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Wednesday, 7 August, 2002, 09:19 GMT 10:19 UK
It's sport, it's extreme, it's... ironing!
Possibly the most bizarre extreme sport on Earth celebrates its first ever world championships next month.

Extreme Ironing devotees like nothing more than removing creases from their clothes halfway up cliffs, on top of mountains or in busy city streets. Its creator Phil Shaw, of Leicester, says it "combines the thrill of an extreme sport with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt".

Ironing in the French Alps
Extreme Ironing leaves you feeling on top of the world

Man ironing clothes on a cow
It's also fun for both man and beast - but the iron is not switched on.

Man abseiling with ironing board on his back
Cliffs are obvious locations for a spot of ironing....

Man ironing in front of London Eye
As are busy city streets

Man doing ironing on statue of a lion
A spot of ironing can only enhance works of art

Ironing underwater
But getting your clothes wet kind of defeats the object


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