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Dive In, Try Something New, a Little Different & a Little MAD!

Here are some "great" ideas to go try something new, different and MAD!

There are no excuses not to go outside and do something active.

Whether you like something calming or intense or you like to find your challenge and get active. Even if you don't want to play a sport, you can still go outside and just go for walk.

Here are sports which are fun any season,  many of which are a tad different, to say the least!

Wild Swimming

Wild swimming is not new.  The Romans were at it, Lord Byron swam the length of the Grand Union Canal in Venice, and Ancient Greek heroes swam across seas to meet their loved ones.

However, in recent years, it seems wherever we turn another newspaper is extolling its virtues.  This could be linked to the increasing popularity of triathlons, of which outdoor swimming is usually an intrinsic part.  It could also be linked to the credit crunch – as people turn away from expensive gym memberships, they look for low-cost alternatives.

It is not just about sport and exercise.  Wild swimming is as much about reconnecting with nature and experiencing the world from a unique and unusual perspective.

Kite Surfing

Kitesurfing is a wind-powered surface watersport using a kite and a board to move across the water.

Kitesurfing harnesses the power of the wind through a large parachute type kite to propel a rider across the water on a small surfboard or a kiteboard (similar to a wakeboard).

Although the name includes surfing, kitesurfing does not need waves, the wind is the only force needed to power you along. Flat-water locations such as Camber are favoured by riders looking to perform freestyle as the water is smooth so easier to take off and land on. With the large range of conditions to ride in, whether ‘surfing’ in the waves, going for big jumps, taking out a GPS for a speed records, learning a new freestyle trick or on a long distance adventure kitesurfing never becomes boring or repetitive.

Street Hockey

Street hockey (also known as dek hockey, ball hockey, (road hockey) is a variation of the sport of ice hockey where the game is played outdoors on foot, or with inline or roller skates using a ball or puck. Both ball and puck are typically designed to be played on non-ice surfaces.

Blind Soccer

Players must wear a face shield which covers their eyes, officially recognizing them as blind if not already. This is usually played on a smaller field and can be fun with a group of friends, blind or not. Brazil is recognised as the world's best blind soccer team and is part of the Paralympic Games.

Tag Rugby

Tag Rugby is a minimal contact team game in which each player wears shorts with velcro patches with two tags attached to them.  The attacking team has six plays or tags to try to score a try or take the ball downfield as close to the line as possible


Canicross is the sport of cross country running with dogs.  The runner wears a waist belt, the dog a specifically designed harness, and the two are joined by a bungee cord or elastic line that reduces shock to both human and dog when the dog pulls.

Flag Football

Flag football is a non-tackling approach to the game of football. Instead of tackling an opponent, you pull the flag attached to the person with the ball's belt to cause a stoppage in play.

Frisbee Golf

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970's and shares with "ball golf" the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws).

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate is a team sport which mixes elements of football, basketball and rugby, substituting the ball with a flying disc (Frisbee) and the referee with spirit of the game.

It's the most popular sport among those played with a flying disc.


Dodgeball is a popular outdoor game in which two teams or players of two teams throw balls at each other with the purpose of hitting and eliminating.

The game is played worldwide and the main objective of players in it is to throw the ball at opponents, score points and win.  To hit members or players from the opposing team.


Floorball is a fast-growing type of hockey played indoors with "plastic" sticks and a lightweight plastic ball with holes. In New Zealand, the sport is also known as unihoc or unihockey and sometimes played in schools. Typically five field players and a goalkeeper (without a stick) play on a fully enclosed rink.


Joggling is a competitive sport that combines juggling with jogging. People who joggle are called jogglers.

The most common objects used in joggling are juggling balls, or sometimes juggling clubs, but any set of three or more objects can be used.

Chess Boxing

The game of chess is one that requires patience, strategy and skill—but why not have two players whacking each other across the face, too?

That's what chess boxing does, as it takes the same skill set the usual game does, but adds in a physical element that leaves the players black and blue, as participants win by way of either the chess game or knocking their opponent out.

Plus, it makes anyone who was in the Chess Club in high school pretty damn cool.

Cliff Tenting

If you're afraid of heights at all, then I'd recommend staying away from the sport of cliff tenting.

But if you like the idea of not only rock climbing up a steep mountain, but also sleeping in a tent that's literally hanging by an anchor that climbers nailed into the side of that mountain, then this might just be for you.

I'm not so sure I feel great about this idea, but I'd be willing to try it assuming I give it a few test runs on an indoor rock climbing wall first.

Ice Boating

Who says we all have to wait for warm weather to go sailing?

If you've ever needed a reason to get out on the lake and catch some breeze, ice boating might just be your new sport, because it's the exact same concept as regular sailing, except done on ice.

With a frozen lake, a boat and skate-like runners rather than a keel, sailing can become a year-round sport.

Swamp Football

Getting down and dirty never hurt anyone, so why not take the sport of soccer and play it in a giant pool of mud?

That's what swamp soccer (or football) does, as players abide by the exact same rules as normal soccer—except without all the stability of a grassy field to play on.

Hitting the showers after a match probably never felt so good.

Wife Carrying

Of course, someone invented a sport that requires husbands to prove that chivalry isn't quite dead yet.

With their wives strapped over their shoulders and down their backs, men carry their spouses over a number of obstacles in a race against other teams.

While no one can really enjoy carrying another human being on their back, at least the prize is totally worth it, the winner gets to drown themselves in beer.

Snow Kiting

Yeah, regular skiing or snowboarding can be exhilarating, but you know what makes it even more wild?

Using a parachute-like kite and wind power to go both up and down hills.

That's right, snowkiting is so dope that it gives a rider more options than just going downhill and trying to stay on their feet, allowing them to literally soar up or down a slope while doing 360s and other stunts.

Just make sure you don't let go of that kite handle, or things might be a little dicey.

Tour De Franzia

I'm not sure why so many people haven't actually heard of, or more importantly, participated in, this sport?

As one can probably tell by the name itself, it requires a few boxes of the classiest wine around, Franzia, some bi- or tricycles and a hell of a lot of safety equipment.

The object is for a team to drink the boxes of wine as fast as possible, then to race on bikes around a predetermined course.

If you're a college kid or have been a camp counsellor and haven't done this before, shame on you.

Just be prepared to be sore the next few days afterwards from all the spill you'll undoubtedly have.

Seepak Takraw

Anything with the word "raw" in it usually means that it's pretty damn cool—which is the case for the sport, Seepak Takraw.

Using a ball made of dry palm leaves, players pass the thing around using anything but their hands, trying to kick it on the other side of a dividing net for points—much like volleyball.

As the video shows, the sport requires a lot of flexibility, so make sure to stretch beforehand.


If you're not one with great balance on a surfboard, then might I recommend trying out the sport of handboarding instead?

Using miniature surfboards attached to either one or both hands, people glide across the water by simply riding the wave while paddling.

Yeah, it's pretty similar to normal bodyboarding, except a hell of a lot more extreme. 


I thought avoiding tacklers in football was tough.

Then again, I had never heard of the Indian wrestling sport of Kabaddi, which sends one player called a raider into a group of seven opposing players who try to prevent them from getting back to their own side, all while holding their breath.

Essentially, the raider is thrown into a lion's den and is forced to duck and weave to their home side to get points without any help from teammates.

This sounds both exhausting and nearly impossible, yet a hell of a lot of fun.


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play underwater hockey?  No?

Well anyone who has jumped into the deep end with their snorkel and mini stick to play the game of octopus has.

That's because the sport is played while two teams of six push around a puck at the bottom of a swimming pool.

So for those who can't quite skate, maybe this is the best way to scratch your hockey-playing itch.


I honestly have no idea what took people so long to create this game, as it's played on a giant trampoline and combines elements of volleyball, soccer and gymnastics into one sport.

With teams hopping up and down on the inflated and springy playing surface, they do flips and other ridiculous kicks in a crazy battle to prevent the ball from landing in an unoccupied spot, like volleyball.

Seeing how fun this looks makes me want to book a trip down to Brazil to play it.

Extreme Ironing

Extreme sport or performance art? Possibly both. Competitors who call themselves "ironists" go to a remote location and iron their clothes. The domestic chore has been performed underwater, hanging from cliffs, while skiing or snowboarding and even on top of vehicles.

Egg Throwing

According to the World Egg Throwing Federation, egg throwing "has been a sport enjoyed by millions of people since early humans discovered the delight of watching a failure of another to catch a tossed egg." Eggheads have the opportunity to participate in the annual World Egg Throwing Championship, which involves a variation of games, in Swaton, England.

Toe Wrestling

Perfectly summed up by its name, toe wrestling involves competitors going toe-to-toe. The unusual sport dates back to 1976, when the Brits were looking to gain a world sports title. Rules are simple: with socks and shoes off, two competitors interlock their toes and try to "pin" down their opponent's foot.

Musical Canine Freestyle

Once again, dogs prove they are a man’s best friend. Combining tricks, dance and obedience training, musical canine freestyle is a sport where canines and humans perform together. Talk about teamwork. The sport is relatively new but is on the rise (not to mention absolutely adorable) with competitions taking place worldwide.


Tejo is similar to the American lawn game cornhole, only instead of using a beanbag, players toss a 1.5 pound metal puck (the tejo) at explosives, raucously cheering as they blow-up. Set in a 45-degree angle, the target is laced with gunpowder ensuring they make a satisfying pop when struck.

As if that weren't enough to make you want to play, there's another fun element to tejo: drinking lots and lots of beer.

It's not exactly required, but it's pretty much woven into the fabric of this Colombian game of aim.

Lindy Hop

One you’ve perhaps never heard off, but things are taking off in the lindy hop world.

Also known as Jitterbug, it’s the authentic Afro-Euro-American Swing dance. 


Barre fitness is a hybrid workout class - combining ballet-inspired moves with elements of Pilates, dance, yoga and strength training.

Most classes incorporate a ballet barre and use classic dance moves such as plies, alongside static stretches.

Barre also focuses on high reps of small range movements.

Before taking up any new activity, check with your consultant or GP.

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