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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!

Bull Fighting in Spain

Whenever we think about Spain, a picture of a Bull-fighter with red cloth in his hand and bull charging towards it comes in our mind. Bull fighting has truly become the symbol of this European country.

The basis of bull fighting in Spain lies in an age old tradition in which people used to sacrifice a bull on the days of fiestas. The sacrifices used to be performed to please the God. This game originally started as a playful competition between people and their bulls. The person who used to take control of the bull was considered to be powerful and strong.

The professional form of this sport started in 711 A.D. to celebrate the crowning ceremony of King Alfonso VIII. At that time, this sport was played while riding a horse. It used to be a sport for aristocrats during those times. But King Felipe V banned the aristocrats from playing this sport as he thought that it will put a bad example in front of the people.

Once the aristocrats were banned from playing, common people started taking part in the Bull Fighting. As common people couldn’t afford to keep horses, they changed the rules of the game. Thus, the present version of the game was created in 1724. In this version, the player dodges the raging bull on foot and unarmed.

Ever since that time, bull fighting in Spain has been one of the most loved sports. Thousands of people flock the bull ring to watch this intense and entertaining competition between man and animal. The number of spectators of Bull fighting in Spain has crossed over 1 million every year.

Bull Fighting in Spain has taken shape of an organized sport. People find it extremely exciting to attend bull fighting matches. Thousands of people throng the stadiums for such matches, through out the year.

Bull fighting generally includes one unarmed matador and a raging bull. The matador is regarded as the greatest of sportsmen in the country as the act of jumping in to a ring with a huge ring requires a lot of courage. Many times, Matador can get seriously injured while fighting with the bull. This sport causes several deaths and disabling injuries every year. They are given highest of the honors by the government and many people treat them like superstars in Spain.

This is why, a bull fighting match is also known as the dance of death. The matador has to perform rehearsed and calculated moves to dodge bull’s attacks. One wrong move and the matador may get trampled under the bull’s feet or stabbed by its horns. But still, its popularity has only increased over the years.

Today, Bull Fighting has become a highly organized sport in Spain and many other countries have also started playing it. Even though, there are many organizations which consider this game as cruelty towards animals, this has not diminished the craze of people towards this sport.

Ban Blood Sports

Blood sports as the name suggests, refers to certain forms of sports that involve bloodshed of innocent animals. It involves engaging the animals in a fierce fight against each other and often ends with the death of one or all the animals involved.
Hare coursing, bull fighting, dog fighting, bear baiting, and badger baiting are the common examples of blood sports.

Animal Rights and Animal welfare activists have long been making an outcry against such barbaric sports and have been instrumental in shutting down most of them. However, these sports are still being practiced in some of the nations as a form of human entertainment.

In hare coursing, animals like hounds are made to chase the fragile hares. They are made to chase the harmless hares by sight and not by the much commonly practiced scent. It is practiced often as gambling, and the organizers tend to provide an excuse behind organizing such barbaric events as essential for controlling the population of hares or for sharpening the skills of sight hounds. Though banned in some of the nations as illegal, it is still organized in most of the parts of the world as a competitive and regulated sport.

Those in favor of this barbaric cruelty have long been placing arguments in favor of hare coursing. However, in the absence of notable scientific arguments, it is still to be established as a welfare practice. The coursing events, like Waterloo cups, have still kept the heinous crime against innocent animals going. The coursers tend to organize the sports until every single hare of the area has been killed. The sport has swapped away almost 80% of the total hare population of United Kingdom. With the culture of coursing strongly imbedded and the promising rewards behind the events, the sadistic organizers are even using arms.

Bullfighting is another blood sport which is actively being organized in some of the most developed nations of the world. It is found to be an impressive form of entertainment in nations like France, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and The Philippines. Followers regard it as a fine art, while the detractors have been calling a ban on this heinous blood sport.

Bullfighting is Not Artistic-It Is a Barbaric Blood Sport!

The supporters have been linking bull fighting with their culture and tradition, comparing the horrific act with arts like music and dance. The bull is hooked on its shoulders by the cruel matadors on several occasions. After it has received multiple blows and seems to be too fragile to continue further, the bull is killed with a single blow by the cruel blade of a sword. In Portugal, it has been declared illegal to kill a bull in the arena so the fighting bull is later slaughtered as fighting bulls are to be considered only once.

In dog fighting, the participating dogs are made to fight sometimes until death. It is often used as a means of entertainment and for gambling and betting. The places where dog fighting is prohibited by law, it is surreptitiously practiced in relation to other crimes and inter-group violence. Dog fighting often gives birth to illegal gambling, racketeering, drug peddling, gang violence, and other crimes.

Animal right activists have been raising their concerns over dog fighting not only because of the pain and suffering the animals undergo during the fights, but because of their tragic end after the event. It is one of the most heinous forms of animal abuse. The animal is often subjected to cruel and inhumane handling during the training process. This heinous crime against animals is popular in countries like Australia, India, Japan, South America, North America, Russia, South Africa, U.K., and more.

Cock fighting is one of the most common forms of blood sport and it is still practiced in almost all the nations across the globe. It is also associated with religious ceremonies as ritual. The birds are equipped with sharp arms like blades and knives so that they can inject severe blows to the opponents. Though it is not an established industry like dog fighting or bull fighting yet, it is a commonly practiced form of gambling.

Secular cock fighting is being banned by most of the nations, but still the followers argue in its favor, calling it as a means of entertainment. This cruelty still exists in few parts of the globe as a religious custom. It was once associated with royalties but now being abandoned by them, this sport is secretly being performed as a part of gambling.

Bear baiting is also a form of blood sport wherein the bear is engaged in baiting with one or more hounds. Bear baiting has been recognized as a part of blood sports and has been abolished by most of the nations across the globe.

Animal fighting is taking the shape of organized crime. With the heavy amount of money being involved, it often promotes other crimes like drug trafficking, gang wars, and more. Millions of innocent animals are being killed in the name of art and entertainment. The animals are subjected to horrendous tortures throughout the process of training and then brutally slaughtered in the name of the game. Not only the animals but the matadors also risk their life with the fear of being gored or trampled by the agitated animal.

No argument placed in favor of barbaric blood sports can make them justified. Being outlawed, these sports are being practiced these days under clandestine closures. The organizers often end up in a fierce fight among themselves.

Possessions of illegal and legal arms are also a part of the sport. Such weapons are not only used for inducing pain and slaughtering of the animals involved in the game, but the groups engaged in gang wars often raise them against each other.

The matadors in bull fighting enter the arena during the conclusion of the game with a red color cloth to mask blood and to prepare the animal for the final kill. Though meant for such brutal attempt, it is done in a way that it produces a beautiful appeal over the sadistic onlookers. The foolish followers have been claiming it as an art form, but in a civilized and educated society where we claim to exist today, can we call an event involving slaughtering and cruel bloodshed as an art form? I think not!

These forms of entertainment prevailed in the medieval era when there weren’t many sources of entertainment. The type and nature of the sports exemplifies its primitive form, and it shouldn’t have found its application in a civilized and ethical society. Being born as humans, it is one of our essential duties to safeguard the rights of not only fellow human beings, but of all the living beings on the earth.

It not ethical and humane to organize these barbaric blood sports just in the name of mere entertainment. We have many forms of passing our times these days. Instead of getting engaged in such outlawed activities and propagating illegal and criminal activities, we can channel our energy more productively and learn new ways to improve ourselves and our race. If we want to engage ourselves in any form of adventure sports, there are numerous cruelty-free options.

We can go for mountain climbing, yachting, paragliding, angling, rowing, etc. These activities are not only extremely entertaining, but are great for our health and bring us close to nature as well. Some are group activities and can help strengthen bonds with friends, family, and peers. So, next time you plan to go for blood sports, just ask yourself once what will you get from it, and if you don’t participate, what are you giving back to the living beings on the planet?

End Cruel Blood Sport of Fox Hunting in Ireland

Events like bull fighting and dog fighting have become a part of tradition, and it is deep-rooted among the followers. However, they must rid themselves of it the way we have done away with orthodox and superstitious beliefs. If we dislike any form of abuse, we shouldn’t cause such physical and mental abuse to other living beings. We must acknowledge that blood sport is a crime toward the animal community.

What’s Your Secret Project?

Whew! What a week of Olympic triumphs, defeats, and tragedy.

After starting off with a devastating tragedy in luge, the Olympics have turned into an incredible showcase of triumph over defeat… and some very unusual personalities mixed in for good luck.

With the best last name in the Olympics, the incredible US Snowboarder, Shaun White, showed up all of his competitors with an impressive display of ingenuity, talent, persistence and secret training.

Not sure if you have heard his story before, I will quickly recap it as there are some great lessons there.

Red Bull took a shining to Shaun White

They saw his natural talents for ripping up the half pipes and decided it would be a great idea to build him HIS OWN secret half pipe.

A full-size half pipe, accessible only by helicopter, that included a foam pit at the bottom for him to rehearse the more dangerous tricks.

No one knew about it.

No one could watch him train.

No one had a clue that he was secretly inventing new tricks and techniques that had never been seen.

And when he start to strut his stuff at the snowboard competitions… he trounced the competition!

He changed the game with his new tricks.

Even saving some of his most advanced one for the Olympics…ones that left his most seasoned of competitors standing there with their jaws hanging slack.

Some great quotes about Shaun:

“Shaun had a lot of ideas about things he wanted to do, and really pushed the sport into the future,” said Bud Keene, White’s coach and an assistant for the United States Olympic half pipe team.

“I can’t even tell you or begin to describe how many times I’ve gone over this run in my mind, gone over this competition in my head, imagined what it would be like,” White said at the bottom of the massive half pipe.

“This season has been unlike any season I’ve ever had before,” White said. “Where I crashed probably more than I ever have, I’ve been frustrated, I’ve lost sleep. I really pushed myself as far as I could go, not only to have to invent these tricks, but actually have done them, and then win.”

Did you see it?

This red-headed hippie dude was a MASTER at visualization… and failure in reality.

He pushed himself to his extremes.

Failed FAR MORE times than he succeeded.

He kept his visualizations top of mind and a major priority in his training.

He sure didn’t want to dwell on his failures.

Winning an Olympic medal means that these athletes have failed 1,000 (10,000?, maybe 100,0000 times). But they keep on plugging and seeing themself winning the GOLD.

Ultimately they do.

Especially when they have “secret weapons” on their side!

What’s your secret project?

Do you have multiple “secret” marketing campaigns you are testing out?

Seeing what happens when different ingredients are added can be a very enjoyable thing to do.

Be prepared to fail far more than you succeed.

All of the best do.

Which explains why they win Gold Medals… they are willing to fail time after time, while they constantly see Gold in their minds.

Try it.

My secret project for months has been The Business Mastery Course (see link below in resources) It is THE program I wished I had when I started my business. It would have saved me tens of thousands of dollars in “experience”. And it will for you too.

This afternoon I am interviewing one of the greatest marketers and copywriters in the world, Mr Joe Sugarman. He is the man behind BluBlocker Sunglasses and sold millions and millions of sunglasses with one simple marketing idea.

Taking Back My Youth on an MGP Nitro Extreme

It was a cool spring morning which promised to become a very hot early spring day and so the mind drifts to what could be done to make this Sunday a very special one for my son and I.

Having spent most of the day before indoors playing Star Wars on the Wii, Sunday was going to be ‘outdoor day’ and I was going to be out in the fresh air, not sat in front of a television watching virtual characters battle it out on screen. No, fresh air is what I needed today and so that’s what I was going to get.

A few months earlier it had been my birthday and somebody in their ultimate wisdom had decided I was not going to grow old gracefully and bought me a scooter. Not any old scooter, but one with a particularly cool name. Knowing that I had a penchant for gadgets, they decided I needed on that summed up my love of all things ‘mega’ and ‘turbo’ and they bought me an ‘MGP Nitro Extreme’. Now, when I first saw the words on the box I didn’t really understand what it was I’d got. I thought maybe I’d been sent some kind of explosive device seeing as ‘nitro’ sounds like something we yearned for as kids.

However I soon realised that this was one of those trendy scooters with wheels so small they look like they’ve been stolen from Action Man’s tank and enough metal and rivets to show it had been engineered in the fiery depths of some Pacific Rim volcano. I was going places on this thing, and hopefully not hospital.

As it turned out, the weather never gave me an opportunity to use it and so it lay dormant in the garage waiting for a time when the sun would emerge from the clouds and allow me to go hurtling down the street like a lanky and rather over weight teenager. Oh, and wrinkly. A teenager with a skin problem that makes them look 42. You get the idea.

And the sun came out and I did take my scooter to the skate park to show those whipper-snappers a thing or two about riding one of these beasts. Except just in case it was a bit hard, I went really early on Sunday morning, realising that your average teenager doesn’t leave bed until way after midday on a weekend having spent the night before drinking Red Bull in a bus shelter.

So, I climbed carefully to the top of the ramp and holding the bars as hard as I could, I let myself tear down the slope, gravity taking hold of my over-plump frame and dragging me into the curve.

And here, dear reader, is where it went wrong.

You see, these infernal devices are pretty darn quick. They look flash because they are flash and the wheels are greased with the slickest, most frictionless material I have ever known. Before I could take a breath, I was hurtling at incredible speed towards a grassy bank wherein I narrowly missed a metal waste bin, sped off to one side and landed in a soft and slightly muddy patch.

If there was a moral to this story, it might be that people my age shouldn’t be dealing in such dangerous sports and should stick to driving 4 by 4 vehicles on highways. But that would be defeatist. Instead, I give you this.

If you do intend to be a stupid as me and ride around like a teenager on incredibly good looking technical equipment – wear a helmet. You look a lot less stupid than someone with a massive bruise on their temple!

A Bull Terrier Dog Breed Profile

Description: The Bull Terrier is a strong, muscular, medium to large sized dog. This dog will be found to be 20 to 24 inches at the withers and will weigh from 45 to 80 pounds. The head of the Bullterrier makes it instantly recognizable, as it is egg shaped when viewed from the front and there is no stop. The short, hard coat is found in either a white or colored form, which will find the coat with black, red, brindle, or fawn with white. This terrier has a life span of around 10 to 12 years. It is also called the English Bull Terrier or the Standard Bullterrier.

History: The Bull Terrier was bred originally to take part in the ‘sport’ of bull baiting. As the devotees of bull baiting wanted a more agile dog than the rather ponderous Bulldog, this dog was bred to the English Terrier and Spanish Pointer. As a contender in the bull baiting ring, however, the Bullterrier was a flop. It was used to attacking animals tied to a post, and did not do well with free contestants. However, the dog had attracted the attention of quite a few people and was kept on as a destroyer of vermin and companion dog.

Temperament: The Bull Terrier has had most of the aggression bred out of it and is now a very loving and affectionate dog. This dog becomes extremely attached to its human family and wants to be with them at all times. The Bull Terrier will suffer if away from them for long periods. This is a very playful dog, even something of a clown, and loves being with children. The exuberance of the Bull Terrier may be too much for small children, however. This terrier does need to have an owner who can display leadership.

Health Issues: The Bull Terrier is a breed that shows more deafness than usual in its bloodlines. The white dogs are especially susceptible to this. Dislocation of the kneecap is fairly common in this breed as well. This terrier can also suffer from obsessive compulsive disorders where the dog will lick or chew or scratch for hours unless stopped. This can usually be controlled medically. Zinc deficiency can also cause serious problems in this breed.

Grooming: As the Bull Terrier has very short hair, it is easy to groom. A weekly brushing will keep the coat in excellent shape. Check the ears and eyes occasionally for irritants and make sure the nails stay short. Running a chamois cloth over the dog’s coat after a brushing will give it a very nice shine.

Living Conditions: Not only must the Bull Terrier be considered an inside dog because of its short coat, but also because of its strong attachment to its family. This dog will be very unhappy if kept out of family activities, and behavioral problems may arise if this terrier does not get enough attention. The Bullterrier can live in an apartment setting, as it is fairly active indoors. It will appreciate long walks or jogging alongside your bicycle.