Trending Now:

10 Outrageous Hobbies to Take Up this Summer

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 11:00 am / Posted by

CAVE DIVING

Sure, you took a snorkeling class on your last vacation, but we bet you haven't strapped into a wetsuit and air-mask to explore secret caves submerged under the ocean floor. This extreme hobby [...]

 

CAVE DIVING

Sure, you took a snorkeling class on your last vacation, but we bet you haven't strapped into a wetsuit and air-mask to explore secret caves submerged under the ocean floor. This extreme hobby requires certification, but you'll get the satisfaction that comes with exploring truly uncharted terrain (not to mention just surviving).

Lessons from $350 at North Florida Cave & Technical Divers.

 

DUNE BASHING

For a truly "gritty" experience, make like Dubai's most ballin' bad boys (and bad-gals) and try "Dune Bashing"—the beloved Iranian past-time of slamming an SUV (tricked out with roll-proof [...]

 

DUNE BASHING

For a truly "gritty" experience, make like Dubai's most ballin' bad boys (and bad-gals) and try "Dune Bashing"—the beloved Iranian past-time of slamming an SUV (tricked out with roll-proof technology and safety harnesses) through giant desert dunes.

Lessons at Dubai Dune Bashing.

 

FENCING

Your gym probably offers kickboxing classes, but it's decidedly tougher to take up fencing—a favorite hobby of Tom Cruise. Happily, you can get your "Game of Thrones" on at the Fencers Club in [...]

 

FENCING

Your gym probably offers kickboxing classes, but it's decidedly tougher to take up fencing—a favorite hobby of Tom Cruise. Happily, you can get your "Game of Thrones" on at the Fencers Club in Manhattan, which offers 20-minute private lessons as well as longer group sessions.

Lessons from $70 at Fencers Club.

 

HANG GLIDING

Haven't we all wondered what it would be like to fly at one time or another? Hang-gliding may be as close as humankind can get (until we all have jet-packs). Our top pick? Ocean front lessons [...]

 

HANG GLIDING

Haven't we all wondered what it would be like to fly at one time or another? Hang-gliding may be as close as humankind can get (until we all have jet-packs). Our top pick? Ocean front lessons on Dockweiler Beach in Los Angeles.

Lessons from $229 at Wind Sports.

 

HELICOPTER FLYING

Cars are so over. With fans including Harrison Ford (he owns his own 'copter), Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie, flying a helicopter is practically "de rigeur" among A-listers, which is why [...]

 

HELICOPTER FLYING

Cars are so over. With fans including Harrison Ford (he owns his own 'copter), Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie, flying a helicopter is practically "de rigeur" among A-listers, which is why getting your chopper credentials is easier than ever. New York's Pegasus Flight School offers private lessons over the Hudson river.

Lessons from $525 an hour at Pegasus Flight.

 

NASCAR RACING

Anyone who has ever been to a NASCAR race knows the thrill of cars speeding past at upwards of 190 miles per hour. So we can just imagine the adrenaline rush one would get behind the [...]

 

NASCAR RACING

Anyone who has ever been to a NASCAR race knows the thrill of cars speeding past at upwards of 190 miles per hour. So we can just imagine the adrenaline rush one would get behind the wheel—which is exactly what visitors at the NASCAR Racing Experience school are promised (that, and a 20 page photo book commemorating their ride).

Packages from $360 at NASCAR Racing Experience.

 

SKY DIVING

It may be the most cliche of extreme hobbies, but sky diving has earned its reputation for a reason. With jumps exceeding 13,500 feet, sky divers get to experience the sensation of "flying" [...]

 

SKY DIVING

It may be the most cliche of extreme hobbies, but sky diving has earned its reputation for a reason. With jumps exceeding 13,500 feet, sky divers get to experience the sensation of "flying" (really, plummeting towards earth) while taking in some truly knockout scenery.

Lessons from $219 at Sky Dive the Ranch.

 

SPELUNKING

Want to live like a real-life Batman? Spelunking is a long-time favorite of thrill-seeking hobbyists who don't mind squeezing through cramped, claustrophobic rock formations to find the [...]

 

SPELUNKING

Want to live like a real-life Batman? Spelunking is a long-time favorite of thrill-seeking hobbyists who don't mind squeezing through cramped, claustrophobic rock formations to find the bizarre, alien-like caves they conceal. Suited to the more experienced spelunker, South Africa's Cango Caves—situated along a limestone ridge at the base of the Swartberg Mountains—is one of the world's premiere "caving" experiences.

Lessons from $95 at Cango Caves.

 

STORM CHASING

If we saw a twister touching down, you can bet we'd be running the opposite direction. But for a select few thrill-seekers, tornado chasing offers the adrenaline rush, and new companies in [...]

 

STORM CHASING

If we saw a twister touching down, you can bet we'd be running the opposite direction. But for a select few thrill-seekers, tornado chasing offers the adrenaline rush, and new companies in the Midwest (along "Tornado Alley") offer week-long tour packages with "guaranteed' storm sightings.

Information at stormchasing.com.

 

DIVING WITH SHARKS

Maybe you've always wondered what it was like to stare death in the face, or maybe you just like really big fish. Whatever the reason, people continue to submerge themselves underwater [...]

 

DIVING WITH SHARKS

Maybe you've always wondered what it was like to stare death in the face, or maybe you just like really big fish. Whatever the reason, people continue to submerge themselves underwater in giant, locked cages to be attacked by great white sharks. Sounds pretty unappealing to us, but hey, YOLO.

From $156 at SharkCaveDiving.net.

 

Whatever you had planned this summer, cancel it immediately.

You’ll thank us later. By the time you’ve clicked through these ten extreme summer hobbies, that surf trip you had on the calendar will look like a total snooze.

But hiking the Appalachian Trail is extreme, you say. But fly-fishing in the Alps is difficult, you say. Do you see us yawning at you? Extreme hobbyists won’t settle for any pastime that doesn’t deliver a juicy, dripping dose of adrenaline.

These ten outrageous hobbies are sure to get your blood pumping this season, from dune-bashing in Dubai and tornado-chasing in the Midwest to locking eyes with Great White sharks in South Africa.

MORE:

The 25 Coolest Outdoor Pools In The World

Gail Simmons Tips For How To Shop Farmers’ Markets

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

CONFIRM YOUR SUBSCRIPTION

Incoming… In a sec, you’re going to receive an email from The Vivant asking you to click on a link to confirm your subscription to the The Vivant newsletter.

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE? SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER!

Get The Scoop On The Latest Trends:
  • Style News And Reports

  • Expert Fashion Advice

  • Celebrity Style And Gossip

  • Access To Exclusive Giveaways

WE'RE MOVING!

On December 15th, The Vivant is moving over to StyleCaster,
where you'll find all the same home, food, and lifestyle stories
you love — in an all-new location. Get excited.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 591 other followers