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February 6, 2009 8:27 AM   Subscribe

New Extreme Sports. Mega ramp skateboarding, ostrich racing, underwater golfing, pole dancing and pillow fighting are just a few of the innovative new sports you may see in future X Games. (via SpoFi)
posted by netbros (32 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
What's so new about playing golf underwater?

Wait--you mean on purpose?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 8:46 AM on February 6, 2009


Actually, mega-ramp skateboarding has already been added to the X-Games. They call it "Skate Big Air". And they added BMX Big Air.

Any sport that looks that cool couldn't be left out for long.
posted by smackfu at 8:47 AM on February 6, 2009


Those extreme wheelchair faceplants don't show much promise.
posted by mkb at 8:50 AM on February 6, 2009


So people still say "extreme" and use the "X" prefix? Huh.
posted by DU at 8:50 AM on February 6, 2009


I think it's a stretch to call this one extreme, seeing as it was done, and done better, over 30 years ago.

The later one looks like it would be very hard on a rope.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 8:52 AM on February 6, 2009


Flipping heck, is every post on that site a numbered list of stupid things people are doing? Was it started by former Cracked employees?
posted by ardgedee at 9:01 AM on February 6, 2009


First thought, no way anyone could beat an ostrich in a race. Those things are fast!
posted by Jawn at 9:02 AM on February 6, 2009


The XGames = the bizzaro Olympics.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 9:06 AM on February 6, 2009


Q: Anyone know the music being played behind the Mega Ramp Skateboarding clip? I didn't see the music source credited, and I'd like to find more of it.

Also, that one shot of the camera looking down that 100+ ft. ramp made my stomach churn. I'm assuming they use physics to determine how much of a break between takeoff and landing they can get away with? Because using trial and error for that would just be insane.
posted by mosk at 9:12 AM on February 6, 2009


I don't think that list corresponds with games that could conceivably end up in the X Games. I mean, Michel Fournier's accomplishments have been absolutely amazing, but it's not a sporting-event-capable feat.

And pole dancing? Naked workouts? I think the rest of the X Games would quit if "pillow fighting" because "extreme".

Realistically, it doesn't get that much more extreme than street skeleton anyways. Just leave it at that.
posted by Lemurrhea at 9:12 AM on February 6, 2009


What about link clicking? I might have a shot at that one.

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Pretty eXtreme, right?
posted by orme at 9:39 AM on February 6, 2009


DU : So people still say "extreme" and use the "X" prefix? Huh.

Sure, once it gets into the collective consciousness it becomes an easy marketing well to keep going back to. In 30 years I fully expect to see Metamucil Extreme and X-laX up on the selves at the pharmacy.

Probably next to pictures of AARP spokespeople catching some big air and pulling 720s on their Segway-walkers.
posted by quin at 9:48 AM on February 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


How about an extreme winter sport?
posted by BozoBurgerBonanza at 9:50 AM on February 6, 2009



That music is the interlude during Metallica's instrumental "Orion" off of "Master of Puppets".

It's one of my favorite songs ever.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 10:07 AM on February 6, 2009


Q: Anyone know the music being played behind the Mega Ramp Skateboarding clip? I didn't see the music source credited, and I'd like to find more of it.

posted by mosk at 9:12 AM


Orion- Metallica
posted by orme at 10:08 AM on February 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


I am a founding member of Les Fruits de Mer Extreme Shallow Snorkeling Team. We have snorkeled some of the shallowest waters on earth.
posted by snofoam at 10:11 AM on February 6, 2009 [2 favorites]


How about 10 retarded kids on rollers skates armed with baseball bats with nails sticking out of them inside the octagon?
posted by zzazazz at 10:12 AM on February 6, 2009


That was some shitty word puttin' together on my part.
posted by zzazazz at 10:13 AM on February 6, 2009


Pole dancing is neither a sport or extreme. Unless you are watching the "Code of Honor" episode. And, really, that was pretty boring.
posted by QIbHom at 10:27 AM on February 6, 2009


Thanks, orme and Pogo_Fuzzybutt. I guess I need to go back and listen to more Metallica. &lt/sheepish>
posted by mosk at 10:39 AM on February 6, 2009


Is it going to be covered on ESPN 8 "The Ocho"?

I love that channel.
posted by Relay at 10:42 AM on February 6, 2009


So yeah the guy in the wheelchair video bailed several times in the beginning of the video but later on he does some crazy awesome stuff. When he did the back flip all I could think was how close that brought him to being dead or a quadriplegic.

Also I reeeally want to do one of those giant swings, the biggest one I've done was maybe 80-90 feet and it was fun, but too short.
posted by MrBobaFett at 10:52 AM on February 6, 2009


What about the skateboard jousting from THRASHIN'?! (skip to the 3:30 mark)

"I'm gonna CREAM that mutha!"
posted by orme at 10:55 AM on February 6, 2009


Thought this was apropos: Tricycle backflip!
posted by smackfu at 10:56 AM on February 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


http://extreme.metafilter.com

You don't want to know what they do there.
posted by blue_beetle at 11:14 AM on February 6, 2009


That site seems freakishly incapable of predicting fashion trends. But the political statements are easy enough to get behind.

That crazy pogo stick was demonstrated during the Winter X Games this year. It's rad; I seen it myself! Well, on ESPN.
posted by heyho at 11:16 AM on February 6, 2009


You forgot Extreme Ironing.
posted by get off of my cloud at 11:21 AM on February 6, 2009


Anything with "mega" in it must be good. Except for acromegaly. Oh and Meg Ryan.

Okay, I suppose megacolon is not so good. But that's it.
posted by Mister_A at 11:24 AM on February 6, 2009


Sure, much of it is stupid. But I would don a birdman suit and jump out of a plane this afternoon if I could. That's awesome. Especially if they achieve what they're setting out to do: a safe, controlled landing sans parachute.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 12:16 PM on February 6, 2009


I'm not sure how you would make Parkour into a competitive sport, but I'd watch that. Those guys are god-damned amazing.
posted by dellsolace at 1:15 PM on February 6, 2009


Whenever I think of extreme sports I think of Shirling.
posted by BrotherCaine at 2:14 PM on February 6, 2009 [1 favorite]


I just learned today about the very real sport of chess boxing^: competitors alternate 4 minutes speed-chess, 2 minutes boxing, and the first knockout or checkmate wins. Also, not quite off the ground: Whiskychess Strongman-Boxing: the same, except that each round starts with two shots of whisky and the chess board is giant, with all the pieces full of cement.
posted by lostburner at 9:20 PM on February 6, 2009


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