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Man Dies After His Sand Tunnel Collapsed and Buried Him Alive

by Owen James Burke

sandtunnel Man Dies After His Sand Tunnel Collapsed and Buried Him Alive

(Photo: NBC News)

Adam Pye, 26, had dug a 10-foot deep sand tunnel on Francis State Beach in San Mateo County, California and was standing in it early Monday evening when it collapsed on him. It was reported that around 30 bystanders and emergency personnel rushed to help, digging with pails, bare hands and whatever else they could. Emergency personnel arrived on the scene shortly after, but Pye was not fully uncovered until some 35 minutes later, at which point he was pronounced dead on the scene.

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Twenty Points of Mind Surfing – Seventeen Years Apart

by Chris Dixon

Australian professional surfer Joel Parkinson came into the world in 1981. By that time, Santa Barbara native Tommy Curren was a seventeen-year-old wunderkind. He’d won the United States Surfing Championships in the boys and juniors ranks for three straight years. He claimed the junior division at the 1980 World Championships, and was about to finish second in to world pro champion Shaun Tomson in the Katin Pro Am. (a competition he’d win the following year).

On July 19, at the 2014, ASP Jeffreys Bay Open, a heritage heat was held between the now 50-year-old Curren and his perennial rival and good friend, the 48-year-old Mark Occhilupo. Occy was no slouch on his backhand, but Curren displayed a maestro’s touch, gouging three huge arcs into a flawless J-Bay wall and tucking into a warp-nine barrel. Ten points.

Parko locked into the only other ten pointer of the day – to cap off his run to the finals (where he’d go down to an on-fire Mick Fanning). Parko’s was an equally hyperdrive, massive attack, with two disappearances behind the curtain at Supertubes.

In both cases, this was mind surfing at its finest. But it was also mind-blowing when you consider that Tom Curren is now halfway to a hundred.

Below, both waves, side by side. Enjoy the ride.

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A Maine Craft Brewery Is Pouring Scotch Ale with Seaweed

by Owen James Burke

sugkelp A Maine Craft Brewery Is Pouring Scotch Ale with Seaweed

Marshall Wharf Brewing Company in Belfast, Maine, has a reputation for including strange ingredients in their beers, like jalapeno peppers and oysters. Now, they’re working with sugar kelp on a beer called Sea Belt Scotch Ale.

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This Is How Saharan Dust from Africa Feeds Atlantic Ocean Life

by Owen James Burke

saharan This Is How Saharan Dust from Africa Feeds Atlantic Ocean Life

(Photo: The Independent)

Wind and rain carrying plumes of red dust thousands of miles across the Atlantic may present certain environmental hazards for humans and certain other coastal creatures, but that’s no comparison to the bedrock it provides for life in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.

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Lego My Beach – Cornwall’s Gift of Endless Nautical Plastic

by Chris Dixon

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On February 13, 1997, a massive North Atlantic storm spawned a rogue wave that plowed into the container ship Tokio Express. The ship listed 60 degrees and then keeled over 40 degrees in the opposite direction. As a result, 62 semi-trailer-sized containers, bearing 4.8 million Legos disappeared into the abyss. But like an oil slick with no mapped source, Legos continue to float up from the deep wash up onto Cornish (and other) shores to this day. Fortunately, most are nautically themed. Unfortunately, there’s no telling how much real wildlife these petroleum-based and essentially indestructible micro spearguns, cutlasses, octopi and scuba tanks have injured or killed.

Read more at the BBC:  –CD

Great gear for a casual day at the beach (and pool)

by brian lam

Hello! A few of us helped put together this guide to casual beach gear with The Wirecutter. We’ve also linked it above in our navigation bar.

WEB beachpool2 2 Great gear for a casual day at the beach (and pool)

 

Diving with Hundreds of Reef Shark at Fakarava

by brian lam

Eric Cheng of Wetpixel.com sent this video in.

Schooling gray reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) at Fakarava’s south pass (Tomakohua) in French Polynesia. This is likely the best pass in the world to see aggregating reef sharks. We normally dive the south pass on the incoming current. In the strong current, the sharks enter a sort of a dormant state, circling in place in order to pass water over their gills with the minimum effort. On a typical dive, one might see upwards of 650 sharks in 3 big “walls.” I’ve been to the south pass of Fakarava three times now, and it is one of my favorite dive destinations in the world.

Video shot with Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera, Panasonic 8mm fisheye lens, Nauticam underwater housing. CinemaDNG @ 24fps.

Life in Salt: National Geographic Young Explorer Erika “Bilgey” Bergman Tells Us How She Became a Submarine Pilot

by Owen James Burke

Screen Shot 2014 07 10 at 1.37.42 PM Life in Salt: National Geographic Young Explorer Erika Bilgey Bergman Tells Us How She Became a Submarine Pilot

(Photo: Deep Blue from Below)

“It’s not about this ‘eliteness’ of being an explorer anymore. I think that’s on its way out. What I’m really interested in is finding ways to make everyone feel like an explorer—even in their backyard.”

In 2010, Erika Bergman graduated with a degree in Chemical Oceanography from the University of Washington on a Friday, planning to begin work as a technical diver for her university’s Oceanography department. The following Monday, she started training as a submarine pilot for OceanGate, Inc.

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