The term “action sports” is an interesting categorization. While it’s better than “extreme sports”, the term action sports couldn’t be more vague. Isn’t every sport essentially an action sport? When thinking of traditional action sports, typical X-Games events like snowboarding, skateboarding, BMX, and surfing are the first that come to mind, but there comes that vague term again. Pretty much lumping in every non-team and solo sport created in the last 20 or 30 years, action sports has grown to include sports like skydiving, motocross, rock climbing, and modified downhill shovel racing. Anyhow, it’s just interesting to see how the world of “sport” has changed and how it has created whole new markets, celebrity and opportunity to challenge oneself. Where does action sports start and stop… or does it?
Today, we talk with Doug Frutos, BASE jumper, wing-suiter, bungee jumper, and speed flier, about how he got started in these unconventional action sports, and what draws him to them. A lot of people like to get airtime, and Doug and his fellow jumpers literally took that feeling to the next level.
Felix Baumgartner’s jump from space that we talked about briefly in the program. He may have just set the bar as high as it can possibly go?