March 29, 2012
Mavericks surf competition

Mavericks surf competition     Photo: UltraView Admin

Surf Legend Peterson Dies at 59

Australian dominated '70s surfing scene

On Thursday, surfing legend Michael Peterson, 59, died of a heart attack at his home in Australia. Considered one of the greatest surfers of all time, Peterson developed a reputation as a fierce competitor as the sport evolved in the 1970s. The surf classic Morning of the Earth features a scene of Peterson riding the surf break at Kirra Point, Queensland. Peterson became involved with drugs during his career and withdrew from the sport in the 1980s as he battled mental illness. He was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia. The ASP Rip Curl Pro World Tour surfing competition on Tuesday will be dedicated to Peterson, who won the event three years in a row.

Read more at ESPN


Mountain lion at the Houston Zoo

Mountain lion at the Houston Zoo     Photo: MIKE FISHER/Flickr

Man Says Bear Stopped Lion Attack

CA man claims mountain lion retreated

A Californian man says a bear saved him from an attacking mountain lion while he was hiking on Monday near the northern California town of Paradise. Robert Biggs, 69, had been watching a mother bear and two cubs shortly before a mountain lion pounced on him from behind, seizing clawing at his backpack. Biggs fought back with a rock pick and only escaped when the mother bear attacked the lion. Biggs says he is on good terms with the bears, even interacting with one of the cubs last year. In that encounter, the cub "stood up on its hind legs and put its paws up and I got to play patty-cake with it," he said. Biggs was bruised and scratched but did not require medical attention.



Gila National Forest, New Mexico

Gila National Forest, New Mexico     Photo: Samat Jain/Flickr

Micah True, of Born to Run, Missing

Caballo Blanco vanished on Tuesday run

Micah True, the runner known as Caballo Blanco who gained fame in Chris McDougall's book Born to Run, is missing in New Mexico's Gila National Forest. True, 60, left from the forest's Wilderness Lodge for a 12 mile run on Tuesday morning and has not been heard from since. A search and rescue operation that includes units from the New Mexico State Police and the National Guard is underway. A native of Boulder, Colorado, True is the race director of the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon, in northern Mexico. The 2006 race was detailed in Born to Run.

Read more at the Las Cruces Sun-News


Del Norte Coast Redwoods

Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park is one of the 11 parks that will remain open     Photo: Michelle Kinsey Bruns/Flickr

11 CA Parks Saved from Closure

Parks will stay open despite budget cuts

Eleven California state parks that were slated to close this summer will remain open for at least a year, California parks officials announced Tuesday. Deals to keep open at least 35 more parks are in the works, meaning that as few as 15 parks of an expected 70 will actually be shut down. New operating agreements with funding from private donors, foundations, and government entities will keep the 11 confirmed parks open at least through 2013. Most of the parks slated to close are in Northern California.

Read more at The Los Angeles Times