There are many sports you’ve probably never heard of out there, and many of them seem like they could be both fun and surprisingly (and not so surprisingly) challenging. In this article, we’re going to show you the top 5 sports you should try if you want to try something new.

Maybe you’ll be the next champion in one of them?

1. Chess Boxing

Chess boxing combines boxing and chess, and the competitors fight in alternating rounds of chess and boxing. It was first invented as an art performance, but as soon as people got to know this sport, it grew into a competitive sport. It is popular in the UK, Germany, Russia, and India.

2. Wife Carrying

Wife carrying started in Finland as a sport where male competitors race to carry their wives through a special obstacle course. In Estonia, the women have to hang upside-down with her legs around the men’s shoulders while holding onto his waist.

In North-America, there’s an annual Wife Carrying Competition where the competitors can win their wives’ weight in beer!

3. Hobbyhorsing

Do you want to go horseback riding, but don’t own a horse? No problem. In this sport, you only need a horse stick, and you need to be good at jumping obstacles. The sport was developed in Finland, and has now become an extremely popular sport with a huge community.

4. Ride a Pumpkin

In Oregon, U.S., there’s a competition called “West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta”. This is a competition where the participants dress up in Halloween costumes and race across the lake inside huge pumpkins.

5. Lawn Mower Racing

Lawn mower racing is an intense competition, and is a form of racing that has become extremely popular in the UK. In 2007, Xbox actually made a game out of this sport, which they called “Lawnmower Racing Mania 2007”.

6. Bizarre Board Games

There are many board games that has been made into “sports”, but have you ever tried any bizarre versions of roulette, poker, casino games, or other board games? In the U.S., there’s an annual World Series of Beer Pong, where the players can try to win the grand prize of $50,000.

7. Shin Kicking

Shin kicking has actually been a popular sport since the early 17th century. The sport involves two contestants attempting to kick each other in the shin, and the goal is to force the other one to the ground.

In other words – you could make anything into a sport or competition.

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