Throughout history there have been those who chased extremes. Whether it be jet cars, free falling from outside of the earth’s atmosphere, to riding the biggest monsters that the surface of the ocean can throw at them. They’ve inspired movies such as Chasing Mavericks and rush. The media sensationalizes these men and women and occasionally casts a shadow of madness upon their faces
In the past, there were studies conducted looking at the behavior of these individuals. These studies provided a few different theories explaining the sociological and psychological mechanisms that are at work. One theory suggests that participation in extreme sports as an outward expression of deviant personality traits. The need for novel, varying and uncertain being the driving force. From a more psychoanalytical perspective extreme athletes are described as pathological with an unhealthy level of narcissism, in which they deny their limitations and vulnerabilities, rationalizing unacceptable behaviors and feelings.
All of these theories have one major point in common. They believe that extreme sport athletes are all sensation-seekers. They are driven by their innate need for novel experiences and intense sensations, constantly searching for the next extreme, the next challenge, the next outlet for them to resolve their boredom.