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Extreme Sports in California

Posted on September 13th, 2011 by Jenny Frankel

California’s landscape is as diverse and rich as its culture. International students are sure to want to check out the awe-inspiring natural beauty of California, and some may want to go beyond your basic stroll on the beach. One thing is for sure, international students seeking to make the most of their overseas experience will want to take advantage of the state’s many forms of recreation. As an international student studying in California, be prepared to explore some of the extreme sports. From mountains to deserts and the ocean, there are as many beautiful features of the Californian country as there are inventive and daring ways to experience them!

As an international student participating in extreme sports in California, you will find that the activities go well beyond traditional hiking and camping. Your California experience begins with the Pacific Ocean, home to some of the best areas for surfing and scuba diving in the world. Also, the state boasts prime habitat for skydiving and gliding. You can even pilot your own gliders (sailplanes) while cruising over mountain ranges at 5,000 feet! Rock climbing is also quite popular in the state, with classes for beginners being both common and inexpensive.

There are also ways to experience extreme sports in California in more urban settings as well. For instance, there is a widespread paintball scene, offering an exciting team sport for indoor or outdoor play on any California day. Or, how does the idea of budgeting 120 feet straight down from a bridge in the midst of a beautiful forest sound? Needless to say, California offers a beautiful and diverse landscape, and there are many extreme and creative ways to appreciate it. So, while studying in California, take the opportunity to experience the unique landscape and the extreme sports that have emerged as ways of celebrating it!

Here’s the basics to get you started on rock climbing:

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