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Watermelon Athletics

CHINCHILLA, AUSTRALIA

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Watermelon skiing is the main event at this biennial melon festival. Aspiring fruit athletes don a helmet, slip each foot into a hollowed-out watermelon and hold on tight. The rope they grasp is held on either end by volunteers, who pull the skiers down a long, slippery tarp strewn with smashed melons until they belly flop (common) or make it to the end of the line (rare).

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