Extreme Ironing: a weird but interesting sport

8 Feb by Mahzan Mazlan

Extreme Ironing: a weird but interesting sport

Have you ever wonder?

how struggle your mother ironing all cloth in your house? It’s challenging, right? Well, that is not enough challenging
for this bunch of people. Have you guys ever heard
about Extreme Ironing Sport?
Extreme Ironing or more known as EI extreme sport.
To play this extreme sport people will take ironing boards
and iron items of clothing to remote locations such as clift.

This extreme ironing is the latest dangerous sport that combines the thrills of extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt. The attraction of this sport is the venue itself. The venue will always take us to unexpected places such as clift, ocean, ironing while riding a horse, and ironing while doing skydiving. It is insane, isn’t it? Part of the attraction and interest the media has shown towards extreme ironing seems to center on the issue of whether it is really a sport or not. It is widely considered to be tongue-in-cheek.

The sport gained international attention in 2003 after a documentary entitled Extreme Ironing: Pressing for Victory, was produced for Britain’s Channel 4 by Wag TV. The program followed the British team’s efforts and eventual Bronze and Gold placings in the 1st Extreme Ironing World Championships in Germany. A side-story looked at the rivalry between the EIB (Extreme Ironing Bureau) and a breakaway group called Urban Housework who were trying to establish their extreme sport based around vacuum-cleaning. The film later aired on the National Geographic Channel.

Fun Fact about Extreme Ironing Sport

  1. The first-ever Extreme Ironing World Championship was held in 2002 in Valley, Bavaria in Britain. This first event was won by GB1 (Gold) and GB3 (Bronze) from Great Britain.
  2. The extreme cello playing has its inspiration from extreme ironing where the participants play their cello instrument in extremely harsh and inhospitable conditions.
  3. On January 10, 2009, the record of most numbers of people ironing underwater was broken by a team of 128 divers. Among them, all 86 divers ironed simultaneously for 10 minutes in the National Diving and Activity Centre
  4. Tony Hiam, who introduced Extreme Ironing, got the idea from his brother in law John Slater, who used to ironed clothes in a tent during camping activities.