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New Record Big Wave Surfed January 29, 2013

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McNamara surfed another giant wave in Nazaré, Portugal last Monday, Jan. 28th after breaking the record for surfing the biggest wave ever ridden (78ft) in 2011 also at Nazaré.

McNamara-surfed-another-giant-wave-in-Nazaré-PortugalAccording to The Guardian, his friend Mennie said that “Everything was perfect, the weather, the waves,”. And added “Cotty and I surfed two big waves of about 60ft and then, when Garrett was ready came a canyon wave of over 90ft. The jet ski was the best place to see him riding the biggest wave I’ve ever seen. It was amazing. Most people would be scared but Garrett was controlling everything in the critical part of the wave. It was an inspiring ride by an inspiring surfer.”

McNamara also shared his enthusiasm at Twitter by writing “Thank you for all your support. It means the world to me. Today was an awesome day and so fun to be out there.”

Check the video of McNamara’s deed. Although not complete – yet – it’s quite impressive to see how can someone face such a huge wall of water and live to tell the experience!

via McNamara surfed another giant wave in Nazaré, Portugal – All About Portugal.

Mt. Everest – In Incredible Composite Detail December 18, 2012

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This gigapixel image of the Khumbu glacier was captured by David Breashears during the spring of 2012, from the Pumori viewpoint near Mount Everest. The Khumbu Icefall is clearly visible here, and one can easily see the hustle and bustle of Everest Base Camp below.

EverestClick the image to enter gigapixel navigation, then use the controls at the bottom of the screen to zoom and pan and find climbers on the glacier and around the base camp tents, which will give you perspective on the scale of what you are viewing.

via Khumbu Glacier – Mt. Everest – The Glaciers of the Himalayas.

Amazing Wingsuit Video Flying Through The Dolomite Mountains May 13, 2012

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Wingsuit Video Flying Through The Dolomites

Be sure to click in the bottom-right-hand corner of the screen, so you can enjoy this amazing  HD experience in full screen, following Wingsuit Flyers through the Dolomite Mountains. Start by clicking  on the under-lined title, on top of this picture.  Thanks to old friend Jeanne Bahnson for posting this video from her son Noah, seen in the Red & Black flight suit.

Mount Everest-360 panorama view from summit May 8, 2012

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This fullscreen panorama was published in connection with the 50 year anniversary in May 2003, for the first who reached the top of Everest.50 years ago May 29 1953 The top of Mount Everest was reached for the first time by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.Since then 1.200-1.500 has climbed the top. Nobody knows the exact number. More than 140 climbers died on the way.On May 24, 1989 the Australian photographer and mountaineer Roderick Mackenzie reached the summit. He was no 271 since 1953He made which as far as I know is the only 360 degree panorama From the top. Thanx to Mike Douso

via Mount Everest-Monte Everest -360 panorama view from summit – Climbing Mt Everest – Nepal Trekking-panoramic photo from top of Mont Everest.

Para Gliding with Hawks September 17, 2011

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It was shot at the historic Torrey Pines Glider Port and Blossom Valley in San Diego County. Thanks to Mike Douso

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In massive Tahitian waves, the most incredible day of surfing ever? August 31, 2011

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Waves at Teahupoo, which break over an extremely shallow reef, were peaking at 25-plus feet. What makes this break unique is the incredible thickness of the waves and the resulting force that smashes a nasty wipe-out into a shallow coral reef.

Radical Down-Hill Skiing with Kites April 2, 2011

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Video – Super-intense Kiteboarding Moves March 19, 2011

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Amazing Sports Video Montage October 31, 2010

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Russian Homemade Snowmobiles May 18, 2010

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It would take Gear Head Carlton Palmer to find the link to some Russian ingenuity. Click on it to see more.

English Russia » Russian homemade snowmobiles.

Video: The Barrel that Broke my Back May 10, 2010

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This South African’s board-mounted camera takes you right into the tube and then sucked over-the-falls and his painful paddle back to the beach. Thanks to Randy Marks.

The Barrel that Broke my Back | James Taylor Surfing.

Video: Surfing 64′ Wave March 17, 2010

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Surfing 50′ Waves at Jaws for X-mas January 2, 2010

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Tiger Woods – Adrenaline Junkie Control Freak January 2, 2010

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During a trip to New Zealand for his caddie’s wedding, Woods went bungee jumping off a cable car suspended 440 feet over a river valley. On the same trip, he climbed behind the wheel of a race car and traded paint with the competition on a dirt track.

Woods spent a week at Fort Bragg going through Special Forces training with the Marines and became a master scuba diver, capable of holding his breath for four minutes at a time while exploring the ocean. He could stay on the ocean floor even longer, Woods explained, when he used a regulator. But the scenery was so much better without one.

“You don’t want any bubbles because that scares the fish off,” he said. “The only problem is that when you don’t make any bubbles, the sharks come around, too.”

via Tiger Woods – Salon.com.

Extreme Waterfall Kayaking June 18, 2009

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Surf Slo-Mo Inside a 12′ Tube May 8, 2009

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Sports Gene Found? April 3, 2009

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A difference in just one amino acid in a protein might explain why some people learn new motor skills faster and reach higher levels of performance.

The protein, called brain-derived neurotro­phic factor (BDNF), is a key driver of synaptic plasti­city, the ability of the connections between brain cells to change in strength. This plasticity is an important factor in learning, explains neurologist Janine Reis, who led the study at the National Institutes of Health. According to Reis, this finding offers the first evidence that slight variations in BDNF’s structure affect learning ability.

Other groups have found that the BDNF version that Reis linked with poorer acquisition of skills is associated with reduced function of the hippocampus, a brain region involved in motor learning.

via Athletic Ability May Lie in a Single Gene: Scientific American.

Extreme Waves Getting Bigger December 22, 2008

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The largest waves in the Pacific Northwest are getting higher by seven centimeters a year, posing an increasing threat to property close to the shore. And the strange part is: Scientists aren’t sure why.

Oregon State researchers found that the danger to property from these larger extreme waves will outweigh the impacts of rising sea levels caused by global warming over the next several decades.

via Surfers, Rejoice: Some Extreme Waves Getting Bigger | Wired Science from Wired.com.

Surfing the World’s Longest Surfboard November 20, 2008

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surf1-20-2008_60528_lRIO DE JANEIRO: A Brazilian surfer broke his own record after riding a wave on an extra-long 30-foot (9.16-metre) surfboard for over ten seconds.

In 2006, Rico de Souza broke the Guinness World Record by riding a wave on a 25.6-foot board (8.05-m).From his prior experience, Souza developed the new 100-kilo (220-pound) surfboard with the adjustments he had missed before.

Souza said that surfing the lengthy board was a challenging, but thrilling experience.Souza also organized another record in September this year, when 88 people surfed the same wave for over ten seconds up four from 2007.  VIDEO

via Brazilian breaks record for surfing on longest board

Surfers take on Australia’s Heaviest Wave November 8, 2008

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The Australian – Photo galleries and slideshows – Surfers take on Australia’s heaviest wave

While pictures obsess with wave height, surfers appreciate the thickness of a wave. When you wipe-out, you’ll appreciate the difference. Hence the fascination with the thick tubes at Teahupoo. Click on the link above to see 43 pictures of this deepwater break off of Australia. Also an article on it. heavy-aussiewave3Thanks to Randy Marks for Pix.

Land With Just One Wing October 31, 2008

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thanx Jeff Ullian

Totally Insane Skateboard Downhill September 16, 2008

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It is worth the wait to go through the credits and foreplay to ride along with these 2 daredevils screaming down a California mountain on skateboards for 10 minutes, just wearing powder blue suits and a helmet.

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Surfing Lava Waves July 9, 2008

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Volcano surfing: Lava waves in Hawaii – Telegraph

Even for the hardened adventurer, surfing in boiling waters just 20 feet from the flowing lava of an active volcano is pushing the boundaries of extreme sport.

But for professional surfer CJ Kanuha the thrill of a challenge was too good to pass up.
CJ Kanuha, the daring professional surfer paddles close to the flowing lava of Kilauea volcano

Hovering above in a helicopter, a photographer captured the moment he edged as close as possible to the molten lava of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Kirk Lee Aeder, who took the shots, said: “It was one of the most thrilling photo shoots I have ever had in my life.

“One day I was talking to my pro-surfing friend, CJ and we began discussing the idea of him surfing, or should I say, stand up paddle surfing close to where the lava enters the ocean and that I would shoot it from a helicopter.”

“I was tentative to get too close at first, and for good reason, the boiling water there is well over 200 hundred degrees in some spots, super hot, and it quickly melted the wax on the surfboard.”

The surfer, who suffered peeling skin on his legs from the boiling water, added: “It was an amazing feeling to get so close to the power of the lava from the volcano.” Click on picture to enlarge or on link for more photos.

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