3 Alternative Competitive Sports You May Never Have Heard About
Aug 01, 2017 01:01
The world of sports is vast and rather curious. Some are, for the most part, very similar – others are totally unique. Each sport comes with its dedicated and talented players who live for the thrills, and in some cases risks, that come with their respective sports. So, if you’re looking for a new sport to follow, to try out, or are just curious as to what’s out there, here are three alternative competitive sports that you may have never heard about:
There’s polo, there’s water polo, and yes, and there’s also bike polo. Despite what you may think, it’s been around for more than 100 years, and was first played in 1891. It was devised by Richard J. Mecredy, an Irishman, who didn’t believe that polo should only be played if you were well off-enough to own a set of horses for the event. Hardcourt Bike Polo is derived from the original game but is a more urban version. Games involve two teams of three players, and they battle it out to see who reaches the agreed number of goals first.
Everyone knows about skateboarding, but scootering is the new skateboarding. Scootering is where it is at now; despite initial calls of it being a fad and dismissing it as a sport, it has seriously held its own. Not only has extreme scootering gained in popularity since its introduction to the extreme sport world in 2001, it now has riders that are considered as professionals.
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Kiteboarding, or kitesurfing, is a truly extreme sport. It is a hybrid of several sports: a combination of gymnastics, wakeboarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and skateboarding. To the spectator, kiteboarding looks like surfing while holding on to (and being attached to) an inflatable kite that catches the wind with enough force to lift the kiteboarder’s body out of the water. Kitesurfers use the same waves that surfers do their incredible feats on; however, with the added power and dimensions of the kite, these surfers can do additional amazing things in the air.
Alternative sports provide smaller, more close-knit communities for both those who want to compete, and for those watching; and as such even novices can rub shoulders alongside world greats. The accessibility of these sports to newcomers has improved greatly with the rise of social media, and what is now a niche sport will soon become mainstream.
There are so many incredible alternative sports to get your blood pumping. There are new sports evolving every day, as people get more creative to meet the needs of extremist adrenaline junkies. These sports combine multiple sports together, making them true feats of human strength and endurance.
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