“I’m really at a loss for words right now,” Gilmore said. “Mel (Bartels) is one of the most dangerous surfers in the world and has had my number on several occasions. Even on that last wave there, I was certain she’d got the score. I was blown away when they called it out and I’m rapt right now.”
It's the first time a surfer has won four consecutive titles since starting out on the tour. Gilmore began her championship run as a rookie.
“I guess I haven’t really been thinking about that,” Gilmore said. “But to hold a record that Layne (Beachley) or even Kelly (Slater) never got is pretty special. I never thought I would even win two, consecutive titles so to win four is a massive achievement for me.”
Here's a quick glimpse of the 22-year-old's resume:
Four consecutive ASP Women’s World Titles ASP Women’s World Tour Rookie of the Year (2007) Two-time Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Titles 15 ASP Women’s World Tour event victories
The following dispatch is from extreme kayaker, Ben Stookesberry, a member of the First Ascent kayak team. They are currently on an expedition in Africa to make a first descent of the Lukuga River, running out of Lake Tanganyika and into the Congo basin. The kayakers began their journey on the Nile in Uganda and will follow Stanley's Route over land through Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and into the Congo via Kalemie. Then they will tackle the Lukuga.
Hendri Coetzee (pr. Coat-zee-a) is extremely blunt. Especially when it comes to setting up protocol on the White Nile: "Stay out of eddies…especially the small BS ones because there are three-ton hippos that will bite you in half. Stay off the banks because the crocs are having a bake and might fancy you for lunch. Basically, stay close behind me and follow my lead. Any questions?" Chris Korbulic and I had never been given instructions like this, but we knew this was Hendri's place to lead. The day before, Jesse and Darin bowed out of the descent due to concerns over the area's unmatched wildlife hazards. I was trembling with anxiety.
The film tells the story of Aron Ralston, a hiker who amputated his own arm after a boulder fell on him in a remote canyon; the process of amputation is not left to the imagination.
"I started to feel like I was going to throw up," a Hollywood filmgoer told the Times. Then she fainted, joining several other light-headed film enthusiasts who saw the movie in Telluride, Toronto and Mill Valley.
The film stars James Franco as Ralston and opens Friday in New York and Los Angeles. Be sure to check out the December issue of Outside for an exclusive behind-the-scenes article from Aron Ralston and an interview with Franco.
Whether or not you’re a believer in barefoot running, McDougall’s got some pointers for you. Here are his top four running tips.
4. Get Naked: The more studies that come about cushioned running shoes, the more overwhelming the evidence that they're a hindrance at best. Even Alberto Salazar, the great marathoner and Nike-sponsored coach, believes that a barefoot-style foot strike is the key to swift, efficient running. The best way to learn proper running form is to strip down to first principals: shuck your shoes and re-acquaint your feet with planet Earth. Once you've mastered barefoot-style form, you're free to wear any footwear you like. Patrick Sweeney wins marathons in Barefoot Ted's huaraches, while Emil Zatopek trained big miles in combat boots and did just dandy.
Don’t be afraid of the talking heads. They’ve got something interesting to say, all about humanity’s first fine art, as McDougall calls it: distance running. You’ll hear from Dr. Daniel Lieberman, Harvard’s "Barefoot Professor"; Eric Orton, a coach who's trained McDougall; Barefoot Ted McDonald, a.k.a. BFT, a star of Born to Run, and John Durant, a proponent of paleo athleticism and nutrition.