Dans le cadre du projet Graines de Critiques Littéraires, les élèves de la terminale L du lycée Saint-Paul (Roanne) ont lu Barbarian Days: A surfing life de William Finnegan. Ils proposent un retour critique en anglais de leur lecture orienté autour d’un mot-clef. Voici la contribution n°7 sur le thème de la « mort ».
Extreme sport is always linked to danger and sometimes to death. A high-level sportsman knows the risks of his job or passion. I believe, that people who practice an extreme sport have a psychological profile which directs them to these extreme practices. If they reach the high level, it’s because they find a kind of satisfaction there and because they reveal themselves through this confrontation with danger. The question is : Is each of us prepared for death ? Nobody is prepared to death. Each of us maintains with death an ambiguous relationship, we are afraid of it but we don’t know it and we don’t believe in it. I think, that it’s according to our natures, we can envisage it with panic or with quiet and distance. Sometimes, death can give us sensations, amazing sensations, the pleasure to be close to death just a moment.
As a conclusion, sportsmen doubtless feel the questionings of quite mortal, but maybe in a aggravated way. Extreme sport like surfing is like a founding of sensations, a way to live unique and memorable experiences. I’m convinced that a sportsman can’t focus on the danger, because if he did it really could put his life at risk.