My son, Brian, is an "extra-action kid."
He has always enjoyed that "easy" place . . . where athletic ability. . meets daring. . . meets perserverence. He walked early (9 months); he rode a 2-wheel bike early (4 years); he was a solid skateboarder by 7; I don't even remember teaching him to ski -- and he taught himself to snowboard. He was a late-comer to ice hockey (at 9), but made up for it quickly. I learned early on to hold my breath, enjoy the excitement, and try not to panic!
(Brian; age 7 or 8)
(Brian; age 12)
(Brian; age 13)
He went through a skateboarding phase. It lasted quite a while . . . But it ended about the time he went to high school (where he busied himself with a more intense level of hockey, snowboarding, cars, and a girlfriend). He just kind of outgrew skateboarding.
Then. . . he went to college. And discovered . . . longboarding. Sort of like skateboarding. But not.
Brian just returned from a spring break trip with his buddies to California. He is now a "sponsored" longboarder (which means he promotes equipment for deep discounts and "free stuff").
He's having a great time! Here's a video from his "Cali trip" (Brian is the rider in the green shirt for the first half of the video, and then the white shirt/jeans for the second half).
Yep. My "extra-action" kid! (I don't even worry anymore - much - when I see the oncoming cars. Really. I don't.)