Looking to break away from the monotony of traditional sports? Buckle up, because we’re about to dive into the world of the most unusual sports you’ve probably never heard of! From the quirky Wife carrying competitions to the thrilling Buzkashi matches, these bizarre sports provide a unique blend of excitement, challenge, and amusement. So, if you’re ready to get your adrenaline pumping in unconventional ways, grab your sense of adventure and join us as we explore the 10 most unusual sports you need to try!
10 – Wife carrying
Finland is home to the Wife Carrying World Championships, in which men complete a long obstacle course with a woman hanging upside down around their necks. They travel over land and through water, but the prize is totally worth it – the wife’s weight in beer is the prize for the winner!
09 – Extreme ironing
Who said ironing had to be a chore? One way to brighten up the housework is to turn it into an extreme sport – which is exactly what has been done here. Those who get involved attempt to smooth out their clothing, while hanging from cliffs or diving under the sea. Let’s hope they remembered to unplug their irons first.
08 – Underwater hockey
Ice hockey is considered to be one of the fastest sports in the world, with the puck flying across the ice unbelievably quickly. However, underwater hockey is a new take on ice hockey; no prizes for guessing that it’s played underwater. In this game, the players move the puck around on the floor of the pool using small sticks. In effect, this swaps the danger from the speeding puck for the dangers of being underwater for so long!
07 – Quidditch
Yes – you read that correctly – quidditch has become an actual sport. Fans of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series have turned the fictional game into a real sport. It’s now taken very seriously, with hundreds of teams getting involved from all around the globe. Who knows, maybe quidditch could be the next new addition to the Olympics!
06 – Segway polo
Segway polo is pretty much the same as ordinary polo, except the players ride around the field on Segways instead of horses. If you thought polo on horseback was for polo was for rich, posh people, then this must be for the super-rich. They say that technology is taking over humans’ roles; in the case of Segway polo, it looks like it’s taking over that of horses, as well!
05 – World Sauna Championships
We’re going back to Finland again – this time for the World Sauna Championships. The aim of the game is pretty simple: stay in the sauna for as long as possible. The person who manages to bear the heat and humidity for the longest period of time (without passing out, that is) might walk away with the prize, but they also walk away with less weight than when they started…
04 – Street luge
Ever wanted to lie down on a tea tray with wheels, and let gravity send you flying down the street? Now’s your chance. Despite the padding and the helmets it looks pretty dangerous, but the thrill and adrenaline must be incredible. Mark my words: this is a sport to look out for in the future, as its popularity can only grow!
03 – Chess boxing
This sounds too bizarre to be true, but chess boxing is a real sporting activity. Competitors alternate between rounds of boxing and playing chess – switching between one of the most physical sports in the world and one of the biggest mental challenges. These guys really do have brains as well as braun!
02 – Sepak takraw
Seprak takraw is very popular in Southeast Asial it’s essentially volleyball in reverse. For all intents and purposes it looks the same, but the main difference is that the players aren’t allowed to hit the ball with any part of their hands or arms. Cue the competitors getting themselves into some very interesting and amuzing positions…
01 – Buzkashi
Buzkashi, a high-intensity sport originating from Central Asia, offers an adrenaline-pumping experience like no other. In this fast-paced equestrian game, fearless players on horseback compete to grab a headless goat or calf carcass and carry it across the field to score points. Surprisingly, Buzkashi bears a strong resemblance to polo, but with a more rugged twist.
As the national sport of Afghanistan, Buzkashi enjoys immense popularity in the region, drawing crowds of enthusiastic spectators. To excel in this physically demanding sport, both horse and rider need exceptional strength, agility, and teamwork. So, if you’re eager to test your horsemanship skills and embrace the wild world of Buzkashi, prepare for an unforgettable, heart-racing adventure.
As we’ve seen, there’s a whole world of unusual sports just waiting to be discovered. Whether you’re intrigued by the strategic complexities of underwater hockey or the offbeat appeal of Segway polo, each of these strange sports offers a fresh perspective on athleticism and competition. So, why not step out of your comfort zone and give one (or all) of these bizarre sports a try? You might just find a new passion or, at the very least, have a wildly entertaining story to tell.