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7 Adventurous Water Sports You Must Try

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Amara is a writer. She is adventurous and loves to try new things.



1. Parasailing

Parasailing is a very enthralling water sport. It is a recreational type of kiting activity, in which a person is towed behind a boat, while attached to a parachute-shaped canopy wing.

When the boat sails, the person is carried in the air, with no control over the parachute. Two to three people can parasail at the same time attached to a big powerful boat.

Fun Facts

  • Parasailing was developed in 1980, and now there are parasailing operations all around the world.
  • Parasailing can also be called parakiting, paraskiing, or parascending.
Boat racing

Boat racing

2. Boat Racing

Boat racing is probably one of the best-known water sports and involves boats competing with one another on water. The history of boat racing is very old; records of boat racing powered by rowing with oars can be traced back to ancient Egyptian times.

Fun Facts

  • A series of boat races is called a "regatta," which often include social and promotional activities.
  • One of the most popular and biggest regattas was the "Henley Royal Regatta" which was held on the River Thomas in England, on 26 March 1839.


3. Flyboard

Hydroflighting is an extreme water sport. Flyboard, a hydro flying device brand, supplies the propulsion to drive your board into the air and over water to perform this water sport.

A rider stands on a Flyboard, which is typically attached to a watercraft, connected by a long hose. The rider is equipped with a pair of boots with jet nozzles attached underneath the board, where water is forced under great pressure, providing a thrust for a rider to fly in the air.

It can be a thrilling and adventurous ride.

Fun Facts

  • A Flyboard rider can fly up to 22m (72 feet) in the air, or dive headlong as far as they are willing to go.
  • The Flyboard was invented in 2012 by a French watercraft rider named Franky Zapata. Its design allows it to climb out of the water and stay stable in the air.


4. Kayaking

A kayak is a small and narrow canoe-like watercraft propelled across the water with the help of a double-bladed paddle. This water sport is gaining popularity, as it is now merging with many other useful activities like fishing, diving, and ecotourism.

Fun Facts

  • Kayak diving is a type of diving in which people head towards a diving site using a kayak carrying their gear, combining the experience of sea kayaking with diving.
  • Kayak fishing is also popular, in which people catch fish using kayaks to get to their fishing spot.
  • Ecotourism-based kayak trips are also gaining popularity in the Sarasota Keys, Florida (United States), in which kayakers can take a tour of the local ecosystem in shallow bay water.
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Whitewater rafting

Whitewater rafting

5. Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting is a water sport using an inflatable raft to navigate a body of water, usually a rushing river, with the use of oars.

It became popular in the 1950s, and often considered an extreme adventure sport. However, by using proper precautions, the overall risk level on rafting trips is low.

Rafting is a competitive sport practiced all around the world.

Fun Facts

  • A world rafting championship event takes place between different participating nations, under International Rafting Federation, also known as IRF.
  • In the U.S., you can experience this adventurous ride in places like the Grand Canyon and the Arkansas River in Colorado.
Jet skiing

Jet skiing

6. Jet Skiing

Jet skiing is a sport performed on a body of water sitting on a water scooter, also known as personal watercraft or PWC. The rider can ride the scooter either by sitting on it or by standing up. Up to two people can sit on it at the same time, and it can be an amazingly fun and thrilling ride.

The scooter, or jet ski, has an inboard engine that drives a pump jet, which in turn has an impeller to create thrust for propulsion and steering. It also has a relatively large fuel capacity to make long cruises.

Fun Facts

  • This water sport is ruled by World Powerboating Federation.
  • PWC racing competitions take place around the world.


7. Surfing

Well, who doesn't know about surfing? It is an extremely popular water sport in which an individual uses a board to ride on the face of moving waves. Waves found in oceans are most suitable for surfing, but standing waves or tidal bore waves found in rivers and lakes can also be utilized.

Fun Facts

  • Modern-day surfing originated in the old Polynesian cultures of Hawai'i.
  • Surfing culture is dominant in the American states of California and Hawai'i, as these two states offer the best surfing conditions.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Amara


Amara (author) from Pakistan on May 28, 2021:

Thank you very much Vidya g.. Highly appreciate your visit..

Always a pleasure to see your appreciating comment..

Love n gratitude..

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 28, 2021:

A wonderful list of adventurous water sports Amara. They all are appealing and fun. I enjoyed reading this article. Good work.

Amara (author) from Pakistan on May 28, 2021:

Haha Gyanendra, it must have been a funny experience, I guess..

Thanks for stopping by and sharing it with us..

Much gratitude..

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 27, 2021:

Good to note, and thanks.

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on May 27, 2021:


Thank you for taking me around vittually to the various adventures of water world.

I can image the thrills. I have expeiencd rafting twice. And I fell down and other crew membered got scared!! They were all ladies from US. Guide and myeself were males.


Amara (author) from Pakistan on May 27, 2021:

I am really very glad to know that you loved this article..

Thank you very much Sangre.. Lots of love.. ;-)

Amara (author) from Pakistan on May 27, 2021:

Thank you very much Rozlin. Your visit and lovely comment is highly appreciated.. ;-)

Allah bless you always..

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 27, 2021:

Amara, you're welcome.

Rozlin from UAE on May 27, 2021:

Salam, Amara. This is an interesting informative article on water sports. I learned a lot from this article. Thanks for sharing.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on May 27, 2021:

Nice article. I never heard of hydroflying before. It's definitely a sport for those people who like trying new and exciting things.

Amara (author) from Pakistan on May 27, 2021:

Yes Bill must try parasailing, its a real fun.. I wish you all the best..

Thanks for your visit and comment Bill.. Have a great week..

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 27, 2021:

I have done a lot of kayaking. I have river-rafted. I would love to parasail. The others look like fun, but I doubt I'll get to them. Fun list! Thanks for the reminder to look into parasailing.

Amara (author) from Pakistan on May 27, 2021:

Yes these are fun sports. Rafting is amazing, I would also love to try hydroflying someday.

I saw in watersports section of skyaboveus, there was nothing much in watersports section, so I decided to write about some adventurous water sports. I hope so they will pick it..

Thanks dear sis.. Lots of love..

Misbah Sheikh from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on May 27, 2021:

I love to do adventures. Thanks for sharing this, Amara

I love to go for Rafting. I have done Jet Skiing once with my father. I enjoyed it a lot. I would love to try hydroflying some day at least once in my life.

Submit this article to skyaboveus. I Believe, they will accept it.

Well done!!

Blessings and Love

Amara (author) from Pakistan on May 27, 2021:

I am very pleased to know that you liked it Miebakagh..

Thanks for your visit and comment :-)

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 27, 2021:

Amara, very good to know. Thanks.

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