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The Wild World Of Weird Sports (PHOTOS)

Posted: 11/12/2011 8:46 am

Few people are skilled enough to play professional sports - let alone collegiate sports. But everyone can play Weird Sports. It's not about winning or losing. It's about dressing up in costume, making each other laugh and drinking a lot of cheep beer.

The first Weird Sport I photographed was roller derby in Seattle. It was 2005, so it was very early on in its renaissance. I thought it was cool that it was making a comeback. And everyone was having such a blast. I felt a connection with those people following their passions on their personal time.

To be honest, when I started, I was simply looking to make fun photos. I love sports and I love squirrelly scenarios. The more weird sports I discovered, the more I became addicted to photographing them. Next thing I knew, I was out of control, flying across the globe trying to top the fun, visual experience from the previous weird sport. 

Maybe my favorite weird sport is Kaiju: live monster wrestling based in Boston. Think of Godzilla-like characters in a pro wrestling format. I shot it again recently in Las Vegas with a good friend, Tiffany Brown, who said she heard me laughing all night long. 

Sometimes I'm tempted to take part in Weird Sports. But to be honest, I so love being a photographer, documenting the silliness. I feel my role in life is to share the weirdness with the world.

For information about ordering the Weird Sports book, go to Sol Neelman's website.

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  • Mud Pit Belly Flop, East Dublin, Georgia, USA

  • Urban Golf, Portland, Oregon, USA

  • Cardboard Tube Fighting League, Seattle, Washington, USA

  • Lingerie Football, Kent, Washington, USA

  • Underwater Hockey, Sheffield, England

  • Live Monster Mayhem, Kaiju Big Battel, Brooklyn, New York, USA

  • Mutton Busting, Vale, Oregon, USA

  • Prison Rodeo, McAlester, Oklahoma, USA

  • Head Pulling, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

  • Pig-N-Ford Races, Tillamook, Oregon, USA

  • Demolition Derby, Tampa, Florida, USA

  • Dog Surfing, Imperial Beach, California, USA

  • Dodgeball, New York City, USA

  • Pato, Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Hog Wrassling, Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA

  • Highland Games, Oban, Scotland

  • Mascot Training Camp, Annville, Pennsylvania, USA

  • Machine Gun Shoot, West Point, Kentucky, USA

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