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  • found on the internet and had planned to do at some time Whilst traveling in New Zealand the mecca for extreme sports I got my chance I had found a book Extreme NZ by Alison Dench that detailed different extreme sports in New Zealand that are available to the public This book said that the guys at Kaitiaki Adventure did white water sledging I phoned them up and told them about my lack of sight This did not put them off instead they took it as a challenge Stevie and Mark came and picked us up from our campsite and drove us in their bus to their centre to get ready Before getting kitted out Mark took me through all of the safety aspects of the sport This included how to travel around tight bends over shallow sections of the river and down waterfalls In the bus there had been a laid back atmosphere but for the next twenty minutes it was very serious These guys took their sport very seriously As with any river the Kaituna has some areas that need more care than others They continually sledge the river and know exactly where the danger spots are When they come across them they throw themselves in and see what happens This sounds crazy but it means that they know exactly how to deal with a situation if somebody gets into difficulty These guys have thrown themselves into the plunge pools at the bottom of waterfalls to see how the body reacts and how to carry out a safe rescue There are not many companies who go this far to ensure client safety After the safety talk it was time to get kitted out As it was the middle of winter I was given a couple of warm layers to wear under my wet suit When I put the wet suit on I felt like the Michelin Man Most winter wet suits are around 5 mm thick This suit was 10 mm On top of this I was given a life jacket gloves fins and a helmet that would not have looked out of place in an American Football game With all this protection I was ready for anything Now it was time to get wet The river we were going down was the Kaituna River This is a very holy Mauri river so a prayer was said before we entered it We had a few practise drills in a still part of the river before embarking on the main trip This included how to enter the water with a dive and how to steer etc The main rule is not to let go of the sledge The sledge offers flotation and protection and with the upcoming trip you wanted as much help as possible After the practise drills it was time to go for the real thing Because it was winter there were no other takers for the trip so our group was made up of 3 staff

    Original URL path: http://www.extremedreams.co.uk/index.php/Extremedreams/White_Water_Sledging/xsid/56 (2016-02-10)
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  • been in Margaret River south of Perth for a day or so and had been searching out some cool things to do Rhona had done a bit of windsurfing in the past and had told me that I should give it a go So whilst looking in the local tourist information centre we came across a brochure advertising a local windsurfing teacher His name was Simon Peters and he ran a company called Margaret River Kitesurfing Windsurfing We gave him a bell and arranged to meet up the following day We met up at a beach car park and swapped notes Rhona explained that she had done a wee bit of windsurfing but that I was a complete novice With this in mind Simon produced Big Bertha Big Bertha was a windsurf board which is designed for the complete beginner It was about the same length as a regular windsurf board but about 3 times the width The idea was that with there being a larger area on the water there was less chance of tipping so the rider could spend more time concentrating on the sail than on trying to stay on the board That was the theory After getting all the kit down to the beach I was knackered It wasn t that the kit was heavy but more that the temperature was really high Once everything was on the beach I had to take a quick dip to cool off This gave Simon a few minutes to assemble the windsurf and get ready to start the lesson We were taken through the normal bits what each bit was called what it does what we do if x happens etc and then we were down to the water Rhona and I were to take turns so as to get 1 to 1 tuition Rhona let me go first while she chilled out on the almost empty beach We took Bertha out into waist depth water and I climbed aboard As I said earlier this board was designed not to tip easily Also as I have done a fair bit of board sports in the past surfing mountain boarding skateboarding snowboarding and wakeboarding balance shouldn t really be a problem Wrong How could something so wide be so tippy or should I say how could I be so crap Eventually after several attempts I managed to find my balance and get started on the sail Simon explained how I should be standing catching the wind in the sail arms and shoulders in the right position knees bent etc Again this didn t really come very naturally but I was eager to learn Within 5 10 minutes I seemed to have picked the basics up I positioned myself as instructed pointed the sail in the direction I was told to and I was off Not very fast at first but I was definitely moving As I relaxed into it the speed picked up Simon was swimming along side on his

    Original URL path: http://www.extremedreams.co.uk/index.php/Extremedreams/Windsurfing/xsid/62 (2016-02-10)
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  • love to do a wing walk After the interview was over I got straight onto the Internet to start chasing another dream I came across a company called Aerosuperbatics and thought that I would give them a try After contacting Rhiannon at Aerosuperbatics she agreed to look into it for me I was told that the Summer was their busiest time so could I come back to them towards the end of August At the end of August I contacted Aerosuperbatics again and was told that things were looking promising for the wing walk At around this time I was contacted by a charity who asked if I could help in some way to raise the public s awareness of their charity I explained the situation with the wing walk and we decided that this could be the ideal opportunity When the wing walk was finalized the date and venue was to be Friday 20th September at the Yeovilton Air Show in Somerset On the day of the wing walk we set off from Exeter in the rain This was not a good sign But by the time we reached R N A S Yeovilton the rain had stopped The sky was still grey but that was not a problem I met up with the team by the brightly coloured Utterly Butterly biplanes The team were wing walkers Sophie and Marie and pilots Martyn and Mike After a short chat with the team I was strapped to the stand on top of the bi planes wings Then it was time for the propeller to start spinning and we headed off towards the runway We stayed there for a few minutes waiting for the other air traffic to clear and then we were off With engines roaring we headed off down the runway gathering speed as we went All of a sudden we were leaving the ground As we started to climb my face started to flap and I could feel my body being pummelled by the fast moving air I had been told to wave my hands around to show the pilot Martyn and people on the ground that I was having fun I was so excited that I started doing my best Saturday Night Fever dancing Waving my hands and generally making myself look like a pratt If that wasn t bad enough I couldn t get that damn Gina G song Ooh Aah Just A Little Bit out of my head How embarrassing is that Anyway once in the air Martyn took the plane through some different maneuvers These included banking the plane from left to right climbing high in the air and then diving towards the ground It was like being on a giant roller coaster I was told later that we went through the range of 2Gs to 3Gs This meant that as we up on a steep climb my body was incredibly heavy but as we went over the top before dropping my body weight

    Original URL path: http://www.extremedreams.co.uk/index.php/Extremedreams/Wing_Walking/xsid/57 (2016-02-10)
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  • Course Sandboarding England Sandboarding Western Australia Scad Diving Scrambling Scuba Diving Sea Kayak Race Oban 2013 Sea Kayak Race Oban 2012 Sea Kayaking 1 Sea Kayaking 2 Skatewing Skimboarding Skydiving tandem Snorkeling Western Australia Snowboarding Speed Riding tandem Sphere ing Stunt Plane 2002 Stunt Plane 2011 SUP Caledonian Canal aka Great Glen SUP Kerrera SUP Loch Awe 2015 SUP Loch Tay SOLO SUP Scilly to Sennen SUP UK s Highest SUP Club SUP Blog Swimming Corryvreckan Gulf Swimming English Channel Swimming Forth River 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2013 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2015 Swimming Location X 2011 Swimming Location X aka Loch Etchachan 2012 Swimming Monster Swim 2013 Tank Driving Thundercat Powerboat Trekking Nepal 2010 Wakeboarding Water Skiing White Water Rafting Nepal White Water Sledging Windsurfing Wing Walking Zip Slide Zorb Zip Slide North Queensferry Fife Scotland This was a charity event to raise money for the Royal National Institute for the Blind RNIB and was advertised as a 1 000ft Zip Slide I have done a few different things for charity and thought it was about time to do another The zip slide was to take place at the North Queensferry Seaworld in Fife Scotland On arrival we had to check in and sign the relevant paperwork Then we were kitted out with harness helmet gloves and buoancy aid The latter was a bit of a surprise We must be going to play near the water Sure enough when we were driven up to the zip slide tower we could then see that we were about to zip across what the instructors referred to as The Shark Pool Once at the tower we were taken one at a time and strapped in There was a safety line attached to the harness and we were told to

    Original URL path: http://www.extremedreams.co.uk/index.php/Extremedreams/Zip_Slide/xsid/58 (2016-02-10)
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  • large inflatable ball that people climb into and then roll down a hill inside it I recently spoke to David Kirke of the Dangerous Sports Club who informed me that the original concept came from the UK in the early 1980s He told me that the idea came from a Welsh artist and that the DSC built it Their inflatable ball was around 23 metres tall and had a gimbal inside A gimbal I am told is something that could be placed inside the sphere but would not roll around as the exterior did In this gimbal were placed 2 deck chairs for DSC members to relax in whilst traveling Unfortunately the idea never caught on and the plastic exterior has been cut up and is now being used to cover someone s compost heap Since then the Kiwis have developed their own inflatable ball They have called this the Zorb and have had great success with it David Kirke added that this was the second DSC idea to head to New Zealand the first being bungy jumping and that the DSC were very happy to have been helpful to the New Zealand economy There are two different types of zorbs A dry zorb and yes a wet zorb Both types sit at the top of a steep grassy hill and are started by a very kind guy who pushes your zorb over the top With the dry zorb you are securely strapped in and then rolled over the top From here on you are a passenger on a very exciting ride You roll and bounce your way down the hill and amazingly the only thing that hurts at the end of this ride is your sides from all the laughing and shouting The dry zorb is a lot of

    Original URL path: http://www.extremedreams.co.uk/index.php/Extremedreams/Zorb/xsid/59 (2016-02-10)
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  • we were heading into the wash either the wash wake left behind a passing boat or some good sized waves When wash was called we were to jam ourselves into the cat and get ready for the bump Off meant that the wash was big and that I had to cut the power If I didn t we could end up airborne and tipping over After the safety talk Vee drove us out of the 6 knot speed zone and into the open water Now it was my turn to take control I assumed the position back against one tube feet in the loops on the opposite tube left hand on the throttle and right hand holding on for dear life to the safety line along the side of the Thundercat With a slight rotation of the throttle we were off Starting off very slowly and picking up pace as the day went by By the end of Tuesday we had reached a top speed of 47 mph with me driving Wednesday started off with a few short runs around the estuary and then off into the big water This was going to really put me to the test We were now wearing open face helmets and had our comms in place The plan was to head over to Cowes on the Isle of Wight and get a feel for some lumpy water Vee spotted some good size waves and directed us into them Left right left right off on off on off woosh crash power on We had just hit some massive waves and according to the guys in the safety boat we had come right out of the water landing back down on one corner of the boat They were convinced that we were going over but with Vee s skill he positioned his weight in the right place and we hit the water and were off again as if nothing had happened Wow I found out later that Vee had deliberately directed me into this big water to show me what the boat could do and increase my confidence in both the Thundercat and our combined skills The big day had been planned for Thursday but due to bad weather this was postponed until Friday morning On Friday morning Vee picked Rhona and I up and we headed over to Cowes on the big Cat Ferry We then met up with the others and got ready At around 09 30 we took the Thundercat out for last minute photos etc As well as our white Thundercat there was a black Thundercat and 3 safety boats following us We were about to cover a distance of over 60 miles and estimated it should take between 2 and 3 hours If we could get around in 1 hour 40 minutes that would be amazing At around 10 00 we were all set to go Helmets on comms working stopwatch ready and we were off I grabbed the throttle twisted

    Original URL path: http://www.extremedreams.co.uk/index.php/Extremedreams/Thundercats/xsid/52 (2016-02-10)
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  • Links - Extreme Dreams
    Sea Kayak Race Oban 2013 Sea Kayak Race Oban 2012 Sea Kayaking 1 Sea Kayaking 2 Skatewing Skimboarding Skydiving tandem Snorkeling Western Australia Snowboarding Speed Riding tandem Sphere ing Stunt Plane 2002 Stunt Plane 2011 SUP Caledonian Canal aka Great Glen SUP Kerrera SUP Loch Awe 2015 SUP Loch Tay SOLO SUP Scilly to Sennen SUP UK s Highest SUP Club SUP Blog Swimming Corryvreckan Gulf Swimming English Channel Swimming Forth River 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2013 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2015 Swimming Location X 2011 Swimming Location X aka Loch Etchachan 2012 Swimming Monster Swim 2013 Tank Driving Thundercat Powerboat Trekking Nepal 2010 Wakeboarding Water Skiing White Water Rafting Nepal White Water Sledging Windsurfing Wing Walking Zip Slide Zorb Link Categories Any company that features the ED comes highly recommended by Extreme Dreams The ED means that Extreme Dreams has used done this activity with this company and there is likely to be a write up on the activity on this website ADVENTURE RACING OTHER CHALLENGES ADVENTURE TRAVEL BASE JUMPING BUNGEE JUMPING CANYONING CLIFF JUMPING CLIMBING CLUBS AND DIRECTORIES COASTEERING EXTREME IRONING FIRST AID FLY BY WIRE FOOTBAGS aka Hacky Sacks FREEDIVING GIANT SWING INDOOR ICE

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  • Tay SOLO SUP Scilly to Sennen SUP UK s Highest SUP Club SUP Blog Swimming Corryvreckan Gulf Swimming English Channel Swimming Forth River 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2013 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2014 Swimming Lamlash Splash 2015 Swimming Location X 2011 Swimming Location X aka Loch Etchachan 2012 Swimming Monster Swim 2013 Tank Driving Thundercat Powerboat Trekking Nepal 2010 Wakeboarding Water Skiing White Water Rafting Nepal White Water Sledging Windsurfing Wing Walking Zip Slide Zorb flibble Alan Roberts Alain Spiderman Robert must be the world s best known free climber He has appeared on the tv and in the newspapers so many times there won t be many people who have not come across him When I talk to people about Alain they may not recognise the name but as soon as I mention a couple of his achievements they all say oh yeah I ve seen that crazy guy Paris August 14th 1998 French free climber Alain spiderman Robert climbs the 182 metres of the Framatome tower in 35 minutes Photo courtesy of Alain Robert The story goes that Alain had always planned to be a world class climber At the age of 12 he climbed up the outside of his apartment block to get into his house because he had forgotten his keys His family s apartment was on the 8th floor Although he had learnt how to use ropes his passion was and still is for free climbing This means no ropes just you and what you are climbing Make a mistake and gravity takes over In 1982 Alain had 2 serious accidents which resulted in multiple fractures from his cranium to his heels The French doctors told him he was now 60 disabled and that he would never climb again How wrong could they be Photo courtesy

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