Tag: Best of the Web
- Our trip to New Zealand was all about expressing the shear scope of the landscape and the fantastic riding it offers. With a small population and virtually no trail access issues, the riding is almost limitless. Probably like it was fifty years ago in the U.S. We travelled throughout the South Island from Queenstown to the Craigieburn Forest, experiencing amazing singletrack and the laid back NZ lifestyle.
- People have always been fascinated by what is underwater, and now you can literally sleep and eat with the fishes. The Conrad Hilton in the Maldives has an underwater restaurant that can be converted into a bedroom, Dubai is working to build the first five-star underwater hotel, and the Poseidon Underwater Resort is set to soon open. We've gathered up some photos and renderings of where you could soon stay.
- Midnight Sun: A natural phenomenon, occurring in the summer months, north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle where the sun never fully sets and remains visible 24 hours a day. This short time lapse film was shot during the Icelandic Midnight Sun in June of 2011.
- We first saw Dark Side of the Lens in the 2011 Relentless Short Stories film contest, and we've been in love with the film ever since. Irish surfer Mickey Smith gives us a behind the scenes look at the world of surf photography, along with breathtaking shots of Ireland's coastline. We have a new appreciation for surf shots. Video and transcript after the break>>>
- Over 40 countries compete in professional freestyle windsurfing, yet one tiny Caribbean island dominates -- Bonaire. How could an island of 13,000 people with almost no tax base and no formal training facilities produce world class athletes? Set against the backdrop of the 2011 professional competition on Bonaire, Children of the Wind uncovers this question, depicting the fifteen year struggle of brothers Taty and Tonky and their cousin Kiri, who journey from poor fishing families to the covers of windsurfing magazines.
- When the Green School in Bali decided to install an ATM, they were torn. ATM's are hardly green. They require constant electricity, and a large concrete foundation to secure it. With the nearest ATM over 8 miles away, burning an exorbitant amount of fuel, they decided to build what looks to be the coolest and greenest ATM ever.
- This film was shot in one day. More than 25 filmmakers and surfers worked in unison to document the world of surfing in a single 24-hour period: May 2, 2012. From world champs like Kelly Slater and Stephanie Gilmore to free spirits like Dave Rastovich, Ozzy Wright and Alex Knost, this project brings together shapers, photographers, legends, beginners, third world, first world and surf world. Some scored big. Others couldn't find a ripple. It's all part of the surfing experience. From contests to camping, hanging at home or hitting the road, veteran surf filmmaker Taylor Steele pulls together an epic, international cast to prove the best place to be is here and now.
- In search of a break from the Beijing smog, photographers Biel Calderon and Mark Esplin visited the island of Sanya, a famous tourist destination in Southern China.
- Alcatraz may be the most famous prison island, but it's hardly the only one. The Smithsonian has put together a list of "Infamous Islands of Exile". Included are the likes of Patmos, Greece, Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile, and Robben Island, South Africa.
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