No matter how many insane rapids you’ve kayaked or massive swells you’ve surfed, there’s one watery obstacle you may not want to mess with: the whirlpool. To us, the very word conjures up images of mythical adventurers being sucked into a black, hole-like void. Though today’s most violent natural whirlpools, also known as maelstroms, may not actually be able to take down ships, they could pose a lot of danger to unaware swimmers or smaller boats.
Here are three of the world’s craziest natural whirlpools. Read at the Adrenalist..
Every year at this time, action sports fans and athletes flock to the yearly Snowboard Jamboree: the platform for the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Cup. This year, the event runs from Jan. 15 to Jan. 27 at Stoneham Mountain Resort in Quebec, Canada.
Six events and 11 competitions will be held across 10 days. The agenda includes all kinds of dry and icy snowboarding disciplines. Think half pipe, slopestyle (various tricks including grabs, grinds, spins, and flips), snowboardcross (a twisting group race) and Big Air (tricks performed after launching off a man-made jump built for the event). Amateur races, fashion shows and parties are also part of the adrenaline-pumped picture. Read at the Adrenalist..
If you want to blow away the holiday season cobwebs, consider the charms of skeleton. Despite its morbid name, the winter sport whose world cup winds up on February 17 in Sochi, Russia, is seriously invigorating.
Skeleton involves forces of up to 5g. Just try to imagine the distorting effect that pressure must have on your face as you barrel headfirst down an ice track at 85 mph on a slab of metal half your body length. Read at the Adrenalist..
The September 30th Accra Marathon is one of Ghana’s top sporting events. This year the event has “Race for Life” as its theme, a nod to the Ghanaian government’s desire to raise national life expectancy, which stands at under 65 years. Held yearly in the country’s capital, the event is expected to lure a huge turnout: over 7,000 runners. Competitors can “run, jog, walk or even do a jig,” the organizers say, and the 26.2 miles of exertion is then followed by relaxing, eating, drinking and being merry on “the pristine lawns and beachfront of the 5-star Labadi Beach Hotel.” Read more at the Adrenalist..
Fresh from hosting the biggest sports event of the year, London has another epic event lined up: the London Triathlon. The event touted as the world’s largest triathlon is slated for September 22 and 23. Luring weekend warriors and top-tier endurance athletes, it racks up some 10,000 competitors and 30,000 spectators who flock to the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London’s Docklands. Read more at the Adrenalist..
Imagine how it feels to tumble into an 80-foot crevasse.
Travel back 20 years. On June 21, 1992, climber Jim Davidson and his rope partner, Mike Price, were climbing Mt. Rainier, and they did just that.
Price died. Through steely will, Davidson survived and now gives talks on how to rally against adversity over atSpeakingOfAdventure. Here, the 49-year-old based in the Rocky Mountains’ foothills sheds light on life and survival.
Read more at the Adrenalist..
Imagine working out in sauna heat amid a bevy of perfectly toned, scantily clad classmates. That is the formula for “hot yoga” – or Bikram yoga as the discipline is also called in a nod to the founder of the extreme movement with a tropical twist. Read more at the Adrenalist..