Underwater hockey? It’s called octopush.
Yes, this is another curious adaptation of a ‘classic’ sport. It involves pretty much exactly what the name suggests – two teams trying to push a puck using a stick across the floor of a swimming pool into the opposing team’s goal. Impossible? Apparently not. Started back in 1980, this inexplicable sport has stood the test of time. As for drawing the crowds, this is one sport that struggles with spectator numbers. Unless of course they’ve got their mask, fins and snorkel at the ready. We wouldn’t hold our breath.
Let’s move on to extreme ironing
Yes, you did read that correctly. It goes something like this: a competitor (or self-styled ‘ironist’) goes to a remote, possibly dangerous location to iron their clothes. This most sacred of domestic chores has been performed underwater, hanging from cliffs, while skiing or snowboarding and even on top of vehicles. It’s certainly one way to get psyched up about doing the housework.
Competitive shin kicking
This takes obscure sport to a whole new level. Apparently, the English have been kicking shins competitively since the 17th century! This combat sport involves two opponents (attempting) to kick each other, shin first, until one either hits the ground or surrenders in pain. Ouch.