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Fashion Is Coming for Surfing, and Its Lifestyle, at Full Force

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Are designers just obsessed with the sport’s culture, or are they ripping it off? Two summers ago, I spent three perfect June days at the oceanside headquarters of a Californian clothing retailer. One afternoon, after we’d digested our cafeteria-provided quinoa bowls, it was announced that there was a “swell” nearby and a group of employees would… Read more

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‘Crazy journey’: from double shark attack to Paralympic snowboarder

Sean Pollard was surfing in Australia in 2014 when he was attacked by two great white sharks, losing his left arm and right hand and only just escaping alive. But far from wallowing in his misfortune, he threw himself into snowboarding — and just three years after taking up the sport, he made his Paralympic debut… Read more

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Broadcasters Told to Stop Perving on Female Surfers

Broadcasters of the World Surf League (WSL) have been instructed to focus on the action rather than on female surfers. According to Stab magazine, the organization has asked broadcasters filming its events not to zoom in on competitors and in particular to avoid close-ups of female surfers wearing high-cut bikini bottoms. When the WSL met on… Read more

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Surfing Under the Northern Lights in Norway

When you think of surfing destinations, you may picture the turquoise waters and white beaches of Hawaii, Tahiti or California. You probably don’t think of the Arctic, but northern Norway’s Lotofen Islands are popular with surfers even during winter—and the snow-covered beaches are certainly white. AFP photojournalist Olivier Morin spent several days photographing surfers braving the… Read more

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Thousands of Dead Starfish Wash Up On U.K. Beaches

Dead starfish washed ashore by the thousands in an extreme weather snap following winter Storm Emma. The so-called “Beast from the East” storm blanketed beaches with dead sea creatures along the coasts near Kent and Norfolk in the United Kingdom. “The ‘beast’ killed quite a lot of creatures,” said Lara Maiklem, who photographed the scene at… Read more

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Finger size does matter… in sports

By Grant Tomkinson, Professor, University of North Dakota and Makailah Dyer, Graduate Student, University of North Dakota. While this football player’s arms may look like they give him an onfield advantage, his fingers may actually be more predictive of his athletic ability. Ostill/ Examine your fingers. Which is longer? Is it the index finger (the finger… Read more

Using Sound To Stop Tsunamis In Their Tracks

Lola Gayle, STEAM Register It’s hard to forget the devastation of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami swarm, which is considered to be one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. In all, this earthquake sent a series of devastating tsunamis barreling into the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing over… Read more

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