10 Unusual Sports That Really Do Exist
Normally the sports that get rated as the best in the sports universe are only the ones most played or watched. However, there are a number of unusual sports that would leave you wowed and saying, “That’s just unreal!” if you actually watched them. The sports we will be talking about below are definitely peculiar and bizarre to say the least, but they are actually played all over the planet. Whether or not they are growing in recognition however, is another question that needs to be answered. For those inquiring whether these unusual sports are enjoyable and stimulating, we will leave the answer entirely up to you. Prepare yourself for something unexpected here.
As tough as this might be to comprehend, imagine people playing hockey, but just under the water instead. If you were to ask those that watch the game however, they would tell you it’s not that simple. The point of the game is the same as ice, field and air hockey where you must make use of a stick or paddle to hit a ball or puck into the opposing team’s goal. For those playing it, they deem the sport as “Octopush” because it’s played under the water. There are 6 players on each team that do seem to be quite globally prevalent. The biggest problem is that getting a larger crowd of spectators is practically unworkable due to the game being played in a pool.
Bossaball – The Coolest Acrobatic Game
This is a sporting event that is gradually picking up attention and first got its start in Spain. If you are an athlete that is often full of adrenaline, this is absolutely the right sport for you. Regardless of what the name might make you think of, the game is structured upon the volleyball approach and its rules are comparable to it as well. That is, aside from the trampoline that is required in order to play it. Those competing are required to jump and hit or kick the ball over the netting and into the area of the opponent. Points for a team are granted after the ball touches the floor and there are 3 – 5 participants on each team. If you want to be a part of this sport, you’ll need loads of endurance and athleticism and a very springy trampoline to boot. Bottom line, this sport is a lot of fun to play and observe.
Wife Carrying – The Most Outrageous Sports
Would it be unfair to say that this sport is certainly one of the strangest in the world yet seen? The roots of this competition came out of Finland and to be a part of it, you must carry your wife (while the clock ticks away) through an obstacle course and achieve the best time. What many get a chuckle out of is that many of the wives being carried are just as able of carrying their husbands through the course as well. For the winning couple, the husband is awarded with his wife’s weight in beer. Are there many other such worthy rewards for a powerful and loving husband? Many suggest that this sporting event be added to the Olympic Games. How do you feel about it?
Perhaps someone decided to take the “dogs are a man’s best friend” quote and take it a little further than it was ever intended. If you love dogs and surfing then here is an ideal sport for you. The sport first began in San Diego, spanned its way across the majority of the U.S. and has become quite big in Australia, too. Many have deemed it as that “way too cute” sport and it is catching on fast. If you are able to train your dog to stand upright on a surfboard while the waves hit you, this is pretty much the objective. California is a hot spot as far as annual competitions are concerned, and this one draws in huge crowds. We just hope that the winning prize is more than something fit for a dog’s meal.
Having a horrible nightmare coming true might be one way to describe this ‘sport’ but you can’t deny that it’s hilarious and bizarre at the same time. For those of you with imagination, take away the horse from the polo game and exchange it with an insanely off-balanced unicycle and you’ve probably got it. The rules haven’t changed but we guarantee that it’s not nearly as simple as a standard polo match. To win, you need to hit the ball into your challenger’s goal with that wooden mallet and manage to keep all your bones unbroken from falling off the unicycle. We can assure you that if you need a chuckle or at least a smile on your face, watch it and see what happens when team players start to get into lousy spirits over the game.
Scotland proudly brings you this older, weird and lesser recognized sport. If you were feeling a little breathless for the moment, consider hurling some huge wooden poles over a particular space. How do you feel now? Indeed, those in Scotland have come across a means of log throwing that can be both enjoyable and competitive. Although you may think otherwise, the point of the game is not to toss your logs very far, but rather to land the top of the log close to the person that is throwing it. If you have just managed to wrap your mind around it, then add to the equation that everyone taking part in the sport must also wear a kilt. Bottom line, you have yourself a cluster of men in skirts that are tossing around huge logs. Are you fascinated yet?
Chess Boxing – The Most Bizarre Sports
Perhaps for the first time we really do have a sport that requires as much brain as it does brawn. Those in this competition must be proficient at both boxing and chess as the name of the game implies because it is two sports in one. The game includes interchangeable rounds of chess and boxing which enables the internal boxer to rest and recover as they ponder how to knock out their rival by checkmating them rather than being forced to deliver a decisive right uppercut. Many give credit to the creator of this game as being a “wizard” due to the perfect union between chess and boxing. It has gained quick favor because the game is neither about slow boring chess moves nor all-out brutality.
Cheese Rolling doesn’t differ much as far as the other centuries old competitive events there have been through time. In all fairness to the game, it has actually been around for more than two centuries and many still participate in it now. The event officially takes place in the UK during the Spring Bank Holiday where individuals get together atop Cooper’s Hill. Once there, the competitors make preparations for their very thrilling event to come. What happens is a judge will roll a round of cheese down a remarkably steep hill while those participating will follow. From here, the competitors will attempt at running down the hillside and usually wind up on their backs rolling and sliding just as much as the cheese when it first began. The cheese gets awarded to the winner which might cheer them up after they’ve probably suffered scrapes, bruises and perhaps a broken bone or two. But it’s all in the name of fun, right?
It cannot be denied that millions from every corner of the world are following soccer every step of the way. So much is it followed and even growing that even those who are legally blind have taken a liking to it and are thoroughly enjoying themselves. Fortunately, this is a sport that brings hope and encouragement to those who are disabled. It gives them an opportunity to break out of their “shy sides” and be a part of something that the rest of the planet enjoys as well. The idea of the game is quite intelligent, as the soccer ball is filled with small rocks and marbles, which make enough sound for the blind players to hear so they can easily locate the ball. The goalies of the game are the only ones who must be capable of seeing – for obvious reasons. But overall, the game is great to watch and perhaps more fun to play.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this remarkable list of interesting sports, and we thought we would leave the cherry on top to this sport of ferret legging. For many of us, we confess that this is just the weirdest thing we’ve ever seen in the sports world. Despite what you might be thinking, ferret legging is indeed a sport that is played across the world map and for several years. To understand the point of the game, it might just be to prove how manly one is. But for the men participating, this game runs the risk of him losing his manliness if something goes terribly wrong. In all seriousness, the aim is to tie your pants at the ankles in order to avoid any escape path and to drop a couple of ferrets into your pants. The individual who gets the longest time will be the winner. It all might sound quite absurd, but there is a gentleman named Reg Mellor that is in possession of the world record for this sport. It’s ridiculous we know, but his record came out to 5 hours and 30 minutes during 1981. The key to his success was making certain that the ferrets had been well fed before they got into his pants.