Ozaki 8

The 2015 release of Point Break introduced the Ozaki 8, a list of extreme sports endeavors that honor the forces and wonders of nature. Ironically, the Ozaki 8 is more popular than the movie among extreme sports enthusiasts. This fictional challenge has become a real pursuit for many. Eight separate disciplines have been identified:

  • emerging force
  • birth of sky
  • life of water
  • life of wind
  • life of ice
  • master of six lives
  • awakening earth
  • act of ultimate trust [1].

An example challenge for the birth of sky category is base jumping from the peak of Mt. Everest. This gives you a sense of the expected scale for these impossible feats.

The Ozaki 8 is fascinating, but I know of something that is much harder. Some would say it’s impossible and it’s just one activity. I call it the James 3.


When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. (James 3:3-10)

Rather than the Ozaki 8, or wealth, or fame, or sports greatness, or sexual conquest, I suggest that we pursue something truly challenging, something truly worthwhile. Tame your tongue. Submit your life to God and see where this wondrous path leads you. Peace!

  1. https://www.extremesportslab.com/ozaki-8-list-ultimate-extreme-sports/

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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