Invent-a-Sport Contest

Invent-a-Sport Contest

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Want to win hundreds of dollars worth of clothes from Horny Toad? The Santa Barbara, Calif., company has launched a competition—the Horny Toad and Instructables “Invent-a-Sport” Contest. From July 10th to August 10th, contestants can submit their entry by visiting and submitting the blueprint to a real or imagined fringe sport or outdoors activities.

As per the company’s promotional material, “there are hundreds of sports out there with well-defined rules to follow (boring), but Horny Toad and Instructables think rules are made to be broken.”

Horny Toad and Instructables—the latter which is a website specializing in “user-created do-it-yourself projects”—want to see variations on existing sports or complete originals. So far, entries have included flashlight tag, lawnmower racing, skateboard sailing, extreme lacrosse, among many others.

Submit your entry with a text description, images and video (optional). Grand prize is a $350 gift card to

I have my own entry to throw in the barrel: Nocturnal Fixie Dog-Joring. Don’t try this at home, but as of late I’ve been riding my single-speed fixie bike hooked to my dog (dog-joring) at night. Quite a ride, as Rodney the 90-pound Weimaraner can gallop at 20mph for almost two miles dead straight. I let my legs spin on the fixed cranks, trundling down deserted city streets near my house, following a halo of LED illumination cast from my handlebar light. Will have to get an image and post it to the Toad page. See if I can win. . .

Stephen Regenold
Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.