Big Wave Bob Sledding!

February 9th, 2011 | By | 1,195 Comments

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Thought we’d just suggest it after Yahoo! and the rest of the media ate up Chuck Patternson’s latest big wave waterskiing stunt

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Kiwis Circumnavigate New Zealand in Small Rubber Boats

February 7th, 2011 | By | 1,291 Comments

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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)

Why Wear Organic?

February 4th, 2011 | By | 4,396 Comments

CHANGE TODAY: The Texas Organic Connection from Billabong USA on Vimeo.

Support organic farming and cotton…”it’s not just hippies in California that are doing it.”
What’s in it for you? Less pesticides released into the oceans/lakes/groundwater. Watch the video for more reasons to buy orgnaic apparel.

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Freedivers Encounter a Grey Reef Shark in Maui

February 4th, 2011 | By | 2,418 Comments

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!!!!”