The canoes are designed specifically for polo and are faster and lighter than typical kayaks, making them easier to maneuver. The paddles are very lightweight and designed with both pulling power and ball control in mind.
The game is played in many countries throughout the world, for recreation and serious competition. The sport holds its world championship games every two years. (European, Asian, African, North American and South American championships are held every year between world championship years.)
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2Underwater Ice Hockey
Not to be confused with underwater hockey, which is played in indoor swimming pools, underwater ice hockey is practiced on a 6-meter wide by 8-meter long rink under the icy surface of a frozen lake. After cutting a square hole in the thick ice, players wearing wetsuits and carrying hockey sticks jump into the water and try to guide a floating puck into their opponents' goal.
Underwater ice hockey players need to have excellent breath-holding abilities, considering they're not allowed to play with any breathing apparatus. Matches can get pretty physical, and players need to surface every 30 seconds for a breath of fresh air. Divers can get disoriented during a game fairly quickly. If one of them is too exhausted to reach the hole, or just can't find it, there are four additional divers equipped with oxygen tanks to supervise every match. Underwater ice hockey periods last 10 minutes, and players are allowed 10-minute breaks to warm up. (Source 1 | Source 2)
Not only is the coast of Teahupo'o, Tahiti considered one of the world's most dangerous surfing spots, it's also notorious for the heaviest reef breaking waves.
The first official Artistic Cycling World Championships were held in 1956.
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This quirky sport has its origins in the UK. It all started at the Royal Oak Inn, a pub in Wetton in the Peak District National Park. In 1976, a group of walkers at the Royal Oak decided it was time to invent a sport that Brits might actually be good at, and toe wrestling was born.
The sport is a lot like arm wrestling. Contestants put their feet on the “toedium," the umpire yells “toes away," and the match begins. To win, the rival's big toe must be forced to the ground two times over the course of up to three rounds. The first round is held with the right foot, the second with the left, and the third (if it's necessary) with the right again. (Source)
Yes, you read that correctly. Stunt Freaks pioneered a new sport that will no doubt become very popular. These daredevils strapped a parachute to a snowmobile and ran it off the side of a 1.5 km Swedish cliff (that's almost a mile up).
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8Head Ping Pong
The sport is only eight years old, but it already has the three things it needs to be legit—sick moves, elite players and weird nicknames for said elite players. "Headi Potter" is our personal favorite, followed closely by "Spiff."
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Two four-player teams shoot hoops while riding on donkeys. The animals often just lay down, crushed by the players' weight. When that happens, competitors are allowed to dismount and drag the donkey to the hoop. Donkeys can carry up to 68kg, but many of the donkey basketball players weigh considerably more.
This unusual sport is played mostly in school gyms, by school staff and local celebrities. PETA has denounced donkey basketball as animal cruelty. Before the beginning of a donkey basketball match, an announcement is made saying the animals are treated humanely. However, protesters say the donkeys are starved, so they don't defecate during the match. They are often kicked, pulled by their tails and ears, and get stressed by the chaotic atmosphere.
Donkey basketball has been banned in Portland, Oregon, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, but it's still thriving in Iowa. (Source)
Horse boarding was invented in 2008 by Daniel Fowler-Prime. He tied a rope between his board and a horse and decided it was a pleasurable experience. He was just messing around on the farm, and laughing with his friends, but soon realized this could be considered a sport. In 2011, he organized Britain's first Horse Boarding Championship.
According to Daniel, the sport is “accessible for people of all abilities, you only need a bit of space and a lot of guts.” That's easy for him to say—he's a professional stunt horse rider who has made appearances in films like Kingdom of Heaven and The Da Vinci Code. However, for regular people, holding on to a rope while maintaining your balance at 35 mph has to be pretty tough. (Source)