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Adventure : May 2012

The Biggest Big-Wave Rides of the Year, Including the Biggest Wave Ever Surfed

Nathan Fletcher, Ride of the Year and Monster Tube Champion, Teahupoo, Tahiti

Garrett McNamara won with the Biggest Wave Award, earned a Guinness World Record for the biggest wave ever surfed, and took home the Wipeout of the Year award at the 2012 Billabong Global Big Wave Awards this past Friday. After a video of McNamara surfing the giant went online this past November, a dispute rose over its actual size. The official measurement of the monster he rode off the coast of Portugal was 78 feet.

"It's amazing we get to do what we do, I am so grateful. The world record doesn't mean as much to me, this is for the town of Nazaré and Portugal and for all my family and friends there. To be able to give them something to be proud of and inspire them, a world record for this town doing it tough in the middle of nowhere is great," McNamara said."I didn't want to get caught up in it all, but I have to tell you the truth, when they announced my name I got a bigger rush than probably on all the waves I rode this year."

Even with so many accolades going to McNamara, Nathan Fletcher took home the $50,000 check for Ride of the Year. He also won the Surfline Best Performance Award and the Monster Tube Award. Maya Gabeira walked off stage as the Girls Performance Champion for the fifth time. Billabong announced the winners in Anaheim, California, at an event packed with surfers and celebrities.

Here is a quick video round-up of all the awards.

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Usain Bolt Opens Season With Win

Usain Bolt opened his 2012 track season with a victory and world-leading 9.82 run in the 100 meters on Saturday in Kingston, Jamaica. He bettered the previous world's best of 9.90, set by countryman and training partner Yohan Blake last week. Blake won gold at last year's world championships after Bolt was disqualified for false starting and is one of a small handful of runners expected to challenge Bolt at the upcoming London Olympic Games. Bolt, 25, is the reigning Olympic champion and world record holder at both 100 and 200 meters.

Read more at The Guardian

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Team Calls It Quits on Everest

The leader of a major Himalayan guiding company on Saturday cancelled his his team's Everest expedition amid hazardous conditions in the Khumbu icefall and on the Lhotse face. Himalayan Experience owner Russell Brice said that drought-like conditions on the mountain have loosed boulders and sent ice blocks tumbling onto the most popular routes through the Khumbu. Several climbers were hurt last week and risk remains high for further crossings. "We can no longer take the responsibility of sending you, the guides, and the Sherpas through the dangerous icefall and up the rockfall-ridden Lhotse Face," Brice told his clients in Base Camp.

Read more at Himalayan Experience

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Guess Who's Sponsoring New York City's 'Citi Bike' Share Program?

7152995925_9c20209c6f_cPhoto courtesy of New York City's Mayor's Office on Flickr

Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced today that Citi paid $41 million to be the main sponsor of New York City's new bike share program.

“The idea behind bike share is simple: give people one more way to get around town,” Bloomberg said in a press release. “We’re able to create this new option at no cost to taxpayers because of the commitment of an institution with a 200 years tradition in New York: Citigroup.”

Ten thousand blue bikes and 600 docking stations will carry the financial group's logo. Commuters can buy a $95 annual fee, which will cover unlimited use so long as the rides between docking stations do not exceed 45 minutes. Any ride over 45 minutes in length will be subject to additional fees. A week's access will cost $25 and a day pass will cost $9.95.

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