August 8, 2011
Kelly Slater

Kelly Slater     Photo: Pedro Szekely/Flickr

Kelly Slater wins US Open Surf Title

At 39, Slater still can't be stopped

Kelly Slater won the U.S. Open of Surfing on Sunday, steamrolling Australia's Yadin Nicol in the final and taking his first title at the iconic Huntington Beach event since winning in 1996. Slater's victory, which was all but uncontested, confirms his legacy as history's greatest competitive surfer. At age 39, Slater landed a pair of huge 360s while Nicol struggled to find a wave. "I guess Yadin wanted me to win because he didn't catch any waves," Slater joked. "I was just really frustrated for him." Slater has won ten world titles since 1992 and currently sits in sixth place in the ASP rankings after skipping the tour's last event in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa. On the women's side, Sally Fitzgibbons beat Santa Barbara native Lakey Peterson to take first. Peterson, 16, won the Juniors division earlier in the week and beat ASP women's champion Carissa Moore en route to the final.

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Stanislaus National Forest

Stanislaus National Forest     Photo: Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr

Kayaker Dies in High Sierras

Satcher drowns in Cherry Bomb Gorge

Professional kayaker Allen Satcher died Sunday morning in an accident in California's Cherry Bomb Gorge. A Portland, Oregon resident and a member of team NRS, Satcher, 28, was running a waterfall on Cherry Creek in Stanislaus National Forest with a group of people when he was caught in a whirlpool just before 10 A.M. Unable to paddle free, Satcher climbed out of his spinning kayak but went under before his companions could reach him with a rope. He was later pulled from the water and given CPR unsuccessfully. A California Highway Patrol helicopter responded after a member of Satcher's party activated a SPOT tracking device.

Read more at the Sacramento Bee


NYC Triathlon

Swimmers in the 2010 New York City Triathlon     Photo: Peter Galvin/Flickr

Two Die in New York City Triathlon

Heart attacks claim swimmers

Two swimmers have died after suffering heart attacks during the swim portion of Sunday's New York City Triathlon, raising questions about whether mass-participation triathlons are safe. In separate incidents, rescuers found two swimmers unconscious roughly halfway into the race's 1,500-meter swim in the Hudson River. Michael Kudryk, 64, was pulled from the water and later pronounced dead. Emergency personnel took a 40-year-old woman to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where she died early on Monday. The deaths are the second and third in the 11-year history of the New York City Triathlon. This year, more than 3,000 people entered the race, which has seen its popularity explode since 2000. Triathlon deaths are most common during the swim phase, and rescuers pulled 26 swimmers from the water on Sunday morning, in addition to the two who died. “It’s one of those unforeseen life events that happens when you get this many people to participate in physical activity,” race director Bill Burke told the New York Times. A 2010 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested that open-water swims can hamper rescue attempts.

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Blue Shark Found in NH Forest

Shark likely dumped by fisherman

A dead, eight-foot-long blue shark turned up on Thursday in a forest in New Hampshire, confusing residents in a community roughly 25 miles from the ocean. A man discovered the shark after investigating a rotting smell close to route 125 in Milton, near the New Hampshire-Maine border. Killing blue sharks, a threatened species, is illegal. It is likely that a fisherman caught the shark, then dumped the carcass to avoid a fine. An estimated 10- to 20-million blue sharks are killed each year, many accidentally. Police in Milton have decided to let the shark continue decomposing.

Read more at CBS News Boston


Stuart O'Grady

Stuart O'Grady     Photo: Coda2/Flickr

O'Grady Leaves Leopard-TREK

Aussie signs with GreenEDGE

Cyclist Stuart O’Grady announced today that he will leave team Leopard-Trek to ride with the all-Australian team GreenEDGE cycling, the biggest name yet to sign with cycling's newest project. O'Grady, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and 2007 Paris-Roubaix winner, had ridden in support of Andy and Frank Schleck for years, most recently helping the pair to second- and third-place finishes, respectively, at the Tour de France. "To ride for an Australian team has been a dream of mine since I turned pro way back in 1995," O'Grady said. Team GreenEDGE is aiming to become Australia's first UCI WorldTour-licensed team. Team managers are rumored to be pursuing Mark Cavendish, the 2011 Tour de France sprint champion, after HTC-Highroad collapsed last week. O'Grady, 38, is also the winner of the 1999 and 2001 editions of the Tour Down Under, and various Tour de France stages. "You don’t stay at the top end of any sport for as long as Stuart has without doing something right," GreenEDGE Cycling General Manager Shayne Bannan said. "He can teach our guys stuff on the road that simply can’t be communicated from the team car sitting behind the peloton."

Read more at GreenEDGE Cycling