Unusual Sports

Quidditch


This sport was first described in the popular Harry Potter book series, which is meant to be played on flying broomsticks. Real world enthusiasts have invented a land version which is played on a hockey field. The game first began in US colleges and has since spread across the states. Supporters refer to the game as muggle quidditch because muggles are what the series characters call non-magic folk. 

 Wife Carrying 



While this activity sounds like it could be a race held in a quaint European town, this sport enjoys global appeal. The game has its origins in Finland where local women were commonly abducted. The World Wife Carrying World Championship has teams competing from Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Estonia, Ireland, and the United States. The United States team is highly competitive: participants need to win their state championship to qualify for the global championship. Despite the title, any team of two can participate.

Extreme Ironing 



Here's one that's absolutely nuts! Extreme ironing is a type of extreme sport where people take clothes and ironing boards to remote or dangerous locations to do a spot of ironing. According to the Extreme Ironing Bureau, extreme ironing is "the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt."

Underwater Football 


Underwater football is basically American football that's usually played in a swimming pool. Players have to wear snorkeling equipment and are tasked with getting the weighted football to the gutter on the other side of the pool.

Competitive Worm Charming 


Worm charming is a sport in which participants attempt to lure as many earthworms out of the ground as possible within a pre-defined timeframe. There are many kinds of techniques that can be used, however, the most common one is to simply tap the ground rhythmically until the worms begin to emerge.
 

 Dog Surfing 


This one should be pretty self-explanatory, since it merely involves dogs riding the waves on surfboards, whether alone or accompanied by a human. It originated in California in the 1920s, and competitions are now held all across the USA's coastal areas.  

Chess Boxing


Chess boxing is a hybrid that combines two traditional pastimes: chess, a cerebral board game, and boxing, a physical sport. The competitors fight in alternating rounds of chess and boxing. Chess boxing was invented by Dutch performance artist Iepe Rubingh as an art performance and has subsequently grown into a competitive sport. Chess boxing is particularly popular in Germany, the United Kingdom, India, and Russia.

Toe Wrestling


Toe Wrestling is an example of a childhood game that has made it to the big time adult sporting world. The rules for Toe Wrestling are pretty simple. With shoes off, the competitors face other toe-to-toe across the 'toedium', where they interlock their big toes and try to force each other off the toedium (a lot like arm wrestling).


Shovel Racing



Shovel racing is a snow sport which includes riders racing down a snowy hill riding on a shovel. The sport is practised on typical snow shovels as well as on modified shovel based sleds. The riders sit on the shovel facing the handle and lean back with their feet pointed forward. The top speed achieved by the elite shovel racers can range up to 70 miles per hour (112 km/h). Riders usually wax the underside of the shovel to increase its speed.






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