Extreme Ironing

by Benjamin Kerns

Apr 20, 2019

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Trends / Sports

Have you ever wished you could combine your love of ironing clothes with your love of extreme sports? No? Well, somebody clearly did because it turns out extreme ironing is a thing.


The anxiety-inducing sport was created in 1997 and has apparently become something of an international sensation. The sport seems simple in scope. Competitors are required to travel to remote locations, usually dangerous ones, and then iron a few pieces of laundry. Popular extreme ironing spots include mountainside cliffs, ski slopes — yes, while skiing — and even on Class V whitewater rapids. If you think it sounds crazy, you’re not wrong.


In 2002, the first and only Extreme Ironing World Championships was held in Munich. Today, while there are still organizations like the German Extreme Ironing Section, the sport has somewhat fallen off the radar. However, enthusiasts are still going strong by ironing on top of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the deepest depths of the ocean. Australians and Germans, in particular, seem to have a deep appreciation for the sport, and there’s talk of it making its way to British television stations soon.


While we don’t recommend attempting extreme ironing without some guidance, it seems like a pretty straightforward sport to get into. As long as you’ve got a few pieces of clothes, an ironing board, proper gear and steel cajones, you’re all set!



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