In the good old days (that were bad for extreme sports), keeping up-to-date with cool athletes amounted to magazine subscriptions and the occasional sports program. Often times those dirt bike, skiing and other extreme sports mags were published monthly – and finding a sports show covering anything beyond football, baseball, basketball or hockey was next to impossible.
Yes, getting your extreme sports fix also meant waiting for the Olympic games every four years or catching an MX championship meet whenever the networks felt like carrying one. Even cable channels, considered extreme sports-friendly by today’s standards, had trouble acquiring alternative sports programming a generation ago.
The social media explosion has changed everything. Nowadays, extreme sports enthusiasts can receive real-time updates from their favorite athletes and organizations thanks to outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And that sure beats waiting for a monthly magazine to arrive in the mailbox. Recent technological breakthroughs have been nothing short of miraculous – just ask someone who grew up in the 70s, 80s or 90s.
However, the sheer volume of data available has a few drawbacks as well. If you’re following too many people, everything starts running together. It’s the exact opposite problem of yesteryear – instead of not enough information, there’s too much today.
The Best Extreme Sports Athletes to Follow on Social Media
Luckily for you, we’ve picked out a handful of extreme athletes that are definitely worth a follow. Crazy pics, stunt videos, inside news and overall fun factor are just a few things you can expect from these 5 extreme athletes that stand out on social media.
Wilson, one of the biggest names in big wave surfing, maintains a very active Twitter account (@julian_wilson). As of this blog post, Wilson has posted well over 3,000 tweets with tons of full-color action photos, industry updates (he recently signed with @CatchSurf) and a glimpse into his rather extravagant personal life.
Wilson’s social media profile is enhanced with his own website, which includes real-time updates on all his activity. For some of the best surfing photos you’ll find anywhere, don’t miss his Instagram account. These photos, which are professional quality and have rich, vibrant color, welcome any viewer into Wilson’s unique world. Given his prolific surfing exploits, that’s basically anywhere all over the world!
Generally regarded as the king of snowboarding, Rice has recently kicked around some interesting social media content. On Twitter (@TravRice), be prepared for a decidedly edgy brand of humor, whimsical pics and some off-the-wall observations. Much like Rice’s snowboarding style, his social media presence can be a bit wild & unpredictable – but hey, what else would you expect from this most extreme of the extreme athletes? Rice has maintained a Twitter account for about 5 years now, with a thousand tweets to his name. A word of warning for parents with kids: Rice isn’t shy about using bad language; nothing too raunchy, but each parent has different standards.
Overall, Rice is worth a follow. His official website contains a wealth of cool content updated frequently.
Extreme BMX biking has a few noteworthy names, none more prominent (or extreme) than Mat Hoffman. The great thing about following Hoffman on Twitter (@CondorBMX) is that you not only get a sneak peek inside Hoffman’s own routine, but you’ll also enjoy Hoffman’s retweets and favorites. He’s about as active as they come from an extreme BMX standpoint, so you’ll discover some new names and also revisit some of the sport’s most memorable moments and legendary names.
Over on Instagram it’s more of the same – daring tricks, breathtaking pics of Hoffman doing whatever Hoffman feels like doing and some pretty cool non-BMX photos. Just follow Hoffman. You’ll be pleased wherever he takes you.
“Shecks” keeps an active Instagram account, with photos showing America’s favorite skateboarder at the latest LA Clippers game, hanging out with other boarders, jumping over friends, jetting all over the globe and much more. Sheckler’s Instagram account is a great way to keep tabs on “a day in the life of your average extreme athlete superstar.”
Shecks also keeps a two-pronged Twitter strategy in play. His personal account (@RyanSheckler) is a blast, with plenty of fun content. And the Sheckler Foundation (@SheckFoundation), Ryan’s organization for helping kids with serious illnesses and injuries, is also worth a follow. This account reminds everyone that extreme athletes can also do a world of good outside the arena of competition. Surprisingly inspirational yet still showing some playful Sheckler attitude, the foundation is one of the world’s top extreme athlete-based charities – and certainly worth your Twitter attention.
So just who is Martin Strel? The name doesn’t strike most people as a household name.
Strel isn’t your typical extreme sports athlete. He doesn’t jump out of helicopters to ski down mountain slopes, and he’s never been pulled by a jet ski into murderous Hawaiian surf. Yet Strel does something equally amazing, if not more so, than those big wave surfers. The Slovenian holds several Guinness World Records for endurance swimming.
He’s done all the big rivers in the world (Mississippi, Danube, Amazon and many more), and posts some interesting expeditions on Twitter (@martinstrel). But it’s not just the incredible feats alone that make Strel a must-follow. He also posts super-scenic photos from around the world, along with some amazing videos, too. Plus, Strel swims with a purpose. His motto is, “swimming for peace, friendship and clean waters.” Follow Strel into some of the world’s majestic waters.
While it seems like social media is just a constant buzz of chatter, we love finding those rare athletes who help us find motivation to train, give us pro tips, share epic scenery from around the world and entertain us with an inside look at their sport. Do you have a favorite social media personality in the extreme sports world? Who did we miss on this list? Let us know in the comments!