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Dispatches : May 2012

Building Better Board Shorts

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Surf shorts don’t offer a lot of support when you’re going from paddling out to riding a tube. Or they haven't—until now.

Oakley’s new Blade II Board Shorts have two parts. On the outside, they're all board—everything you would expect: quick-dry and stretchy with welded seams and a waterproof zip pocket. On the inside, they're high-performance compression shorts. The inner short reduces microvibration that can damage muscle fibers. It's chafe-free, and designed to increase your power, balance and endurance. And if you’re aching for the freedom that typical board shorts offer, the compression shorts snap out.

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Cory Richards Won't Return to Everest

Cory Richards, the award-winning photographer and climber for The North Face, will not return to Mount Everest after suffering respiratory distress that forced his evacuation from 23,000 feet on Saturday. Doctors in Kathmandu cleared Richards to return to the mountain after finding no evidence of altitude-related illness, but team leaders at Base Camp remain concerned for Richards' health and have pulled him from the expedition. "Though I'm deeply disappointed in the decision not to let me return, I understand completely the team's collective concerns regarding my health and well-being, and honor and respect them," Richards wrote in an email on Wednesday. He is now in Kathmandu and will return to his home in Boulder, Colorado. Richards' climbing partner, Conrad Anker, has not yet decided whether to continue up the West Ridge, though he says he is looking for a suitable partner.

Read more at The North Face

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National Bike Month: Coaxing More Commuters Out of Their Cars

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Last week I visited a friend in the hospital, where she'd been since an SUV had hit her days before. The driver, who turned left as my friend was biking—quite legally—straight through the intersection, broke her tibia, fibula and topped it off with a compound break to her ankle. Then the driver had the gall to declare that it wasn't his fault.

Thankfully, many pedestrians witnessed the crash and informed him, in no uncertain terms, that hell, yes, it was his fault. She had the right of way. And when the cops came, they'd gladly share what they'd seen. The driver changed his story.

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Dale Oen Autopsy Inconclusive

Medical examiners have failed to identify what killed 26-year-old world champion swimmer Alexander Dale Oen, who collapsed on Monday in Arizona. Teammates of Dale Oen found the swimmer unresponsive in the shower after a day of light training in Flagstaff, where he was participating in an altitude camp. His death was initially reported as a suspected heart attack, but officials said the autopsy uncovered no anatomic abnormalities in his heart nor any trauma. Dale Oen became the first Norwegian man to earn an Olympic medal for swimming in 2008. He won the 100-meter breaststroke at the world championships last year.

Read more at Reuters

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