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Wednesday, 05 September 2007

Shark rescued by lifeguard

I saw this article on The Scotsman's website and couldn't help but post it: Shark rescued by lifeguard Sand Shark Photo by USGS © A LIFEGUARD at New York's Coney Island beach came to the rescue of a two-foot sand shark being attacked by frightened swimmers. Marisu Mironescu, 39, of Brooklyn, said he saw about 100 people circling the shark off Coney Island's beach. "Some were hitting him, smacking his face," said Miro-nescu. "I wasn't going to let them hurt the poor thing." He grabbed the largely harmless fish in his arms and carried it, backstroking out to sea, where he let it go. "Then he tried to bite me," said Mironescu.
Tuesday, 04 September 2007

Paddling Raft-Up - September 4, 2007

rSeptember 28-30, Naturally Superior Adventures will be hosting the annual Surfing Superior Confluence. Located at the mouth of the Michipicoten River on Lake Superior, the wind can kick up some fantastic standing waves against the river current. Here is the description from their site: Enjoy laid back soul surfin' or intense ender sessions in the freshwater surf playground at the mouth of the Michipicoten River. This informal gathering of surf-seeking intermediate to advanced paddlers takes advantage of autumnal gales and late summer warm water to provide an informal, instructional and by all means entertaining way to cap off your paddling season in late September. You'll be wishing the weekend will never end. [Link: Naturally Superior Adventures] Surfing Record Smashed Speaking about surfing, Brazil recently set the record for the number of surfers on a single wave. The next time you try to break the record you will now need more then 84 people on it! The old record was 71 people set in Cape Town. The record breaking attempt was made during the Earthwave Festival de Surf Ecorodovias, a three day festival of wave-riding events that featured a professional longboarding surfing contest, outrigger canoe paddling and demonstrations of stand up paddling, the latest discipline of surfing that is sweeping the world. [Link: globalsurfnews.com] That no log, that a bone! David Boyers was standing in about two feet of water in the South Fork of the Licking River when he saw what appeared to be a funny-looking log. After examining it, he thought it might be a bone so he took a trip down to the museum where he eventually met with a palaeontologist at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The "log" was not a dinosaur bone. But it was the partial right ulna - think foreleg - of a mastodon, circa 20,000 years ago, said Dr. Glenn Storrs, assistant vice president for natural history and science at the museum. Storrs said the museum, which is a federal repository for bones and fossils, receives numerous phone calls from people who think they've found ancient bones. Usually they turn out to be from…
Experienced whitewater kayakers who have never boated the Upper or Lower Gauley have a golden opportunity this fall to take their maiden voyage down the legendary river with top pro paddlers. On the morning of Saturday, Sept. 22, winners of the "Am I Ready For the Gauley Yet" drawing will meet in the park across the street from the put-in road to the Summerville Dam. Pairs of pro paddlers will guide groups of up to four paddlers down the river during the annual Gauley Fest.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Crocs coming to a hanger near you

Crocs, the company that brought us those famous foamy shoes has started to branch out into clothing. They have developed a way to blend it's patented Crosslite (the foamy shoe material) with natural and synthetic fibers into material. According to Crocs, the new fibers, which is it is calling Crosslite rt, will be resistant to harsh chemicals and heat which means it can stand up to exposure to sun, UV rays and sweat. They also claim that the material won't have the rubbery feeling like the crocs. Don't worry everybody, you will soon be able match your shoes to your shirt so everything will be all right. [Daily Mail, Gizmodo]

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