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5 Sports around the world you might not know about

Posted on October 14, 2020 in Bookapitch Blog

All around the world, it seems like people can find one common interest: competitive sports. Whether your passion is football or hockey, there’s something that most people find enjoyable about the world of sport. However, some sports are a little more… unique than others. Today, we’re showcasing some of the most interesting sports that you probably haven’t heard of.

Snowkiting

Yep, it’s just like kitesurfing… but instead of gliding across the waves, you’re using the wind to guide you across snow and ice, either on skis or a snowboard. This sport began in its early stages in the 1960s, but has grown more popular in recent years – there’s even a Snowkite World Cup. You can give snowkiting a try across Europe and some places in the United States. Next time you think about going skiing, maybe give snowkiting a try!

Handboarding

You’re familiar with surfing, right? Picture going surfing, but your surfboard is small enough to fit into your hand. Meet Handboarding. You’re using your body to ride the waves (just like in bodysurfing), but you use a handboard (a 19 inch mini-surfboard) to give you more control and speed when catching a wave. Not only does it help you in the water, but we think it looks pretty cool too.

360 Ball®

Coined as “sport in a circle,” 360 Ball® is a game played between two players (our four players if playing doubles) on a circular court. The players hold a racquet and aim to strike a ball on a concave disc, rebounding it out of reach from their opponents. The game was developed by two brothers in South Africa in the 1980s and is now played on beaches and courts in South Africa, Spain, France, and Germany.

Skijoring

Want to get some exercise with your pup this winter? Look no further – skijoring is your answer. Originally started in Scandinavian countries, skijoring started out as a mode of travel, with horses or dogs pulling along people on skis to and from their destination. Now, it’s a competitive sport with races taking place between 5 and 20 kilometres long – but the longest race recorded was in Russia at a whopping 440 kilometres long.

Joggling

Depending on who you ask, running might be a feat in itself. Add juggling into the mix, and you’ve got a real challenge. Welcome to joggling – a combination of running and juggling at the same time. The sport started in the 1970s and has now evolved into a worldwide sports with world records and joggling championships. It is recognised for not only its physical benefits, but for its mental benefits as well – even being found to increase the amount of grey matter in the brain.

Whatever the sport may be, we’re passionate about getting people exercising in whatever way they love the most. If you were looking for some new sports to get into, perhaps give some of these unique ones a try!

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Snowkiting
Handboarding
360 Ball
Skijoring
Joggling