Naoko-chan told me last week about a very cool thing she had watched on Japanese TV. It is a Dutch sport called Fierljeppen. For the classical wikipedia description click here.
Basically, this sport consists of jumping a canal with a long pole. First, the fierljepper runs a short sprint, jumps to take the pole, tries to climb upwards while keeping balance and when the pole falls down, the athlete jumps as far as possible. In a country with so many canals, it can definitely be useful. I should learn and go always out with a pole... i would save a lot of time just fierljeppening the canals! ;-)
Some examples of what this sports looks like when practised by professionals:
And this is what happens when you or me try to do it: