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OPTIONS FOR 'EXTREME' TRAVELERS

As interest in extreme sports -- challenging physical activities like mountain biking, rock-climbing and skateboarding -- grows, so do options for participating.

Extreme sports fans have their own hotel now, the flagship for a chain that will be devoted to this type of recreation.

The hotel, called eXtreme Cabarete, opened recently in Cabarete on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. The area is world-renowned for kiteboarding, which involves sailing through the air in a harness attached to a kite propelled by the wind.

The new hotel will also have a below-ground skateboard ramp, and it's minutes from Encuentro Beach, a favorite among surfers. Scuba diving, river-rafting and other outdoor activities are all available in the area.

For more information, visit www.extremehotels.com. The company plans to open other hotels around the world over the next few years.

Asheville, N.C., is gearing up for the annual Mountain Sports Festival, scheduled for April 29-May 1. Events include mountain biking, road biking, paddling, adventure races and skateboarding. The three-day event draws nearly 20,000 people.

For details, visit www.exploreasheville.com/
mountainsportsfestival.asp.

If you're curious to learn more about extreme sports and the people who love them, turn on the TV the next time you're visiting a resort. Resort Sports Network, which airs in more than 100 beach and mountain resorts around the country, has introduced a new 30-minute show called "Thrill Seekers."

To see a list of resorts that carry RSN programming or to check out some of the shows, visit www.rsn.com/rsntv/welcome.html.

Associated Press