, a keen rock climbing enthusiast.

Tips on Buying Skateboard Bearings

To an average person all skateboards appear similar with the exception of their size and design. However, an experienced boarder knows that each board is unique from its style right down to the type of bearings it has. The interchangeable parts on a skateboard make the possibilities for performance modification limitless. When deciding to replace the bearings on your skateboard, there are a number of different things to keep in mind.

Bearing Types

A common type of bearing to use on a skateboard is a precision bearing. These reduce friction by using rubber to protect and shield the bearings. Many boarders feel that using rubber will reduce speed, but this is merely a myth and since the bearings are made out of nylon in many cases, the bearing strength and speed are actually increased. Precision bearings are ideal in situations where high impact occurs frequently.

Miniature ball bearings are another common type of skateboard bearing to use. These are smaller than many other types of bearings. Don’t let the small size fool you though. These bearings are not smaller because they can’t withstand impact. Their small size reduces resistance and enables the rider to achieve higher speeds than with other types of bearings. They are light and have plenty of lubrication to reduce friction. They also don’t have any rubber coverings. This makes them both efficient and fast. Miniature ball bearings maximize both handling and speed for the rider.

Size of the Bearings

The size of the bearings is just as important as the type that you’re using on your skateboard. The bearing size can either harm or help the board’s performance. You may have to experiment with different sizes to achieve the desired results from your board when selecting bearings. Size is important not only for appearance purposes, but it also determines how much weight the board can safely handle. Bearing size also impacts the aesthetic appeal of the board. While this isn’t as important as safety and importance, it does play a part in determining which bearings to select for your board.

Other Important Qualities of Ball Bearings

Size and type are not the only two things to keep in mind when selecting ball bearings for your skateboard. You’ll also want to take their lifespan into account. Some bearings are designed for heavy duty use and will last for years. Others are better for recreational skateboarding and may need to be replaced sooner than the heavy duty ones. Your bearings will last longer if you look at their recommended usage and adhere to the requirements.

Don’t be discouraged if the first sets of bearings you purchase for your skateboard do not give you the desired results. Statewide Bearings supplies a range of ball bearings from skateboards to mining machinery. Selecting bearings can be a trial-and-error experience, especially if you’re new to the activity and it is your first time selecting them.

Interbike Gets Right with BMX for Olympics

The Olympics is taking its second jump with BMX in London this year and the sport’s bigger international profile has given the tradeshow organizers of Interbike something to grind their gears on.

This year’s annual gathering of bicycle enthusiasts, manufacturers and peddlers (to abuse a homonym) in Las Vegas will be giving BMX a larger stage presence, in no small part thanks to an obvious nod from the International Olympic Committee by bringing the sport back to the Summer Games for a second year.

The Interbike International Biking Expo is celebrating its 30-year anniversary in 2012 and would do well to use the celebration as an opportunity to more fully welcome a sport that supports some of the tradeshow’s biggest participants. Interbike has long made room for the “BMX Zone,” part of the tradeshow presentation area dedicated to those in the industry niche, but this year they’ve taken it up a few pegs and have even formed a BMX advisory panel.

BMX got its start in Southern California back in 1970s when kids decided riding their bikes on the pavement wasn’t as fun as grinding them through the dirt. A little quick math and it becomes apparent that BMX was maturing as a sport while Interbike was still in short pants, which means those early dirt-track riders likely had significant tradeshow influence right from the start.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt the BMX community or Interbike that the BMX Olympic competition will take place in August and serve as the perfect prelude to the opening events at Interbike just a little over one month later. Although nothing has been set in stone and it’s clearly too early to forecast victory, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a few medal winners drop in at the expo – if organizers ask nicely.


Author’s Byline:

James Madeiros writes for Vein BMX, which offers a large selection of bike related products in their BMX store.

5 of the Craziest Bicycle Single Tracks Ever Attempted

So, you consider yourself an extreme cyclist? All over the world there are individuals who feel the same way, no matter what country you are in, the common thread between these cyclists is that they are always seeking that next great thrill.

Cycling is an amazing sport because it presents the rider with the unique opportunity to combine a top notch workout with the freedom of experiencing the great outdoors, and all of its many challenges, with great speed. There are trails all over the planet that have been created by determined individuals, with high endurance and a lack of fear, and for those willing to take a few risks and explore this amazing world, there are endless possibilities for adventure.

Here we take a look at 5 of the most dangerous and risky one tracks in the world. Use caution and great consideration of the consequences when picking your next adventure. These are risky trails for even the most experienced riders.

Cliffs of Moher- Emerald Isle

The Cliffs of Moher, located on Emerald Isle are home to one of the single most dangerous and deadly single track on the entire planet. The trail is at points four inches wide and is quite literally on the side of the cliffs. At many points, there is nothing except your precision standing between you and a 600+ drop onto jagged rocks and into the ocean. Because of its elevation and location on the water, this ride is generally accompanied by misty and windy conditions adding to its difficulty. There are also points during the ride where there is a need to jump gaps in the track, this is a feat that would make even the most experienced rider nervous.

The Worlds Most Dangerous Road

“The World’s Most Dangerous Road” is how this world famous road is known throughout the world; the locals in Peru know it as “the Death Road.” This particular ride takes you down from an elevation of 15,400 feet, over mountains and through jungles, past llamas and a drug checkpoint and down to 3,600 where you are greeted by a nice pasta buffet lunch. The ride is grueling and though it is down hill, a good portion of the middle of the ride takes place in the world famous death road where many people have died and the smallest slip up or miss calculation could cost you your life.

The road was cut into the side of the mountain, and even though it is deadly, there is still a fair amount of local traffic on it daily, making this trek increasingly dangerous. Due to the roads location and elevation it is not unlikely that it may be raining when you are making your descent, adding to the danger.

Devil’s Tooth (Muela del Diablo)

This is a 2 hour almost completely downhill single track ride meant for only the most expert riders. The trail for the most part follows along the edge of a mountain and covers the side of the cliffs in a single track that you follow while making your descent down the mountain. Though some of the track is on a ridge, there is a large portion that covers the rocky mountain side and challenges even the most experienced rider.

The Secret Single Track

The Secret Single Track is located in Bolivia and has some of the most insane downhill mountain biking single trail on the planet. The trail covers just about every kind of terrain imaginable; you will go over mountains, down the sides of them and end up in jungles and covered in mud. This trail is for experienced riders with extremely high endurance and the desire to challenge themselves. If you are willing to push past your limits and feel the burn while experiencing some of the most extraordinary scenery on the planet, than this extreme trail just might be for you.

The Mega Avalanche

The Mega Avalanche is an extreme downhill mountain biking race held annually in the Swiss Alps. There are portions of the race that are single track, but the most difficult aspect of this ride is that you are riding downhill with not just a small group of friends, which can be dangerous enough, you are riding with sometimes up to 2000 other individuals, increasing the risk of error and injury due to mistakes. During the ride you will descend a total of 2600 miles and do most of that riding in the snow. The ride is challenging, but fun, and filled with amazing views.

Hillary Rose is a biking enthusiast. She writes for a number of blogs about cycling and interior design. When not writing or biking she works for Racor Storage Solutions to help find new ways to store your bike.