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The Best Water Sports

Updated May 31, 2019 1.2k votes 312 voters 5.7k views23 items

List RulesWhat are the best water sports? Vote up your favorite aquatic games and sports to watch or play.

Every summer people always get interested in the best water sports. When it is blazing hot outside, there is no better feeling than surfing on top of cool water. If you don’t want to be on top of the water however, you can give deep diving and snorkeling a try. What do you think is the best water sport?

If you enjoy aquatic activities such as the water polo, then you definitely need to check out the intense water workout that is rowing. Best done with friends, rowing is a team sport that is both competitive and recreational. Another fun water sport that you might like is kite surfing. It combines aspects of wakeboarding with windsurfing and paragliding.

Swimming is one of the most popular aquatic activities for people of all skill sets. Everyday people can stay in shape by swimming laps at the local pool and Olympic athletes can stroke and kick their way to gold. Fun Fact: American swimmer, Michael Phelps, is one of the most decorated Olympians of all-time with 22-medals to his name. Surfing is another one of the most fun sports to engage in on the water.

Adrenaline junkies might enjoy white water rafting, while folks who prioritize relaxation might prefer paddle boarding. Other great activities that are featured on this top water sports list include diving, water polo, and kayaking.

As you can see, the answer to what is the best water sport varies from person to person. But whether you prefer watersports featuring competition such as water polo, or those that focus on teamwork such as rowing, you’re sure to find one that is fun for the summer.

What do you think is the best aquatic sport? Vote up the ones you like or add one you think is missing! This is your chance to share your love of the best water sports with others!
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    Swimming is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Wakeboarding is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Wakeboarding

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    Surfing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Jet Skiing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Jet Skiing

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    White Water Rafting is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    White Water Rafting

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    Diving is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Kitesurfing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Kayaking is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Kayaking

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    Boating is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Boating

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    Rowing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Water polo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Parasailing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Parasailing

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    Deep Diving is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Deep Diving

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    Snorkeling is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Snorkeling

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    Windsurfing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Windsurfing

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    Sailing is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Sailing

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    Bodyboarding is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Bodyboarding

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    Paddleboarding is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Paddleboarding

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    Wakesurfing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Wakesurfing

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    High Diving is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    High Diving

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    Wakeskating is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Wakeskating

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    Lifesaving is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Water Sports
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    Lifesaving

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    Synchronized Swimming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Water Sports
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