The sense of bliss that comes from jumping head first into danger

The world of extreme sports is in the spotlight as a series of competitions and sports meetings scheduled for the coming months draw near. Kathimerini talked to some of the early pioneers and younger enthusiasts. Starting out as a small group of eccentrics, extreme-sports enthusiasts ignored danger and courted difference, pushing themselves to the limits of their ability while simultaneously managing to escape the tedium of daily existence. A decade after the appearance of extreme sports in Greece, their fans continue to strike a balance between adventure and sport. What started out as a flirtation with danger has now turned into a fashion, a product for mass consumption that has acquired a whole lifestyle of its own.