Like most News in Review stories, this analysis of the phenomenon of proliferating and increasingly dangerous “sports” is much more than what first meets the eye. This is a story about human behaviour, human needs and contemporary social values. The story asks many fundamental questions: What is the nature of sport? When is the line crossed in terms of risk in a sport? Why do people engage in any recreational activity that puts their lives at risk, be it mountain climbing, drug use, heli-skiing, day trading or reckless driving? Do extreme sports fulfill extreme needs? What social conditions or psychological needs generate these activities?