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Like a predator stalking his prey, Patrick Davids’s eyes rarely stray from the choppy green sea, and his radio is always at the ready.

While the assortment of sunbathers, swimmers, and surfers may not know his name, they know what he does and that one day they may owe him their lives.

Mr. Davids, or “Rasta” as he is better known, is a shark spotter who helped set up one of the world’s only shark-monitoring units along beaches in Cape Town, South Africa.

From a cramped beach hut, Davids has helped build up a network of full-time shark spotters on nine beaches, watching over one of the world’s most shark-infested shorelines.

Nearly seven years ago, the former …  More info

The Sixth Annual Jamaica Bay Kayak Fishing Tournament Hosted by Captain Kayak – Long Island’s Premier Kayak Fishing Source.

The Sixth Annual Jamaica Bay Kayak Fishing Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 16th, 2009. Last year’s tournament was a great success, even though bad weather hindered the actual turnout, kayak fishermen from all over enjoying the many activities and great fishing with the cooperation of all three targeted species – bluefish, striped bass and weakfish. This year the event has been moved back 2 weeks but fishing still promises to be great. The event is geared both toward, the serious competitive kayak fisherman and the person who just wants to learn more about this fast growing sport…  More info


My all-time favorite vacation activity is white water rafting. If you are not afraid of the water, or of getting wet, and you love the out-of-doors, you should try it!

White water rafting combines many good things, such as natural beauty, tranquillity, marvelous scenery, experiencing “the wild,” companionship, history — and moments of genuine excitement.

The rapids on rivers are generally classified in order of danger from 1 to 5…  More info


river-ratThe River Rats are paddling against the current, trying to keep North Quabbin’s premiere community event alive.

The Athol Lions Club, the event’s organizers, has had to deal with loss of sponsors, cutbacks in the communities where the race is held and hazards in the river that require members to rethink where the start will be. “We’ll make do,” said David Flint of the Lions Club. “What’s the alternative? Not to have it.”

Mr. Flint said the race will be held this year, but the future is in doubt if the club continues to lose sponsors…  More info