Keeping guardian angels in business, since the invention of bungee cords
Currently in Calgary we have 1) a visit from a Royal couple, 2) the 2011 Annual Stampede & Rodeo, so we'll start with a really extreme rodeo, or rather chuckwagon racing... without a chuckwagon:
This is Maramadi Bull Racing & Bull Surfing - full of dirt and mud action (see the video). The thrilling splashing in the mud happens in Pathanamthitta villages of India during the annual Maramadi festival in the month of August. Here is the "surfing" part of it:
You have to appreciate the guy's faith in his wooden sled... and the rickety construction of the ski jump. Yes, ski jump, as this was an actual winter sport back in 1933 (Alexandra Palace, London, England):
(image credit: Nationaal Archief / Het Leven, via)
So we've seen a bunch of thrilling ways to improve on well-known sport activities. Some are more or less safe, others are... even less so. But they all make sort of sense, in an adrenaline-seeking, or slightly practical way. Yet, in Afghanistan, there is a sport called Buzkashi, which can be simply described as -
Wait, it gets better: "Buzkashi, which translates as 'goat grabbing', is the national sport of Afghanistan. The object of the game is to try to snatch the goat carcass in the field and carry it to the scoring area. This fiercely contested sport can sometimes last several days." Grabbing the goat for days surely classifies as an extreme sport.
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