Kelly Slater wins the Volcom Fiji Pro. Photo: ASP/Kirstin
Kelly Slater, 40, beat Gabriel Medina, 19, in the finals of the Volcom Pro to win the 49th tour event of his career at Cloudbreak in Fiji. To add some perspective to those numbers, the 11-time world champion has been surfing the famed spot since 1990, three years before his opponent was born.
“It’s about time I got him,” Slater said. “He had my number in the back half of last year and he’ll probably go on to beat everyone for the next 20 years. He can do it all and I think he proved that to a lot of people this week at Restaurants and out here at Cloudbreak.”
Google is bringing its image-mapping technology into the wilderness. On June 6, the company announced on its blog that it is sending a new Street View Trekker device into the backcountry. The 40-lb., 15-camera, backpack-like gizmo has been built so that people can wear it while hiking, or skiing, just about anywhere.
In October 2011, Andrew Forsthoefel walked out of his back door in Pennsylvania and started walking west, taking only what he could carry on his back. His project, called “Walking to Listen,” is to see the country at a walking pace, taking in the sights, the sounds and the stories.
We outfitted Andrew with this year’s most promising gear to see if it could hold up to the rigors of month after month on the road. When we last heard from Andrew, he was making his way through Louisiana. When he got around to writing this review, hewas striding through the plains of eastern Texas, where he paused to tell us about Deuter's Aircontact 55+10, which has carried his gear halfway across the United States.
On June 5 and 6, 2012, Alex Honnold made the first solo link up of Yosemite's Mt. Watkins, El Capitan, and Half Dome, completing the Triple Crown in roughly 18 hours and 50 minutes. It's one of his biggest achievements in the last few years, even though he has pushed the limits on several climbs. As a result, Honnold has gained a higher level of fame than most climbers, appearing on 60 Minutes, the cover of National Geographic, and in Outside. The attention is one of the main reason's Sender Films is following him for Reel Rock 7. They recorded Honnold during his triple because they are working on a movie in which they want to answer one question: "How would fame and celebrity affect Alex in his pursuit of the world’s boldest free solos?"