Archive by Month December, 2010

  • Building Hobby Produces Cat with Chinese Characteristics

    Post by The Bounceologist on December 17th, 2010

    Catamaran Junk

    Catamaran Junk

    Notes from a Small Island
    Sanya, Hainan, China

    We’re very resourceful on our tropical island. It is difficult to buy anything here, so instead we just make do with what we’ve got.

    Here’s what David Taylor came up with in lieu of a Hobie Cat – two rented sea kayaks strapped to a frame of rolled carpet and dismantled ladders.

    I’m currently locked in debate with David about the merits of his junk sail.

    Having been a pretty serious competitive sailor myself, I reacted in horror to a sail as flat as an ironing board. Without some curvature in the sail, how does it have any power at all?

    David assures me that she “sploshes along OK”, and she certainly looks the part in Chinese waters.

    But I say let’s cut to the chase. Strap on a big spinnaker and a couple of trapezes.

  • France’s Jeremy Flores Sneaks in Late to Win Backdoor

    Post by The Bounceologist on December 17th, 2010

    Jeremy Flores Billabong Pipe Masters
    When this message arrived in my email this morning, I had visions of some beret-wearing Frenchman winning an interior decorating competition.

    But, ah, Backdoor is a place, apparently, in Hawaii, and it was the venue of the Billabong Pipe Masters, the final stop on the ASP World Tour.

    Flores, who is the first European to win the event in its 40-year history, came from behind in the final five minutes of his heat, scoring a near-perfect 9.37 (out of ten) and winning himself $75,000 in the process.

  • Boogie Board Shot Makes Photo of the Year

    Post by The Bounceologist on December 8th, 2010
    Boogie Board Wave

    Coming Up For Air

    This extraordinary photograph beat out 114,000 other photographs to win Digital Camera Photographer of the Year for 24 year-old Australian Jon Wright.

    Most of my photos are inspired by what nature has to offer in and around the ocean,” he says. “I broke my back in 3 places after a surfing accident, but I managed to continue my love and passion for the water through my photography. I continue to search for the perfect picture, and on my way hope to inspire others to be creative and enjoy what life has to offer,” says Jon.

    Jon took the photograph at Duranbah beach near the Gold Coast City in Australia.

  • Haikou Ben Posts a Picture

    Post by The Bounceologist on December 7th, 2010

    Here’s a fun Waboba pic from Ben from Haikou.