Unusual Competition of Extreme Ironing
This can involve ironing on a mountainside, preferably on a difficult climb, or taking an iron skiing, snowboarding or canoeing. Beginners usually start extreme ironing in the safety of their back gardens, although some daring members have been known to go straight to the mountain. Despite it's superficial danger, extreme ironists always take numerous safety measures, including safety ropes, harnesses, spare irons and the like.
In June 1999, Shaw, who uses the nickname "Steam", embarked on an international tour to promote the activity. The stops included United States, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. An encounter with German tourists in New Zealand led to the formation of a group called "Extreme Ironing International" and the German Extreme Ironing Section (GEIS).
The "sport" gained international attention after a documentary entitled Extreme Ironing : Pressing for Victory, was produced for Britain's Channel 4 by Wag TV and From then it becomes the unusual competition of Extreme Ironing.