Swimming? Boring. Surfing? Yawn. Scuba diving? So passé. While it’s always a blast to get in the water, a bunch of activities have been done for ages. Some water activists are trying to mix things up a bit. Some of the following water activities offer new takes on experiencing rivers, oceans and bodies of water, and may just give you new ideas on how to get wet and wild.
Sources: IdahoFishing.com, Wikipedia.org, AlternativeWhiteWaterAdventures.com, LonelyPlanet.com
If you’ve got yourself a boogie board, you’ve got yourself a way to get through some white water rapids. Though it’s not really a suitable option for anything higher than a class III or IV rapid, river surfing is a ton of fun and super easy to do without much training. Just hang on tight to your board, be sure to attach the cord to your hand, and cruise over, around, and through the rapids on your way down.
Rafting is so last year, so step it up a notch and take some lessons in white-water kayaking. You’ll be strapped into a kayak via a neoprene skirt, so you’ll have to master the roll before you take on the river – meaning when that white water flips you over, you can right yourself using just your paddle and awesome technique.
If you’re going to be in a boat, you might as well be in a super-fast boat that makes your heart leap into your throat every time it cuts around a corner. As long as you’ve got a competent driver, you’ve got yourself a feel-good time out on the water. Prepare to get wet, however, as you’ll most likely get sprayed. A lot.
Kite surfing is the happy marriage of a childhood pastime and a combo of extreme wakeboarding-surfing. Learn to control the wind – otherwise you may find yourself riding out to sea – and surf around the waves for an awesome time.
Though fishing doesn’t always bring to mind a thrilling time, sport fishing is actually pretty intense. You may find yourself fighting to reel in a 10-footer for more than an hour, starring in your very own episode of “The Deadliest Catch.” You’ll get the standard fishing perks of chilling on a boat, floating with a few brews perhaps, plus the adrenaline-pumping bonus of wrestling with a big catch.
Bungee jumping is already awesome, but with a water touch, it gets taken to the next level. That means that when you hit the bottom of your jump and start stretching towards the ground, you’ll get a quick dip in the water below and add an extra little thrill to the experience. Just be prepared for it, and make sure you’ve got yourself a change of clothes if you don’t want to squish around for the rest of the day.
It’s a bit more subdued than others on this list, but paddle boarding is actually a really fun time, and a bit of a workout as well. Usually done standing up (though you can also cruise around on your knees until you get your sea legs), you’ll paddle around on an oversized surfboard-type thing, enjoy the sunshine, and work those biceps and triceps a bit!
If you’ve seen a zorb, you know they’re awesome. Basically, you jump inside an enormous bubble ball and roll around, protected by four feet of padded plastic on all sides. You can stick one in a pool or calm water, or even choose a more sophisticated version to head down some rapids. Alternative White Water Adventures in Oregon, for instance, offers a helix vessel to head down the Rogue River, which looks seriously awesome.
Soaring through the air with a parachute is awesome, and if you’re being pulled behind a boat, you’ll get the opportunity to dip down into the water and fly back up into the air as the boat changes speeds. Parasailing manages to be both relaxing and thrilling at the same time, and it’s perfect for all ages and fitness levels (as it really doesn’t take any effort on the parasailor’s part at all!).
Canyoning, sometimes referred to as kloofing in South Africa, involves all manner of things that have to do with canyons and gorges. Participants abseil down waterfalls and plunge down into natural pools, with added opportunities to jump off cliffs into the water below.