10 sports for thrill seekers in Singapore

10 sports for thrill seekers in Singapore

Jump out of a plane; perform stunts on a cable ski; take an SUV off road, plus 7 other ways to risk an adrenalin overdose

When was the last time you did something just for the thrill of it? Here's a list of 10 places you can get your rush on. 

Bossaball in Singapore

Bounce around

Bossaball is a hybrid of soccer, volleyball and acrobatics, played on a giant inflated platform fitted with trampolines in the middle, and often to the beat of samba music. Sounds tough? Not so, says Mads, the founder of Bossaball Singapore. “Bossaball is enjoyable, cool and hip. If you have a volleyball or soccer background you will pick up bossaball immediately, but if not, we can tune the game to your sporting ability, with a very basic throw-and-touch version for absolute beginners.” More advanced practitioners graduate to learn bicycle kicks, fancy flips and spiking the ball while in mid-jump/bounce. 

Give this playful sport a try at Bossaball Singapore’s monthly roving trials and clinics. Call Mads at +65 6100 6292 for details. A half-day session with trainers costs S$1,500 for a group of players (group size can vary from 10-50; the more people you have the less time each person has on the court).

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in SingaporeFight club

Kicking up a storm is another hybrid sport: Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Created in Brazil and derived from Japanese martial arts as its name implies, this sport is one of the most effective life/reality-based fighting systems in the world. “BJJ focuses primarily on ground fighting, where the goal is to put your opponent onto the ground and apply joint locks or chokes to force him to submit,” explains trainer Professor Rafael Lima at Evolve Mixed Martial Arts. “And dispelling the misconception that a fighter’s strength lies in his size, BJJ promotes the principle that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique.” 

Head to Evolve, which runs a programme that is fully endorsed by BJJ creator and legend Renzo Gracie.

PushballDon’t be a pushover

One of the easier fun/action activities out there, pushball requires a giant six-foot high ball and two teams of 11 players. The goal is to simply get the ball across your opponent’s goal -- by pushing, pulling, rolling or throwing, if you can.

Contact your local sports center to ask about their next session.

Skydiving in SingaporeFall from great heights

Feel the rush by going skydiving. Jump out of a plane at 50-200 miles an hour with nothing between you and the ground with Sky Dive Singapore. Run by former Singapore Armed Forces skydiver Daniel Lee, this organization provides instruction in both accelerated free fall and tandem dives. And since skydiving and other aerial sports are not allowed in Singapore's airspace, you’ll have to take a road trip to nearby Segamat in Johor for your dive. 

Email danniel@skydivesingapore.com for information. The accelerated free fall course costs S$3,926 and requires a four-night stay in Malaysia. Price covers accommodation and ground transport, but not airfare and meals. 

Paramotoring in SingaporePower a paraglider

Right up there with skydiving is paramotoring. Essentially paragliding with a boost, thanks to the use of a motor. Enthusiast and trainer Max Ng has been flying for over a decade and for the last five years has provided lessons and equipment through his paramotoring business Skyads. “We fly along the Malaysian or Indonesian coast and seeing the shoreline from the air is simply breathtaking,” says Max. “The sport is also affordable and your equipment can be easily packed into a car and transported.”

Email flyingtraining@yahoo.com for information. The course costs S$1,500 and takes up to five days. Price includes equipment and transport to Malaysia.

HSBC treetop walk SingaporeWalk a tightrope

Suspend yourself above the forest canopy with the Tree Top Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir. Traverse a narrow but firm suspension bridge 25 meters from the forest floor, brushing treetops where you are most likely to spot macaques and flying lemurs (if you’re lucky). To get to and from the Tree Top Walk involves a bit of hike -- a good 45-60 minutes on one route and 1.5-2 hours on another -- and takes you deep into the jungle. Bring your camera; the photo opportunities from up there are beautiful. 

The Walk is open Tue-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat, Sun and public holidays 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 

off-roading in SingaporeBurn some rubber

If you own an SUV and feel that it is under utilized on Singapore’s well-paved urban roads, then take it off road with SUVEC. An SUV interest group, members and their cars gather for regular off-roading sessions with bigger trips to Malaysia organized on an annual basis. Their last Amazing Race-style Destination Unknown event was held in April.

Go to www.suvec.org to find out more.

Cable Ski in SingaporeWet and wild 

You’re already wakeboarding on a weekly basis so you’ve got your board legs, why not try out some cable skiing stunts? At Singapore’s dedicated cable ski park SKI360, up to eight people can ski at the same time, zipping around the lagoon turning tricks and attempting 180-and 360-degree jumps. Trainer Roy Teo says, “Beginners who have experience in board sports, such as skateboarding or snowboarding, will get the hang of cable-skiing quite easily; those without should be able to learn the sport in about five two-hour lessons.” And after all the aerial feats, settle down at the lagoon-front Harry’s Bar for a cold beer.

Go to www.ski360degree.com for more information. Rates range from S$32/hour on weekdays; S$42/hour on weekends.

Laser Tag in SingaporeMortal combat

Unwind and have some laughs at a laser tag shootout. Änergy organizes sessions almost anywhere you want, with parks and beaches being the most popular locations, but also condominiums, houses and even indoor venues as 'battle grounds.' Manager Alvin Quah says, “The best thing about laser tag is that our guns are powered by infra-red technology, which means there are no projectiles, no pain and no mess, so practically anyone can play!”

Rates range from S$75/person for three “missions” or rounds with a minimum booking of 10 people.

Hand Tattoo in SingaporeGet inked

Finally, to look like the adventurous spirit that you are, get a hand tattoo. This is a method of tattooing practiced by the tribes of Borneo where the inks are lightly inserted into the skin by hand. “Hand tattooing is a rare, traditional practice that is a few hundred years old and, contrary to popular belief, is actually less painful than machine tattooing because it uses a lighter touch,” says Marc Pinto of Primitive Tattoo who also specializes in intricate Japanese designs.

As Marc splits his time between Perth and Singapore, drop him an email at tattoo@marcpinto.com to check his schedule.