Lots of people love lying by the beach soaking up the rays and plenty of people enjoy a day exploring the shops of Old Town or a trip to the San Diego Zoo. If you are the type of person who enjoys excursions and activities that are a tad more adventuresome, don’t worry, San Diego and its surrounding environs offers plenty of extreme sports and adventure activities that are sure to fit the bill. Here are a just a few examples of what is in store for the adventurous type.

With such proximity to the ocean, there are many excellent options for water sports, from parasailing to waterskiing to scuba diving. La Jolla has some fascinating sea caves and several companies offer kayaking adventures in and around the caves. Cliff jumping in La Jolla is also a popular activity for extremists, but it is important to note that while there are some great jumps, the sport itself is illegal. If these suggestions sound too pedestrian, you could opt to try something fun like open ocean shark dives. Typically you will be swimming with Blue sharks and Makos, and while the latter can be aggressive, you probably will be perfectly safe in your shark-resistant cage.

Surfing isn’t always an extreme sport, but it definitely is when you are talking about big wave surfing. The Cortes Bank is one of the premier breaks in the world with waves on par with Maverick’s and Waimea Bay. This spot isn’t easy to reach, as it’s a 100-mile trip off the San Diego coast, but if you love big waves, you need to try this extreme location. If you can’t make the trip, the waves at Trestles and Black’s Beach are some of the area’s best.

You don’t have to just stay by the water to enjoy some extreme fun. There are plenty of adventures to enjoy up in the air. Combine the fun of flying and the ocean by renting a jetpack and soaring as high as 30 feet above the ocean and then diving into the waves. There are quite a few excellent skydiving centers in the county for those wishing to truly experience a death-defying activity. You can even go on a fighter jet experience and take part in dog fighting maneuvers. While you won’t actually be shot at, the planes are authentic fighter jets and the stunt flying is as real as it gets without actually being in combat.

While mountain climbers won’t find in tall peaks to climb in the San Diego area, there are some cool bouldering and rock climbing options. Mt. Woodsen, for example, offers hundreds of boulders and it’s a great place for practice and training. Mission Gorge is another climbing hot spot, and this one is located in Mission Trails Regional Park. There are also indoor rock climbing facilities throughout San Diego.

If you love extreme sports, it would be wise to consider some extreme training. At The Arena MMA, you can train just as the professional fighters of mixed martial arts train. In addition to classes in Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai and boxing, The Arena offers a CrossFit gym and has developed its own intense strength and conditioning program called FightBuilt. This system was design especially for combat sports and it is about as extreme as it gets.

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