Speaking of extreme, check otu this article on the NY Daily News "Polish kite surfer Jan Lisewski battles sharks in Red Sea — and survives", its a pretty killer look at the extreme side of surf and boarding.
Suicidal Tendencies might be pretty funny to listen to at this late date. The Boneless Ones don’t go and get that ridiculous, but there are few moments on Skate for the Devil that listeners will find worth going back to over and over again. If this soundtracked your teenage years, though, you get a pass.
What’s most amusing about all of this is the fact that the Boneless Ones only have two ways of opening a song. One option, as on “Rock and Roll Slob,” is to begin with a bassline rumbling around, just busy enough to fool a few folks into thinking this was a technically proficient band. Maybe the following guitar solo was proof. Or maybe it isn’t. Depends on one’s opinion of wanking in the middle of an almost punk track.
The other way these guys went about starting songs was to include some low key, purposeful cerebral guitar chording. “We Believe in You” is all Chuck Berry practice before the Boneless Ones take it into boring rock territory. Whatever the case, though, the band’s gonna appeal to some hamfisted, dull eyed thirty five year olds who remember the glory days.
Nothing on Drone Beats & Electric Waves really gets anywhere near Level Live Wires, but the disc’s opener, “Anyway,” sports some electro flourishes, bleeps and gurgles that aren’t likely to be found outside of Oakland or Los Angeles. This isn’t Flying Lotus, but the music still sports a sort of dance floor friendliness sometimes lacking in tough-guy beats.
Deeper into the disc, “Hey Yo!” winds up sounding a bit like the production accompanying Kid Cudi’s “Cleveland is the Reason.” Obviously, there aren’t any verses accompanying this beat, but the tossed of femme vocal moan doesn’t hurt matters. And seeing as the track eventually floats off into the following, jazzy effort, there’s not much to complain about.
What’s interesting about Drone Beats & Electric Waves isn’t that it’s a good disc – it is – or even that producers can hold up in their homes, make records and issue ‘em. It’s that Chief’s a ridiculously talented guy at this. But there’re hundreds, if not thousands as talented. And I want a chance to hear discs from those fellas as well.
While the person rescued was not injured, the waves could have done some serious harm to him - and easily could have taken his life.
For one thing, the Greenland shark is poisonous. But if you let it rot, the poison breaks down, and you can eat it. If you are really, really brave. This traditional dish is called "hakarl," and is not for the faint of heart.
When we think of sharks, most of us think of Discovery Channel Shark Week footage. Clang! Slash! Snap snap! Thrash! Rawr!
The Greenland shark is the opposite of that.
Politely described as an "ambush predator," the Greenland shark is a rubbery, sluggish dweller of the coldwater deep. It is also blind. Not from birth, no. This species of shark plays host to a parasitic copepod which eats the shark's eyes.
The copepod is bioluminescent, which attracts prey. The Greenland shark basically hangs there in the water until a fish comes near, lured by the shark's eye worms, at which point the Greenland shark snaps at it.
To quote Wikipedia, "The flesh of a Greenland shark is poisonous." It contains the toxin trimethylamine oxide, which breaks down into trimethylamine. In addition to being poisonous, this chemical is "responsible for the odor often associated with fouling fish, some infections, and bad breath." Yum!
Greenland sharks also contain a high proportion of uric acid (the active ingredient in urine), which gives the flesh a distinctive powerful smell and taste of ammonia. Are you getting hungry yet?
In order to make the Greenland shark's meat safe to eat (if not palatable), it is fermented using a traditional beachfront burial. The flesh is buried in a shallow hole on a gravel sand beach, and weighted down with several heavy rocks. These rocks not only discourage predators, they also press out the "fluids" while the meat is fermenting.
The shark meat is left for between two and three months. I had a friend who spent several years in a small town in Iceland. She once mentioned that you always want to stay away from the hakarl beaches. Every coastal area has its own designated hakarl beaches, where everyone goes to bury their shark meat. The smell of all that rotting shark meat is… unpleasant.
After it's finished rotting, the meat is dug up and then hung to cure and dry for several months. Then the crust is cut off, and the gelatinous meat is sliced into cubes, and served with a jaunty toothpick.
According to one food blogger, "Everyone involved in this process should be on trial in The Hague."
No less an authority than Anthony Bourdain called hakarl "the single worst, most disgusting and terrible tasting thing." After being challenged to eat it, Gordon Ramsay vomited. Hakarl also appears at or near the top of any "worst food ever" list worth its snuff.
Notwithstanding this, hakarl is sold in grocery stores in Iceland, and - one presumes - eaten by people on purpose.
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In the few cases where surfers are attacked it often proves fatal and those lucky enough to survive are left with terrible scars. Back in 2007 there was an amazing case when surfer Todd Endris was grabbed in the jaws of a shark. He was sitting on his board oblivious when the shark hit him and it managed to get both the board and his torso into its huge jaws. The skin was ripped from his back and his leg was cut through to the bone. He kicked the shark in the nose until it let go and much to his amazement a pod of dolphins happened along and circled him, protecting him as he rode his board into the beach and safety. Apparently there have been other cases of dolphins protecting victims of shark attack but you wouldn’t want to rely on it.
Just to show sharks aren’t always a threat to surfers here’s a video of a guy catching a lift from a shark. I wouldn’t recommend you try this.