a•dren•a•line [uh-dren-l-in, -een]
Definitions “adrenalin rush”
adrenalin rush or adrenaline rush
a feeling of excitement, stimulation and enhanced physical ability produced when the body secretes large amounts of adrenaline in response to a sudden perceived or induced stress situation.
Some may find Gaelic football & hurling is enough to get their adrenaline rush going but we want more! Adventure sports and extreme sports are becoming more popular in Ireland for those looking for a bigger rush.
Adventure racing is a common one for strong athletes looking to test their stamina. WAR – Wicklow Adventure Race is an event where the participates run 15km, cycle 48km and kayak 2km on top of tackling the Wicklow Mountains – climbs up to 381m of ascent and descent. Believe me, this is a feat for those who complete it! Course details
Are you tough enough to complete of these races?
Kitesurfing – Kitesurfers would be pleased to know that this sport has become one of the fastest growing sports in Ireland other than road cycling. Kitesurfers would need to throw on 5mm wetsuits to brave the Irish waters. Kitersurfing schools are opening up around the coast; Dublin, Achill, Wexford, Kerry, Sligo, Mayo and Galway.
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Surfing – When you ask an Irish person, “where can I surf”, common replies would be Donegal and Lahinch however there are actually quite a few places to surf. Rossnowlagh is home to one of Ireland’s first surf clubs and in Co Donegal areas offers great waves around Inishowen, Fanad Head, Dunfanagh, Bloody Foreland and more. Every year there is a Sea Sessions festival – Surf & Music in Bundoran.
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Check the Irish Surfing Association for more places to surf in Ireland.
Scuba Diving – Ireland’s coastline and waters offers some of the best diving in Europe. Scuba divers can dive all year around however the waters may be too cold at times; the best times to dive are between March & October.
Scuba divers explore numerous underwater shipwrecks, a few being in Dublin; RMS Leinster, Tayleur and more. Dive sites: Antrim to Donegal, Mayo to Galway and Dublin to Wexford.
Kayaking is a popular activity in Ireland whether is it going on a kayak exploratory city tour on the River Liffey in Dublin or Sea Kayaking off Donegal coast. Check out this kayaker who had captured a rare footage of a large basking shark whilst fishing! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYg_1qpuslw
Cliff Diving – Inis Mór, the largest of Aran Island hosted the 4th stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2012. 11 diving athletes from all over the world met at the Serpent’s Lair or “Poll na Peist” in Gaelic. A natural formation that fishermen call a ‘blowhole’, what made this place special was that it’s a near-perfect rectangle. The professional divers dived off cliffs from heights of 18 – 23m. That is extreme diving!
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