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Surfing China’s Silver Dragon
12.13.2010
02:57 pm

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The Silver Dragon is the largest tidal river bore in the world. Formed at the mouth of China’s Qiantang River 30 miles past the city of Hangzhou, the tremendous narrowing of the river and the rising of the riverbed constricts the water and creates a mammoth wave running as high as 30 feet and traveling at 25 mph. The Silver Dragon makes its appearance twice a year.

Charles Lanceplaine shot this footage this year of surfers Jamie Sterling, Mikala Jones, Robert Weaver and Mary Osborne riding the Silver Dragon.
 

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‘Carts Of Darkness’: The extreme sport of shopping cart racing
11.02.2010
04:26 am

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Carts Of Darkness is a fascinating film in and of itself but when you factor in the fact that its director, Murray Sipple, is a quadriplegic the film enters the realm of the astounding.

I have not always relied on a wheelchair for my mobility. As an able-bodied person I was a high school quarterback, dedicated mountain biker, skateboarder, and a snowboarder. I lived in Whistler, B.C and directed five independent action sport videos that were pre-“X-games” and pre-“mainstream extreme”. I set down deep roots in a short period while living in the mountain community; and traveled internationally filming snow and skateboarding. That lifestyle/ dream was destroyed in 1996 when a high-speed motor vehicle accident compounded by an emergency room error rendered me a quadriplegic. Throughout the following eight years, I continued to hope that my life could still somehow include my passion for filmmaking. Eventually, I was able to renovate a home in North Vancouver that became a model of accessibility and independence. But outside the comforting accessibility of this new home, my vantage point was largely limited to flat pathways, accessible public buildings, and shopping centers. I learned to drive a van which extended my freedom, but my limited hand dexterity made it difficult to work a camera like I had before. So in spite of solid gains in the direction of freedom and mobility, I found myself largely retreating from the dream of returning to filmmaking. The next few years were chiefly spent adjusting to my disability and trying to ignore the craving to make films. I discovered the story behind Carts of Darkness when I was grocery shopping one evening. I noticed some loud individuals who were cashing in bottles. I had a romantic vision that both of our lifestyles were stereotypes to the passing customers: the drunken and comically disordered bottle returners, and me, wheelchair-bound and precarious in my adapted vehicle. When I approached the men with the idea to make a film, a world was revealed to me I had never expected to discover in my own neighbourhood. Murray Sipple


Carts Of Darkness
documents the lives of ‘bottle-pickers’, the hardships they endure, and their method of letting off steam thru the extreme sport of shopping cart racing. 
 

 

 

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Rockaway Taco: riding the wild surf in Queens
09.27.2010
02:19 pm

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A short and sweet film by The Selby about some urban hipsters and surfers opening a taco stand and juice bar in the aging community of Rockaway Beach, Queens. I used to go surfing at this very spot.

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‘Dark Side Of The Lens’: the mystical art of surfing
09.15.2010
04:00 am

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Surfer and filmmaker Mickey Smith made this breathtaking video that summons up the most sublime sense of being alive and in touch with the world we inhabit.

Smith worked with Allan Wilson from the Astray Collective, who acted as Director of Photography on the project. Together they logged hours of footage across the Atlantic coastline, traveling around Ireland, Cornwall and Manchester. Shot in Super 16mm film, as well as groundbreaking work with Canon 5D mk11 Digital SLR, Smith also projected images of the huge walls of water within which he works, on to monster urban landscapes such as sky rises and castles in Manchester, as well as the cliff lines at his home of Ireland.

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Extreme pole dancing
08.15.2010
01:20 am

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A man, a pole and a whole lot of skill - so simple and yet so dramatic.

The Indian sport of mallakhamb originated in India in the 12th century. The word “malla” means wrestler and “khamb” means pole. This old art had almost been lost throughout the centuries but it’s become increasingly popular in recent years. Mallakhamb is often undertaken by blind or partially blind athletes because the art involves feeling, strength and balance and is not dependent on perfect eyesight. The connection to yoga is obvious - sport as meditation. 

 
More mallakhamb after the jump…

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Opening in LA: How We Roll, an exhibition of black surf & skate culture

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Attention people of Earth and Southern California!

This Thursday marks the opening of How We Roll, a six-month exhibition on African-America’s contribution to surfing, skateboarding and rollerskating culture at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.

Starting with the history of black surfing from the 17th and 18th century in Polynesia and Africa and on into the US, the exhibit rolls through the African-American surf-skateboard-rollerskate continuum featuring photos by Glen E. Friedman, Grant Brittain, Jim Goodrich, Lance Dawes, Atiba Jefferson, Neftalie and more. Spotlights include the legacy of pioneering black female pro skateboarder Stephanie Person and the way that skateboarding has cross-pollinated with black music formats like Afropunk, hip-hop, jazz and reggae.

Get a preview of what the exhibit looks like here.

Here’s a piece of the black skateboarding story on the East Coast from Jeremiah Alexis via Current TV
 

 
Bonus clip after the jump: a tribute to the irrepressible black skater & actor Harold Hunter, R.I.P.
 

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Mick Jagger enjoying himself—A LOT—at the World Cup
07.07.2010
05:25 pm

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No one, I repeat no one, can amuse themselves quite like Sir Mick Jagger, seen here at the World Cup, enjoying himself as no one else can! With Bill Clinton and Katie Couric making cameo appearances. Some of these are laugh out loud funny, but not really at Mick’s expense, either. Strange that. He’s Jumpin’ Jack Flash and don’t you f’ing forget it!
 
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The 10 Best Pictures Of Mick Jagger Watching The World Cup (Buzz Feed)

 

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Limber limbo: How low can you go?
07.01.2010
05:02 pm

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Truly impressive: A fellow in the Bahamas by the name of “Emperor Duke” limbos under a stick perched just eight inches off the ground! Crazy!

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‘I’ve been spit-roasted in Grosvenor House by the boys from Chelsea FC’
06.25.2010
06:10 pm

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Absolutely superb! More from Chenille Steele here.

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Refait: Football as Everyday Life
06.15.2010
02:11 am

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In a stroke of pure Euro genius, France’s Pied La Biche art collective have produced Refait, a complete re-enactment of the 15-minute penalty phase of the 1982 World Cup semifinals between France and Germany in the setting of Villeurbane, just northeast of Lyon.

By mapping the grinding tension of an extended penalty across the wide spaces and casual attitude of a small industrial town, Pied provide an irreverent yet plaintive—and somewhat hypnotizing—perspective on the frailty of human achievement. Horst Hrubesch’s winning shot never seemed so enduring.

 

Refait from Pied La Biche on Vimeo.

 

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