A cluster of some 20 great white sharks was recently spotted by the U.S. Coast Guard off Pacifica and Ocean Beach, an unusually large gathering that has heightened concerns about the safety of local swimmers, wind surfers and kayakers.
The sharks — many of which were between 10 and 18 feet long — were seen swimming together last week only about 100 yards offshore.
“Amazed,” exclaimed Lt. Beau Belanger, who was piloting one of two Coast Guard helicopters flying 500 feet above the ocean on Oct. 16 when they spotted the gang … More
Gerd Serrasolses (ESP) and Mariann Saether (NOR) are the adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Champions 2015.
Now in its eighth year, the adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship saw the largest number of competitors ever.
Over 175 of the world’s finest whitewater, slalom and freestyle paddlers from no less than 30 different countries met up in the picturesque town of Oetz to compete for world championship honours on the legendary Wellerbrücke rapids, a section of the glacier-fed Ötztaler Ache River that is considered to be one of the most difficult whitewater sections on the planet.
For the first time in the history of the race a female world champion title was awarded with a record number of 25 participating women.
The Wellerbrücke rapids are solid class 5 whitewater, both technically difficult and dangerous. Any mistakes paddlers may make have high consequences. The well known rapids on the course: Champions Killer (the final drop of the 280-metre long race course) and Champions Killer Minus 1 (the hole above Champions Killer) are both feared and endeared by extreme kayakers, all of whom respect the river as much as they want to conquer it.