Are you sick of playing the same sports that you’ve been playing all your life? Well, maybe it’s time to try something new for a change. There are so many interesting sporting options out there. Here are 8 great and unusual sports that you should try out.
1. Chessboxing – Yes, you read that right. Chessboxing actually exists, and it does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a sport that alternates between playing chess and boxing. That means you have to have the knowledge and focus to be able to battle your opponent at chess. And then you have to stand up and punch the other guy in the face a few times and try not to get hit back. It’s certainly an interesting combination, and it might sound pretty weird to a lot of people. But, if you think about it, it’s actually the perfect way to combine brains and muscle in one awesome sporting contest.
2. Caber Toss – The caber toss is a Scottish sport that involves wearing a kilt and throwing a huge piece of wood called a caber. You have to throw it as far as you can, but that’s not the whole aim of the sport. You also have to toss the caber over so that the caber lands with the top end facing the thrower. It’s not exactly the easiest sport in the world, and it takes quite a lot of physical strength to have any hope of succeeding at it. But it can be fun trying and failing! It’s the kind of thing that you should give a try at least once in your life.
3. Wake-boarding – Wake-boarding is basically the same as water-skiing except with a surfboard instead of skis. If that sounds like fun, well, that’s because it is. The rider is towed by a cable that are either attached to a system or pulled by a boat. The biggest challenge is staying balanced and not plunging into the water. There are many different wake parks that are opening up, so you don’t even have to be near the sea to try your hand at this now. Once you get good at it, you should consider entering a competition and see how you go. Competitive wake-boarding is becoming a pretty big deal at the moment.
4. Street Luge – Street luging involved lying on a board with wheels on it and hitting very high speeds as you manoeuvre a track on a street. You obviously don’t want to try it on an active road because you are likely to get run over by a passing truck! There are organisations that you can join and get involved with if you want to try it out in a safe environment though. You go feet first, which can feel quite strange to begin with, as well as a little bit scary. It’s something that you have to get used to. But it’s certainly a very exhilarating experience. You can hit extraordinary heights up to 100 miles per hour.
5. Pelota – Pelota is a sport that comes from the Basque Country, on the border between France and Spain. It’s the region’s very own sport, and it has been played there for a long time. It’s also one of the fastest and most challenging court sports that you will ever play. It can be quite ruthless, and if you’re a beginner, it will take a while for you to get used to it. The idea is to hit the ball against the wall and spin it at pace to make it more difficult for your opponent to hit the ball back. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s a great workout too. If you want a real challenge, travel to the Basque Country and play with the people who really know what they’re doing.
6. Bubble Soccer – There’s only one way to make soccer more fun. And that’s to play it inside a bubble. In bubble soccer, each player is encased in their own little inflatable bubble with their legs sticking out at the bottom. So, you still kick the ball around the pitch, the same way as in ordinary soccer. But the difference comes in how you tackle and fall over. Basically, you can’t fall over because you simply bounce back up. It’s a lot of fun. If you can get some friends together and have one big game, you should all have a great time. Once you get used to it, it is possible to turn it into a proper team contest too.
7. Street Golf – Golf is not the most exciting sport in the world. In fact, many people see it as being pretty boring. But you can now play a more interesting type of gold by trying out street golf. This is a sport that is now even going to be played at the next Olympic Games. It’s very fun and engaging for people who have never even been interested in playing golf in the past. The urban environment offers all kinds of interesting challenges that you can’t get when you are playing golf on an ordinary course. There are lots of groups that you can join if you want to try it. If you’re good, you might even win a gold medal for it one day!
8. Boomerang Throwing – Throwing a boomerang is a lot more difficult than it looks; believe me. It’s not just a case of throwing the thing and then watching it spin around and come back to you. There’s a lot of skill and technique involved in actually making that happen. And it can be very frustrating when you’re trying to learn how to do it. First of all, buy yourself a top quality boomerang. You can’t get it right if you have the wrong equipment in your hand. Then find an open field with nothing to obstruct you (that way, you’ll avoid broken windows). The thrill you get when you eventually manage to get the boomerang to come back to you is incredible though.