AJ Lindner, a 6-year-old fan of Spider Man and other superheroes, recently underwent surgery for brain cancer
. Facing the start of chemotherapy, which requires him to keep out of the water, the avid young swimmer had one wish: he wanted to go surfing. But the waters off Long Island were too cold. After a plea for a child-sized wetsuit
went out on Facebook, a “Justice League” of surfers went to work to fulfill the boy’s dream
posted by etaoin
on Apr 25, 2014 -
As a long-time Couchsurfer, I felt that once management put the values of venture capital funders over the organic, self-organized traveler base, and reorganized with a top-down, “start-up” mentality, the fall was inevitable.
posted by Blasdelb
on Nov 18, 2013 -
Much Better Now
— A bookmark is stuck in a forgotten book that is one day knocked over by wind. It experiences its environment by surfing the pages that turn in to ocean-waves, enjoying the ride of its life. As the book cover closes, light reveals new challenges. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Oct 19, 2012 -
So, uh, apparently Jet Boards
are a thing. Maybe you knew this? I did not. At first I just thought that video was kinda neat, and the idea was interesting. Then I looked at their website and found a ton of amazing photos
, a lot more SCIENCE!
explanations of stuff
than I would have expected, and finally this promovideo
which features both an endearingly cheesy
original themesong, as well as lightning and explosions (GIF!)
. Soooooooooo yeah. Jet Boards. Apparently invented as early as 1965
. Pretty sweet.
posted by lazaruslong
on Sep 7, 2012 -
Surfing at Byron Bay:
Jorgelina "Lina" Reyero shows off the beauty of Wategos Beach at Byron Bay, Australia with a camera mounted to her surfboard.
posted by quin
on Mar 18, 2012 -
Surfing took a baby step or the first dip at the first India Surf Festival in Puri this month. Indian surfers, from states along India's long coastline, came together for the first time, in one place. From fishermen's sons to professional surfing instructors, they do not fit the classic, global image of surfers we have. They are uniquely Indian.
Meet the first generation of Indian Surfers.
posted by timshel
on Feb 21, 2012 -
Filming in Alaska in 1995, photographer and surfer Ryan Casey looked at the huge waves kicked up by calving glaciers – up to 30 feet high, breaking on an ice shelf 18 inches deep, surrounded by tumbling chunks of ice as big as buildings – and thought, I bet you could surf that
. A month ago, Hawaiian big-wave surfers Garrett McNamara
and Keali’i Mamala did it
posted by gottabefunky
on Sep 13, 2007 -
Firefox “causes” breakup...
One man uses his fiance's computer to surf dating and swinger websites. He's careful to wipe his passwords etc. as he surfs - and then for good measure, de-installs Firefox.
The fiance then decides to install Firefox for the usual reasons, not knowing the above and happens to decides to edit the list of sites to never save passwords for. And comes across a list of said websites, and realises that he's still an active member of those websites.
Surely when you de-install a program, the uninstallation process should get rid of program-related data too, like in games? Although the geniuses at Firefox manifestly disagree with this
Other commenters also think the man was in the right
posted by badlydubbedboy
on Mar 23, 2006 -
is a nonprofit environmental organization that produces a annual "State of the Beach"
) report with information about US beach access (public access and private ownership issues), water quality, beach erosion, surfing, links and more. Reports are available for Hawaii
, West Coast
, Gulf States
, Mid Atlantic
, Puerto Rico
and Great Lakes
In-depth Water Quality
reports for beaches in CA, HI, TX, AL, and parts of FL, as well as results of beach water testing conducted by (or sanctioned by) Surfrider Chapters
are also available.
There are also Surfrider chapters in: Australia
, Canada (no website), Europe
is also an excellent resource for information about the condition of US beaches.
[via LII New This Week]
posted by mlis
on Jun 5, 2005 -
Mavericks: The Wave Beyond
The conditions were right and, about 30 hours ago, they announced this year's Mavericks Surf Contest was ON, the waves get as big as 50 feet and are considered "one of the most challenging waves in the world"! This isn't Hawaii, this is just off the coast of Half Moon Bay, California
posted by fenriq
on Mar 2, 2005 -
While many of us in North America are battling freezing rain, sleet, snow, and other sub-zero madness, the folks on the north shore of Oahu are enjoying their own December weather phenomenon
posted by Crackerbelly
on Dec 20, 2004 -