Yes, the ancient sport of Boat Jousting is still alive and practiced in France, Germany, Switzerland, USA and elsewhere.
Water Jousting (aka: Marine Jousting) was started by the Ancient Egyptians in 2300 BC. The sport became a favorite of the Ancient Greeks and Ancient Romans.
The French love boat jousting and have been doing it since the Middle Ages. To this day, it is very popular, especially in the South of France.
How it works:
Jousters stand on platforms with a big wooden shield and 9-foot long lance. The boats are rowed towards each other. Whichever jouster doesn’t get knocked into the water is the winner.
The loser isn’t allowed back on the boat, he has to swim to shore!
The Gold Cup of Boat Jousting takes place every August at the Festival of St. Louis in Sete, France.
Click image to watch video: