New York Times: Is Jousting the Next Extreme Sport?

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American jousting is a peculiar animal, having been born out of the uniquely American institution known as the Renaissance fair, a merry jumble of historic re-enactment, vaudeville entertainment, carnival and craft show.

On the day before the Gulf Coast International Championships began, Shane Adams convened a meeting with the competitors to go over the rules. A 6-foot-4 Canadian whose red hair and perpetual grin give him the air of big-pawed Irish setter, Adams is both North American jousting’s biggest star and its most dedicated promoter, having produced six tournaments in Canada between 1999 and 2006. (He lost money on each.) This tournament would be his first in the U.S., and was being produced by Adams, Andrews and a local Renaissance-fair promoter.

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~ by Chris on July 25, 2010.

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