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Arts, Public Spectacle New Documentary About Fallen Skier Raises the Question: How Risky Should a Family Man Get?

New Documentary About Fallen Skier Raises the Question: How Risky Should a Family Man Get?

"He wasn't just some stupid adrenaline junkie," says Sherry McConkey, of her late husband, Shane. "He had an incredible heart, and was an incredible husband, and father. That for me was the most important thing, for people to see how he lived." The 2009 death of the pro skier and...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Hector Echavarria: From Argentine Kickboxer to Movie Mogul

Hector Echavarria: From Argentine Kickboxer to Movie Mogul

Hector Echavarria is a former world-champion kickboxer who as a teen cut his teeth on street fights, sent opponents to the hospital and dodged death several times over. He's a star in Latin America for both his athletic prowess and entertainment credits, from roles in movies and television series to...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Do World-Class Surfers Change as They Get Older?

Do World-Class Surfers Change as They Get Older?

Forget the physical training. Never mind the mental prep. For former world champion surfer Tom Carroll, the urge to surf down a 30-foot wall of water -- sometimes dozens of miles from shore -- is all about testosterone. "Some people have it, some people don't," he says. " have got...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Surfboards for Summer: L.A. Shapers Share Their Favorite Designs

5 Surfboards for Summer: L.A. Shapers Share Their Favorite Designs

For Angelenos, summer is a siren's call to the beach, with sun-splashed visions of long days on the sand, the scent of sunscreen in the air, and the sound of the sea. For Angeleno surfers, summer means something else: total boredom. Between May and August, the Pacific lies flat and...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Keanu Reeves Shows Off His Inner Filmmaking Wonk After Screening of <em>Side by Side</em>

Keanu Reeves Shows Off His Inner Filmmaking Wonk After Screening of Side by Side

When most people think of Keanu Reeves, "inquisitive cinephile" may not be the first description that comes to mind. With roles in films from the action flick Point Break to cult-fave fantasy franchise,The Matrix, the mild-mannered actor is known more for his signature, low-key line delivery than his dedication to...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle U.S. Open of Surfing, the Sport's Super Bowl, Rides Into Huntington Beach

U.S. Open of Surfing, the Sport's Super Bowl, Rides Into Huntington Beach

Over the past nine days, hundreds of thousands of fans, more than 100 professional surfer and dozens of pro skateboarders descended upon Huntington Beach for the Nike U.S. Open of Surfing, an unapologetic ode to Southern California culture complete with plenty of sun, skin and sex appeal. Equal parts raw...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Fighting for Territory in the Booming Stand-Up Paddle Business

Fighting for Territory in the Booming Stand-Up Paddle Business

As a kid growing up in Malibu, Christian Shubin eschewed the surf industry and all it stood for: commodifying something pure, selling it to the masses and giving everyone a little "slice of paradise.""It's part of the selfishness of surfing," he says. "You want to be the only good surfer,...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle ESPN X Games Los Angeles 2012: Confronting Fear, Pain and Mortality

ESPN X Games Los Angeles 2012: Confronting Fear, Pain and Mortality

The world of sports may be focused on London, but during the past week athleticism of a decidedly ballsier kind was on display in Los Angeles as wide-eyed kids, patient parents and industry hangers-on oohed, ahhed, gasped and clapped at the feats of physical imagination and occasional crashes that unfolded...…
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