Extreme Ironing started in 1997 when a group of friends decided to iron in some rocks near their houses in the city of Leicester, Great Britain. The activity was risky because they were in danger of falling, which is why they thought to turn it into an extreme sport.
This anecdote gave birth to the activity of Extreme Ironing. Its official website recommends that the clothes to be ironed must not be the best garment you have in your closet because a calculation mistake can cause the loosening of the garment itself. World and regional tournaments are organized and often Extreme Ironing is combined with other extreme sports so that the followers can practice both sports for the price of one.