A Day Searching for Waves in Bali with Volcom Pro Surfers

A group of predominately blonde surfers surround the faint glow of a laptop screen as the sun sets in Bali, Indonesia. The forecasting charts and metrics utilized to find the best waves and swells evoke smiles and words like “gnarly” and “stoked” as the numbers display the possibility of 8-12 foot waves the following day. Continue reading “A Day Searching for Waves in Bali with Volcom Pro Surfers”

How to Become a Professional Surfer

“Do you get waves in England?”

If Harry Timson had a dollar— well, maybe a pound would be more fitting — every time he was asked that question, he’d have a lot more extra cash to spend as he travels the world as a professional surfer for Volcom along with fellow international riders like Mauro Diaz and Leon Glatzer. Continue reading “How to Become a Professional Surfer”

April Ross is a Role Model for Young Female Volleyball Players

The match ended as April Ross and Lauren Fendrick celebrated with high fives and hugs. The beach volleyball duo were onto the next round of the 2017 AVP New York City Open. They dried off with a towel, rehydrated with some water and did some interviews. All standard fare. Continue reading “April Ross is a Role Model for Young Female Volleyball Players”

Babe the Farmer’s Daughter on GLOW, Netflix Series

In the late 1980s, Ursula Hayden was approached with an opportunity. Michelle Duze, a high school friend of hers, became involved with the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) and wanted Hayden to join the all-female wrestling production. Continue reading “Babe the Farmer’s Daughter on GLOW, Netflix Series”

This Woman Engraves the Stanley Cup

For the second time in as many years, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Matt Murray and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ roster will be engraved onto the Stanley Cup, the ultimate prize in the National Hockey League. Since 1988, Louise St. Jacques has been the sole person in charge of such duties. Continue reading “This Woman Engraves the Stanley Cup”

Ryan Doherty’s Journey from Baseball to Pro Volleyball

Ryan Doherty reaches into his pocket for his wallet and pulls out a business card. The red card has his name, an image of him shirtless on the beach with a volleyball, the text “Avatar’s Guide to Beach Volleyball available on the Kindle app now”, and three listed professions:

Pro beach volleyball player
Paid underwear model
Published author Continue reading “Ryan Doherty’s Journey from Baseball to Pro Volleyball”

This Nike Designer Showcases Love of Portland Sports in Artwork

Drake Ramberg is Portland through and through. He was born in the city, went to college at Portland State University, is an avid fan of the local Timbers and Trail Blazers, and has worked at Nike—headquartered in nearby Beaverton, Ore.—since 1987.  Continue reading “This Nike Designer Showcases Love of Portland Sports in Artwork”

Importance of Lacrosse to Iroquois Featured in New Documentary

Lacrosse is more than a game — it is a ritual, a medicine, a tradition, a culture, and an identity.

The sport is an original Iroquois game, played to honor the Creator. The Iroquois have a deep relationship with the game and much respect for it. Children are given homemade wooden lacrosse sticks when they’re born — they’re taught to respect the stick, learn about its importance, and cherish it. Continue reading “Importance of Lacrosse to Iroquois Featured in New Documentary”

Ramadan Fasting Beneficial for Detroit Lions’ Ameer Abdullah

Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah enjoys a little pain and adversity. He favors wearing long sleeves or a hoodie—sometimes both—under his jersey when it’s hot out. Why? Well, if he can handle tougher conditions, playing on a normal day will be easier. Continue reading “Ramadan Fasting Beneficial for Detroit Lions’ Ameer Abdullah”

Gotham Girls Roller Derby Profile: BackAlley Dred

Karen Williams wears many hats. She is a cultural anthropologist, undergraduate teacher at Queens College and an instructor at New York Insight Meditation Center. Williams, though, also wears a helmet. And knee pads. And wrist guards. And roller skates.

Continue reading “Gotham Girls Roller Derby Profile: BackAlley Dred”

Most Unique Triple-A Baseball Team Names

Baseball players at the Triple-A level are one step away from playing in the big leagues—MLB in the United States. While they may be the closest they’ve ever been to becoming a major leaguer, these players, no matter if they’re a promising rookie on the rise or a grizzled veteran looking to make a comeback, may have to play in smaller markets with some unique uniforms and team names. Continue reading “Most Unique Triple-A Baseball Team Names”

Women Coaching Men and the Obstacles They Face

Natalie Randolph sat inside Ben’s Next Door on U Street in Washington, D.C. Like most of the patrons at the bar, she was attentively watching the National Football League games on the TV screens. A conversation struck up between her and a man seated nearby.

Then the inquisition began. Continue reading “Women Coaching Men and the Obstacles They Face”

‘Mr. Chibbs’ Tells Story of Former NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson

Documentarian Jill Campbell and her crew drove to John F. Kennedy Airport to pick up the subject of their next project: former New York City basketball prodigy and retired NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson. Continue reading “‘Mr. Chibbs’ Tells Story of Former NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson”

These Sports Media Members are Donating Toiletries to Homeless

Tina Sturdevant does extensive traveling for her role as senior manager of media and talent at Bleacher Report. Even though she would bounce from city to city and hotel room to hotel room, she remained particular about bringing her own toiletries. Continue reading “These Sports Media Members are Donating Toiletries to Homeless”

UNC Coach Roy Williams Unsure if Team Will Visit President Trump, White House

It’s a tradition in the United States that a sports team is invited to the White House by the President after winning a championship. The first championship team believed to have visited the White House is the 1924 Washington Senators after claiming the World Series. NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL and NCAA championship-winning teams have become a regular occurrence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave since Ronald Reagan made it commonplace in the 1980s. Continue reading “UNC Coach Roy Williams Unsure if Team Will Visit President Trump, White House”

Why Attending a Portland Timbers Game is a Must

The rain was relentless. The drops caromed off waterproof jackets, baseball hats and exposed hair. It gently landed on the grass field. It slapped the concrete walkways. Yet, the deluge didn’t disrupt the resounding noise reverberating from the endless sea of green-clad supporters that filled the north end of the stands at Providence Park. The Timbers Army were in full force. Continue reading “Why Attending a Portland Timbers Game is a Must”

Waves For Water Aims to Solve Global Clean-Water Crisis

In 2009, professional surfer Jon Rose was aboard a boat off the coast of Indonesia as part of a surf trip. Rose made the pit stop en route to Bali, where he planned to distribute 10 water filters as part of his new clean-water initiative, Waves For Water.

Continue reading “Waves For Water Aims to Solve Global Clean-Water Crisis”

Arthur Guérin-Boëri Sets Freediving Record Under Ice

How long can you hold your breath? Probably not that long. Now try imagine doing that while swimming underwater. Pretty tough, right? Finally, imagine holding your breath and swimming 175 meters (574 feet) under a sheet of solid ice. Well, that’s what Arthur Guérin-Boëri did in Finland, setting a world record for the longest freedive under ice. Continue reading “Arthur Guérin-Boëri Sets Freediving Record Under Ice”

World’s Longest Elevated Cycling Path Opens in China

Instead of riding a bicycle alongside traffic on congested roadways or adding to the air pollution problem in a car, now commuters can bypass the cars and utilize greener transportation alternatives, riding on elevated paths above the endless stream of automobiles. Earlier this month, the world’s longest elevated cycling path opened in China in an effort to alleviate transportation issues in Xiamen, China. Continue reading “World’s Longest Elevated Cycling Path Opens in China”

Tiki Barber on his Transition from NFL Running Back to Marathon Runner

Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber rushed for a team-record of 10,449 yards over 10 seasons in the National Football League. His longest play was a 95-yard touchdown run in 2005. Understandably, running the 26.2 miles that comprise a marathon would take some adjusting to. Continue reading “Tiki Barber on his Transition from NFL Running Back to Marathon Runner”

Iron Dog is World’s Longest, Toughest Snowmobile Race

Alaska is synonymous with the Iditarod, a 1,000-mile dogsled race across the state’s harsh winter terrain, but there is another race that also puts competitors to the test while traversing The Last Frontier. The Iron Dog is a 2,031-mile snowmobile race from Anchorage to Nome, finishing in Fairbanks. It is the longest snowmobile race in the world.

Continue reading “Iron Dog is World’s Longest, Toughest Snowmobile Race”

White Turf Horse Races are Run on a Frozen Lake

Frozen lakes are utilized for sporting activities such as ice hockey, figure skating, ice fishing, and luge. But horse racing? Each year since 1907, jockeys and riders from around the world gather in St. Moritz, Switzerland, for the White Turf international horse races. Continue reading “White Turf Horse Races are Run on a Frozen Lake”

What Happens to the Losing Super Bowl Team’s T-Shirts, Hats

The scene is the same. The clock reads 0:00. The final whistle blows. Some players jubilantly celebrate. Others fall to the ground in agonizing defeat. Confetti floats down from the rafters. There are tears of joy. Tears of disappointment. People are hugging in celebration. Some in reassurance. Amidst all the chaos, there are people running around from player to player and coach to coach handing out T-shirts and hats that proudly read “Super Bowl Champions”. Continue reading “What Happens to the Losing Super Bowl Team’s T-Shirts, Hats”

Stackable Soccer Pitches Could Alleviate Space, Obesity Issues in Dense Cities

Maximiliano Arrocet and his colleagues at AL_A like to play 5-a-side football, which helps reinforce the family-like atmosphere of the London architecture and design studio. The employees found it more difficult to find a local pitch after the studio relocated. This spurred the question: How can a dense city with limited green space still cater to its active population? Continue reading “Stackable Soccer Pitches Could Alleviate Space, Obesity Issues in Dense Cities”

Cresta Run in Switzerland Still Bans Women Riders

The Cresta Run in St. Moritz, Switzerland, is unique for a variety of reasons. Although the naturally made toboggan run that was first started in January 1885 and is the birthplace of the head-first riding position has one head-scratching mark: women have been banned from riding the Run since 1929.

Continue reading “Cresta Run in Switzerland Still Bans Women Riders”

Drone Racing League Continues Rapid Global Growth

Nicholas Horbaczewski and Ryan Gury were standing in a field behind a Home Depot in Coram, Long Island, New York. They were attentively watching people wearing first-person view goggles while manning RC controllers. Drones whizzed by. They were enthralled.

Continue reading “Drone Racing League Continues Rapid Global Growth”

Brazil’s Impact & Dominance in Professional Bull Riding

Luis Blanco grew up on a ranch in Iacanga, São Paulo, Brazil. Each morning his cousin would come over for coffee with Blanco’s father before he set off for work. The cousin would tell his uncle stories about riding horses and the rodeo.

Blanco was hooked. Continue reading “Brazil’s Impact & Dominance in Professional Bull Riding”

Rod Smart Recalls ‘He Hate Me’ Nickname, Time in XFL

Rod Smart was a dual-sport athlete at Western Kentucky University. The running back and track star had his sights set on the National Football League. Smart signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2000. Continue reading “Rod Smart Recalls ‘He Hate Me’ Nickname, Time in XFL”