Here are 32 different ways to use sports as an inspiration to design an apparel clothing line.
1. Alpine Skiing
Alpine skiing is popular among Germans. In fact they are leading the ski population market in Europe. The French and British are not too far behind. The popular skiing destinations include Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Finland, and Italy.
Aquathlon is a two-stage race resembling a triathlon minus the bike stage. Aquathlon is a race during which competitors compete against each other on land and in the water. Distances vary between 10K to 75K. Aquathlon has been gaining traction because of its format (equipment friendly race) among individuals with a desire to compete in endurance sports.
3. Barefoot Running
Barefoot running is associated with the rise of leave no trace movement. We’ve noticed an increase of interest to live environmentally cautious to protect the Earth. Zero drop shoes or barefoot running have increased in popularity, claiming to eliminate common runner’s injuries.
Barefooting attracts a wide variety of thrill-seekers, especially someone who has a desire to walk on water. You can find hundreds of barefooting and waterskiing spots in the U.S. and around the world to target the right geographical locations with and ultimate target audience. Here are some to name a few: Sacramento, CA | Austin, TX | Seattle, WA | Lake Havasu, AZ.
5. Base jumping
Base jumping is popular among individuals who literally live life on the edge. Many people turn to base jumping for the feeling of the few moments to where nothing else in the world matters. The most famous jumping destinations include The Troll Wall (Norway), Perrine Bridge (Idaho), Burj Khalifa (Dubai), and New River George Bridge (West Virginia).
Biathlon is a combination of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. Biathlon is usually overshadowed due to the more exciting disciplines such as alpine skiing and snowboarding. Belarus, France, and Norway usually have the top medal count in the Olympics.
7. BMX Biking
BMX racing is a downhill bike racing aimed toward the best of the best. The global BMX Bikes market was valued at 5740 million US dollars in 2018 and will reach 5460 million US dollars by the end of 2025. The number of BMX participants had steady overall growth since 2011. The number of BMX bikers were at all-time high at 3.44 M since 2011.
8. Body Surfing
Body surfing is one of the sports where individuals push past their comfort zones. It is dangerous and fun. Many athletes or hobbyist start off with body surfing before transitioning to actual surfing to learn how to count waves and catch them properly. Here’s a list of Top 10 Bucket Spots to Body Surf Around The World.
Bouldering has taken the front stage in the last couple of years, it’s primarily due to the growth of indoor climbing gyms all around the world. In the US alone, the number of climbing gyms has increased from 6 to 13 % each year between 2010 and 2017. The growth stems from the easily accessible gyms to everyday folks. In the USA, 74 percent of indoor climbing gyms offer additional activities making the climbing gym a go-to destination for cardio, weights, bouldering, and top-roping.
10. Bungee Jumping
Bungee jumping is yet again for the seekers that like to push beyond their comfort zones. Before bungee jumping became mainstream, land diving was considered as a passage to manhood among Vanuatu tribes. Australia and New Zealand are one of the top bungee jumping destinations to walk the plank. Here are the Top Bungee Jumping Locations in the World.
Canoeing is emerging as one of the top water-based trends. Technavio research analysts say that the growth is mainly due to the increase in artificial water sport experiences and fitness benefits associated with canoeing.
12. Cave Diving
Cave diving, long are the days when this extreme sport was only associated with research, nowadays thrill-seekers long for ways to explore the underwater world themselves.
13. Cliff Diving
Cornhole – the game that’s on the rise. With the rise of trendy bars, the game of cornhole brings a new wave of city-goers. Nowadays, you can find cornhole enthusiasts at tailgates and even weddings.
15. Disc Golf
Disc golf is a popular summer activity in the US. The combination of disc golf and beer is also a very trendy summer activity, especially in the midwest. Disc golf tournaments are held nationwide.
Duathlon – similarly to aquathlon, this sport consists of two legs – running and biking. It’s geared toward individuals who are not big fans of the water. Endurance sports have become very popular to test how far we can push past our limits.
Freediving – in today’s age we are being advertised to go back to primal living when it comes to pretty much anything from primal products to primal lifestyles. Freedivers hold their breath through their entire dive. Most divers are interested in freediving to connect with the ocean and get a closer look at the animals in their most natural habitat.
18. Hang Gliding
Hang gliding – it’s a sport that uses probs to attain the right altitudes effortlessly. This thrilling sport has become widely popular among thrill-seekers.
19. High Lining (Sky Lining)
High lining is growing in popularity among millennials. The sport is not for the light-hearted, one walks across narrow webbing that’s strung between two anchor points. This sports provides adventure seekers with an opportunity to contour fear and get into zen state-of-mind. Here are some of the top high line destinations in the US.
Hunting – The U.S. Department of the Interior announced a new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that shows that 101.6 million Americans participated in wildlife-related activities in 2016, such as hunting, fishing, and wildlife-watching. Hunting and fishing is a part of our beginnings. Many fathers view hunting as a rite of passage of their children to this day.
21. Ice Climbing
Ice climbers make up a small portion of the climbing community. It hasn’t earned a place in the Olympics but who knows what the future holds. Rock climbing will debut in the 2020 Olympics.
22. Ironman Triathlon
Ironman – multisport endurance racing has been on the rise since 2016 with annual growth of 1-5%. Although Ironman is considered a summer sport, it takes months of preparation to work up to the level that one can complete one. Endurance sports are nowadays a big business.
Kayaking – there are a few different types of kayaking. Paddlers vary by abilities, two most-known distinctive kayaking types include whitewater and seawater kayaking. Check out this link to find the top kayaking trips around the world.
24. Mixed Martial Arts
MMA has seen an increase in popularity among 18-34 year-olds in the US. Some say MMA is more popular than NHL. The main drivers of such rapid growth include gambling, fantasy MMA, social media, and sponsorship deals for fighters. MMA is a full-contact sport where two competitors battle each other until one is KO or taps out.
25. Mountain Biking
Mountain biking is used as a getaway vehicle to escape from the fast-paced life and explore nature in a fast and convenient way. One can cover large areas and get back just in time to catch dinner. Shout out to Mountainbikeworldwide.com for an awesome blog post about Top 10 Mountain Bike Trails Around The World.
Mountaineering has gained in popularity in the last couple of years. It’s considered a hip trend among millennials who seek adventure over material possessions.
27. Obstacle Courses
Obstacle course has emerged as the ultimate race for those who easily get bored with 26.2 miles of pavement. Two of the most popular obstacle courses are Spartan Race and Tough Mudder, both equally challenging. These races are fun, competitive, and, most importantly, team-oriented. Would you rather workout alone or with a team? I’ll let you decide…
Paddleboarding equipment is evolving rapidly. Paddleboarding took off because of inflatable technology, which allows for easy travel; thus, more people are getting into paddleboarding, seeing how easy it is to roll up the board and go for an adventure.
Paintball may not be considered as a legitimate sport in the eyes of many, but you’d be surprised what a great workout you can get from crawling, crouching, and running.
Rafting is yet another extreme sports activity. There are numerous white rapids adventure activities that you can tap into.
32. Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is one of those sports that has exploded over the last couple of years. Many individuals are taking on this sport for pure enjoyment or bigger goals – 2020 Olympics.