Jumping right into a scenario of thrills and spills to displace the humdrum of everyday life is sure to give the ol’ ticker a nice workout. You don’t even need to sign up for full-fledged extreme sports, for there are pursuits that reward a trip to the edge of comfort zones with a rush of adrenaline and a glowing sense of achievement. If you’re in town and feeling rather spirited, why not give these pulse-raising places a go?
Take On Skytrex
If challenging obstacle courses in a jungle setting get you smiling, look no further than the newly opened Skytrex Sg Congkak. Like the retired Skytrex Shah Alam, you can test your agility, strength, stamina and mettle with the hurdles here that require you to clamber, climb, balance, zip line and more.
There are two circuits to choose from; River Thrill which is an intermediate course, and Rapid Extreme which falls into the advanced category. The truly intrepid can do the Double Dare and take on both circuits in one sitting. As a rousing add-on, Skytrex also offers the telematch-based Skymatch with ten different games to pick from.
Soar With A Flyboard
Achieving hydroflight on a Flyboard is a unique experience to say the least. The apparatus resembles a small surfboard connected by a large hose to a personal water craft, such as a jet ski. The craft’s thrust forces water through the 55-foot-long hose, allowing the Flyboard and its rider to be lifted up to 45 feet skywards while leaving twin trails of pressurised seawater in their wake.
Thanks to its nifty design and engineering, skilled Flyboarders can pull off some fancy aerobatics to wow onlookers, which in this case would be at Putrajaya Lake. There are other water sports available here too for those after something a bit tamer.
Survive Paintball Country
Over the years, the appeal of paintballing has hardly waned, likely because it provides a realistic yet relatively safe firefight arena. While first person shooter video games are fun, in paintball, it’s you and not your controller-manipulated avatar that actually does the aiming, dodging and stealth manoeuvres in a tactical situation.
It gets even more engaging with proper settings and environments, and some venues, like the generously-furnished Mudtrekker Paintball Park at Shah Alam, do it well. They have five fields with different themes and props for various paces of paintballing; Speedball, Wild Wild West, Angker Hill, Fox Hole Valley, and Camelot Castle.
Drift With Blastacars
It’s go-karting, but with a different angle – literally. Blastacars gives you the opportunity to whiz down the track sideways as you drift around apex after apex in a tail-happy kart. This Kiwi export (hardly surprising considering how big drifting is in New Zealand) is now open at the parking lot on Sungei Wang Plaza’s fifth floor.
With up to eight drivers allowed on the 200m track at a time, take your friends and family members on, perfecting your tandem drifting and showing everyone why you’re the master of oversteer. If there’s a queue, there are other riveting activities such as immersive racing simulators to while away the time.
Rove On An ATV
Quicker than trekking and not as demanding as mountain biking, the ATV presents a fine way to traverse the dirt roads of Malaysia’s tropical rainforests, and ATV Adventure Park is one of several outfits in the Klang Valley at which you can take an ATV for an off-road spin lasting an hour or few.
Following a quick lesson to get accustomed to the motorised mount, it’s off to the unpaved trails and touring the verdant jungle of Hulu Langat, absorbing the surroundings and views. Different routes take you through canopy-shaded undulating terrain, muddy patches, streams, and even to a waterfall that you can wade in for a refreshing dip.
Skytrex Sg Congkak
WHERE Hulu Langat, Selangor
WHEN 9am-3.30pm departure
ADMISSION RM45-RM80 (introductory rates)
TEL 013 276 9841
WHERE Marina Putrajaya, Putrajaya
WHEN 9am-7pm (by appointment only)
TEL 012 287 1120
Mudtrekker Paintball Park
WHERE Shah Alam, Selangor
WHEN 9am-5pm (closed Tues)
TEL 016 323 1144
WHERE Sungei Wang Plaza, Kuala Lumpur
TEL 019 934 1349
ATV Adventure Park
WHERE Ampang Jaya, Selangor
WHEN 9am-6pm (closed 11am-3pm Fri)
TEL 019 244 8544