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Dispatches : Oct 2012

Julian Wilson Wins Rip Curl Pro Portugal

Wilson7547portugal12kirstinJulian Wilson. Photo: ASP/Kirstin

Surfer Julian Wilson won his first ASP event after scoring big during the final seconds of the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, leaving his competitor Gabriel Medina stunned and with tears in his eyes. “I’m overwhelmed,” Wilson said. “I lost to Gabriel (Medina) on the buzzer last year in France and to beat him back again on the buzzer, I don’t even know how to describe the feeling."

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Someone's Gotta Do It: Research Dept., October 2012

Our fact-checkers have had some sensitive, even absurd conversations with sources over the years, but nothing compares with a rather definitive exchange research assistant Meaghen Brown had with Burning Man co-creator John Law while verifying the accuracy of this issue's oral history of the festival ("Hot Mess"). Behold, the greatest fact-check reply in the history of Outside:

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Opinion Makers: Reader Poll, October 2012

This month we turned readers into test subjects, grilling you for your attitudes on travel, sports, environmental issues, risk, and even the features that appear in the issue. (You'll find the results here: Danger, Environment, Sports, Travel, Lifestyle.) To kick it all off, here's a test of your loyalty.

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This Week's Missing Links, October 20

Oh no, a baby elephant is trapped in a well. Prep the rescue rope, and somebody, for God's sake, cue Coldplay. Via: Grind TV

The best articles, videos, and photos that I didn't post this week—until now. If you only click on one link, make it the Australian Broadcasting Company's documentary, "The World According to Lance," a 45-minute investigative report.

For the best longreads, check out Daniel D. Snyder's "Weekend Reading: A Clockwork Planet."

ADVENTURE

An exhaustive documentary on the doping charges against Lance Armstrong—no reading required, Australian Broadcasting Company, via @AlexHeard and @BillGifford

Welcome to a tropical diving and fishing paradise, where the vestiges of hell lie just below the surface, Outside

The pioneering French skier who lived to 100, Ski Club via Adventure Journal

Number one on the list of places not to break into? How about a surf house that serves as a refuge for photographers and videographers. Transworld Surf

Will all of the foreign coaches without a permit please leave Kenya? Actually, you must leave. Runner's World

On the life of a controversial Italian cyclist, Cycling News 

AMNESTY! AMNESTY! AMNESTY! Maybe says the head of WADA. Wait, what? Australian Broadcasting Company

And Oakley stands alone, Bicycling

What were you on Nike? Backcountry.com

Levi Leipheimer lets loose, Press Democrat

Tattooed guy lets loose, The New York Times

Accusations that Nike was involved in Armstrong doping cover-up, New York Daily News

Armstrong's former teammate lets loose, in front of Nike headquarters, Cycling News

How Lance Armstrong failed to intimidate the tough-as-nails Betsy Andreu, Velo News

A history of Lance Armstrong stories, Outside

Ah, yes. The old polar bear fail. (Bad, bad language) Adventure Journal

Why are more people dying in avalanches? ESPN

What is wrong with Everest? Alan Arnette

One giant leap for man, many giant leaps for business, Wall Street Journal

Or, fascinating take on what Red Bull got wrong during Felix Baumgartner's big, big jump, Amy Shira Teital via Not Exactly Rocket Science

This guy doped in order to make bank by winning a select group of running races, The New York Times

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Sum of Its Parts: Under the Cover, October 2012

To celebrate this issue's Best Towns 2012 winner, Richmond, Virginia ("Southern Comfort"), we printed two covers. One, a photo of downtown Richmond, is for newsstands; the other—for subscribers—is a composite of the same shot made up entirely of reader-submitted images. Here's a look at how we turned 16,000 photographs into one.

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