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A force in the sport of surfing – photographer Aaron Chang

The Aaron Chang bio:

As a force in visually defining the sport of surfing Aaron has pursued his photography to the far ends of the earth. For 25 years, as a senior photographer for Surfing magazine, Aaron was at the core of the surfing world discovering new talent and surf spots on a global scale. Having traveled to 40+ countries in search of the perfect adventure Aaron’s work has graced the covers of over 100 magazines.

 

Aaron is a legend and his work is amazing. His next great adventure is opening his own gallery in Southern California. Below are some pieces of his, including many shots from his gallery.

 

 

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The most amazing, moving commercial of the Olympics – Meet the Superhumans of the Paralympics

 

This multi-sport training montage reveals that the Paralympics aren’t just a wheelchair affair. As Public Enemy’s “Harder Than You Think” blares in the background, we see Great Britain’s best: the visually impaired soccer team practicing with blindfolds (a way to ensure that those who see more than others don’t gain an unfair advantage), the fierce-looking four-foot tall champion swimmer Ellie Simmonds, amputee runners, and, yes, the wheelchair basketball team.*

Halfway through the clip, there’s a jarring cut to a bomb exploding in a war zone. Then there’s a pregnant mother at the hospital, awaiting word of her unborn child’s condition. That’s followed by a road accident that sends a car flipping on the highway. A second later, we’re back in the gym, where a legless man is doing pull-ups. Then we see a man—presumably the victim of that horrific car wreck—next to his crumpled vehicle.

 

Keep reading: Slate - This Trailer for the Paralympic Games is the Most Amazing Olympic Video You’ll Ever See

MLE – Major League Eating – championship contests for eating any kind of food

MLE - Major League Eating is the world body that oversees all professional eating contests. The organization, which developed competitive eating and includes the sport’s governing body, the International Federation of Competitive Eating, helps sponsors to develop, publicize and execute world-class eating events in all varieties of food disciplines.

The world’s top competitive eating stars — such as Joey Chestnut, Sonya Thomas, Patrick Bertoletti, Eater X Tim and Bob Shoudt — are all Major League Eaters.

MLE conducts approximately 80 events annually, including the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, and generate more than a billion consumer impressions worldwide each year.

Events:

  • World Boneless Buffalo Wing Eating Championship
  • World Slugburger Eating Championship
  • World Pulled-Pork Sandwich Eating Championship
  • Rib-Mania Eating Championship
  • Oyster Eating World Championship
  • Pepperoni Roll World Eating Championship
  • World Gyro eating Championship
  • Cheesesteak Eating Championship
  • Sweet Corn Eating Championship
  • Deep-fried Asparagus Eating Championship
  • World Cupcake Eating Championship
  • World Crawfish Eating Championship
  • World Catfish Eating Championship
  • World Class Corned Beef Eating Championship
  • Cake Eating Championship
  • PB&B Sandwich Eating Championship
  • Meatball Eating Championship
  • Pickle Eating World Championship

 

…and 100s more – MLE Eating Contests

 

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The best beach & sports sunscreens

The best sunscreen is a hat and a shirt. No chemicals for the skin to absorb, no questions about whether the product works, no bogus claims like “sunblock.” (No conventional product blocks out all rays. That’s why the FDA is trying to ban the term. )

But when you can’t avoid exposing your skin to the sun, use EWG’s Sunscreen Guide to find top-rated sunscreens with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection but fewer hazardous chemicals that penetrate the skin.

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The list has narrowed down over 1800 sunscreens to 188 of the best beach/sport options.

Each one contain the minerals zinc or titanium. They are the right choices for people who want the best UVA protection without any chemical considered to be a potential hormone disruptor. None of the products contain oxybenzone or vitamin A, and none are sprayed or powdered.

See if your sunscreen is on the list, or find one to buyEWG Sunscreen Buyer’s Guide 2012

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I’m in Vanity Fair and my first surfing photo

I don’t often talk about myself on this blog, but I can’t pass this up. This week I modeled in a geek fashion show (wearing Marc Jacobs) and had my first surfing action-shot. I’m pretty excited about both because the above photo was on the Vanity Fair website and the below photo is from a fun new group of surfers starting a DIY revolution in the sport.

That’s me bodysurfing with a handplane – a great photo from Shawn Parkin.

Skateboarding takes the next step to becoming a school sport

Thirty-four years after the National Scholastic Surfing Association was born in Huntington Beach, a National Scholastic Skateboarding League is emerging.

Students attending three San Clemente schools took up competing in 2011 in the OC Skateboarding League, which had been born a year earlier. The three San Clemente teams will open their 2012 OCSL season Friday in a 10-team tournament at Volcom Skatepark in Costa Mesa.

The San Clemente skaters can’t call any of the three teams a school team, as they haven’t gone through the steps necessary to achieve that designation. Last week, 15 San Clemente High skaters took a first step by petitioning for club status.

“They’re going to meet on campus, just like any of the other clubs.”

OCSL is under the umbrella of the new National Scholastic Skateboarding League, which Shannon Banks said has teams in Orange and San Diego counties and hopes to eventually spread along both coasts.

via OC Register

Beach Volleyball at the Manhattan Beach Open

This weekend, Aug 26-28, kicks off the Manhattan Beach Open. The largest and most famous of all the beach volleyball tournaments which features 64 pro teams per gender, including top Olympic teams.

Often called the Masters or Wimbledon of beach volleyball. The players call it the holy grail due to its top prize money, massive media presence, and, most importantly, each winner gets enshrined in the “Volleyball Walk of Fame.”

This memorial features bronze statues that span the length of the Manhattan Beach Pier. It is definitely the “one tournament that all players want to play in”.

Schedule

  • Friday, Aug. 26, 8am – 7pm (16 courts)
  • Saturday, Aug. 27, 8:30am – 7:15pm (16 courts)
  • Sunday, Aug. 28, 9:15am – 5:30pm (4 courts)
    • Women’s final at 2:15pm
    • Men’s final (televised live on Versus) at 4pm

The total prize money is $200,000 and the event has a rich history dating all the way back to 1960. “The Manhattan Open was the precursor to everything that has developed in beach volleyball including the Olympics.”

This year, the 51st one, features a three-day, double-elimination tournament. Admission is free and the location is the south side of the Manhattan Beach Pier.

Just to get you excited, check out this trailer for the classic beach volleyball movie featuring C. Thomas Howell -

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More Details

Facebook Event

IMG Announcing the Open

Registration Information

NBA-er Kevin Love to participate

USA Volleyball Announcement

Jose Cuervo Poster (sponsor)