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"It comes in as how you operate a park and that’s a question that hasn’t been answered by anybody," he said.

Despite the challenges, history is filled with examples of extreme, outdoor sports that have been tamed for the masses.

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Before chair lifts, ski bums had to hike up mountains to ride down and rock gyms made rock-climbing possible miles from any mountain, said Dan Harmon, a development manager with Select Contracts, which builds and operates leisure and sport projects worldwide.

"They’re places to train, they’re safe, controlled environments that allow people that initial introduction and that is absolutely key," said Harmon, whose company operates Saudi Arabia’s wave park. "If we can get them in, then we can get them hooked."




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