Posts Tagged ‘beaches’

Bummer, Dude. Global Warming Will Swallow Good Surfing Beaches.

July 21, 2017

Bummer, Dude. Global Warming Will Swallow Good Surfing Beaches.

“It may seem that stronger storms and swells would be a boon to surfers. But as with many aspects of living in a changing climate, the outlook is far more complicated.

As a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey predicts, by 2100 many of Southern California’s most popular surfing spots could be subsumed beneath rising seas. Others could simply wash away.” 

— “California May Lose Popular Surfing Spots to Rising Seas,” Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian

West Coast surfers will have to hit the beaches of North Carolina, where sea level change is against the law.

More:

“Will Climate Change Wipe Out Surfing?” Sam Kornell, Pacific Standard

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Daytona, 1958: Race on the Beach

September 4, 2016

” … action-packed 165-mile convertible race on the sand that lasted 1.5-hours. The cars were limited to a single four-barrel carburetor that allowed top speeds of 130 m.p.h on the straightaways and 60-70 m.p.h. in the turns.

Curtis Turner won the hard fought race while setting an average speed of 99 m.p.h. and received $4000 for his efforts piloting a 1958 Ford. Lee Petty finished in second place in his Oldsmobile, and Joe Weatherly took third in his Ford.”

“A Time of Change – The Last Daytona Race on the Beach and the First 500 on the New Speedway,” The Old Motor

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Spring Break

March 30, 2013

Spring Break

“Like Western democracy, Socratic philosophy, written histories, epic poetry, and every other foundational pillar of high culture, spring break began in ancient Greece.

Called ‘Anthestreria’ by the local teens, and their parents, it was a festival dedicated to Dionysus, the god of wine and whoopee and just about every excuse to party. For three days, people would dance, singers would perform, women would deck themselves with flowers, and Greek men would compete to see who could be the fastest to drain a cup of red wine.”

— “2,000 Years of Partying: The Brief History and Economics of Spring Break,” Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

No wonder Greek letter societies are so keen on Spring Break.

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Beach Research

September 10, 2012

Beach Research

An astounding new wave of beach research is breaking in science circles. The latest findings will sweep you away: people prefer to bask on beaches on sunny days.

Mind-boggling. This follows an earlier study proving that it’s harder to swim with your clothes on.

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Surf’s Up: America’s Most Bacterial Beaches

July 10, 2012

Surf's Up: America's Most Bacterial Beaches

Summer’s here, and microbes are cavorting in the waves at beaches across the country. If you like to body-surf with bacteria and paddle through pathogens, the Natural Resources Defense Council has your itinerary ready. It’s their annual Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches.

Call the local visitor’s bureau before you pack the car, though. At a time when great white sharks terrorize bathers on both coasts, some spoil-sport health agencies close down beaches just because some teeny critters might cause stomach flu, skin rashes, pinkeye, respiratory infections, meningitis, and hepatitis. Wimps.

More:

“America’s Dirtiest Beaches,” Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones

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