Extreme Dog Sports

Humans are not the only ones who enjoy extreme sports, it would seem. Twenty-two-year-old Michael Naish took his Jack Russell, Oli, out onto the waves, where the dog rode the board as well as his owner. With tail all a-wag, he looked to be having the time of his life.

It was sort of an experiment at first, according to Naish, who is a student at Reading University. But the first excursion out into the water at Sidmouth, Devon, England inspired Naish to really try to turn his dog into a “surf hound.” Apparently, Jack Russells really are the best dogs for learning new tricks!

In San Diego, they make a regular event of taking dogs out on surfboards, and the proceeds go to the local Police Department Canine Unit. The Loews Hotel competition winner gets a vacation for themselves and their pet, while the thousands of spectators get to enjoy the view of dogs decked out in all kinds of swim gear, including shades and bikinis, in some cases.

The dogs must wear mandatory life vests as well as ID tags.

Elsewhere, Otis the pug is going skydiving with his owner Will Da Silva. With over sixty jumps to date, the dog acts like a first-time skydiver every time, according to Da Silva, getting nervous when the door to the plane opens. He is calm on the way up, and once they are out of the plane, snugly strapped together, Otis acts like a dog with his head out the window on the freeway.

He even has specially designed “doggles” to protect his eyes during freefall, where skydivers usually reach terminal velocity after a few seconds. This means that they are no longer gaining speed as they fall, and the sensation is allegedly more like flying than falling.

Otis is so chill about being a skydiver that he never puts up a fuss when they are hooking him into the harness. On the way up in the plane, he has even been known to fall asleep. While it is hard to gauge a dog’s reaction to things, the jumps certainly get his adrenaline pumping, and sometimes after a landing, he goes for a run.

People even come from out of state to do a tandem jump with Otis, who seems to be making quite a name for himself, or at least his owner is.

I would not recommend taking your dog skydiving, surfing, or anything else unless he or she has shown a natural propensity for it already. Not all animals will react the same to this sort of thing, just like all people won’t.

Still, there are enough stories of dogs participating in these sorts of activities to make you wonder if they can have a drive for adrenaline and adventure just like we do. Biscuit is a case in point.

This dog was “weird” from the start, according to her owner, chasing brooms and other things. When he took her out walking, she started scrabbling on rocks and jumping over streams, so the two of them started going mountain climbing together. Like Oli the surfhound, Biscuit is a Jack Russell, so maybe there is something in their constitution.

Whatever the case may be, dogs are certainly loyal to their owners as long as they are treated well, and if they grow up with an extreme sport-lover from puppy age, I don’t see why that could not rub off on the dog’s sense of how to live life.

If the dog is having a good time and not in any real danger, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be allowed a little fun.

What Is Extreme Skydiving?

Extreme Skydiving?

For the uninitiated, it may seem that skydiving does not need an adjective such as “extreme.” Many people would ask, “Isn’t skydiving always extreme?”

The answer from those experienced in parachuting, skydiving and extreme skydiving would be, “No.” There is an important difference between skydiving and extreme skydiving, (Some have suggested that in extreme skydiving, the individual would not use a parachute. That would be extreme!) Rest assured, both continue to use parachutes.

What Is Extreme Then?

To put it quite simply, “regular” skydiving involves leaving the airplane, pulling the cord and descending slowly to earth. A short freefall may be involved in this version of the sport. The process of becoming an extreme skydiver passes through the “regular” skydiving phase. Some experienced skydivers have found that, after dozens of jumps, the activity can become a bit routine. While the general public might find it unusual that someone could jump from an airplane several thousand feet in the air and call it routine, it does happen.

For many skydivers, a next step might be to video the jumps, sometimes using two or more cameras to create videos that will be exciting and entertaining. Experienced skydivers have come up with a whole range of things to try during the minute or so of freefall before the parachute is opened. Most of these go far beyond the relative calm of video.

Team skydivers spend quite a bit of time designing patterns and movements that they can try during the freefall. Couples have planned their wedding to take place during this exciting minute. Another man actually had someone tattoo him while he was in freefall. These are just a few of the activities that have combined with skydiving to make the sport more extreme.


In spite of the awful play on words, this activity has become quite popular with skydiving dog lovers. According to the record books, a dachshund going by the name of Brutus holds the record for making the highest skydiving jump for a dog. He was securely strapped to his owner, who coined the term “fleafall.” According to his owner and other witnesses, Brutus shows no sign of anxiety during the session. The canine has more than 100 jumps to his credit.

While extreme skydiving is not on the Olympic card yet (even as exhibition) it is popular worldwide. Apparently the powers that be have not seen enough to convince them that extreme skydiving is a world-class sport. But perhaps the time is coming.

A Brief Overview On Skydiving Magazine

Skydiving Magazine was first published in 1979, it is the principal leader in skydiving news, training, and equipment. Unrivaled by competition, this magazine has survived the test of time, continuously providing up-to-date, unprecedented information to avid skydive fans, Boasting that it is a magazine “published by jumpers and for jumpers”, this has become the handbook for skydiving safety and technique.

Often compared to Parachutist, the only other magazine for skydivers, Skydiving Magazine offers more regional news, safety and performance articles. Since Parachutist is published by United States Parachute Association (USPA), the agency which governs skydiving in the United States, it tends to focus more on USPA events and news, technical articles and regulations. Skydiving tends to cover competitions more fully and also provides information on non-regulation subjects. The coverage of nonconformist skydiving techniques has created a following of enthusiasts that enjoy other versions of this extreme sport.

One major advantage of Skydiving Magazine is it is the only widely distributed source of information on BASE jumping and BASE events as USPA does not recognize BASE jumping. BASE is an acronym for Building Antennae Span and Earth and represents fixed objects from which jumps are made. Because BASE jumping is very dangerous and often illegal, it is not only disparaged in general, but frowned upon by USPA. This makes Skydiving Magazine a leader in this area of the sport.

The primary distinguishing characteristic of Skydiving Magazine is its print style, Skydiving is printed on enlarged tabloid style paper with a non-slick finish. More like a newspaper than a magazine. Skydiving is often criticized as having inferior picture quality and inadequate color due to this type of printing. However, many prefer this style as it maintains a traditional design and because of its shorter production cycle remains the most current in news and equipment information. Either way, if the publishing style is objectionable, it is not apparent in the record number of magazines that are sold every month to ardent readers.

Regardless of your skydiving experience, novice or expert, Skydiving Magazine is a must for your library in order to stay abreast of the latest advancements in equipment, news, and the hottest gossip, you have to go to the authority in the sport, Skydiving Magazine is that authority.