How are unusual sports born? Probably, they come up with boredom. So, the creators of snowkiting in winter were clearly missing their favorite summer entertainment – kitesurfing. And a new hobby was born.
It happens that the sport is transformed into the most ordinary entertainment in a single locality. Simply nature and climate have contributed to the emergence of a new occupation.
In the far north people have to ride dogs, but in Europe there is not much point in this. A dog sled ride here has turned into another unusual winter sport.
A similar situation has developed with riding on sail sleds – buerahs. 200-300 years ago in Eastern and Northern Europe, people often moved like this. For example, in Holland people were transplanted with the onset of frost from ordinary boats to sailing. Those could not be better suited for movement on the frozen canals. Today buera still exist.
However, they turned into a sports projectile, almost losing their transport functions. There are quite a few well-known winter sports, but there are much more unusual, less known to the general public. Let’s talk about them in more detail.
Iskarting, Lapland, Kuusamo.
Karting has long ceased to be just fun and turned into miniature racing. However, this sport is much safer, the risk of getting injured is the same as on a bicycle. Isskarting absorbed all the best features of his summer colleague. For racing, enough to wear a protective helmet on his head, and check the ice strength. Therefore, ayskarting is available even for teenagers. The only condition here is the growth of the rider. It should be above 140 centimeters. The only difference from the traditional karting of his winter fellow is that the ayskart is adapted for driving on ice. And there, and there you can make bends both alone and in the company of irreconcilable rivals. But for ayskartinga it is not difficult to create an autodrome – any large frozen pond will do. Should I then be surprised that in the winter in Finland, races in Asikarta become a popular sport? After all, this country has many lakes, suitable for such races. Winter Winter Polo, Switzerland, St. Moritz.
Even fairly large competitions are held for this sport. Winter polo can be seen in Aspen, Megeve, Cortina D’Ampezzo in Kitzbühel. Since 2004, such competitions began to take place in Moscow. The most important tournament is called Cartier Polo World Cup. It is annually held in Switzerland, on the ice of the lake of St. Moritz. And the idea to hold such games on the ice appeared at the founder of the Swiss association Polo Reto Gaudentsi. The rules in this sport are no different from the summer version. That’s just the ball here is decorated much brighter, and its size is larger. In Europe, there are many sites for summer polo, but for such winter fun, they are much smaller. And in Russia, to create such sites, excellent climatic conditions. It is no coincidence that the prospects for the development of the winter sex in our country are seriously interested in the International Federation of Modern Pentathlon, whose head is the prince of Monaco, Albert, a big fan of polo.
Snowkiting, Russia, Togliatti.
This sport is a winter version of kitesurfing. The main element here is a kite, or a kite. He acts as a tractor. A person is rolling either on skis, or on a snowboard. For the first time the idea to ride on the snow with the help of a kite came to the head of the German paraglider Dieter Strazille. Popularization of kitesurfing in Russia is rather slow, but snowkating is developing much more actively. Every February in Togliatti international competitions are held under the name “Zhigulevskoe Sea”. Similar competitions are held in the Samara region, near Nizhny Novgorod. In the Murmansk region, in the Caucasus and on the plateau of Lago Naki compete also in freestyle.
Brumbol, Russia, Moscow.
This game is a kind of hockey.It looks like such a sport is quite absurd. The rules of the game here are almost the same as in hockey, the same equipment is used. After all, and brumbole is a contact kind of sport, which can not do without a helmet and protective elements. The only difference is in the inventory. He’s quite unusual in brumbole. Players fight on ice not on skates, but in special shoes. In this case, the ball is driven not with clubs, but with brooms. This sport was invented by Canadians a hundred years ago. Today, the game is common in Australia, Japan and the US, as well as other European countries. And in Canada itself is even the World Cup in this unusual sport. In this country they even want to make sports as popular as possible and include in the program of the Olympics. In Russia, broomball is popular primarily with foreigners, mainly embassy employees. As a result, in the domestic league, our players do not. Nevertheless, it is hoped that the observation of fashionable entertainment will push some of the Russians to the idea of creating their own team. Sled dog rides, Russia, Kamchatka.
This sport looks pretty romantic. After all, riding on dog sleds directly brings associations with gold rush, Jack London’s novels and brave explorers of new lands. Today there is an opportunity to join the experience of the participants of the first expeditions to the snow-covered distance. For this, in Alaska you can join a multi-day hike. And it’s just possible to ride a dog sled with us. After all, in Russia there are quite a few places that are best suited for this. These are Chukotka and Taimyr, Baikal and Kamchatka, Murmansk Region. There are nurseries for these purposes and in the suburbs. They breed the best breeds of dogs for running in harness. In such nurseries, too, can offer this entertainment. True horse breeds of dogs are husky, rather hardy and their closest relatives are thick-haired husky, Samoyeds and malamutes. And where there is speed and race, sports competitions appear there. Whose sleigh will reach the finish faster? Ice diving, Russia, Baikal.
It is rather difficult to engage in this kind of sport. This requires high-quality diving training and special equipment. The swimmer will not see under the water all the bright beauty of the southern sea. Northern subglacial divers observe other natural miracles. After all, from under the ice, the ice looks like an endless monolith polished to a mirror state. His other condition is stucco molding with a lot of hummocks. And you can see the ice mazes with a lot of moves and caves. The mistake will be to think that in the subglacial world there is nothing but ice. Of course, there are plants, fish, and the animal world. In addition, some mammals feel good in the icy water. One of the best places for underwater diving is Lake Baikal. There is a high probability under water to meet with a seal. The lake itself is never fully frozen. So, the ice never fetters the source of the Angara. The thickest layer of ice on Lake Baikal in March is from 80 to 120 centimeters. And in January the ice here is only 10-20 centimeters. Clean water in Lake Baikal makes and extremely transparent and ice. So, from a depth of 40 meters below you can see people standing on the ice, unless it is powdered with snow.
Skijoring, USA, New Hampshire.
This game will appeal to real drivers. Only then there are snowy fields instead of water. A man pulls forward is not a speedboat, but an ordinary horse. It is run by a rider, but this sport also assumes a more risky option – the skier himself controls the horse. In the north, a different kind of skijoring is also popular. The skier carries the dog ahead. There are also variants when a deer acts as a mount. But even driving, when a snowmobile or an SUV is a tugboat, has every reason to be considered a ski-racing. After all, the main rule is skiing. In Russia, this tweed is most often associated with dogs.But in America they prefer to ride horses. In the US there is even the National Skiing Association, which holds annual competitions. There are many horse farms in the country, where they can teach how to ski better, if you still have time to manage the horse.
The hybrid of skis and bicycles became popular after the Second World War. After all, many skiers returned wounded, and the first cycling helped them continue to do their favorite thing. The unusual design consists of a frame, a steering wheel and a saddle, and they invented it in America. But the real popularity for this sport came at the European mountain resorts. A modern version of cycling was invented by the Canadian company Ktrak Cycle. She offered a kit, which is easily installed on almost any modern bicycle. Instead of the rear wheel, a wheel is installed, which is the main rim and several auxiliary tension rollers on which the caterpillar is mounted. And instead of a front wheel of a bicycle at desire – the ski is established. The caterpillar of the rear drive is made of reinforced polyurethane, the frame is made of strong aviation aluminum, the main wheel is made of reinforced nylon. Particular attention was paid to comfortable driving and reliability. For this purpose, a unique shock absorber was developed – an oil damper with a gas head. What is especially important, when installing the system, the weight of the bicycle is practically unchanged. The manufacturer claims that this design allows you not just to drive through snowdrifts, but also to climb the hills, if the base of the bicycles is a mountain bike.
Sail sledges, Poland.
In another way sailing sleds are called buerami. In the English language there is a special term for such a device – ice boat. The basis of the design is the sail. It is attached to the body, to which are attached three short skates made of steel. The rear of them acts as a booster. Sailing sleds can travel on ice at high speed. In this case, it directly depends on the surface of the ice and the strength of the wind. The stronger his impulses, the faster the sleigh moves. In some countries there is a real expanse for riding on such vehicles. For example, in the north-east of Poland there are about 2000 lakes, there are hundreds of rivers and its canal. In addition, in Mazury and Pomerania for tourists are present not only ponds, but also quite a lot of boarding houses and hotels. Rest here is not associated with sailing alone. In this country there are excellent opportunities to spend time in underwater fishing.
Ice-climbing, Ukraine, Kamenets-Podolsk.
People like extreme sports, in particular, climbing on steep slopes. Eis-klimbing is a kind of this sport, which a person deals with ice, and not with a stone. Occupation of this requires a daredevil constant concentration of attention. This requires normal climbing, and in the case of ice-climbing, these skills should be even better. After all, even the most massive ice piles just seem solid. Years is a fairly fragile material. And even the biggest icicle can easily and unexpectedly crack. Lovers of ice-climbing spend time in the storm of the same peaks as climbers in the summer. But ice-climbers have their own unique obstacle – a frozen waterfall. In Russia, the main places for athletes, fans of ice-climbing, are located in the Caucasus. Quite a lot of already mastered ice fields are in the Crimea. But even the absence of icy rocks and frozen waterfalls can not stop enthusiasts. They conduct their training on artificial ice structures. Swimming polar bears, Korea, Pusan.
Swimming alone is quite common. Many people swim in the winter. But in Korean Busan this sport was given its own charm. In search of thrills, Asians jump into the icy water of the Korean Gulf. At the same time, they only wear swimming trunks and swimsuits.These competitions have been held on the beach of Haundai since 1988. Thus, Koreans celebrate the New Year, making an application for good health. The distance involves a ten-meter run through the sand, and then 80 meters of swim in the invigorating water. Although the event is technically a competition, there are many tourists among the participants. Swimmers seem to be polar bears. The event in Busan is not only an unusual winter sport, but also an excellent way to cheer yourself up. Today, more than 1000 athletes participate in the swim. Snow tubing, Canada, Ontario.
In the park of culture and recreation Rock Ridge in this province fans of unusual sports gather. Tubing will be to the liking of those who do not like skiing or snowboarding, but adores snow. This species has an undeniable plus – cheapness. In addition, it is simple, and fun brings a lot. In Rock Ridge are installed six pipes, along which you can go down the slope. In this case, athletes go down here not alone, but in a crowd – with friends or family. The peak of the competition in the tubing traditionally falls on the Christmas holidays.