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Zorbing

Zorbing, which was invented in New Zealand, involves crawling into a giant inflatable ball, rolling down a hill and running like a hamster in an exercise wheel.


German tennis player Sabine Lisicki was zorbing on the sidelines of the Australian Open in Melbourne in January. (EPA)
Sabine Lisicki
Zorbing

At the January Australian Open in Melbourne, German tennis player Sabine Lisicki went zorbing on the Yarra River. (EPA)
Zorbing
Zorbing

The important thing to know is that most Zorbers can’t stay on their feet during the downhill roll and can’t keep their lunch down afterward. In North America, you can Zorb in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Info: (865) 428-2422 or go to www.zorb.com (www.zorb.com)
Disc golf
Disc golf

If you can’t quite pry yourself completely away from golf, try this second cousin to the sport. Instead of hitting a ball into a hole, disc golfers toss a Frisbee into an elevated basket.

Corbin Haley of Houston putts at the eighth hole of a 5,600-foot-long disc golf course. The basket serves as the “hole.” (Lori Shepler, Los Angeles Times)
Disc golf
Disc golf

Instead of hitting a ball into a hole, disc golfers toss a Frisbee into an elevated basket. Disc golf has already generated its own nationwide tournament, although the prize money isn’t close to the kind of dough Tiger Woods rakes in.

Flying discs come in a variety of designs and are tailored for distance and course conditions. (Lori Shepler, Los Angeles Times)
disc golf
Disc golf

There are more than 80 disc golf coursed in California alone. To find a course and tournament near you, go to the website for the Professional Disc Golf Association.

David Van Doornum, 13, of Huntington Beach plays disc golf. (Lori Shepler, Los Angeles Times)
unicycle
Mountain unicycling

You are probably wondering what kind of brain disorder prompts someone to ride down a mountain trail on a unicycle. We wondered the same thing. As if riding on two wheels down a steep, rock-strewn trail isn’t hard enough, these guys try to make mountain biking even more challenging by riding a unicycle.

With an arm out and a hand on the grip, Eyal Aharoni of Santa Barbara rides down. “If you’re not really coordinated, don’t unicycle,” he advises. (Carlos Chavez, Los Angeles Times)
Unicycling
Mountain unicycling

Jess Riegel from Granite Bay, Calif., rides his unicycle along the Tahoe Rim Trail at Lake Tahoe, Calif. (John Foss)
Unicycling
Mountain unicycling

To hook up with these outdoor maniacs for the next event, click here.

Phil Clough, a member of the Santa Barbara Unicycle Club, hits the dirt at Cold Springs trail in Santa Barbara. (Santa Barbara Unicycle Club)
Gloucestershire “Cheese Rolling and Wake”
Cheese rolling

The annual cheese rolling race is another silly British tradition, brought to you by the same people that gave us Monty Python. Start at the top of a super-steep hill, roll a Double Gloucester cheese wheel down, and race after it.

Competitors hurl themselves down a steep slope after a 7-pound wheel of double Gloucester cheese in the annual event in Cooper’s Hill, England. (Scott Barbour, Getty Images)
Competitors Risk Life And Limb Chasing Cheese
Cheese rolling

Falling, flipping and flailing along the way are expected, as are severe joint injuries. The next big race is in May. For more information, go to www.cheese-rolling.co.uk/.

People tumble down a hill in pursuit of a wheel of Gloucester cheese. (Scott Barbour, Getty Images)
Parkour - Free Running Exhibition
Parkour

For some people, running between buildings, jumping from rooftops and hurdling over balconies and park benches is a good way to avoid bill collectors. For others, it’s a sport called parkour.

An athlete free runs following a Parkour exhibition last month at the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia. (Cameron Spencer, Getty Images)
Parkour - Free Running Exhibition
Parkour

If you’ve seen the opening chase scene in “Casino Royale,” the latest James Bond movie, you’ve seen parkour in action.

Levi Meeuwenberg jumps off a building during a parkour exhibition at the University of Sydney in February. (Cameron Spencer, Getty Images)
Parkour - Free Running Exhibition
Parkour

Give it a try at the Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, 8450 Higuera St., Culver City. Click here or call (310) 204-1980.

Daniel Ilabaca performs a handstand on top of a building during a Parkour exhibition at the University of Sydney in February. (Cameron Spencer, Getty Images)
Parkour
Parkour

Clifford Kravit makes some parkour moves in downtown Los Angeles. ()
kickball
Adult kickball

And you thought kickball was just for kids. Join the World Adult Kickball Assn. and let your inner third-grader come out.

Teams square off in the Hollywood Division of the World Adult Kickball Assn. championship game in West Hollywood a few years back. (Alexander Gallardo, Los Angeles Times)
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Adult kickball

For more information, go to www.kickball.com.

Adult kickball team members practice at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.. (Jay Paul, xx)
Afghanistan’s Game of Buzkashi
Buzkashi

All you need to play this sport is a bunch of guys on horses and a decapitated and disemboweled goat (buzkashi, loosely translated, means “goat grabbling”). Almost anything goes in this, Afghanistan’s national pastime, invented about 2,000 years ago.

Afghans play a weekly game last month in Kabul, Afghanistan (Paula Bronstein, Getty Images)
Afghanistan’s Game of Buzkashi
Buzkashi

Be ready to pummeled with whips, boots, fists and, occasionally, a lifeless goat. To score, grab the lifeless goat, get clear of the other horses and drop the carcass in the scoring circle, called the “circle of justice.” It sounds like a rush but, inexplicably, it has not caught on in the U.S.

Afghans engage in a weekly game. (Paula Bronstein, Getty Images)
Afghanistan’s Game of Buzkashi
Buzkashi

To watch a match, you’ll have to fly to Kabul and find a scalper with tickets.

An Afghan rider and his horse fall while playing buzkashi. (Paula Bronstein, Getty Images)
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