Sporthocker (Hockern in Germany) is a relatively new sport that originated in Germany in 2001 where a stool is used to perform tricks used in skating, juggling, acrobatics, dancing and even parkour. The completion of tricks is signified by sitting on the stool.
The sport really took off in late 2007 when a specially designed stool was created by brothers Michael and Stephan Landschütz from SALZIGdesign (priced from €100). Popular contests called Hocktoberfest have been held since 2007.
The Landschütz brothers talk about the sport (as finalists for 2011 ispo BrandNew awards)
From Hocktoberfest 2010, a finals performance
SALZIG Sporthocker Events' Hock Hart 16-18 April 2010
Ein sonniges Wochenende von Hockerern für Hockerer
News report from MDR Fernsehen on 19 August 2010 in which some Hockerer und Hockerin talk about and demonstrate some skills
Skateboards are so yesterday.
Berlin has lately become a centre for new sporting trends. Chess Boxing also originated in Berlin.
It's a pity that the only Australian media reporting of the sport was so disparaging.