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07-27-2012 10:39 AM  8 years ago
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Propwash3D

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what would you consider this hobby
From a guy who has never been to a football basket ball soccor or any other sports game in my life, I have a question for you guys. I know this is a hobby but would you consider this an "Extreme sport"..Im 31 but when I was growing up I remember my dad never pushing the sports with me. I essentially grew up on the water. Boating surfing, fishing, jet sking..i remember I was about 10, and my dad asked do you want to go to a football game or go out to the lake and go on the boat After that he never asked about sports ever again. it always evvolved some sort of water actvivity..I guess my point is I have always done the odd thing ..when kids my age were playing baseball, my dad was teaching me how to water ski...when I was 16..i got my own jestski brand new for my 16th birth day it was a seadooo 1997 gts..back then there were no laws in regards to age and stuff like that with driving on the water.,Iv bungee jumped, white water raffed..Skied, snowborded, had a motor cycle...I guess iv always been a little on the adrenaline junkie side...I know im not like most guys. the only thng i know about basball is you use a bat...and with certain other sports..I couldnt even name own person off any other sports team...so my question to you guys is...like every other hobby being a sport in some way. Would you guys consider this an extreme sport...?im just curious..when i talk to the guys at work and try to explain what you can do with a heli..either im not explaining it correctly or you tube doesnt do it justice..i know back in the day the olimpics did not recognize skate boarding or skating either..If you guys watch americas got talent on NBC, a guy that can do 3d in a smal space could win that show.,.i think if the general public were more exposed to the rc industry. especially hellis and airplanes..it would blow tgher mind
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07-27-2012 12:04 PM  8 years ago
bart2546

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I personally do not consider this a sport. Strictly hobby. It's expensive and time consuming and done on the side. To me that says hobby.

However I'm with you, I've never been a sports guy either although I have attended a couple hocky/baseball games in my adult years. That being said, not being a sports person shows in my physical appearance haha.
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07-27-2012 01:03 PM  8 years ago
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I've played sports as a kid and enjoyed the competitive nature. I've been to a few pro sporting events as a kid but have no desire to go to any now. You'll never find me in front of the TV watching a pro sporting event as I could care less about pro sports. I do like amateur sports and will be enjoying the Olympics immensely cheering on Team USA!  
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07-27-2012 01:07 PM  8 years ago
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I would dedinately not call it a sport let alone an extreme sport. Being a mountain biker, it would be hard for me to call standing there holding a radio a sport. Hobby, yes.
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07-27-2012 01:13 PM  8 years ago
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I think It would be associated with an addicting habbit......hobby!Bill Whittaker
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07-27-2012 02:04 PM  8 years ago
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but would you consider this an "Extreme sport"
Could you pick one of our "athletes" at random and put them on a Wheaties box and expect to sell cereal?
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07-27-2012 02:46 PM  8 years ago
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One only has to look at the maneuveres performed at the pro level, or that of extreme 3D flight (such as that done by Tareq) to realize that the amount skill required is literally inconceivable to the normally wired mind. Undoubtedly, no reasonable person could deny this without wanting to appear ridiculous.

Regardless of the level of skill involved, flying RC helis (no matter how hard or extreme) simply does not command sufficient physical involvement to be defined as a sport.
I also don't imagine that any of the pro pilots profess to be sportsmen when they are standing there moving the sticks.

if anything, flying RC helis seems more like a 'mental sport', which I personally much prefer over animal sports.
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07-27-2012 04:59 PM  8 years ago
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The flip side of the physical involvement; I'm an avid archer, and don't consider it a sport, but they give out an Olympic medal for it....R.I.P. Roman
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07-27-2012 05:37 PM  8 years ago
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RC is definitely a hobby. not a sport and certainly not an extreme sport.
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07-27-2012 05:51 PM  8 years ago
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Sport no, hobby yes.
The only exercise you get from this hobby is your thumbs (and maybe your index fingers if you pinch)

That don't mean however that there isn't a degree of talent required to do this!

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07-27-2012 06:10 PM  8 years ago
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I enjoy the sport of this hobby.

Not only is it somewhat physically demanding its extremely demanding mentally.

While we may not run laps or do pushups to train ourselves to do what we do, there is much practice and concentration that go into it.

There are many to which this is purely a hobby and they are happy with that but to many r/c helis are much more.

Much like shooting, archery, that stuff where you push the ball on the ice... There is about the same if not more practice that goes into what we do.

So yes, I consider this a sport, hobby and job.
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07-27-2012 06:52 PM  8 years ago
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You do get some excersise depending on how far you have to walk to the crash site...
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07-27-2012 07:12 PM  8 years ago
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Per the definition of the word sport, yes, flying RC helis is a sport. Check http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sport?s=t if you don't believe me. However, I don't think everyone quite agrees with that broad definition of sport; just as we are seeing in this thread. Personally, I don't think it's a sport.

An extreme sport? Certainly not.

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07-27-2012 07:28 PM  8 years ago
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RC is as much a sport as eating Krystal burgers and chili cheese fries is.
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07-27-2012 07:38 PM  8 years ago
MANCHA

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what do you mean it is not a sport ??
lifting the heli by the main blade holder does not count?
Those long walks to pick it up when you crash do not count ?
lifting your heli with one hand to clean bottom does not count ??
...just kidding , it is a hobby !!!!!!!!
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07-27-2012 09:48 PM  8 years ago
cudaboy_71

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i put it in the same class as learning to play a musical instrument...whatever you call that. it's a high-dexterity motor skill. it takes a ton of committment, time, and dedication to become proficient--and a gifted few can move beyond.

dumb thumbs do have a heftier penalty with helis tho.
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07-27-2012 09:58 PM  8 years ago
Mike Fortin

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I'd say it takes about as much practice if not more to fly helis than it does to put a ball through a round hoop, hit a ball with a sick or tackle some guy that may not always remember his last name after a game.

If Archery, Shooting, Bowling are sports I'd say we are good too.
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07-27-2012 10:23 PM  8 years ago
cudaboy_71

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maybe at the highschool level. but, at the world-class/professional level ball sports require a high-degree of intelligence (or someone just as strong as you, but smarter will take your spot), and a near 24-hour level of dedication to the craft. if you're not actively training, you're constantly studying, scouting opponents, and monitoring your personal intake. it's really critical when operating at a low body-fat index to keep yourself fed, hydrated, etc.

if my body would have held together better, I might (*MIGHT*) have had a 3-5 year go at the pro level. but, I would not have wanted to go any longer than that. I honestly don't know how some of these guys go for 10+ years.

Heli pilots at the pro level DO put in a lot of hard work, no doubt. However, I'd have a hard time saying they require similar effort--with a straight face anyway.
if it ain't broke, break it.
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07-27-2012 10:23 PM  8 years ago
daniel9314

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I'm with cudaboy on this one - is playing a piano a sport? being difficult, requiring a ton of practice and excellent fingers don't make a sport. Then again not sure how shooting gets classified as a sport? Its an Extreme Hobby....
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07-27-2012 10:30 PM  8 years ago
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Anything that you throw money into and never get a ruturn on is a hobby. Helis, woman, drinking, cars, boats.....
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