Not everyone is interested in traditional sports like football, soccer, basketball, etc. For some, they need something more. Something that’s different from the norm, something … a little weirder.
So what’s a guy/gal to do if you’re not a fan of traditional sports? Join the millions of people across the world who decided to come up with their own sports. A few you may not have heard of are ferret-legging, chess-boxing and wife carrying, but the list doesn’t stop there. Here’s a few of our favorite action sports that are just the right amount of creative genius and equal parts WTF.
Live Action Roleplaying (LARP) is not the kind of roleplaying you may have in mind. LARP is described as “collaborative, pretending with rules or call it interactive storytelling.” Every summer, thousands of participants would gather together at festivals being held across the U.K. and fight to the death (pretend death that is).
Consider this a new level of drama club, but one in which you get to hit people with a foam sword (face shots are illegal). Many people would say this is for “geeks,” but anyone who likes to act or do something outside the box can participant. There are even groups locally you can find if you’d like to try it out, just try searching “Jacksonville LARP.”
Bubble Soccer or Bubble Football
This sport is starting to grow drastically in popularity across the States, and it may not be as weird as you might think.
“I wanted to bring this super exciting game to Jacksonville and its surrounding area to any event that has people gathering. It is competitive, entertaining and unique. Both the kids and the adults are able to play,” said Samir Plavotic, owner of Jacksonville Bubble Soccer, who also enjoys playing the sport.
When playing bubble soccer, all the standard soccer rules still apply. The only difference is that you’re running around with a giant ball of plastic around your body — from the head to roughly your thighs. No soccer experience is needed, just your energy.
Think you’re a pro at ironing your clothes? Why not take it to the next level then?
Extreme Ironing was created by Phil Shaw. While he was coming out of retirement, he got the idea to iron clothes in extreme environments like on a mountain or on top of a house. Just for sh**s and giggles, you can iron your shirt while rock climbing or even kayaking (don’t ask how).
To be honest, I think I’m going to sign my mom up for this one, because she knows how to press a pair of pants like a sheet of paper. Now she just figure out the part where you climb a cliff.
If someone ever wanted to experience what it was like to be a hamster for a day, this is the closest you’re going to get to it!
Zorbing is a recreational sport that allows a person to simply roll down a hill (or on water) in an orb made of transparent, plastic — kinda like bubble soccer, but completely inside the ball. Imagine a tire rolling down the road. Yeah, that could be you, but with more room and hopefully less bouncing (no guarantees on not vomiting inside your ball though). This idea originated in Auckland, New Zealand in 1994, when Dwane van der Sluis and Andrew Akers came up with the type of sphere.