Photo Friday: Bizarre Glacier Sports

As climate change continues to impact world glaciers, adventure athletes are taking sports to an extreme at famous glacial settings. Ever heard of glacier boarding, for example? It’s just one of the bizarre sports now being played at glaciers near you.

As GlacierHub reported in 2014, canyon guides Claude-Alain Gailland and Gilles Janin took boogie boards to Altesch glacier in Switzerland, coasting through a freezing channel carved into the ice. If that doesn’t look like fun, in 2007, Kealii Mamala invented another new sport: glacier surfing. He became the first person to surf a wave caused by a calving glacier at Alaska’s Childs Glacier.

Even the world’s most prominent athletes are participating in the new sporting trend. In 2013, tennis superstars Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokoviche played an exhibition match at the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina. While, in reality, the match took place on a man-made court on a nearby barge, we’re pretty sure it’s the closest a game of tennis has ever been to a glacier. This Photo Friday, enjoy images of some bizarre glacier sports.

 

Glacier boarding is a popular new sport not for the faint of heart (Source: Cotswold Outdoor/Twitter).

 

Kealii Mamala makes glacier surfing look easy (Ryan Casey/YouTube still).

 

Two guys played a game of golf on the Crans-Montana Glacier in 2016 (Source: Mark Crossfield/YouTube).

 

Tennis superstars Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokoviche play an exhibition match at the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina (Source: Video still from SNTV).

 

The tennis match between the two superstars took place on a man-made court on a nearby barge (Source: Video still from SNTV).

 

Pakistani cyclist Samar Khan takes on the Biafo Glacier (Source: The Express Tribune).

 

 

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