Base jumping is one of the extreme rooftop sports, the name B.A.S.E is actually an acronym that stands for building, antennae, span and earth. As the names suggests, this kind of sport involves participants jumping from any of the four said platforms by use of parachutes or wing-suits. Considering that the altitude of these objects is extremely low as compared to leaping from an aircraft, the parachutes are designed for rapid deployment. Owing to its nature, it is considered one of the most dangerous sports and in fact in some locations it is prohibited. Those dare devils that perform this extreme sport usually does it as a stunt as it requires a lot of courage to do it.
There has been a growing popularity in Base jumping since the early 1980s; this was performed using the ordinary skydiving equipment such as parachutes. Skydivers over time noticed that they can use their modern skydiving equipment to leap of raised surfaces such as cliffs, buildings, structures such as bridges et cetera. This sport is most popular with thrill-seekers who have guts to venture into an adrenaline rush act such as this. After completing a jump from any of the four categories, a jumper was offered an opportunity to apply for a BASE number. Probably this would have motivated some of these extreme sport thrillers to take queue and take part in in it.
Due to the dangers of the sport, there are not so many man-made structures for instance building such as sky scrapers that are open for the sport lovers. This could probably be due to lack of inadequate space for landing and the risks that would be paused on the pedestrians. The dangers of the skydiving equipment going off course due to sudden change in wind direction and of course no one wanting to take liability in case of an eventuality e.g. death.
This extreme sport is considered very dangerous because of the risks that are involved. In fact it has been ascertained that the combined fatalities and injuries associated with this sport, is much higher about 43% as compared to skydiving from a plane. The time required to recover from a malfunction of the parachute not deploying is extremely short and the outcome may be fatal. Imagine jumping from a cliff or an antennae and the chute malfunctions, you will barely have no time to rectify the anomaly. Therefore Base jumping is extremely risky that it is illegal in some places.
In spite of all the dangers associated with it, some people will always go ahead and do something riskier. People who love extreme sport will not be perturbed by these dangers, they love getting that adrenaline rush; they will always want to try something new and more dangerous. This therefore means the popularity of this extreme sport will continue to spread as people join in to have a thrill of the sport. It would be better if regulations governing this kind of extreme sports should be formulated and enacted to prevent fatal accidents.