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Extreme Waves

“Waves are not measured in feet and inches, they are measured in increments of fear” – Buzzy Trent

Surfers measure waves from the back so if the biggest wave of the day was 30 feet according to their measurements you will find that to the watchers on the other side of the wave, a surfer could be riding a wave that is sixty feet tall, the height of a six-story building.


CYCLOPS, Western Australia

This is mainland Australia’s heaviest wave. It is rarely surfed by tow-in and surfers tend to favour bodyboards as it breaks onto shallow rocks. It is a righthand wave which breaks on a coral reef. It is hollow, fast and powerful and ranks very highly in the ratings – “totally epic” is how I’ve heard it described!


Shipstern’s Bluff is a fast deep water extremely powerful reef break near Tasmania, South Australia which breaks onto huge boulers in freezing waters! It is an amazing wave if you can get there as it’s hard to find and you have about an hour and a half walk-in. Because of this and the cold water, menacing size and sharp reef there is never a crowd there. It is a right hand wave which is best at low tide. The best season is winter and the hazards are rocks and sharks! It is a wave for advanced surfers only.



The wave is named after rocks on the western edge of Towan Head and works when a low spring tide combines with a south-east wind within the Cribbar, a shallow reef off Fistral Beach. With 30-foot waves that are definitely not for the inexperienced, it is more similar to surf off Hawaii than North Cornwall. Surfers are towed by Jet Ski into the monster wave.

Only a few surfers actually dare ride the wave when it appears. According to local legend, three Australians first rode the highly dangerous wave in 1966. Looking more like a suicidal situation, only four surfers were brave enough to surf the Cribbar this year. Among them were three people from the UK and one South African.

The wave is a dream for surfers. Modern technology such as weather track systems and meteorological data allow surfers to make sure they do not miss the opportunity. “It’s a big thing in a surfer’s life. They make sure that they are fit and healthy for this moment so they can’t miss it when it comes,” says Tom Oliver, a spectator from the car park at Fistral Beach.

Local surfer Lee Hallam, 28, says ‘I have watched a few people try and surf it unsuccessfully. I have only recently seen one person who actually surfed it- a travelling South African, big wave surfer Chris Bertish. It is very powerful and if you make a mistake it could have disastrous consequences!’

The Cribbar is for the highly skilled, and otherwise should be left alone.



The best big wave riders will chase this Antarctic swell which steams towards south west Tahiti and the reef at Teahupoo, home to some of the most spectacular and dangerous waves ever faced by surfers. This wave is generated by open ocean swells hitting the coral atoll reef with Hawaiian type power. It is probably the heaviest wave in the world and it is certainly the thickest. It is a wave that has claimed lives and brought the great Laird Hamilton close to tears after an incredible ride.


Dungeons, Hout Bay

Dungeons combines an offshore rock reef with cold water, white sharks and massive swells which definitely puts it right up there with the world’s other most dangerous waves. Hout Bay, also known as “Dungeons” to the surfing community, is one of the sixteen recognised big wave spots around the globe. The annual Red Bull Big Wave Africa competition is held here. Swells of up to 47 feet have been recorded as well as numerous deaths as a result of shark attacks and surfing related incidents. The spot consists of various reefs. The most popular is called “2.5 “since it is 2.5 m deep. Behind it is “3.5”, which is 3.5 m deep. There is also a reef that is reputed to be able to hold a 100 ft high wave, should one ever come. Before the use of jetskis or charter boat (which is a 20-minute boat trip out) to enter and leave the area, the surfers who braved these waters had to paddle through a dark and deep channel, through to where the waves break.

Cowboy Culture in the Camargue

My husband is a faithful rodeo attendee, and he never misses a single chuckwagon race. He loves the Calgary Stampede. Every year in July, he dons his cowboy duds for the official 10 days of the Stampede and any periphery events. This year he will truly miss his favourite event of the year as we will not be in Calgary. The excellent news, there is no shortage of cowboy culture, horses and bulls in Provence.

The Camargue, is located to the west of Marseille, south of Arles, divided by the Rhone river and bordered by the Mediterranean. This unique landscape is the marshy, wetland of the Rhone river delta. The Camargue is large, at 930 sq-km, at least one-third of which is water in the form of lakes or canals. This wild, beautiful countryside has been protected in some fashion since 1927. In 2008, it was incorporated into the Parc naturel régional de Carmague, and it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is certainly a place worth protecting.

Aside from water, the Camargue is filled with fauna. There are black bulls (taureau) bred for two purposes; fighting and their meat. The landscape is home of a distinctive, powerful white horse. These steeds are a peculiar, small breed that have adapted to the harsh local conditions, over thousands of years. Both the bulls and the horses, roam semi-feral around the ranches or manades. There are also lots of birds, thousands of them, including flocks of pink flamingos.

Like all areas of France, the Camargue can boast about a strong, local industry built around the cultivation and production of food. There are rice paddies that stretch for kilometers, although production is now a third of what it was in the 1970s. Other planted grains included corn, wheat and canola. On drier land, there are vineyards and fruit trees. Local fishing and Fleur de Sel (specialty salt) production are also significant sources of employment in the region.

What does that have to do with the bulls?

Bulls have existed in this marshy area since Roman times. Organized Spanish bullfighting (the corrida) first took place in the Arles arena in 1853, although events had been taking place for over 150 years by then. The Ferias or fairs are enormous attractions in the region, the season runs from mid-March to mid-November, it is known as saison taurine. The largest events can attract more than 500,000 spectators. Aside from the corrida there are a number of other popular events, which range in levels of insanity.

The course camarguaise a sport with humble origins as a form of a daring farmyard game. It achieved official status in 1975. The goal of course a la cocorade is to cut or remove ribbons from a bull’s horns for prize money. The participants are called raseteurs. They need to remove three attributes (attributs) from the bull in order to win prize money. The three items are, the roundel (a red ribbon attached on the centre of the bull’s head), the acorn (two white tufts attached to the horns) and the string (this is wrapped around a horn and should be removed last). The crowd is typically cheering for the bull. The manade owners are extremely proud to have their bulls featured in the events, and even happier if the animal wins the heat and earns some prize money. This event offers exciting entertainment, with agile cowboys and fast bulls.

Encierros, which is the same as the Spanish name for bull running in the streets. This event does not need much explanation. Bulls are let loose in narrow village streets, with brave or insane participants running ahead of them. The events in Provence may not be as famous as that of Pampalona in Spain, a seven-day festival held annually from July 6-14. However, the idea of the encierro is the same with large, powerful mammals running through the streets.

Best Selling NBA Sports

Not every NBA player has the honor of seeing his jersey rise to the top of the NBA store best selling list. Unless a certain player has some event that explodes his popularity, the best selling jerseys are usually for the players that have performed at an extremely high level for an extremely long time. Now, it’s not the kind of performance that draws positive comments from only the locals. It’s the kind of performance that draws attention from all over the world. There have been many players in history who have done this, but the most recent three are indeed Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and the legendary Michael Jordan.

The Kobe Bryant NBA jersey is a magnificent blend of the colors of the Los Angeles Lakers: purple, gold, and white. The gold mesh of the jersey boldly sets a nice tone for the purple and white border. The classic, stylish lettering of the Lakers name is placed above the number 24 at the front of the jersey, with the name Bryant in the same position at the back. It’s no wonder that this jersey is one of the best selling. It both represents a great player and looks simply stunning.

As LeBron James battles with Kobe Bryant for the title of best player, their jerseys are carrying out a similar battle. There are three different LeBron James jerseys available for sale, each showcasing a different official color of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The maroon jersey carries the nice gold border with white letters and numbers. The navy blue jersey has a border alternating between gold and maroon, again with white letters and numbers. The gold jersey has a maroon border, with the numbers being navy blue and the letters being in maroon. The four official colors make interesting combinations on the jersey.

Although Michael Jordan has stopped playing basketball in the NBA, his jerseys are still on the rise. There are three Jordan jerseys. The alternate jersey is black with red lettering. The home jersey is white with red lettering. The road jersey is red with black lettering. Each of these are available autographed from the NBA store, and cost upwards of $1500 apiece. Definitely looking different from today’s jerseys, the Michael Jordan jerseys offer a look back into the history of the sport under the name of a legendary player who led the Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA titles.

When you look for these nice jerseys, be sure to check them out from authentic and authorized dealers. They should also give you some form of guarantee for the legitimacy of the jersey. Additionally, you should check for the signs of fakes because these jerseys are the most popular to copy in the industry.

Moments in Sports History

You may, or may not, have been anticipating numbers 25 – 1 of my top 50 greatest moments in sports history list, but in case you have I am going to finish her off.

Just a quick reminder, this is still just my opinion and I am sticking to it. Enjoy it for what it is, and hopefully I provide a bit of a nostalgic experience for a few of you.

25.) Kirk Gibson’s home run in game 1 of 1988 World Series off Dennis Eckersley.

The man had a stomach virus and was playing on two bad legs, yet somehow he came through with the most memorable home run ever. This man deserves a a nice pat on the back, and some cake.

24.) Baseball strike of 1994.

This strike included, there have been 8 work stoppages in baseball history, but the strike of 94′ was the only one I have experienced in my entire life. The strike occurred in-season and lasted from August 12, 1994 to April 2, 1995. The entire postseason and World Series were canceled that year, leaving many fans shocked and a little pissed off.

23.) Tigers Woods wins the U.S. Open, the Open Championship, PGA Championship in 2000, and the Master’s beginning 2001.

He was the first golfer in history in the Grand Slam modern era to hold all four major championship titles at the same time. You can love or hate the man, but this feat is damn impressive for anyone.

22.) Jack Nicklaus wins Masters at the age of 46.

He is the oldest to ever win a Masters Championship, and I do not see that record being broken any time in the near future. Tiger is a great player, but Jack will always be the greatest golfer in the history of the sport.

21.) California vs. Stanford – The band is out on the field.

Any fan of football, or sports in general, will recognize this play, or just the phrase “the band is out on the field.” There were no serious implications with the game, other than the fact they are/were big rivals. Just the sheer madness of the band on the field, and flipping the ball all over the field, warrants this play to be on any top sports list.

20.) Red Sox win American League Championship versus the Yankees, after being down 3 – 0 in the series.

This is nearly impossible to pull off, let alone against the New York Yankees. The fact that it was against the Yankees made the comeback even more memorable, because these two have a longstanding/viscous rivalry that tops many. The Yankees can suck it…that is all.

19.) Wayne Gretzky becomes NHL’s all-time leading scorer in 1989.

I just recently started getting into hockey, but I have always known about Gretzky his accomplishments/records. Wayne had the entire package and was probably the best all-around player to ever bless the sport. He was a great guy and deserved every bit of recognition he received.

18.) Nolan Ryan throws seventh no-hitter of his career in 1991.

This man was something special, and the best pitcher I have ever seen. He had a freakish arm – he played 27 seasons -, having never experienced a serious arm problem, while being able to consistently touch 96 – 102 MPH on the radar gun. Many pitchers these days are happy to throw one no-hitter in their career, but Nolan had the ability to possibly throw a no-hitter in every start.

17.) Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Rigs in 1973.

Bobby Rigs never felt woman could come close to playing at the same level as a man. Riggs was 55 when he challenged Billie Jean to the match, and wanted to prove that woman did not have the athletic attributes to beat a guy. Billie bent him over and spanked his ass beet red in three straight sets. Woman were viewed a little differently after that.

16.) Bill Buckner’s error in game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets.

Sadly, this error is what Buckner is best known for. The Mets tied the game up in the bottom of the 10th inning and had the winning run (Ray Knight) on second base with Mookie Wilson up to the plate.

15.) Cal Ripken Jr. breaks Lou Gehrig’s record for most consecutive games played.

Cal played baseball with a mighty heart and determination. He was well known for his ever-changing batting stance, and rightfully earned the “Iron Man” nickname. On September 6, 1995 he played in his 2,131st straight game, surpassing another great in Lou Gehrig. With the babies playing professional sports these days, I don’t see this record being broken any time soon.

14.) Jesse Owens wins 4 gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

I’m sure you all remember that Adolf Hitler character – aka dirty little Nazi bastard. Hitler did not feel African American athletes were up to the same standard as German athletes, and wanted to prove this by hosting the games in Berlin. Little did he know, Jesse Owens was not intimidated and he stuck it to them winning 4 gold medals (100m sprint, long jump, 200m sprint, and 4 x 100 m relay team).

13.) Jimmy V and NC State beating Houston in 1983 NCAA basketball championship.

NC State were huge underdogs going into this game – and rightfully so because Houston was led by Clyde Drexler and Hakim Olajuwon. Jimmy V had a solid game plan and no one to hug after the game winning dunk with no time left.

12.) Michael Jordan wins 6th NBA title with the Chicago Bulls.

I know that he had teammates, but the Bulls do not win one single championship without the likes of MJ’s talents. The man is arguably the best to ever play basketball, and it is hard to go against this with everything he accomplished. You could also argue which sport he was better in…baseball or basketball?

11.) Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary pass against Miami (FL) in the 1984 Orange Bowl.

Flutie was always the “Little Engine that Could” in my mind. He was about 5’9″ on a good day, and relied mostly on his scrambling ability to find a passing alley. Boston College was a bit of an underdog in this game, and everything seemed all but over when Miami went up 45 – 41 with 28 seconds left. Flutie had other plans; he hurled the ball from around midfield into the end zone, allowing Gerard Phelan to catch the ball and win the game.

10.) John Isner vs. Nicolas Mahut in the longest tennis match ever.

This only happened a few weeks ago, but this one of the most insane/intense sporting events I have ever seen. If I am not mistaken, the fifth set alone was longer than any full tennis match in the history of the sport. The final match ended up 70 – 68; this is just unheard of, and it looks like an NCAA basketball score. The sheer effort and will to win between these two was just as great, if not better, than the match itself.

9.) Henry “Hank” Aaron (aka “Hammerin’ Hank”) passes Babe Ruth as the all-time home run leader.

Hank hit number 715 on April 8, 1874 pushing him past Babe Ruth to hold the record. In my mind, Aaron still holds this home run record with 755 because Barry Bonds was on some kind of elephant steroid when he broke it. Long live Hammerin’ Hank!

8.) Wilt Chamberlin scores 100 points in a single game.

What makes this record even more impressive was the fact that there was no 3-point line at the time. You can mark my words: “No one will ever score 100+ points in a basketball gam again.” He was, and always will be the most dominate big man to ever play the game. Stand up and give him a round of applause.

7.) Pete Rose breaks all-time hits record and is banned from the Baseball Hall of Fame.

A great accomplishment with some bad news. He owns the record of 4,256 hits in his career, but he was banned from the Hall of Fame for gambling on baseball. The man has gone through enough shit in his life, and although it was a little late, he still admitted he gambled on the sport…give him his well earned spot in the Hall of Fame already.

6.) Michael Phelps wins 8 gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Domination or Marijuana influenced announcing his authority may be understatements for what Michael Phelps achieved at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He surpassed former American swimmer Mark Spitz and his record of seven gold medals. For this Michael, I toke up my bong in your honor…..too soon?

5.) Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier in the “Fight of the Century.”

This was the first boxing match between Joe Frazier (26 – 0, 23KOs) and Muhammad Ali (31 -0, 25KOs). The fight was held at Madison Square Garden, and had the biggest hype build up in the history of boxing. The bout was pretty much even through the first eleven rounds, but Frazier began, and continued, to dominate through the 15th round when the fight was called. It’s very rare for a sporting event to live up to so much hype, but that was what made it so great.

4.) Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech.

This speech was extremely emotional and uplifting. After being diagnosed with “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” a big ceremony was held at Yankee stadium to help support him with his illness. The disease damages motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. “I’ve been given a bad break, but I’ve got an awful lot to live for.” – Lou Gehrig

3.) USA hockey team defeats the Soviets in the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid: “Miracle on Ice.”

Anyone who knows about the “Miracle on Ice” had to figure it would be high up on the list. In fact, many of the top 50/100 sports lists I have seen rank this as their number 1 memory. The win was no doubt the biggest win for an American team in any Olympics. I say this because the Soviets dominated hockey for many years, and were the absolute favorite in this game. There were not that many Americans who thought we could even win, and yet we somehow pulled it out. DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?!?!?!?!?

2.) Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier in baseball joining the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Bud Fowler is technically the first African American to play baseball in the major leagues, but Jackie was the first modern black player. He paved the way for many more black players, and helped break racial segregation within baseball. His influence on the sport was not all he accomplished however; he won the Rookie of the Year award in 1947, played in 6 World Series, and helped the Dodgers win the 1955 World Championship.


This may not be the greatest moment in sports history, but it is in my history. This is without a doubt, the greatest game my eyes have eve beheld. I watched this game from beginning to end, never turning the channel once – not even when the commercials came on. Just when you think Boise made one to many mistakes and blew the game, they came back and surprised us all. I was literally running around the house when Boise tied the game up with the hook and ladder. I then proceeded to taking my shirt off and screaming like a 4 year old girl when Boise won in overtime with the “Statue of Liberty.” This game was just further proof that the BCS is a steaming pile of garbage and should be rid of completely. The bowl games may make the Universities a good deal of money, but a playoff system would be much more exciting and truly show who the number 1 team in the nation is.

American Pit Bull Terrier The Perfect Dog For You?

Facts are, yes, they are capable of mauling or killing. Yes, they often do not do well with other dogs, especially same-sex. Yes, they are at times considered a status symbol for the wrong reasons. And yes, for the most part if well-bred, well-trained and well-socialized, American Pit Bull Terriers do make incredible pets.

The American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) we know today has a checkered and hotly debatable past. They are believed to be descendants of Roman Molossus, the forebear of today’s gentle giants, the Mastiff. Used for bull and bear baiting exhibitions in Roman coliseums and as ferocious war dogs, they followed the Roman Army as warriors and participants in blood sports.

Because of their brachycephalic head, they had phenomenal gripping ability. To that add exceptional courage and tireless stamina, they were the ideal working dogs for hunters, farmers and butchers. They were first used in legitimate bull baiting for butchers and bringing down large game such as bears. Because they were skillful at what they did so naturally, it did not take long for those involved to see money could be made at the expense of the dog. After working all day, they captivated crowds rich and poor by fighting to the death at night.

In 1835 England banned bull/bear baiting, widespread and accepted form of entertainment. That did not stop nefarious dog owners from competing. Instead of bulls and bears, pits were made and the dogs were literally tossed in with rats. The dog that killed the most rats in the shortest time was the winner.

That wasn’t enough blood for some. Egos got inflated and winners began challenging other winners to see whose dog was the maximum killing machine. The pits once used for dogs vs. rats, now became the arena for the more exciting and bloodier contest of dog vs. dog. The fights were so vicious, they lasted until only one dog was alive….barely.

Prior to the American Civil War, a substantial influx of immigrants traveled from the British Isles to Boston, Massachusetts. With them came their dogs and the sport of dog fighting. It continued as a popular form of gambling and entertainment until the middle of the 1930s.

As countless pioneer families left New England to head west, their dogs again went with them. Most served as indefatigable working dogs. They earned their keep, helping hunters by bringing down large game. Farmers and ranchers used them to round up wild cattle and hogs. Their stamina and muscular build, made them perfect for herding livestock on lengthy cattle drives. The forebears of the APBT we know and love today, were a vital part of American history.

Diligent breeding took much of the aggression out of them. Dogs not used for fighting were not known to be aggressive to humans. They made wonderful family pets. For over a hundred years, Americans have known and loved them as the symbols for RCA and Buster Brown Shoes. Those who watched the Lil’Rascals and Our Gang Comedy wanted their own “Petey.” It wasn’t long before the Pit Bull became one of America’s most popular pets.

Following WWII, they suffered a decline in popularity as pets until the mid 1980’s, when once again, their status rose; but for the wrong reasons. They were a status symbol. They projected intimidation, power and hate. They were the face of danger and they were to be feared.

No longer was careful and thoughtful breeding the objective. It was the unapproachable image of a killer that was celebrated. The goal was to produce the most threatening and vicious dogs in the shortest time possible, no matter what it took.

Everyone who had a Pit Bull recognized there was a buck to be made and suddenly became a breeder. Due to slipshod breeding, human aggressive dogs multiplied like rabbits. Aggression was bred to aggression, to make the most ferocious dog possible. It was a fast and easy way to make money. Who cared what happened to the animals…there were plenty more where they came from. Puppy mills and backyard breeders had a field day, producing quantity, not quality. The breed degenerated due to the shoddy breeding and the quality of the breed suffered.

The genetics of the breed were compromised to create a fearless, fierce and feared dog.
As another means to supply the demand for the latest status symbol of bullying, methods of agitation, cruelty, neglect and torture that are too horrendous to mention were commonplace.

There is no question there are still selfish, thoughtless inexpert breeders. You will find the products of their greed in pet stores, puppy mills, backyards, basements and garages. Pick up a newspaper or go to certain web sides. They are flooded with ads for APBTs. Rare is a flea market that doesn’t have at least a couple of pens jam-packed with puppies of uncertain heritage.

However, conscientious dog owners are aware of the importance of knowing the reputation of the breeder and meeting the parents of puppies they purchase.

If it is an APBT you want, never purchase a puppy or dog for a pet from a non-reputable breeder! Responsible, honest trustworthy breeders take enormous care in paying attention to details. Their reputation depends on making sure their breeding stock has the history and temperaments needed for a quality family pet. Their devotion to the breed makes them seek out only the top-quality people friendly inherent characteristics of their breeding stock.

Most people are not aware, in general, a well-bred APBT ranks fairly high on the American Canine Temperament Testing Association test. (ACTTA). Of the 112 breeds tested, they ranked fourth. When purchasing a puppy, ask the breeder if they have had their breeding pair tested and how they ranked.

Meet the parents of your puppy. If the breeder does not want you to meet the parents, leave immediately! That is a red flag! There is a problem.

Keep in mind; a Pit Bull is not the easiest dog for an inexperienced dog owner. The adage “It’s not the breed, it’s how your raise them.” is not always true. Even the best of them can be hard to handle around other dogs, even though they are wonderful around people. This is an extremely powerful dog. Most have an extraordinarily high prey drive. Some have an extremely low tolerance to other dogs, normally of the same-sex.

However, ask an experienced, conscientious owner to describe their pet and you will hear: affectionate, cuddly, solid, fearless, high energy, not always good around other dogs, loyal, devoted, respectful, loves people, good with children, “watch that tail!” silly, fun, tireless, playful and powerful.

As with any dog, they should never be left unsupervised with children or older people. Even though this breed is normally good with them, they are powerful and can easily knock a child or older person over, without meaning to or even realizing it.

Their average weight is 30 – 60 lbs. Some have been known to reach over 90 lbs!

Their average life span is 12-15 years.

Grooming is a cinch. They are not heavy shedders. Bathe only when needed. A quick bushing feels great. Most love it. Wipe them down with a damp cloth or chamois and they look like a million bucks!

Most purchased from reputable breeders are amazingly trainable. Never use force when training. They respond amazingly well to positive reinforcement, punishment-free methods of training. Fair, firm and consistent is the way to go. They thrive on the attention they get, whenever they do anything that pleases their person.

Socialization is critically important, especially with puppies. The first 20 weeks of a puppy’s life sets a foundation for most future behaviors. Like all dogs, they need a few minutes of training everyday. The more positive experiences they have at an early age, the better they are with coping. The greater the coping skills, the nicer the dog. A well-mannered dog never displays dominance to humans.

The APBT is an intelligent breed. It is obvious when given the training, socialization and attention they deserve, they can do just about anything. Many have found gainful employment as Therapy, Search and Rescue, Drug and Bomb Detection dogs. The military and numerous police departments have found them very useful.

Health wise, Pit Bulls are a healthy breed. The most common health problems include: hip dysplasia, thyroid conditions, skin allergies, patellar luxation and congenital heart problems.

Exercise, exercise, exercise! If a Pit Bull is what you want, be prepared for a minimum of 2 hours of vigorous exercise per day. Most have remarkable stamina. This is not a dog that is content with just a walk around the block. Without adequate exercise, they will develop serious and expensive behavioral problems.

Well-socialized Pit Bulls do quite well in competitions. They enjoy every opportunity to show off. To make exercising more interesting, try flyball, weight pulling, agility, obedience and lure course (chasing a mechanical object) competitions. A tired Pit is a good dog!