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Skiing and Snowboarding : Jun 2012

Galleries We Like: Skiing and Mountain-Biking Israel

Skiing Mount Hermon. Photo: Kari Medig

In April, a skier on the Lebanese side of Mount Hermon was injured by machine gun fire coming from Syrian border guards. The Israeli side of the mountain, located in the Golan Heights region, also features a ski resort. It’s the latest place Kari Medig has traveled to photograph adventure amidst conflict. The Nelson, British Columbia-based lensman grew up in a house with outdoor-loving parents who stocked their shelves with National Geographic and Time Life books. His favorite photographers began their careers as journalists. After college, he started down that same path, shooting for the local papers in and around Vancouver. After getting noticed at the 2008 TELUS Pro Photo Showdown in Whistler, he made the transition to freelance sports, travel, and adventure photography. We called him up to see what initially attracted him to Israel and what he learned during his trip.

Check out Kari Medig’s gallery of Skiing and Mountain-Biking Israel.

It seems like a lot of the adventure galleries on your web site come from a photojournalist’s perspective.
Pure action photography does not hold my interest for very long. I mean, I’m like any other guy, you like hucking shots, but what interests me most is the people who are actually doing the sports. I look for the little details surrounding the sport that often seem absurd in contrast to the sport itself. There are so many of these details in a place like Israel, and that is what drew me there.

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Welcome to the World of Biking Filmmaker Lucas Brunelle. Now, Hold Your Tongue.

That was cool.

That was the most annoying bike trailer on the planet. He's giving bikers a bad name.

A lot of people will think one of those two things after watching the trailer for Line of Sight, a new movie that chronicles the underground bike messenger racing scene in 20 countries. The footage comes from helmet cams. The music is loud and heavy and features a fair amount of shouting. The bikers zoom in, out, and in front of traffic, sometimes making ridiculous gestures to boot. At least one person shoots a gun from a bike. Welcome to the world of Lucas Brunelle. He's the guy who made this film.

Before those of you who don't like the trailer sound off, you may want to know a few things about Lucas Brunelle.

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Giro Donne Day 1: Como to Albese

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We arrived last night at dusk, pieced our bikes together from their boxes and hard cases, and devoured primi, secondi and dessert plates—pasta with oil and garlic, roasted pork and pannacotta—before passing out jet-lagged with exhaustion, hoping to get maximum sleep before our 6 a.m. departure.

Today we rode the seventh stage of the 2010 Giro Donne, Como to Albese.

On the bikes, we wove through early morning traffic in Como, closely following our Renault rental car with the videographer jammed into the back, hatchback hanging open. The four other riders, Jane McInnes, Eryn Nolan, Sarah Cary and Collyn Ahart, live in the U.K. They ride and train and race together. I am the new kid in town, not a racer, and today I rode in a pack with the other girls for 120km, learning how to train and ride with a group, and riding handlebar to handlebar with women I had just met.

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Tim Noakes on the Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports

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South African exercise scientist Dr. Tim Noakes wants to change the way endurance athletes think about hydration. He believes that, over the course of the last 30 years, people have been scared into drinking too much fluid while exercising. As a result, he says performance has suffered and people have died. He’s counted a dozen deaths in endurance events caused by exercise-associated hyponatremia, a condition that results when athletes drink too much fluid.

Noakes earned Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Science degrees from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and has raced in more than 70 marathon and ultramarathon events. He has written more than 50 studies on the subject, but his pièce de résistance is Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports, a 429-page book released last month. He said all of the overhydration started with the dawn of sports drinks and guidelines that called for people to drink ahead of thirst. Since Noakes began his fight, the American College of Sports Medicine has changed some of its guidelines, but he wants more. We called Noakes to talk about his ideas for the new rules of hydration during endurance exercise, which he points out are actually old rules.

Why write this book?
I had a responsibility. I was one of the few people around in the 1960s running and I’m still around now. I’ve seen the change in advice that people have been given. I was around when people were advised not to take fluids during exercise. Then we went to the phase where we were told to drink a lot of water during exercise. Now we are getting back to more appropriate guidelines. I was also the first person to discover a lady who developed hyponatremia; she drank too much and almost died as a consequence. We were the first to show that, and it came at a time that was very inappropriate because the industry was just starting to encourage runners to drink more than they need. So I had a responsibility to say, Listen, if you advise runners to overdrink you are going to have problems. That did happen. This book explains exactly why it happened and how it could have been avoided.

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You Can Surf the United Arab Emirates' Electric Blue Heaven Too

Globe just released Electric Blue Heaven, a five-minute video of Dion Agius surfing an artificial wave in the United Arab Emirates. Don't turn it off when you see the yellow Lamborghini racing down the road and the woman in traditional garb walking through the sand as a cryptic voiceover plays. This is a surf video. Soon there will be russian models suntanning and traipsing around, and Agius performing tricks on the wave while wearing a questionable black jacket. The video plays as a mysterious introduction to a dream-like secret place, which is fine, but it was actually shot somewhere that you can visit.

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