Here's one thing that will increase the attention paid to competitive longboarding: a deer crashing into a rider. During a run in the Buffalo Bill Downhill, near Golden, Colorado, a skateboarder flying down Lookout Mountain Road captured footage of a deer bounding into the racer in front of him. CBS reported that a commenter on YouTube said the rider who hit the deer is "okay." (Warning: video contains offensive language.)
Mountaineer and journalist Billi Bierling drops a pretty impressive list of names while witing about her attempt to climb Makalu, the world's fifth highest mountain. She regularly assists Elizabeth Hawley, the high priestess of Himalayan record keeping. She often writes expedition newsletters for Himex leader Russell Brice. She is friends with a pretty famous triathlete, whose name she lets loose in the middle of a revelation about high-altitude hydration and excretion:
"Drinking, however, is a different story and those who know me also
know that my daily fluid intake is way below average. My friend Chrissie
Wellington used to call me a camel when we were biking from the Tibetan
capital Lhasa to Kathmandu six years ago. And things haven’t changed
since then, which of course poses a real problem for me up high. I don’t know how much I managed to drink up there but I am still
feeling dizzy 24 hours after my return to base camp and despite drinking
regularly all day, I have only peed once."
When Los Angeles-based chef Ludo Lefebvre traveled to the Big Island to open up a pop-up restaurant, he got some help gathering ingredients from a few surfers who know the surrounding waters well. Mark Healey, Reef McIntosh, and Steph Gilmore ventured out with Lefebbvre to catch seafood. Healey, who has been fishing since he was three, dove into the water with a speargun and did most of the work. Over the course of the trip, he collected everything from Hawaiian blue-green snapper to spiny lobster to opihi.
Lefebvre has opened at least nine pop-up restaurants since 2007. Typically, the Burgundy-born chef travels to a new location, looks for a business where he can use existing facilities at off hours (for example, a bakery), and then searches out local ingredients. Healey was happy to help with the sourcing. "These are all things that are very close to my heart," said the big-wave surfer. "It's things that I've been eating since I was a little kid."
You can watch the surfers and Lefebvre go to work in the video above, and then cook up the chef's chimney spiny lobster with pineapple and mint using the recipe below. For more recipes, check out quiksilver.com/chefandthesea after 12 P.M. PST on Tuesday.
On May 30, 2012, at 3:00 P.M. MST, a series of thunderstorms formed over central and south central Kansas. They dropped golf ball-sized hail before lining up into a dark vanguard that barraged the countryside ahead with 70 mile per hour winds. News of the derecho—a long-lived line of fast moving thunderstorms with winds of more than 58 mph—led Brian Johnson to grab his camera and venture out to an open field where he had photographed lightning the previous night.
The amateur photographer chases big storms for a series of local radio stations. He fell in love with the behemoths at the age of seven, after witnessing the fury of a tornado up close. "My father still regrets saying the words 'Look at that,'" said Johnson. "Remember, if
you take a frightened child out into a storm to show them how beautiful
nature’s fury can be, they may turn out like me."
"Storms Stitch 1," May 30, 2012; Kechi, Kansas Photo: Brian Johnson
“As a large squall line moved through the area. The National Weather
Service had warned about a large scale Derecho forming and moving
through. This spawned a couple brief severe thunderstorms that dumped
hail on rush hour traffic before the main line moved in. As the bigger
storm moved into the Wichita area, reports were coming in of 70 mph
winds and hail. There is an open farm field roughly two miles from my
house that I shot lightning on the previous night. I sat there for
about 20 minutes before this large squall line pushed through the
clouds. I was hit with a pretty good gust front as it got closer, but
as the winds increased, I decided to get to shelter. This photo was one
of the last ones I took. This story and others are available at www.ruminationofthunder.com and this specific story is at http://www.ruminationofthunder.com/2012_05_01_archive.html."
"Ormond Shelf," May 15, 2012; Ormon Beach, Florida Photo: Jason Weingart
“I'm a photography student at the University of Central Florida. I
began chasing storms a little over three years ago. This day started out
like many other days. I was out on a storm west of the coast,
photographing it even as the National Weather Service issued a severe
warning. The NWS lifted the warning, but I decided to stick with it as
it moved to the coast. Just as it started to move offshore to the east,
it made a turn to the south.
I have shot many storms from the same spot this photo was taken, and I
almost drove by to get a different vantage point, but something told me
to just stop at my spot. I jumped out of my car and ran down to the
beach. To my surprise, there were still several beach-goers taking in
the sight of this massive shelf cloud, as well as a few surfers in the
water, trying to catch one last wave. Of course, there was a Volusia
County lifeguard standing there watching over everyone. I walked down to
the water and took some shots, always keeping an eye on the lifeguard.
As the shelf cloud approached, I swung back behind the guard tower,
waited for him to climb up it and signal to the surfers to exit the
water. I took several shots, then hopped back in my car and tried to
stay south of the storm.
The storm actually pushed back on shore as it moved south, and then
became strong enough for tornado warnings on three separate occasions. I
saw a large wall cloud, another spectacular shelf cloud, and some very
tight rotation in the couple hours I stuck with the storm after I left
the beach in Ormond. Had I known what I already shot there, I probably
wouldn't have even bothered. Definitely my signature shot of the year."
Boyscout blades are a dime a dozen,
but SOG’s Blade Light Folder (BLT-50N) takes camping knives to a new level.
steel-blade folding knife has six LED lights, three molded into the handle on
either side of the blade, to light up whatever it is you’re slicing shadow-free.
Fold the blade up when you’re done fileting your fish or cutting your Camembert
for the evening, and you have a 35-lumen flashlight—bright enough to get you to
the outhouse and back to your tent.
The knife takes two standard AAA batteries
that power the lights for about 4.5 hours. When you don't need 'em, you can turn the lights off with a simple push button.