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Paige Alms on her Jaws victory and the future of women’s Big Wave surfing

This story originally appeared on SURFER . Words by Ashtyn Douglas . Paige Alms works as a server at the Paia Fish Market in Maui a few nights each week. She serves fish tacos and sandwiches to tourists and locals and collects those cash tips, thank you very much. When she isn't behind the cash register or prepping 5-gallon buckets of tartar sauce before shifts, she's busy progressing the level of women's surfing — like she did last weekend at Jaws. Paige Alms at the Pe’ahi Challenge. Photo: Aeder/SURFER The 2017 Pe'ahi Challenge is one that will go down in competitive big-wave infamy. The contest saw arguably the best top-to-bottom surfing that has ever gone down at a big-wave venue. The waves were XXL, the conditions were beautiful, monster barrels were threaded in Semifinal No.2, and the lines drawn were incomparable to those of any prior big-wave event. Alms, who...
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Lifesaver drones will soon be auto-detecting sharks and shouting at swimmers from above

Drone technology seems to be exploding in two different directions: camera drones for aerial videography, and drones with AI deep learning capabilities for a wide range of different commercial and industrial purposes. The ability to get up high, take in a huge amount of visual and spatial information, and then have a GPU crunch it and do a lot of the work identifying objects, classifying them and deciding what to do about them holds great potential. One application we didn't see coming is this, the Shark Spotter, a new initiative being tested by the Ripper Group out of New South Wales, Australia. In conjunction with local surf life saving services, the Ripper Group has been using a range of fairly serious-grade UAVs to assist with lifeguard duties. Up to this point, the Little Ripper drones have spent a lot of their time on surveillance duties, looking for people in distress,...
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Tweet Words Peter Hart   //  Photos  C/O Hart Photography unless noted. Originally published within the April ’17 edition. In part 2 of his ‘learn to loop’ story, Harty describes how the triumphant first rotation and scrambled waterstart should only be the beginning of a long and joyous journey. Gerard Kelly taught himself to loop in his late forties. He’s a frequent visitor to Pozo in Gran Canaria, the looping capital of the world; and it was there, after a week of mental and physical preparation, that he nailed his first one. Gerard is a natural risk-taking, former Gaelic footballer player hewn from the stone of his native Donegal. Given that it was 3.7 weather (even for 90 kg Gerard), there was a hint of a suggestion that these first loops may have been a little agricultural.  Being an affable Irishman, he quickly made friends in Pozo, two of which were...
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From the Archives: Sailing Downwind? Set a Whisker Pole

No matter whether the journey is a trade-wind romp across a thousand miles of ocean or a daysail up the bay, a cruising boat that's not equipped with a whisker pole loses the ability to sail efficiently when the destination is dead downwind. In any chop or waves, it's difficult, if not impossible, to wing the jib out unsupported, and with the wind farther aft than about 140-degrees apparent, the main will blanket the jib or genoa. That's a total of about 80 degrees of apparent wind that you can't use efficiently without a pole. But many cruisers don't carry a pole because they feel it's difficult to set up and use. That's not the case if you follow a few simple steps. Let's go through what it takes to wing out your jib with a pole. Your equipment needs? A topping lift or spare halyard to raise the pole...
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15 March 2017
I can just see Cousteau the father of diving turning in the grave. After the disastrous management of the Calypso by the late captain's last wife, now the last bastion of Cousteau's legacy Aqualung ha...
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23 February 2017
After the 20th shark attack off Reunion Island since 2011 occurred earlier this week, the world’s greatest surfer made a comment that “there needs to be a serious cull on Reunion and it should happen...
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A Red Sea diving liveaboard had to be evacuated on Saturday, 13 May after what appeared to be a galley fire broke out. According to one of the 23 guests, who were left with few possessions between th...
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19 May 2017
PADI CEO Releases Statement on New Owners Story brought to you by DIVEMAGAZINE The Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) was sold in March this year to a private consortium known only a...
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We take a look at the best diving movies of all time, from thrilling underwater epics to Hollywood blockbusters featuring incredible subaquatic scenes. The underwater realm struggles t...
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March 15, 2017 at 9:19 PM Researchers have created a new model for predicting decompression sickness after deep-sea dives that not only estimates the risk, but how severe the symptoms are likely to b...
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