The Mario sports games are some of those perennial things that you can count on reappearing every year or so. You may not get every single one of them every year, but you’re guaranteed to see at least one in any given year. It’s with some surprise, then, that we see the release of Mario Sports Superstars, a compilation of five sports games all rolled into one. Go grab the soccer ball, tennis ball, baseball, golf ball, and horse..err…ball, and meet me down at the pitch green court course diamond for the review.
I wasn’t aware that dodgeball was such a highly competitive sport until I watched this video of two teams of schoolkids playing. The video is far more fascinating and watchable than you’d think, too. This naturally meant I needed to go research, so off I toddled. Turns out that Asian dodgeball isn’t the same as American dodgeball; the sport in the video seems more formalized, and with a single ball, although it seems that there are a decent number of variants. The video below features Japan (in blue) vs Hong Kong (red, obviously), and the game is absolutely brilliant. Makes me wish I played this variant as a kid at school.
And of course, if you want some more, here’s a video from the Japanese Nationals.
I saw this yesterday but still can’t believe it. Because using a conventional surfboard is too pedestrian for Robbie Maddison, the freestyle motocross rider decided to catch some waves atop a modified dirt bike. He transitions from land to sea with ease and speed, and rides a sizeable wave in Tahiti like it ain’t no thang.
Check out Maddison’s crazy Pipe Dream below.
While sports people are tumbling all over the place in the Commonwealth Games, Ethan Swanson is engaging in some urban gymnastics in Chicago, Illinois. The professional stunt man donned some GoPro gear and decided to leap off one roof onto another and slide down it, in the hopes of landing with his feet firmly planted on a neighbouring spiral staircase. It’s high degree of difficulty, did Swanson nail the execution? Find out below.
From the archives of British Pathé comes a fascinating 1956 short on the craft of making hand-made cricket balls. The clip shows scenes from within Twort factory in Kent where workers start with plain cubes of cork and build it up successively to create the shiny ball that brings delight to bowler and batsman.
Hit the jump to view another historical video on the making of cricket bats, this time from 1939.
I went took a crash course on how to pilot a drone. I crashed, of course.
In the capable hands, UAV drones can capture glorious scenes. Hawaiian Eric Sterman took to the skies with a DJI Phantom quadcopter equipped with a GoPro camera and shot some breathtaking footage of surfers as they rode the huge waves in the Banzai Pipeline on O’ahu’s North Shore. Have a look at the gnarly surf video below.
[via Holy Kaw!]
You’ll remember Luc Bergeron (aka Zapatou) for creating wonderful mashups from popular videos. In the latest of his Best of Web series, Bergeron combines 253 clips into a mega mashup that’s sure to thrill you. Check out “Best of Web 6” below.
The complete list of contributing videos can be found here.
Now in the category of “things done less well”, comes a clip from Vimeo user Subterminallyill. The chap jumped off a cliff near Moab, Utah and his helmet cam captured the frightening views as he came into contact with the immovable object. Mercifully the man cheated death but suffered a compression fracture, stitches to the eye and chin, severely sprained hands, and a bruised ego. Check out the Cliff Strike below.
Precision flying meets classical musical in this wonderful little clip. Dutch R/C plane enthusiast Nando te Riele shows off his skills at the recent competitive event that brings together some of the world’s best model plane pilots. Kitted out with flashing lights, Nando’s plane gracefully flies about the space like it were dancing in tune with the ebb and flow of the music, The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II.