Multi Sport

8 Action Sports That Deserved to Die

We're glad these short-lived fads are gone!

What the hell?

A variation of sky diving (because jumping out of an aeroplane isn’t exciting enough) where those jumping have a board attached to their feet.

By changing the angle at which the board is positioned Sky Surfers performed different, cornea-detaching rotations and flips.

In competitions, the Sky Surfer was also joined by a dedicated camera man, and the pair gained points based on tricks performed and how well it was filmed.

Forget to open your parachute when sky surfing and your problems become terminal”

Did anyone actually do it?

Few names spring up in the Sky Surfing world, possible because it was notoriously difficult to master.

However, legendary Russian skydiver Valery Rozov and his regular filmer Clif Burch captured much of the limelight in the mid 90’s heyday of Sky Surfing.

Why it deserved to die…

Much like with barefoot skiing above, buying a plane to jump out of just wasn’t within most people’s budget. However, the biggest factor in the death of this sport was, well, death.

Catch your toe edge on a snowboard and you might get a mouth full of snow. Miss that 50-50 and you could snap an ankle.

However, forget to open your parachute when sky surfing and your problems become more terminal. Plus the penchant for 80’s style neon can’t have helped.


Newsletter Terms & Conditions

Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. If you are not interested you can unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy.

Read our full Privacy Policy as well as Terms & Conditions.