25 Bizarre Sports You Probably Never Heard Of

Posted by , Updated on June 30, 2014

From ferret legging and chess boxing to wife carrying and extreme ironing these are 25 bizarre sports you probably never heard of.

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Chess Boxing

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For 11 rounds contestants alternate between chess and boxing. A victory can be due to knockout, checkmate, or judges decision.



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Played on horseback throughout various parts of Asia, the goal of this game is to get the carcass of a headless goat across the other team’s goal line.



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Also known as bunny jumping, this Swedish sport is basically Equestrian Show Jumping with rabbits.



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It’s basically underwater hockey except instead of a stick you use a short blade.


Man vs. Horse

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This annual Welsh competition involves contestants racing through an obstacle course against horses.


Toe Wrestling

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If you can imagine a thumb war with your toes then you get the idea.



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Invented in Spain, this sport is basically volleyball on a trampoline.


Wife Carrying

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The objective is to complete an obstacle course while carrying your (or someone else’s) wife.


Camel Wrestling

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Although it has been criticized by some animal rights groups, camel wrestling is still a major past time in countries like Turkey.



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You’d be surprised how seriously some people can take this sport.


Bog Snorkeling

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Competitors race through a murky bog but they aren’t allowed to use their hands. It’s flippers only.


Roller Derby

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Played mainly by women, the goal of this sport is basically to lap the players on the other team. Apparently it almost made it to the Olympics recently.


Snow Polo

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Often played on frozen lakes, this sport started in Switzerland but has since caught on in other parts of the world.


Cheese Rolling

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Every year a large group of people chase a piece of cheese down a hill in Gloucester, England.


Ga-ga ball

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Allegedly started in Israel, this game is basically dodgeball but you can only hit players beneath the knees.



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The name roughly translates to “pole-pulldown” in Japanese. With two teams of 150 people trying to pull down each other’s pole, things can get quite hectic.


Cardboard Tube Dueling

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Cardboard tube fighting is a real sport and the Cardboard Tube Fighting League is a real sporting organization.


Moustache Growing

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Although the sportiness level of this “sport” is debatable, purists claim that the difficulties associated with growing a winning beard are worthy of a spot on this list.



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Also known as Finnish baseball, its basically American baseball with a cool name and a ball that is pitched vertically instead of horizontally.


Mountain Unicycling

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As if biking along deadly crevices with two wheels weren’t hard enough…


Kite Tubing

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With several deaths and numerous injuries recorded in the past few years, this sport might be even more dangerous than one-wheeled mountain biking.



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Part tag, part dodgeball, the snitch is actually a toy helicopter.


Ferret Legging

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The goal of this sport is to hold two ferrets in your pants for as long as possible. To beat the world record you’ll need to do better than 5 hours.


Shin Kicking

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Whoever concedes first loses. Simple enough.


Extreme Ironing

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You’re probably somewhat familiar with this one already due to recent guerilla marketing, but for those of you who don’t know, the goal is to basically iron in the craziest position/place possible.

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