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February 7th, 2011 | By | 1,024 Comments

Kiwis Circumnavigate New Zealand in Small Rubber Boats

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Here’s some news from the southern hemisphere. Six New Zealand surf lifeguards just completed the first ever circumnavigation of the country in two tiny inflatable rescue boats. This feat took 34 days and around 3,400 hours to complete leaving the guys pulverized and tired from the grueling 32 leg journey. Despite its relatively small size, New Zealand boasts more coastline than the continental United States and some of the most remote beaches in the world. The kiwis braved stormy conditions, raw Antarctic swells and in one instance a piece of debris which punctured and deflated one of the boats. With the coordinated effort of a land team and the support of Surf Life Saving New Zealand these crazy gents completed the trip in celebration of the 100th year of surf lifeguarding in NZ. And, as if to put David Hasselhoff further to shame, they even made an unexpected rescue at a remote beach during their trip.

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http://www.sixsurflifeguards.org.nz/news/blog

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(Green line is the path they took)

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February 4th, 2011 | By | 2,285 Comments

Freedivers Encounter a Grey Reef Shark in Maui

A couple of months back Chuck Patterson posted a video that made many shark weary beach goers avoid the water like it were Amity Island and Jaws was in the lineup. Well we stumbled across another video that might, as Occy would say, “give you chicken skin”… We’re all hoping this one might thin out the crowds right in time for this next swell.

A group of lifeguards from Laguna Beach were out free diving about 300 yards off the coast of Ka’anapali, Maui and captured this amazing footage with their GoPro HD:

If you listen closely you can hear the humpback whales singing in the background and then at 1:20 an almost comical scream when the grey reef shark makes a pass.

As much as we’d like to roust the nearly shish-kebabed swimmer, I’m pretty certain the whole lot of us would’ve been much worse in the same situation. Good on ya brother!

Lots of respect to the boys for keeping their cool and especially Jeff who bee lined it nearly 50 ft to the camera for the quick recovery. I’m pretty sure that’s the fastest he’ll ever dive down in his entire life!

Greg, one of the swimmers in the video, told us this about the event:

“We were diving about 45-50 feet down. It was our first time diving that day, that far down. We just wanted to see how far we could dive down and get sick shots of the sun and our shadows on the surface. We were planning on diving as far as possible. That was our first dive down at 45 ft when it happened I was the 3rd diver in the shot. When I was about 10 ft from the surface I saw the grey reef shark, which was about 6 1/2-7 ft long. It was just cruising then my friend Matt was about to dive down and pick up the camera when the shark went straight up to him. It came about 6 inches away from him when it S turned and swam away. It was defiantly one of the sickest dives I’ve been on.”

The clip really shows how awkward us humans are in the water in comparison to the ol’ man in the grey suit. Anyways well done guys and I think we’re all equally stoked that you “GOT IT ON VIDEO!!!!”

November 23rd, 2010 | By | 1,753 Comments

Victory!

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Read all about it HERE

November 18th, 2010 | By | 2,068 Comments

Get Billy to the Beach for his Guinness Record Challenge

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If surfing 24hours+ wasn’t hard enough, Bill needs to overcome many obstacles before attempting his world record session. Luckily you’re here to help! Navigate Billy past killer roosters and deadly spikes to get him to the beach.

Collect the baster cannon to juice his feathery foes into delicious Thanksgiving turkeys! But, be careful one touch from these birds leaves Billy dead on the floor instantly. Collect Bill’s favorite snack to earn points and try to keep ol’ “Ask A Dude” high and dry on stable ground. Good luck! You get 15 chances before Bill is fish food.

Click the game with your mouse to start playing:

Controls:
ARROW KEYS – Move/Jump
SPACEBAR – Shoot (You can only shoot after you collect the baster cannon)
CTRL – Karate Chop

Number of lives/points collected is displayed at the top right in black

***If you get hit by a rooster or loose all 15 of your lives you will have to reload the entire page to play again. This is one of the bugs from posting the game in a blog post.. there may be others, but enjoy! (Sorry this game may not work with certain web browsers)

Check back for updates on Bill’s world record attempt. He will be attempting to set the record for longest continuous surf session in the ocean at the Huntington Pier (south side) starting at 7:00am PST Saturday, November 20th. Leave your comments and show your support… Bill needs all the help he can get to over come hydropsycosis or anything else Poseidon might throw his way

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