I know that feeling…. The Telegraph has pubished an amazing collection of photos by photographer Alex Tipple, taken from the sea bed as waves crash over swimmers and surfers off the Australian coast. Strange and beautiful pictures with a particular poignancy for me today. The doctors have just told me I may never swim again. To see the rest of the pictures, click here. Enjoy.
Archive by Month June, 2010
The Bounceologist has been stuck in Bangkok for the last couple of weeks.
It’s nearly a decade since I was here last and I’m amazed to find that the place hasn’t changed.
Chinese megacities have been demolished and rebuilt in that time, but Bangkok is still the same sleepy mix of Austin Powers meets the Asian Financial Crisis.
Meanwhile, I’ve been missing the start of the summer surf season in Hainan.
And it is turning out to be quite a season. Here’s the latest video from Brendan and the boys at Surfing Hainan.
Not long ago, from 27th to 30th May, the 2010 X Games Asia held in Shanghai. It is a gathering for those love extreme and cool things. The players enjoy the competitions and the audience can enjoy the extreme performances. It is so cool.
One of the extreme games is skateboard. Have you experienced the anxious but exciting surfing? To some extent, skateboard is the extension of surfing on land. In order to enjoy the feeling like “surf on the wave” on land, people tried to find a new sport and then the skateboard was born. In the 70th last century, the skateboard culture has obvious effects left by surfing. And the skateboard parks made by skateboard lovers were imitated the surfing terrains. But now the skateboard has its own special language, skills, styles and music with the development.
Last time, I went to Qingyuan to experience the famous water sport—drift.
Before reaching there, I have heard from that it is an extreme sport which is very exciting, funny. And when experiencing it, it was really true that it was very funny and challenging. As we know, Qingyuan is famous for its drifting. There are many drift gorges in Qingyuan and every one has its characteristics. The one I went to last time is Huanglong gorge, and its current is very strong and the drop of water level is so large. If you are an extreme sport lover, you will enjoy it very much. There are many water drops in Huanglong gorge, so when the rubber boat drifted through the water course, it seemed that the rubber boat flied up the water and people even felt weightless. Wow, it is so amazing and challenging.
In order to enjoy the drift well, there are some tips for those who go to Qingyuan drift first time.
Firstly, bring one more clothes in order to exchange after the drift.
Secondly, do not eat too much before the drift.
Thirdly, it is still necessary to do the sunscreen when drifting, especially for those girls who do not want to own the sunburned skin after the drift.
Well, I think the drift is cool and funny. So it is a good choice for those who love cool and extreme things to challenge one time. And when experiencing other cool sports, please do not forget to enjoy Waboba balls.