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>Doctor Danger ratings: streetluge, buttboards, gravity bikes and stand-up

 

Streetluge: Doctor Danger rating = 79/100
Element of danger (30) Good level of danger 27
Skill level required (30) Easy to go a fast but skill is required to corner and win races 25
Concentration level (10) Don't let your mind drift 9
Ftiness level (10) Braking is physically demanding 5
Availability/ease to start(10) Will get easier as the sport matures 5
Cost/incl equipment (10) Low cost form of racing 8
 

 

 

 
Buttboarding: Doctor Danger rating = 87/100
Element of danger (30) Less protection than streetluge 28
Skill level required (30) Technique and skill is required in cornering 26
Concentration level (10) Stay focused 9
Ftiness level (10) Works abdominals, neck, legs... 6
Availability/ease to start(10) Will get easier as the sport matures 9
Cost/incl equipment (10)

Very low cost adrenalin fix

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Stand-up skateboard: Doctor Danger rating = 93/100
Element of danger (30) Darn scary and dangerous - we have the scars to prove it. 29
Skill level required (30) Max! Scrubbing speed off with one foot breaking, damn! 30
Concentration level (10) Max! Say no to speedwobbles 10
Ftiness level (10) It helps if you are in shape 6
Availability/ease to start(10) Very simple to get started 9
Cost/incl equipment (10) Very low cost form of racing 9
   

 

 

Gravity Bikes: Doctor Danger rating = 75/100
Element of danger (30) Good level of danger 25
Skill level required (30) Skill is required to corner and win races 24
Concentration level (10) Don't let your mind drift 9
Ftiness level (10) A good start is vital 5
Availability/ease to start(10) Will get easier as the sport matures 5
Cost/incl equipment (10) Low cost form of racing 8
     

The reasoning behind the Doctor Danger ratings:

First off we accept that the Doctor Danger sports ratings are subject to interpretation and personal opinion and thus will no doubt be controversial. Basically all we are trying to do is to compare and rate some of the dangerous sports which we participate in and pass the findings on to people who are perhaps interested in taking up a new sport.

We believe many sports people would benefit from an honest unbiased evaluation of a particular sport - one which sees through all the marketing hype, lifestyle links or that 'rad and bad' facade often associated with dangerous or extreme sorts.

This website is about participation. We know what its like to enter into a new sport and how difficult is it to start from the very begining. Being on the first rung of of the ladder is cool - sitting on the sofa with a remote control in your hand is not.

At DoctorDanger.com we do stuff - then we write about it. If its good we'll say its good - if its crap we are not afraid to tell others that its crap. Its that simple.

We also hope that this rating mechanism will generate a response from some of you. Tell us what you think of it. But before you set out and tell us that the sport you participate in is the most dangerous thing in the world - try to remember that your sport will be compared to some very serious stuff like the TT on the Isle of Man. There guys will be risking their life as they thrash the hell out of their race bikes at speeds of over 180 mph over the twisty lumpy 37 mile circuit and if they make one little mistake there will be nice soft stone walls, tree trunks, and brick cottages to slow them down. Now that's dangerous!

We like sports which are dangerous, those which require skill in order to succeed (or survive), those which are physically and mentally challenging and which are affordable to ordinary guys like us.

 

The catagories explained in more detail:

Element of Danger:

Element of Danger: Rated 1 to 30, where a rating of 1 indicates a very low level of danger (like er... having a bath with Jamie Lee-Curtis or something) and 30 is whoa, look-out it's flipping dangerous and you stand a strong likelyhood of getting seriously injured. We like high danger ratings, because big danger usually means big fun!

 

Skill Level Required:

Skill level required: Rated 1 to 30, where 1 indicates that the activity is not that difficult and not a lot of skill is required to participate. A rating of 30 means its damn difficult, and you'll need to acquire a high level of skill in order to participate.

 

Concentration Level:

Concentration level required: Rated 1 to 10, where 1 means the activity doesn't require much of a demand on the old grey matter, where 10 is serious business and the activity is such that if you have a lapse in concentration you could end up 'toast' (i.e. dead).

 

Fitness Level:

Fitness level required: Rated 1 to 10, where 1 means the sport is not physically demanding, and 10 means you'll need to be in very good shape in order to participate or be at all competitive. We strongly recommend you get yourself in shape before you undertake any dangerous sports or activities, click HERE for more fitness information.

 

Availability/Ease of getting started:

Availability/ease of getting started: Rated 1 to 10, where a rating of 1 is very difficult to get started and 10 is really easy (i.e. that it widely available and you won't have to travel to outer Mongolia in order to participate)

Cost: Equipment/Lessons

Cost: Rated 1 to 10, where 1 indicates that equipment/lessons are very expensive (i.e. hey, let' s go to Monte Carlo and do some Power Boat racing) and 10 indicates that the its relatively inexpensive. We like equipment and lessons to be affordable.

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