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2 months ago

Washington Republicans rip Kerry for Nantucket outing during Egyptian crisis

Republicans ripped Secretary of State John Kerry for being on his yacht Wednesday as former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was removed from office.

2 months ago

Seal Pups Have Fun With a Surfboard

You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but nobody ever said that about baby seal pups.



At least not these baby seal pups, which were captured on camera in Washington's Puget Sound learning a very new trick, surfing.



The harbor seal pups, all between the ages of 6 weeks and 3 months, and each newly weaned from their mothers, were caught enjoying a day on the windsurf board owned by Ethan Janson, a 41-year-old Seattle native who lives just off Puget Sound.

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The sports-photographer-turned-dentist noticed that the seals, which inhabit the waters in the warmer months, loved to sun on his neighbors' boats but, come fall, when the boats began to depart for the winter, the seals had no place to go.



"I tied my surfboard to a marine buoy and it became quite a success and a hit for the seal pups out there," Janson said.

Being a photographer, Janson had another idea for capturing the seals in action: He could mount a waterproof GoPro camera to the surfboard. He left the camera there for a month, in October 2011, and hit "record" before dawn nearly every day so that when the seals came out with the sun the camera would, he said, "pick up whatever they would be doing that day."

The result is a priceless video that has taken the Internet by http://www.sailboardsmiami.com/windsurfing/ storm ever since Janson posted it to YouTube last week after he finally found the time to compile the clips. The nearly four-minute video, cut down from one single 30-minute time span of footage, shows two seals lounging on the board while others struggle to join them, slipping and sliding in the process.

"I think people really relate to the cuteness of it but also just the thrill and the feeling of triumph from watching it," he said. "People are thrilled by watching the seal succeed in the end.

"That feeling of triumph is what relates people to it," said Janson, who plans to put his surfboard out again for the seals next fall.

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2 months ago

Sail Wind Surf's Tall Ships Amsterdam for a Once in a Lifetime Experience: LuxEcoLiving's Best Cruises for 2016

Oslo Norway Getting Ready To Board Windstar's Wind Surf One of the Largest Sailing Yachts in the World-Departing from Oslo, Norway this eight-day cruise took us to Amsterdam, Netherlands, with stops to Kristiansand, Norway; Rotterdam and Vlissingen, Netherlands; Zeebruge, Belgium; and Dover, England



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2 months ago

La española Pulido tropieza en las semifinales del Campeonato Mundial de Kite

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2 months ago

North Kiteboarding, the World’s Leading Kiteboarding Brand, and PIQ Tell You the Height of Your Jump Directly from Any Kiteboard

PARIS--()--North Kiteboarding and PIQ revealed a game-changer for the

kiteboarding industry, in the form of a sport specific accessory. With

the most advanced sensor technology, it works in real-time and displays

information via the PIQ attached to the board. For an enhanced riding

experience, North Kiteboarding and PIQ will shake up your sessions and

stoke!

North Kiteboarding and PIQ share the same ambition: To enhance

the kiteboarding experience and further the passion for sports. While

PIQ brought its tech know-how to the table, North

3 months ago

Sports News, Highlights & Coverage

U.S. Soccer handed goalkeeper Hope Solo a six-month ban from internationals on Wednesday after she branded opponents Sweden "a bunch of cowards" at this month's Rio Olympics. |

3 months ago

Nike's stock falls behind rivals amid Rio Olympics | Reuters



By Noel Randewich

| SAN FRANCISCO

SAN FRANCISCO Nike has top billing among sports brands at the Rio Olympics, but a week into the Games, its stock is losing to Adidas and Under Armour (UA.N).

The quadrennial global sports event exposes apparel brands worn by top athletes to hundreds of millions of viewers, but growing competition Viver Sports and higher costs may be reducing the benefits of major endorsement d

3 months ago

Rio Olympics 2016: Water pollution clouds the games

RIO DE JANIERO -- Five weeks before the start of the Olympics in Rio, police say a mutilated body washed up on Copacabana Beach, where the beach volleyball competition will be held.

The horrific discovery comes as Olympics organizers deal with a raft of problems including severe pollution in the venues for sailing, rowing, and other water sports.

Biologist Mario Moscatelli is the man behind the camera who has been documenting Rio's vast water pollution problem for the past 20 years.

He hoped the Olympics would force Rio to clean it up.

"We had seven years and our authorities didn't do almost anything, because this is a toilet," he said, pointing at the water.

Raw sewage still flows from Rio's poor neighborhoods right into the water.

In the marina where Olympic sailors will launch their boats, a giant plume of sewage streams into the water.

Rio's waters were found to contain viruses up to 1.7 million more times hazardous than a beach in the U.S.

The problem is not just sewage. It's also trash, tons of it, floating in the bay. And some athletes say they're worried about running into it.

"We've seen it with some other boats that they've collided with maybe some chair...it could be anything," said Arantza Gumucio, an Olympic sailor from Chile.

Oceanographer David Zee said the Brazilian government promised to install eight treatment plants on Rio's polluted rivers. They built just one. They promised to treat 80 percent of the sewage flowing into Guanabara Bay, and are only treating about half.

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Photo shows pollution in Rio's waters.

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Zee said if he had to grade the job the government has done cleaning up Viver Esporte the water, he would give them a D.

"The water continues in the bad shape," he said.



Guido Gelli with Rio's Environmental Department said it's easy to criticize.

"The problem is the sewage systems, because it's not easy, it's very expensive," he said. "And for Olympic Games there's no problem with the surface of the bay in the place where the games will be."

But it's hard to ignore that one of the most beautiful places on Earth, might not be ready for its close-up.

3 months ago

Olympics closing ceremony: Goodbye from Rio 2016

Organizers said more than 41,000 tickets have been sold for the event but there are still spots available, ranging from 600 reais to 3,000 reais ($187 to $936 USD).

Most of the details are being kept under lock and key, but organizers have released some information about the giant party.

Rosa Magalhaes, the creative director for the closing ceremony, said it will be a festive atmosphere with a touch of melancholy.

"It will close a circle with Olympic flame being extinguished (in Rio), so there's a bit of melancholy because the flame represents the period of the Olympic Games. At the same time, the closing ceremony must be happy because there's a new beginning. So it's

4 months ago

2016 Summer Olympics: Pictures, Videos, Breaking News

This article was originally posted on Inverse.

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We may not be able to have a "Gay Olympics," but they can't stop us making the Olympics gay -- and slowly but surely we are.

Up until yesterday, stories differed on what exactly happened but one thing became abundantly clear from the frat boy antics, Ryan Lochte is a douchebag.

Zac Thompson

Outspeak Editor, in association with The Huffington Post

This article was originally posted on Inverse.

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The fame and glory earned by the Olympic victor is unmatched in any contested sporting event. It was as true during the ancient Olym