December 21, 2011

Mavericks     Photo: Kristie Wells on Flickr

Gerard Butler Survives Maverick's Fall

300 star almost drowns in 12-foot surf

After getting hit and held down by a series of 10- to 12-foot waves at Maverick's, actor and novice surfer Gerard Butler was taken by ambulance to the Stanford Medical Center. The 300 star took to the water on December 20 with surfers Greg Long, Peter Mel, and Zach Wormhoudt to shoot a movie about the life of Jay Moriarity, who gained fame at the break at the age of 16 and later passed away freediving near the Maldives. "For Mel, Long and Wormhoudt it's all in a day's work," surfer Frank Quiante told The Daily Mail. "But according to other eyewitnesses, Butler was held down for a solid two waves and took four or five more on the head before being washed through the rocks on the inside, where he was finally able to be plucked out." The 42-year-old movie star was held at the medical center for observation but is otherwise unharmed.

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Marlies Schild in 2006, photo courtesy Arthur Mouratidis/Wikimedia

Marlies Schild in 2006     Photo: Arthur Mouratidis/Wikimedia

Schild Takes 3rd-Straight WC Slalom Win

Victory is Austrian's 30th on World Cup

Austria's Marlies Schild captured third-straight slalom victory on Tuesday night in Flachau, Austria, and recorded the 30th slalom win of her career on skiing's World Cup. Schild, the defending World Cup slalom champion, beat Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch by nearly half a second. Lindsey Vonn was eighth, two seconds back, but retains her overall World Cup lead. Schild's 30 titles trail only Vreni Schneider's 34 for most slalom wins in women's skiing history.

Read more at The New York Times


South Pole Research Station

South Pole Research Station     Photo: eliduke/Flickr

Felicity Aston Arrives at South Pole

Skier halfway in Antarctic crossing

British adventurer Felicity Aston on Tuesday reached at the South Pole, 30 days after setting out from the Antarctic coast on skis. Aston plans to rest briefly at the South Pole Research station, then continue across the continent through January. She is hoping to become the first person ever to cross Antarctica alone and on skis. "The mental pressure of being out here alone has really taken me by quite by surprise," she said by satellite phone on Tuesday. "[W]hen that plane dropped me off on the far side of Antarctica, it makes you feel extremely vulnerable.

Read more at Speakers from the Edge