Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up.
Soon the local table tennis team became involved although they had to race other ping pong teams over shorter distances due to the great stamina required when using a table tennis bat to propel a kayak.
An international element was added when a boyfriend, Joaquin Torres, of one of the lady cricketers tried to use his pelota basket to propel a surfboard and found it to be quite difficult. He resolved to get a team together from his native Basque Country and challenge all comers to a race. Torres had recently taken part in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race and remembered that the Tasmanian city is located on the Derwent River and has a protected deepwater harbour that is perfect for racing.