I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one:'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' A contestant on the show Wipe out has died after being hospitalized following an attempt at the obstacle course, according to TMZ.
After completing the course, the male contestant needed medical attention and was sent to a local hospital where he later died. TMZ said that law enforcement got a cardiac arrest call on noon Wednesday, and the contestant was experiencing chest pains one he finished the course.
The name’s Pacer, and it’s a futuristic racer where your fancy anti-gravity vehicles zoom around tracks while also shooting one another with guns and such. “With the depth of a simulation and the excitement and combat of arcade racers, Pacer provides a true test of player skill, reflexes, and strategy,” say R8 Games.
Pacer also boasts a list of over 80 “banging tunes” to jam to while you race including “the original anti-gravity racing composer Tim Wright aka Cold Storage alongside an incredible line-up including; Meth Lab, Ed Harrison, Dub”. Pacer first popped up under the name Formula Fusion, being created by some folks who’d worked on the Wipe out series previously.
“This is just the beginning, we have a lot of plans for the competitive gaming side of Pacer,” says senior producer Steve Miles. It breaks near the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii’s third largest island.
To catch a wave like this, you need to amass a wealth of knowledge from years on the ocean. In California, the slope of the wave is more gentle, thanks to the gradient of the seabed to the shore.
In this part of Hawaii, the waves form on such deep water that when they reach the shallow reefs near the shore, they tower right up and create a ledge at the crest. It's like jumping off a 20ft building without a safety net Mastering the ledge takes real expertise.
You need to analyze the wave’s approach then, at precisely the right moment, paddle furiously to get over the top. So when everyone lines up in the water, jockeying for position as the wave approaches, they’d furiously paddle out of the way for fear of being wiped out by him.
What was interesting, in the decades I’ve spent shooting surf culture, is how few people get killed. It’s not unheard of, and this wave can be really dangerous, but you mostly pick up only scratches and bruises.
Why would I want to hang out in Los Angeles when I could be on the shores of Honolulu? Whereas some people played tennis or golf or socialized or whatever, we were going to beaches that weren’t named on any map, finding secret paths out to the sea that we’d label and that nobody else knew about.
When I started out, film was $10 a roll, and you had to wait up to a week to see the finished shots. Spending years in the blazing sun takes its toll: I’ve had multiple skin cancers.
Photograph: Julien Routine Born : La Jolla, California, 1950. High point : “A yacht trip to the Mental islands off Sumatra, Indonesia, in 1996 with a group of the best surfers in the world.
Low point : “Numerous skin cancer surgeries from sun damage. Surf brand Quicksilver partnered with diving equipment manufacturer Aqua Lung to develop an inflatable flotation device.
The High line Airlift, a CO2-powered inflation vest, aims to lift surfers who fall on big waves. Quicksilver wants to change that with the High line Airlift, an inflatable flotation device small and light enough that it does not encumber athletes riding big waves.
Announced today, Quicksilver claims the High line Airlift “is the pinnacle of water safety technology.” It uses compressed CO2 to quickly inflate airbags in a manner similar to those used by backcountry skiers caught in avalanches. It’s worth noting the brand calls out the fact that it is not (legally) considered a PFD in the U.S. or Australia, but is in the European Union.
Both Quicksilver and Aqua Lung are deeply embedded in surf culture, Quicksilver as a major apparel brand that sponsors many events around the world, and Aqua Lung as one of the foremost scuba hardwoods manufacturers. It sought input from professional surfers, watermen, engineers, lifeguards, and divers.
But for those who ride big waves and want an added measure of protection, the Airlift is an exciting new product. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.