Extreme Sports: Forever Popular

Extreme sports are always ‘in-season.’ Whether it’s warm and sunny; cool and windy; or cold and dry, at least one, two or more extreme sports are on the recreational calendars of active-minded Americans.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 6, 2006 – Extreme sports are always ‘in-season.' Whether it's warm and sunny; cool and windy; or cold and dry, at least one, two or more extreme sports are on the recreational calendars of active-minded Americans. According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association's (SGMA) analysis of the Superstudy® of Sports Participation (2006 edition), extreme sports are an appealing recreational option for millions of Americans.

Most Popular Extreme Sports in the USA
(U.S. population; 6 years of age or older)


1. Inline skating
2. Skateboarding
3. Paintball
4. Artificial Wall Climbing
5. Snowboarding
6. Mountain Biking
7. Trail Running
8. Wakeboarding
9. BMX Bicycling
10. Mountain/Rock Climbing
11. Roller Hockey
12. Boardsailing/Windsurfing

Following are some additional facts on the 12 most popular extreme sports:

Inline skating. 34.5% of all inline skaters have been participating for six or more years.
Skateboarding. 81% of all skateboarders are age 6-17 years of age.
Paintball. The average paintball participant is male, age 12-24, resides in a city of at least 500,000 people, and lives in either the South or the West.
Artificial Wall Climbing. 54% of these climbers are female and the average age of an artificial wall climber is 16.9 years of age.
Snowboarding. Nearly 75% of all snowboarders are under the age of 24.
Mountain Biking. Nearly 40% of mountain bikers have at least a college degree.
Trail Running. Roughly 55% of all trail runners live in either the South or the West.
BMX Bicycling. The Northeast is the most popular region for BMX cyclists.
Wakeboarding. The average annual household income of a wakeboarder in 2003 was $73,200.
Roller Hockey. 82.5% of all roller hockey players live in population centers of at least 2,000,000 people.
Mountain/Rock Climbing. Overall participation has risen by 21% since 2000.
Boardsailing/Windsurfing. The gender split on participation is 50/50.

This information has been abstracted from the Superstudy® of Sports Participation (2006 edition) conducted by American Sports Data, Inc., which monitors more than 100 sports and fitness activities. The Topline Report on the Superstudy of Sports Participation can be accessed at www.SGMA.com at no charge.

The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, owner of the Sports Research Partnership, is the global business trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products industry. SGMA enhances industry vitality and fosters sports, fitness, and active lifestyle participation. More information about SGMA can be found at www.SGMA.com.

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