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Michael Ho Is 55 Years Old and Still Surfing Monster Waves

MichaelHoMichael Ho surfing Second Reef Pipe. Photo: Billabong XXL/Rusty Russell

In November of 2012, Surfer posted the 28 invitees to the Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational, a 28-year-old event in which the world's best giant riders drop into 25-foot-plus swells to honor the late Hawaiian surfer. Left off the list, though included as an alternate, was 55-year-old North Shore veteran Michael Ho. Commenters sounded off:

"Mike Ho should be in before anybody wats goin on?? He has been in the first one invited every year and actually knew Eddie Aikau blown!"

"I’m confused why Mike Ho is an alternate?"

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A 9-Year-Old That Puts in Extra Effort to Race Triathlons With His Brother

When he competes in triathlons, nine-year-old Conner Green puts in extra work so that his seven-year-old brother Cayden Long can race with him. Cayden has cerebral palsy and can't walk on his own. In the swim portion, Connor pulls Cayden in a raft. In the running portion, he pushes him in a stroller. In the bike portion, he pulls him in a cart. The brothers have competed in more than a dozen triathlons since 2011, and were named Sports Illustrated Kids' 2012 Sportskids of the Year. Watch their story in the video above.

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How Does the World's Most Beautiful Cloud Form?

LargeNucCloudNoctilucent cloud. Photo: Courtesy of NASA

When astronaut Chris Hadfield was asked last week what his favorite photo taken during the first three weeks of a stint on the International Space Station was, he answered simply.

"I love the beautiful pictures of the world," Hadfield said, "but for me, the one that was most significant was looking at the noctilucent clouds. These are clouds that you can barely see from the surface of the Earth. They're the highest clouds that exist—tiny ice particles way up in the mesosphere. And yet from orbit, as the sun rises, the light bounces off of those clouds, directly into our eyes—and we can see a part of the Earth's atmosphere that's basically invisible to people on the surface. To me, that's both beautiful—because of the colors and textures and ripples of it—but it's also really significant. It's a way to understand the changes in our atmosphere, and a way to understand exactly how our atmosphere interacts with the universe beyond."

What exactly did Hadfield mean by that last sentence, in which he says that the clouds can help us understand changes in our atmosphere and our relationship to the universe? I set off in search of the science behind noctilucent clouds for the answer.

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Adventure Video of the Week: Cascada

 

The finished product—with super slow mo footage of thousands of pounds of falling water, the tap of falling raindrops, and kayakers winding through tight slots—is polished. But the nine-day filmmaking trip to Mexico was anything but smooth.

Everything started when kayaker Erik Boomer and photographer Tim Kemple called filmmaker Anson Fogle and invited him on a simple jaunt to chase waterfalls. "Naively, we all talked about it as a vacation," said Fogle.

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