The long, warm days of summer motivate many people to get outside and get active. This year, why not try something new? Strap on a jetpack, for example, and soar through both water and air while flyboarding. You can see some impressive video footage at Rocky Mountiain Flyboard.
Flyboards work by propulsion from water that comes in through a hose attached to a jet ski, explains Florida’s Power Up Watersports, which offers an hour-long flight for $250.
Proponents compare the experience to both swimming like a dolphin and flying like a superhero, with the ability to soar 30 feet or more into the air. Hands and feet are strapped in to the device. According to Rocky Mountain Flyboard, it takes most people five minutes or less to figure out the maneuvering basics.
Sometime between 2003 and 2005, a Belgian ex-tennis player turned band manager named Filip Eyckmans came up with the concept for a new sport called Bossaball that combined elements of gymnastics, soccer and volleyball.
Two teams of four or five players compete on an inflatable court equipped with a net and two trampolines, much like an adult-sized bouncy house. The goal is to hit your opponents’ side of the court with the ball with five touches or less per team with each volley. Touching the net is not allowed and rules specify how many points your team gets depending on how you hit the ball and where it lands. Still don’t get it? Check out this video.
More commonly known as underwater hockey, octopush was born in England in the 1950s. Wearing masks, snorkels, fins and water polo hats, players use spatula-sized sticks to push a puck along the bottom of a pool into the goal of their opponents, explains the British Octopush Association. Players must return to the surface every time they need a breath.
Learn more at the website of the USA Underwater Hockey Association.
Classic Zumba gets people moving through high-energy dance routines that are set to upbeat music. Aqua Zumba takes the fitness party into the water, explains Zumba Fitness. The low-impact exercise class is a fusion of Latin dance and water aerobics, according to ACE Fitness.
Specific moves will vary by class and by teacher, but exercise physiologist Jessica Matthews describes a class on ACEFitness.org that includes traditional moves like front kicks, high-knee steps and jumping jacks combined with movements derived from merengue, salsa and Cumbia.
UCLA students compete in the 15th Annual Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival.
Grab 19 of your closest friends and a drummer and hop in a dragon boat for a race that, according to the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, combines "power, speed, synchronization and endurance.”
Dragon boat racing has a long history in China, but has more recently gained popularity elsewhere. Today, some 90,000 people participate in the sport in the United States and Canada, according to the International Dragon Boat Federation. The organization offers a calendar of events around the world.
A member of U.S. team Bourbonic Bacon (L) fights for the ball with a member of Swiss team Sophie Players during a game at the 4th World Hard Court Bike Polo Championship in Geneva Aug. 18, 2012.
Instead of horses, cycle polo players ride bikes. And instead of grass, hard-court bike polo players ride on parking lots, tennis courts or other hard surfaces, often in urban environments. Two teams of three players compete against each other with croquet-like mallets and street hockey balls, explains the blog HardcourtBikePolo.com. “The rules are easy,” writes Stephen Regenold of GearJunkie.com. “The play is hard.”
Most hard-court players ride fixed-gear bikes that they tweak so that the handlebars, wheels and brakes enhance their performance, writes Doug of HardCourtBikePolo.com. Something else that sets hard-court bike polo apart: Body contact is allowed.