Extreme Beach Adventures

From cliff jumping to cave diving, get a glimpse of extreme beach activities around the world.

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Huntington Beach, CA

US surfer Evan Geiselman performs an aerial near the pier during the the US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach, CA.

Scuba Diving off Sipadan

A scuba diver gets up-close and personal with a green turtle on a coral reef off of the island of Sipadan in the Celebes Sea.

Kite Surfing Near Yaverland Cliffs

Windsurfers and kite-surfers catch waves in front of the Yaverland Cliffs near Sandown, Isle of Wight, England.

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As kite-boarding's popularity takes off, a fan practices in the waves off of Lefkada Island, Greece.

Swim With the Dolphins

Two young women pet a friendly dolphin during a tropical island vacation.

Anaconda Adventure Race, Lorne, Australia

Runners traverse the rocks at Sheoak River Beach during the Anaconda Adventure Race in Lorne, Australia. The race also involves biking, ocean swimming and ocean paddling.

Bridge to Beach Race, Sydney, Australia

Kayakers paddle during the 11-km Bridge to Beach open-water race, which runs from Blues Point across the harbor to Manly Cove in Sydney, Australia.

Surfing Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

A surfer makes the most of a great wave at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.

Parasailing off Penang Island, Malaysia

A traveler prepares to parasail off the coast of Penang Island, Malaysia.

Kissing Dolphins

A dolphin gets cheeky with a bikini-clad vacationer in tropical turquoise water.

Paddleboarding Near Queenscliff Beach in Sydney, Australia

A man rides a wave on his stand-up paddleboard at Queenscliff Beach in Sydney, Australia. Modern Stand-up paddleboarding originated in Hawaii in the 1960s so surf instructors could monitor their classes, but thanks to its cardiovascular and core-strengthening benefits, it's been increasing in popularity around the world.

Santa Maria Caves, Comino, Malta

There are about 10 different Santa Maria Caves on the north side of Comino Island, the small island between Gozo and Malta. Some are dead ends, but others, like this one, offer breathtaking swim-throughs for cave divers.

Day of Giants Surfboat Race, Auckland, New Zealand

The Orewa Women's crew rows out through the waves during the Day of Giants Surfboat race regatta at Piha Beach on February 12, 2011, in Auckland, New Zealand.

Cliff-Jumping in Oahu, Hawaii

A cliff-jumper takes the plunge at sunset in Oahu, Hawaii.

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