Spelunking in Giants Cave in Margaret River

Posted: April 23, 2014 by kirisyko in Water

Originally posted on Turquoise Compass:

Giants Cave

Giants CaveMargaret River (Margs as the locals call it) in South West Australia is known for its wineries and turquoise beaches, yet it’s also popular for its natural wonders. Beyond its renowned surf coast, you’ll find endless walking tracks through Australia’s South West forests and hundreds of caves in the area (over 300 in fact). The caves in Margaret River are all located in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park with 6 open to the public. Spelunking in Giant’s Cave was my first time caving in Australia. I couldn’t have picked a better place to do it.

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An Intro to Cave Diving

Posted: April 23, 2014 by kirisyko in Uncategorized

Originally posted on Jump - Sail - Dive:

The Cascade Room, some 80 feet beneath the surface, leads divers deeper into Dan's Cave on Abaco Island. - Wes C. Skiles

The Cascade Room, some 80 feet beneath the surface, leads divers deeper into Dan’s Cave on Abaco Island. – Wes C. Skiles

I have always been interested in extremes, and I find that as I get older the more I would like to do extreme things (midlife crisis?). So with that in mind it has seemed like a natural progression to push my diving from normal recreational into the technical. When I did my sidemount speciality back in April 2013, the harness that my instructor used was a Razor. This harness was designed by Steve Bogaerts who is an expert cave diver. Obviously this has gotten my mind wondering about the possibilities of cave diving.

I moved to the Bahamas in August 2013 and started thinking about becoming cave certified. However, a chance discovery of a PADI IDC/IE at the same time as my holiday meant that I put those…

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Originally posted on #ShutUpLegs :

Heart rate monitor from MIO - Click image to check it out

Heart rate monitor from MIO – Click image to check it out

Monitoring our heart’s physiological response to changes in exercise intensity during physical activity – that’s a fancy way of saying your heart rate going up & down – can be used as an effective tool in hitting athletic performance targets.

Now some triathletes/cyclists/runners might be reading this & thinking ‘I have seen all this before, just another gimmick’; so before I start stressing the real science behind it, I want to take this heart rate monitor story from Mark Allen, only the second six-time Ironman Triathon World Champion:

I came from a swimming background, which in the 70’s and 80’s when I competed was a sport that lived by the “No Pain, No Gain” motto. My coach would give us workouts that were designed to push us to our limit every single day. I would go…

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Image  —  Posted: April 23, 2014 by kirisyko in Fitness and Training, Ironman, Triathlon

Originally posted on OlympicTalk:

Johan Bruyneel , the man at the helm of  Lance Armstrong ‘s cycling teams for all seven of his stripped Tour de France titles, was banned 10 years for involvement in “doping conspiracy,” the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Tuesday .

The Belgian Bruyneel “was at the apex of a conspiracy to commit widespread doping on the USPS and Discovery Channel teams spanning many years and many riders,” a three-member, independent arbitration panel concluded.

A team trainer and team doctor from Armstrong and Bruyneel’s U.S. Postal Service teams were also banned, for eight years. Armstrong has already been banned for life.

“From the beginning, our investigation has focused on ridding cycling of those entrusted to care for the well-being of athletes who abuse their position of trust and influence to assist or encourage the use of performance-enhancing drugs to defraud sport and clean athletes,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart said in a press…

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Surfing With Wind

Posted: April 23, 2014 by kirisyko in Kitesurfing, Water

Originally posted on Good Vibes & Open Eyes:

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A kite expo in Long Beach

When I tell people about kiteboarding, they usually display immediate confusion.  Kiteboarding is a globally performed sport all around the world, but is not as well known to the public as much as regular surfing.

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Deciding which boards and kite to demo

Kiteboarding is surfing on the water, by being pulled with the stamina of a large kite.  Unlike surfing, kiteboarding doesn’t depend on waves or swells, but wind.  It requires gear such as a board, a harness, and a kite, with many lines that connect elements in between.  Any board is functionable to use: a surfboard or a kiteboard(which come in many different shapes, sizes and styles.)  Kite sizes are labeled by numbers 6-14, low numbers for a great amount of wind, and higher numbers for less wind.

Both my brother and my dad are super passionate about the sport.  They both do it for fun and for…

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2014 Australian Grand Prix.

Posted: April 23, 2014 by kirisyko in Moto GP, Motor

Originally posted on Jrmphotography:

I was pretty excited to be honest when I was informed that I would be able to shoot the support races at the Australian Grand prix this year. A new level of access to an event that I had been going to for years as a spectator was enough to keep my up most of the night before Friday’s two practice sessions.  Whilst I was able to photograph the support categories on the fence, the fact that I didn’t have FIA accreditation for the event meant that I would have to shoot any F1 images for myself through the fence, the same as everyone else. This was fine, just to be walking around the paddock areas with some fairly big names in F1 was good for me.

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Here at The London Traceur , we know there’s nothing better than listening to some great tunes and practicing our Parkour. We’re sure it’s the best sport out there, but we wanted to see if the public agreed with us.

To find this out, we looked at which extreme sport gets the most hits on Youtube, to see what people are really watching.

Combined audience of the top 10 viewed videos on Youtube by keyword (click on the image for greater detail)

Parkour graph

It looks like we were right! Parkour are significantly ahead in terms of Youtube hits, with 222 million views. Freerunning is a not-very-close second, with 113 million, and snowboarding brings up the rear, with only 17 million. The table below shows the exact breakdown.

Parkour 222,688,664
Freerunning 113,072,699
Skateboarding 73,992,745
Surfing 70,457,389
Mountain biking 69,328,950
BMX 39,835,564
Snowboarding 17,145,817

Keep up the good work traceurs, and for…

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Skydive Dubai sponsored Soul Flyers World Champions Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet took the first leap off The Burj Khalifa, 828 meters tall,
-Fred and Vince broke the new Guinness World Record Title of the Highest Base Jump from the Tallest Building, on Monday 21st of April 2014
-The jump from The Burj Khalifa was only possible with the construction of a 3 X 1 meter platform at the very top of the pinnacle, which was an immense task in itself
-Throughout the whole period, the highest safety measures were put in place to ensure the pinnacle did not get damaged

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Skydive Dubai, a leader in extreme skydiving, has broken yet another Guinness World Record in less than a month for base jumping off the very tip of The Burj Khalifa. Skydive Dubai sponsored Soul Flyers World Champions Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet took the first leap off The Burj Khalifa, 828 meters tall, on Monday 21st April 2014, claiming the new Guinness World Record Title of the Highest Base Jump from the Tallest Building, exhibiting their astonishing base jumping skills.

The jump from The Burj Khalifa was only possible with the construction of a 3 X 1 meter platform at the very top of the pinnacle and was an immense task in itself. The structure which was recently spotted by residents and tourists, took a total of 3 days for installation with challenges faced due to weather constrictions limiting the time available for construction. Throughout the whole period, the highest safety measures were put in place to ensure the pinnacle did not get damaged.

see more:http://www.arabiangazette.com/skydive-dubai-sets-world-record-by-base-jumping-off-of-burj-khalifa-video-20140423/

Yosemite

Bridalveil Fall and Cathedral Rocks in Yosemite National Park. A mountain climber was rescued Sunday, after he fell 30 feet while climbing nearby Higher Cathedral Spire. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times / May 11, 2009)

 

Rescuers had to airlift a rock climber out of Yosemite National Park after he suffered major injuries in a 30-foot fall Sunday, authorities said.

 

A 26-year-old man from Palo Alto, Calif. was climbing with a partner Sunday morning and was about halfway up the Higher Cathedral Spire, one of a series of near-vertical granite pinnacles, according to Officer Andrea Brown of the California Highway Patrol’s Air Operations Division.

 

He reportedly fell about 30 feet and was unable to move without excruciating pain, Brown said.

 

CHP flight officers transported two members of the park’s climbing-equipped rescue team to the location, dropping them one at a time from the helicopter to the climber, who was about 500 feet above the valley floor, Brown said.

 

Despite strong winds in Yosemite Valley, rescuers were able to secure the man in an air splint so he could be hoisted up by helicopter.

 

Fortunately, Brown said, rescuers were able to avoid lowering him down the craggy slope on foot.

 

“He was wide awake, he gave me a thumbs up and he was OK,” said Brown, who treated him on the chopper.

 

When they arrived at El Capitan Meadow, a medivac helicopter was waiting to transport the man to a Modesto hospital.

 

Brown said this was the second helicopter rescue in Yosemite within a week.

 

Last Tuesday, CHP pilots had to help evacuate a hiker on Tenaya Creek, just upstream from Mirror Lake, after she hurt her back while hiking in rough terrain.

 

[For the Record, 3:40 PDT April 21: An earlier version of this post said that the climber was about 1,000 feet above the valley floor. Actually, it was 500 feet.]

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-yosemite-rock-climber-20140421,0,5081998.story#ixzz2zi6e0ZO4

AIGLE, Switzerland — Former world time trial champion Michael Rogers can race again after cycling’s governing body accepted that meat he ate in China likely caused his positive doping test.

The International Cycling Union agreed “there was a significant probability” clenbuterol in his sample came from contaminated meat.


 Rogers raced in China, where clenbuterol is administered to livestock, days before testing positive at the Japan Cup last October.

The UCI says it disqualified Rogers from the Japanese race but consulted the World Anti-Doping Agency before deciding “he should not be sanctioned any further.”

The 34-year-old Australian was provisionally suspended from Team Saxo-Tinkoff last December.

Rogers won three straight world titles from 2003-05. In 2012, he was upgraded to bronze in the 2004 Athens Olympics time trial after winner Tyler Hamilton was disqualified for doping.

see more:http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/cyclist-rogers-cleared-to-race-after-doping-case/2014/04/23/a1766d74-cad3-11e3-b81a-6fff56bc591e_story.html