California is a land of extremes; from deserts to beaches to forests to rivers, it has it all. It's no wonder that extreme sporting has taken off in California - the geographical diversity offered make it easy to find just the thrill you were seeking, no matter where in the state you're visiting.
As far as water sports goes, there are a wide variety of opportunities to raise your adrenalin level! The waves on the beach offer some crazy surfing opportunities, and then there’s kayaking, snorkeling, deep-sea diving, and wind-surfing. If it can be done on water, it can be done in California.
If staying on dry land whilst seeking a rush appeals to you, check out the rock climbing opportunities that are available. The popular huge boulders in Bishop offer a world-class challenge to climbers wanting to show their skills. If you're down in the south of California and want to try your hand at rock climbing, check out the Joshua Tree National Monument in the Mojave Desert. The heat is intense during the summer (over 100 degrees regularly) so either be prepared for an added natural element challenge, or plan your trip during winter time. Of course, there are those who consider the heat to be part of the extreme experience – so it’s up to each climber how extreme they want to be!
If aerial is more your thing, you'll be happy to hear that California is home to countless skydiving companies. There are schools to teach you how to do it, and companies are willing to take anyone from the first timer to the most experienced jumper out on a run. The rush of purposefully jumping out of a plane is second to none, although your friends may question your sanity!
If extreme sports is your thing, then you’ll find that California is the ideal place to vacation!