The Worlds Weirdest Water Sports

Underwater Hockey

Or as it’s sometimes called, octopush (a far better name in my opinion) is pretty much as ridiculous as it sounds. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a lot of fun though. In octopush (I will only be calling it octopush from here on in) you are armed with snorkels and masks, fins, headgear, gloves and of course a short stick. Each player must chase around a weighted down puck in a pool that is between six and eight feet deep. Obviously being able to hold your breath for a large amount of time helps but if that isn’t your strong suit fear not, swimming up and down, taking in air and then diving down to attack the puck is supposedly the most effective way to play the game. If this sounds like your cup of tea then you’re in luck, this sport is played all over the world so check out where your local games are being played.

Glacier Surfing

Glacier Surfing
Glacier Surfing

Talk about making the most of a bad situation. It is known secret that the polar ice caps are melting, every day it seems like we’re getting closer and closer to the end of life as we know it. So, trust a couple of surfers to turn that into an opportunity to ride new and unexplored waves. Kealii Mamala and Garret McNamara supposedly spent 3 weeks in Alaska, they camped out near Child’s Glacier and waited for chunks of this great icy wall to fall off and create gnarly waves. They may have enjoyed this extreme way of surfing, but it didn’t come easy, this is incredibly dangerous, had a piece of the glacier fallen on them they could have died. I guess that why it’s an extreme sport.

Horse Surfing

Horse Surfing
Horse Surfing

To be honest, though this sport is pretty weird it isn’t as wacky as it first sounds. On first glance you might be thinking “how on earth can you use a horse as a surfboard?”, well that isn’t what horse surfing is and as funny an image as that may depict that would just be difficult and frankly cruel. Horse surfing is when someone on a kite board hold onto a rope and is pulled by another person riding a horse. It is essentially the green way to go kite boarding, switching out a speed boat with a gas guzzling engine for oat powered stallion. There are even competitions for horse surfing too so you can even get competitive.

Underwater Rugby

Underwater Rugby
Underwater Rugby

If you didn’t think Octopush was ridiculous enough then feast your eyes on underwater rugby. It may not have an excellent alternative punny name, but it isn’t so dissimilar to the former of the two. In underwater rugby two teams of 6 chase around a plastic ball that is filled with water in order to plant it in the oppositions goal area. As silly as it may sound it actually intends to improve on the original sport (rugby) by eliminating injuries. In this sport, you won’t have to run or crash into others as you’re underwater. It’s been referred to as a real 3d sport as players can move in absolutely any direction on the pitch.