Watch: This Must be One of the Strangest Sports Ever Invented…

Welcome to the strange world of Tandem Surfing


Surfing can be a great laugh with your mates but it’s even better with that special someone… well, if you’re into tandem surfing that is.

This weird and wonderful sport was big in the 60s but actually started way back in 1914 when Hawaian surfer Duke Kahanamoku decided to show off his skills at a wave riding demo in Australia.

Incredibly the sport is still going strong today with World Championships organised by the ISA. The sport is scored based on both board turn manoeuvres and lifts of which there are apparently 85 that are officially recognised.

While it looks a wee bit silly, it’s also probably bloody hard. On the guy side of things you have to be strong enough to support the weight of another human being while keeping your own balance and steering a board well enough to both avoid crashing and impress the judges.

Meanwhile the lady also needs to be super strong and flexible, able to twist herself into any number of spine shattering poses, and has to have complete trust in her partner that he won’t dump her on her face.


Chuck Inman and Lauren Oiye, the stars of the clip at the top, are two such people who have perfected the trust/strength thing. The sun tanned twosome are both ITSA and ISA world champions who live in Hawaii cruising the waves together in Waikiki.

OK so you and your other half may not be as good as they are, but why not give it a go? After all, what’s the worst that could happen?:

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