If you are interested in extreme sports, it would be useful to take a look at the 3 sports branches we are going to talk about this month: Wingsuit jumping where you will experience adrenaline at the highest level, ziplining for those who want to travel at large speeds at great heights and slacklining which has been designed with the strategy of traveling across a rope stretched between two points… All three of them require balance and strong concentration, because you do not have the luxury of making a mistake.

Embrace the sky while wingsuit jumping
Wingsuit jumping is a sports branch that requires attention and concentration. The suit that is used during the jump is inspired from bats and it acts as wings. The most successful representatives of this sport are America, China and Norway. It is possible to come across wingsuit jumping fans at the Elsinore River in California, Tianmen Shan in China, and at Stryn in Norway. Wingsuit jumping is a sport done with a special jumpsuit that allows air currents to lift the human body and it is called a wingsuit. These ergonomic jumpsuits, which started first being produced in the ‘90s, virtually act like wings by creating surfaces under the arms and legs. It is said that the inspiration for designing these jumpsuits also came from flying squirrels. To do this sport that you use a parachute to land, you must have had a jump before with or without a parachute. ‘Wingsuit flying’, which is accepted as the most dangerous jump due to its limiting physical movements and parachute control, is considered as one of the most dangerous sports in the world because it doesn’t have any certified instructors. The top speed to ever be recorded in one of these jump suits in the Guinness Book of World Records is 363 km per hour.

Dare heights with ziplining
The zipline sport, which is described as advancing via pieces of mountain gears consisting of a steel cable stretched between points of different elevations, a pulley, and a harness or bar for attaching a rider, who moves by gravity, has many representatives in the world. Ziplining is a navigation and downward gliding form done with the help of connected apparatus’ and pulleys tied to a steel cable that elevates from a certain height to a lower point. The heights of ziplines can be composed naturally or artificially. Natural ziplines come forth as lines set up in between mountains, hills, trees and valleys. Lines set up in between steel platforms, roofs, wooden platforms and reinforced concrete structures are artificial ziplines. The differences between short, medium and long scale ziplines are the lengths of the lines and the different equipment to be used. The harness types also change accordingly to the endu          rance of the steel lines which are chosen accordingly to the length of the lines and the time the rider is going to spend in the air. The descending speed of the rider may represent changes on the ziplines made according to requests. Brake systems used in regards with the speed can also change.

Mountaineers’ training: Slacklining
Slacklining, which is a sport category done by executing acrobatic actions and walking on a rope stretched between two points, has a very different and fun concept. The important thing here is keeping the balance and concentration. Slacklining first emerged as an exercise for mountain climbers. A group of mountaineers who were resting in Yosemite Valley in the United States of America during the ‘70s got bored and started trying things with ‘two trees and a rope’ is the story which started it all… The mountaineers, who speculated that standing on and walking on these 2 to 5 centimeters thick perlons that are tied not to be too tight but a little loose were effective on their ankles, legs and even all of their muscles and that it made balancing while climbing easier, developed slacklining. The point that has been reached today is quite pleasing. Slacklining championships, festivals, and carnivals are organized. One of them was held in Antalya. There are different variations of slacklining. This sport is not just standing on a rope called perlon. Doing different tricks on the line is called ‘tricklining’. The lengths of tricklining ropes that differ between 10-25 meters are ideal for those trying slacklining for the first time.