Wednesday, 05 September 2007 05:37

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
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 10:30

Paddling Raft-Up - September 4, 2007

Surfing Superior Confluence
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
Surfing RecordSpeaking 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 a modern animal or are just an unusual rock formation, but about one every year or two turns out to be a significant find. [Link: The Cincinnati Post]

More in the world of ancient artefacts
Roy Mitchell of Decatur, TN talks about a dugout canoe that was given to him back in 1969. Estimates put a value of around $150,000-$250,000 for the 400-600 year old artefact. [Link: The Decatur Daily News]

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.
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 18:50

Gerber Legendary Blades Recalls Pocket Knives

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 08:57

Crocs coming to a hanger near you

Crocs Menswear 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]

Wednesday, 29 August 2007 06:18

Hippo crushes canoe in Zambia

Hippopotamus
Hippopotamus
According to Zambia News and Information Services, three fisherman drowned in Lake Itezhi-tezhi after a hippo hit their boat and capsized it.

Four men were fishing with nets at the time when the furious hippo hit the boat causing them to fall into the water. All four climbed back into the boat and resumed fishing again when the hippo attacked again, this time crushing the dug out canoe.

This time the menu tried to swim to a nearby tree in the lake but only one made it and was rescued by other fishermen.

Source: people.com.cn
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 05:54

The psychology of risk-taking

Boing Boing posted a really interesting post about the psychology of risk-taking. A new survey by researchers at University of Michigan suggest that just because somebody will take part in risky behaviour, doesn't mean that they will be risk takers in other areas of life.

The researchers surveyed participants to see their participation level for several different types of risky business including exposing yourself to chemicals that might lead to birth defects for a high-paying job, engaging in unprotected sex or chasing a bear out of your wilderness campsite area while banging pots and pans.

They found that somebody might go skydiving (which is risky) but not stand up to an abusive boss (also risky). The research shows that not all risk is created equal and people show a mixture of both risky and non-risky behaviours in their daily lives.

The research seems to go against common theories of risk that group people as either risk-seeking or risk-avoiding, and suggests that we can have a mix of both risky and non-risky behaviour depending who you are and what situation you are in.

They also found (to no surprise) that men were higher risk takers then woman.

Press Release
Research Paper (pdf)
Tuesday, 28 August 2007 12:49

Werner Paddle Warranty Update

Werner Paddles Logo I heard back today from Werner Paddles. Last week I posted a note about how the ferrule in the paddle shaft was starting to wear and wiggle around. I'm very pleased to report that they are going to replace it under warranty! I'm very excited about it. Normally the warranty period is 1 year from the date of purchase but they extended it by a couple of months since I bought it 15 months ago. Thanks for your fantastic support Werner!

Talking to Liz in repairs, she said that they have redesigned the ferrule so that it doesn't wear the same way as mine did. I guess when you have 23 inch pythons like I do, things wear out quickly...

Don't mess with these guys. On a recent camping trip in Oregon a couple campers heard a rustling in the bushes near the woman's latrine. When they went to investigate, they saw a man running from the bushes so they tackled him and tied him to a tree until the police arrived.

The amazing thing about it is that this isn't the first time it happened. It seems that the same guy did it last year but got away. At the time, they took down his license plate but there wasn't much the police could do at the time.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 18.

cbc.ca
Monday, 27 August 2007 12:41

Paddling Raft-Up for August 27, 2007

Simon's back!
Simon is back from his trip from Norway. It sounds fantastic. He had difficulties updating his blog via text message so the whole trip was posted all at once. [Link]

Blow-Up Doll Whitewater Raft Race
And they're off: The fifth 'Bubble Baba Challenge' begins.
And they're off: The fifth 'Bubble Baba Challenge' begins.
Is there anything that the Russian people won't do? The recently ran Fifth Bubble Baba Challenge saw 400 men and woman race to the finish line of a set of rapids in the Vuoksa river. What makes this race different is that you need to bring your own inflatable woman to float along with. Where do they get that many inflatable woman to come along? Apparently, they were able to rent them somewhere. A couple of woman were disappointed that they were required to float down on another woman as the rental company didn't rent blow-up men... I don't know what to think about it. It reminds me of the Gale Storm rescue device we recently reported on. [Link] Thanks to getoutdoors.com.

Strained Diplomacy between Iran and US Spills over to Paddling
We reported on it earlier but it is starting to pop-up in other news sources so it is good to talk about again. It seems that Iranian kayak coach Katayoun Ashraf was fired from the Iranian National Federation team for bringing three teenage athletes to the U.S. to train.  They sought extra training in hopes of representing Iran in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.  But now the athletes' position on the national team is in jeopardy. How crazy is that. [Link]

Now get back to work!

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