Extreme Sports

Jana Brooks / facebook.com/theknightshall

With the Medieval Combat World Championships just around the corner, Jaye Brooks, senior instructor and owner of The Knights Hall, doesn’t want to risk any late-in-the game injuries. Usually his men would be practicing judo throws and boxing drills while wearing sixty to eighty pounds of armor. Today, they take turns beating on car tires with two-handed axes, swords, and maces.   

Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

Kale Poland does ultra-marathons, but that sport's name is a little misleading, as it now encompasses a lot of really long races of every sort, including triathlons. You may have heard of the Ironman competition: 2.5 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and a marathon. 

But not for Kale Poland. He has done many 50-mile running races, of course, also a few double-ironman races, even triple and quintuple ironman distance events. But in 2012, he was the seventh American ever to complete what he calls a “deca”. That’s ten times the distance of an Ironman.

Wheels via onlyagame.wbur.org

Wheelchair motocross. Yes. It's a thing. An adrenaline fueled and insanely awesome thing. And Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham is the adrenaline junkie bringing it to the spotlight. Aaron, or Wheelz as he's called by his friends in the world of extreme sports and Nitro Circus, was born with spina bifida and has used a wheelchair most of his life.