Very interesting. I think I heard the term in football before extreme sports referring to a long throw (hucking the ball). The connection from here makes sense.
Urban dictionary references it to a large number of sports:
Urban Dictionary: huck
OED gives this, which really has no connection to the definition we use:
. The origin of huck
is obscure, and the chronological evidence leaves its historical relation to huck-bone
, far from clear. For, while the compound huck-bone
is found in 1440, huck
itself is not cited till late in the 18th c.; on the other hand, the apparent diminutive huckle
, and its compound huckle-bone
, are found soon after 1500. The two earliest examples, ME. hoke-bone
and Sc. huke-bane
, answer exactly in form to hook-bone
; but identity of huck
with hook sb.
1, though not impossible, is not greatly favoured by the sense or phonology of the group as a whole. It is possible that the origin is to be sought in the Teutonic
, to be bent, whence MDu. huken
, MLG. hûken
, ON. húka
, to crouch, sit bent, sit on the haunches. When the body is bent, the hip-joints play the chief part.
I'd be interested to hear if one extreme sport is credited with the original adoption of the term.