August 19, 2015

4 of the world’s weirdest water-based events

Last weekend marked this year’s edition of the annual International Worthing Birdman. If you haven’t heard of it before, the Hastings event sees participants try to ‘fly’ at least 100m in their own homemade flying machines before plunging into the – presumably freezing – English Channel. To mark the occasion, we thought we’d put together a list of the world’s weirdest and wettest events to get you inspired.

A competitor jumps off Worthing Pier in West Sussex on August 10, 2013, during the annual international birdman competition, a flight contest for human-powered flying machines held each summer. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT        (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

1. Log rolling

Every year Hayward, Wisconsin hosts the Lumberjack World Championships. One of the key events of the championship is log rolling, in which opponents stand on a floating log and try to dislodge one another by starting the log moving, then rolling it the opposite way. Lumberjack shirts are optional.

 

2. Bathtubbing

We thought sitting in the bath was supposed to be a relaxing experience? Not so in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Every July the harbour city plays host to the ​Nanaimo Marine Festival and World Championship Bathtub Race. The event first began in 1967 when more than 200 ‘tubbers’ took to the waves and it’s still going strong today, attracting competitors from as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.

 

3. Bog Snorkelling

The World Bog Snorkelling Championships first began in Llanwrtyd Wells in Wales in 1976. As part of the contest, two competitors fight for the winner’s title by snorkelling their way through two equal length trenches dug into a bog. Rather them than us.

A man taking part in the World Bog Snorkelling Championship, an annual sporting event held at the dense Waen Rhydd peat bog in Powys., Cefn-yr Esgair, Powys, Wales.

A man taking part in the World Bog Snorkelling Championship, an annual sporting event held at the dense Waen Rhydd peat bog in Powys., Cefn-yr Esgair, Powys, Wales.

 

4. Tunarama

Do you enjoy watching the hammer throw but feel it lacks a bit of Omega 3? Fear not. The annual Tunarama is held in Port Lincoln, Australia every January and includes the famous tuna tossing competition (thankfully the tuna isn’t of the tinned variety). The event has been held for over 50 years and is the longest running festival in South Australia.

 

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