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Video: Have You Ever Heard of Surf Jousting?

Jousting is a medieval sport where two horsemen attempt to hit each other with blunted lances while riding towards each other at high speed. Popular in the Middle Ages, the sport declined in popularity as equestrian sports less likely to result in contestants' deaths were developed. One can understand the attraction, though: How better to release anger than by replicating a heavy calvary charge?

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Dude on the left has more style, but dude on the right is clearly better at aiming his lance. Public Domain image from Paulus Hector Mair's "de arte athletica," 1540s.

Were these surfers inspired by medieval soldier/athletes, or did they just want to test their boards' durability? Hard to say, but at least no one got hurt. We don't see this sport taking off (ha), but who knows.

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Watch Jaws LIVE on TGR
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Watch Jaws LIVE on TGR

Watch Jaws LIVE on TGR

And we're off to the races! Check out all the action from Pe'ahi, Hawaii as the world's top big wave surfers compete in the WSL's championship. The men's and women's semifinals and finals are still to come, stay tuned for more updates.  RELATED: Carnage and Glory at a Pumping Pipeline 12/16 Update: Congrats to Billy Kemper on taking the win! Full results and highlights below:  WSL.

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Russel Bierke Captivates in New Edit: ‘Flow State’
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Russel Bierke Captivates in New Edit: ‘Flow State’

Russel Bierke Captivates in New Edit: ‘Flow State’

Yes, Russel Bierke is real, so don’t rub your eyes too hard.  Ever since he landed the cover of Surfing Magazine in 2015 at 17 years old, this Aussie has been a household name in the world of big wave surfing, and his speciality? Riding slabs. In his heart-stopping new edit “Flow State,” directed by Andrew Kaineder, it’s clear that Bierke has earned his title by dropping into some of the heaviest and most intimidating waves known to man. RELATED: Pipeline's Opening Day Did Not Disappoint Of

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Weird Waves is Back with Glacial Surfing
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Weird Waves is Back with Glacial Surfing

Weird Waves is Back with Glacial Surfing

If you haven’t caught Van’s kooky surf series, , here’s your excuse to binge-watch season one. The series profiles funky surf locales throughout the globe with lovable host Dylan Graves. For the debut of season two, Graves stretches his imagination by heading up to Alaska to surf some unconventional waves—like ones created from glacial calving. Sounds chilly, but Graves manages to make it look like a good time.  RELATED: Weird Waves — Dylan Graves Explores the Great Lakes Surf