Not Sports is an occasional series from Inverse celebrating the weird and wild organized competitions that fall just short of being a sport.
How giant bullet chess accidentally made chess sporty
How the Star Wars fandom turned an iconic weapon into competitive sport
These athletes use lightsabers — only you can't call them that.
How geeky charm turned a WWII maneuver into a competitive sport
Where am I? Which direction is the transmitter? Hopefully I don’t get lost.
A circus act turned extraordinary sport is making its case for the Olympics
“Things are about to get real.”
Why a 120-year-old game is the future of sports
“If you're able to combine the strength of women and men in your team, then you really have the best opportunity.”
Skijoring: Where human and dog athletes work as one
A niche winter sport is a dream come true for skiing dog lovers.
Inside the gutsy counterculture of the American skibiking scene
Ski-biking is an established sport in Europe, but it hasn't made the jump to the US. The American Ski-biking Association is trying to change that.
The quirky sport of cup stacking is surprisingly intense
How the best make it look like "juggling air."
Dodgeball's transformative journey from gym class to world class
The future of dodgeball might look nothing like its past.
Why Slamball's founder thinks the topsy-turvy sport may finally succeed
Is the world ready for Slamball?
Meet the dog surfers who have reached "a new plateau"
"I think the spirit of surfing opened her up to new experiences."
From Space Invaders to Floor Is Lava: The evolution of gaming
In this episode, we discuss the many ways gaming continues to reinvent itself.
How parkour's creative culture withstood a decade of controversy
As parkour deals with infighting within the community and a "hostile takeover" by gymnastics, the sport has focused on preserving it's core mission.
Bodyboarding's chaotic quest to be more than a 'sleeping giant'
"We were actually making surfing look like it was the poor cousin of bodyboarding."
Underwater hockey players explain why it’s so easy to forget to breathe
Underwater hockey was developed in 1954 over "innumerable cups of tea." Now the sport forges families and intense relationships beneath the surface of the pool.
10 sports you didn't know were sports