Exploring San Diego


What-ball? Six obscure sports to try out in San Diego

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Posted at 1:44 PM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 16:44:16-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego isn't always regarded as a big market in the professional sports world. But when it comes to staying active, the region knows how to have fun.

Sometimes, though, locals need an activity that strays from the traditional pickup game of basketball or football. And while San Diego County is filled with fun trails for hiking and spots along the coast for water sports, why not exercise a little creativity as well?

A quick search and sports enthusiasts will find there are more than everyday activities available to jump into around San Diego.

Here are a handful of the obscure sports search to capture interest:

Footgolf (National City): Like golf? Enjoy soccer? Then combine the two! Footgolf at National City Golf Course is exactly as it sounds. Players hit an 18-hole course, stepping up to each tee with a soccer ball and trying their best of a hole in one. Learn more here.

Underwater Hockey (San Diego): Octopush, or underwater hockey, is the perfect challenge for fans of water sports or swimming. Players use a mask and snorkel to dive underwater, where they try to bat a lead puck into the opposing team's goal. Learn more here.

Dog Surfing (San Diego County): Dog surfing can really be done anywhere along the coast in San Diego County. A handful of competitions are held in places like Del Mar, Imperial Beach, and Cardiff, and it's a great chance to get out with the pooch and enjoy the water together. Plus, dogs on surfboards are the coolest. Learn more here.

Pickleball (San Diego County): It's been called the country's fastest growing sport, and San Diego is in on the action. Pickleball is a paddle-based sport, like tennis. The challenge comes with the stipulation: it's played on a badminton-sized court with a modified tennis net and plastic ball with holes. Learn more here.

Bubble Soccer (San Diego County): Bubble soccer is a bit of a cross between football and soccer. The only difference really is players are surrounded by an inflatable bubble suit as they play. Players start on opposite ends of the field and run, like a kickoff. There's no offsides, and players try to score like soccer. Learn more here.

Over-the-Line (San Diego County): As far as we know, no other city celebrate over-the-line quite like San Diego. OTL's rules are basic: the batter and pitcher are on the same team and the batter must hit the ball over a line into fair territory without fielders catching the ball. The third hit of an inning scores a run. Learn more here.