As extreme sports gain in popularity, many people are taking to the waves. (CNTV)
Since the 1990s, extreme sports have gained a growing number of followers across the generations. Going to the limit and beyond provides a thrill like no other.
Conquering the sea on a surfboard. For most Chinese, it’s something unusual. But as extreme sports gain in popularity, many people are taking to the waves. Luo Guichuan is among them.
The 21-year-old comes from a mountain village in southwest China. Now, he works as a chef in a hotel in Sanya in South China’s island province Hainan.
Since he came to Hainan in January, Luo fallen in love with surfing. He goes out once a month. His surfboard keeps homesickness at bay.
Luo Guichuan said, "At first, I went to the seaside to swim and saw many people surfing. Then I tried surfing several times. I feel free on the surfboard, and all my unhappiness and pressure from work and life are gone."
The rapid development of extreme sports in the past decade has also swept along some daring senior citizens.
68-year-old Wang Ruifu takes his roller skates with him whenever he goes out. The exhiliration more than compensates for whatever other people might think.

Wang Ruifu said, "I bought a pair of roller skates in 2003. At the beginning, I was afraid of being seen doing it since I wasn’t young. So I practiced secretly at places where no one could see me. From time to time, my daughter also scolded me, saying I was being eccentric roller skating at such an age."
Wang says roller skating gives him a feeling of youth and freedom, as though he returned to his happy childhood.
It’s human nature to want to go beyond the limits, to make dreams come true. For many, extreme sports are a good way to get there.
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