Real Sports You’ve Never Heard Of, But You’re Definitely Going To Want To Play

We’ve all seen baseball, basketball, and soccer — you know, normal sports. Sports that involve teamwork and intense training and dedication. The sports on this list are no less real. They require no less skill or devotion. They are a little silly though.

Keep reading to see some sports you’re going to want to try immediately, and some you’re going to want to stay far away from. Underwater Frisbee? Sounds interesting enough. Buttacrobatics? Maybe another time.

Quidditch IRL

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Quidditch is that sport in Harry Potter that involves throwing balls through hoops on sticks and chasing a small, winged golden ball called a “snitch.”

In Harry Potter, the game is played in the air on broomsticks. In real life, we don’t have flying broomsticks, but that doesn’t stop people from getting their Quidditch on.

The Krispy Kream Challenge

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Running a race can be difficult on an empty stomach. If you run better with some fuel in your system, you might be good at the Krispy Kreme Challenge.

Here’s how it works: you run 2.5 miles. Then you eat a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Then you run 2.5 miles back. Last year’s winner’s time was 30:15.

Senior Citizen 60m Dash

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Races aren’t just for young people, or for people full of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Old people can run fast too. Maybe not as fast as most young people, but certainly as fast, or even faster, than some young people.

Physical activity keeps you young. Never stop running if you can help it.

Spinning The World’s Largest Hula Hoop

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If you want to try to break the record for spinning the world’s largest hula hoop, you have to be able to swivel that hoop around your hips at least three full times.

This guy managed to get eight whole spins in. Time for a bigger hoop? Is that even possible?

Bike Soccer (Or Football If You’re In Europe)

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If you like riding bikes and you like soccer, why not combine two pretty good sports to make one super cool mega sport?

I guess you couldn’t really call it “bike football” though, because you wouldn’t really be using your feet to kick the ball. Bikeball could work.

Underwater Frisbee

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My ears hurt just looking at a pool that deep. I don’t know why people would play underwater Frisbee when they could just play regular Frisbee in an environment with breathable air.

I guess some people were just born to swim. Keep reading to see another water sport, but this one isn’t for humans.

Interactive Rock Wall

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This rock wall has a digital component that allows climbers to play games and get exercise at the same time.

The wall sort of works like a touchscreen. It has a bunch of different games you can play. Some involve dodging lasers or staying within a moving square. I want one of these in my house.

The Japanese Sport “Bring The Pole Down”

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This is exactly what it sounds like. Basically, one guy sits on top of a pole, and his teammates try to keep him up there. The opposing team tries to break through the other team’s defense and knock down the pole.

This looks like fun, but only if you’re the person on the pole, and only if your team is really good at protecting you.

World Dog Surfing Championships

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Every year in Northern California, dogs from all over the world come to show off their surfing abilities. Only one dog can take home the gold.

Watching dogs surf is way better than watching people surf. Forget their lower center of gravity — they’re furrier and cuter, and just all around better.

Extreme Ironing

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There is a sport called “extreme ironing” where people go to extreme places and iron their clothes. This is the real ironman competition.

The sport started in 1980, and according to the Extreme Ironing Bureau, extreme ironing is “the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.”

Good Boi X-Games

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Also known as “barkour,” this sport involves dogs showing off their superior parkour abilities. Dogs are excellent runners and jumpers, but some dogs are better runners and jumpers than others.

This sport puts their agility to the test in a natural setting. Hardcore barkour!

Knife Cutting Competition

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In this little-known sport, blacksmiths from all over the world come to show off their impressive knife building skills.

Knives are put to the test, cutting through wood, rope, and other tough materials, until one knife reigns supreme. May the best knife master prevail.

Uno Tournaments

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Yup, that’s right. Uno tournaments are a thing. They’re actually run by Kent Bazemore, a basketball player who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks.

This year, a ten-year-old girl won first place in his Uno tournament. I’m pretty impressed. I never win at Uno.

The Floofiest Sport In The Land

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If you’ve never heard of Corgi races, you are seriously missing out. What could be better than watching a whole bunch of Corgi butts scuttling down a race track?

They may not be as graceful as greyhounds, but they’re definitely sillier, and that’s what life is all about.

Buttacrobatics

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It’s a simple concept: one guy throws a thin object (in this case, a laptop), and the other guy catches it between his butt cheeks.

I would not recommend trying this at home. Leave this one to the professionals, please (if we can call them that).

Downhill Ice Cross

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This sport looks like a fail compilation waiting to happen. It looks pretty dangerous, but it also looks pretty epic.

I don’t know if I’d want to try this out myself, but it would be cool to watch other people risk life and limb for the thrill of the game.

Trampoline Roman Candle Battle

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Here’s how this works: there are two trampolines set up at either end of a swimming pool. There is a person on each trampoline, and they both have a roman candle firework. They shoot literal explosives at each other while they jump in an attempt to dodge the blasts.

When one of them gets hit, he jumps into the pool to put out the fire on his body. Sounds real safe. Please do not try this at home or anywhere else.

An Official Hare And Tortoise Race

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Well, it looks like the age-old story was right. Slow and steady really does win the race. I think we may need a few more hare and tortoise races to see if the myth really does hold up, but for now, I think the tortoise has it.

Congrats, tortoise. You really brought it home for your entire species.

Super Competitive Cornhole

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What’s that? You thought cornhole was just a casual game that people played at hipster weddings and family reunions? Think again.

Cornhole is a serious sport with serious players and serious spectators. If it worked for darts, anything is possible. I bet your Aunt Betty can’t throw one in the hole like these guys.

Canadian Roulette

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Here’s a game for ya: guys stand on some ice and take turns smashing it until it gives way and one of them falls in the water.

This doesn’t sound like much fun at all, but who am I to judge Canadians? Canadians gonna Canade.