Yes, you heard it right, extreme ironing is a real and practiced extreme sport around the world. It is known as a tough sport to get good at because it is one of the only outdoor sports that combines both the dangers and excitement of an extreme sport, with the well known and loved the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.
It requires participants to take an iron and board to places they would never dream of doing they ironing: remote locations, skiing, surfing or even on jet skis. And then when you do get your ironing board out, you need to iron a few items of laundry – while performing your extreme sport. It may involve ironing on a cliff, or mountainside, somewhere that is difficult to climb. Some legends in the extreme ironing world are known to iron their clothes while scooting or canoeing.
The sport has roughly been around for over 12 years and is thought the idea started in the United Kingdom. An idea born in Leicester in 1997, the thought was that it would be great to combine the exciting and dangerous experience with the dull and boring mundane task of ironing. And well it definitely does achieve this combination.
But it was not until 1999, when there was a worldwide campaign to recruit more extreme ironers throughout American, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa that the sport really took off. And it even allowed Extreme Ironing International to be recognized as a true and real sport.
This eventually led to the World Championships happening in 2002 in the small village of Valley near Munich. A German ironist by the name of Hot Pants won the individual event and a British team was able to win the team event.
So if you are thinking about throwing yourself into this extreme sport, all you really need is an iron, a board, and some clothes to iron. Of course, practice makes perfect, so start in your garden before making your way up to a cliff.