Maybe you’ve already mastered most extreme sports.Have you grown tired of climbed mountains and bungee jumping? Well if you have, you’re probably searching for your next thrill. Extreme sports are only extreme until you’ve mastered them, then they become lame, boring sports. If you’re searching for a new sport to try on your next vacation then maybe give ones of these insane extreme sports a try.
Extreme Ironing is a sport where you iron while doing an extreme sport like rock climbing or scuba diving. This may sound like an idea that would never catch on but you’d be wrong. This sport not only has caught on but it became a hit fifteen years ago when the first Extreme Ironing World Championships were held in 2002 in Munich. The winner of that competition was, of course, a man named Hot Pants.
Do you love snowboarding but hate the cold? Well, head to Cerro Negro in Nicaragua and board a volcano, bro! The board is made of plywood and metal so it is a little different than your average snowboard but a volcano is a little different than your snow packed mountain you’re used to. Join a tour group and take the one hour hike up the volcano then shred it. All the gear is provided so all you have to do is get totally gnarly on a volcano. Sounds radical to me, dude!
Cheese rolling has a fun name but it is actually a pretty intense sport. Cheese rolling goes all the way back to the 1800s or maybe even earlier. In Gloucester, England there is a competition where people chase after an eight-pound wheel of Double Gloucester cheese down a hill that is extremely steep. Whoever crosses the finish line first wins and gets to keep the delicious cheese. The sport gets pretty intense because the hill is so steep that it’s hard not to take some tumbles down the hill when running. A lot of people get injured which is just one of the many reasons why you have to be careful when chasing the cheese.
The zorb is a giant hamster ball that humans fit into. The zorb isn’t hard plastic, it’s flexible with air in between two layers for extra cushion. This ball was invented in Rotorua, New Zealand where you can still play in it today. You roll the giant ball around a bit like the American Gladiators except you don’t have to be on land, you can do this in the water as well. Zorbing is without a doubt a very cool sport.
If you’ve never heard of underwater hockey where have you been for the last 65 years? It was invented in Portsmouth England so the scuba divers have something to do in the winter. The scuba divers use sticks to hit a puck into a net just like hockey, except for the major factor that it is obviously under water. The sport has taken off and is now a worldwide sensation experiencing its largest success in the United Kingdom, Australia, and South Africa. If you want to join in on the fun then look at the Underwater Hockey World Championships that are held every two years.
Now you have some seriously interesting sports around the globe that should keep your adrenaline pumping for the next decade or two.