It was all glitz and glamour at a gala event held this weekend where the top 25 hobbies in the world were announced. The who's who of the alternative sports community were in attendance eagerly awaiting this years list.
Hosted by Andrew Flintoff (himself an avid canoeist), there was plenty to keep the crowd entertained. Many were left shocked by some big climbers and heavy fallers in this years list. The biggest climber and this years winner of the Golden Pineapple for top hobby of the year, was Frisbee. The game moved up 10 spots on the list, dethroning last years winner, Javelin Catching, which unsurprisingly dropped out of the top 25.
Other big movers were floristry, which moved up 7 places to number 3 on the list and underwater speed knitting which broke into the top 10 for the first time. The big drops came for thumb wars and marbles, falling 5 spots, which according to spokesperson Michael Sutherns is a result of the increasing popularity of video games and pornography, he stated "children in this age, don't appreciate the beauty of a game like marbles and the elation you feel when winning your mate's prized goon".
All in all, the event was a huge success although somewhat marred by the raging debate as to whether fishing is a sport or a hobby. Chairman of the World Hobby Union (WHU), Robert Jones, said a council will be established to make a final decision on the matter in the next few weeks.
This years awards were fantastic and hopefully will have the desired effect of raising awareness about the world's lesser known recreational activities.
Visit the WHU site to view the full list of this years winners.