Extreme Ironing in the UK

It sounds crazy and dangerous, but yes, it’s real!! Extreme ironing in the UK has been described as “the latest outdoor sport that combines the thrill of extreme sports with the satisfaction of a well pressed shirt”.
I know we can be known as being a bit eccentric in the UK but ironing your smalls under water is going overboard – literally!!

It appears that extreme UK ironing holds no limits – it can take place at ten thousand feet or in the middle of the Antarctic. Which begs the question: has the world gone mad or are we really that bored of ironing?
One thing’s for sure, there are easier ways to get the creases out of your underwear, but all the same, we couldn’t let this activity pass without investigating a little further.

The birth of extreme Ironing in the UK

Legend says that the extreme “sport” was born in Leicester when a man needed to get his ironing done but fancied going rock climbing instead, so he combined the two. The mind boggles!!

As you’d imagine it didn’t take off straightaway but over the years the sport has attracted a dedicated set of fans. So much so, the world’s first extreme ironing championship was held in 2002. The UK ironing team picked up a gold medal. So how about extreme ironing at the 2012 Olympics? Nah, probably not!

The world’s most extreme ironing stunts

  • A team of 86 extreme ironists from the UK hold the record for most people ironing underwater at the same time.
  • In 2007, a man named Henry Cookson decided to try a spot of extreme ironing in the Antarctic. Now that’s one way to keep warm in the world’s coldest continent.
  • Scuba ironists from the UK pressed their shirts 100m underwater in Egypt’s Blue Hole.
  • One man braved a sandstorm in the Sahara desert to get his fix of extreme ironing.

Warning: do not try extreme UK ironing at home or anywhere else for that matter. Stick to ironing the good old-fashioned way – in the comfort of your own living room with a nice cup of tea by your side. Or you could check out our less extreme article on how to put the fun back into ironing.

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