Hollywood Surf Movies

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With two new flicks arriving this summer—Soul Surfer, the story of shark-bite victim Bethany Hamilton, and Blue Crush 2, which heads straight to DVD June 7—we pause to examine where Tinseltown has gone wrong (and so terribly right) with surfing schlock.

Dhani Jones

Dhani Jones
Dhani Jones (Courtesy of The Travel Channel)

"It's your life, right? Fuck it, just do it... I wish you could change that somehow. My mom's trying to get me to get away from the expletives.

—Jones, an NFL linebacker, on trying out various exotic sports during his travel around the world for his new book, The Sportsman (Rodale, $26)

All Aboard

Fundraising's new model? Sell everything, including the kitchen sink. For Greenpeace's new iteration of the Rainbow Warrior, the infamous trawler that was bombed in 1985 by French intelligence operatives, the eco-activist group is recruiting sponsors to outfit the boat—everything from a $1 bolt to a $10,000 desalinator. Its website allows you to click through digital renderings of the ship—which is currently under construction and will be ocean ready this fall for protest campaigns—and add items to your basket. Contributors will be listed on a dedication wall, perfect for Inspector Clouseau types looking for easy names. anewwarrior.greenpeace.org

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