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Best Of Diary Room | Breaking Records, Scoring 8 Goals, Pasta Rivalries & Lionesses Special Summer

Best Of Diary Room | Breaking Records, Scoring 8 Goals, Pasta Rivalries & Lionesses Special Summer

15/08/2022, International, Rugby, Engage Sports Media, Article # 30814840


Nitish Rana & Rinku Singh visit first-ever KKR Academy camp in Kolkata

Nitish Rana & Rinku Singh visit first-ever KKR Academy camp in Kolkata

15/08/2022, International, Rugby, Engage Sports Media, Article # 30814813


එංගලන්ත තරග සංචාරයට පෙර යොවුන් පුහුණ?

එංගලන්ත තරග සංචාරයට පෙර යොවුන් පුහුණ?

15/08/2022, International, Cricket, ICC Cricket World Cup, Article # 30814873

අවුරුදු 19න් පහළ  ජාතික ක්‍රිකට් පුහුණුකරු  ලෙස  පසුගිය දිනවල  තමා ඉටු කරන ලද  ප්‍රධාන කාර්යයන්  වුයේ ක්‍රීඩක  මානසිකත්වය ඉහළ දැමීමත් ඔවුන්  කෙරෙන්  බිය  සහ චකිතිය  ඉවත්කර  හැකියාවන්  ප්‍රගුණ  කීරීම බවත් අද ඉරිදා (14)  උදෑසන  එංගලන්තය බලා පිටත්ව ගිය ශ්‍රී ලංකා යොවුන් කණ්ඩායමේ ප්‍රධාන පුහුණුකරු ජෙහාන් මුබාරක් සඳහන් කර සිටියේය.

ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් නිල වෙබ් අඩෙවිය සමග සාකච්ඡාවකදී යොවුන් ප්‍රධාන පුහුණුකරුවා වැඩිදුරටත් ප්‍රකාශ කර සිටියේ “එංගලන්ත  19 න්  පහළ කණ්ඩායම  ජාත්‍යන්තර එම වයස් කාණ්ඩයන් අතර ඉදිරියෙන් සිටින කණ්ඩායමක්. ඔවුන් ගිය වර ලෝක කුසලාන තරගාවලියේ අවසන් මහ තරගයට සුදුසුකම් ලබා අනුශූරතාවයට පත් වුණු කණ්ඩායම. අපේ කණ්ඩායමත් එම තරගාවලියේදී අර්ධ අවසන් පූර්ව තරග වටයෙන් ඉවත්වීමට සිදුවුණා. දැන් අපිට අවශ්‍ය වන්නේ වඩා දක්ෂතම කණ්ඩායම අප බව සනාථ කිරීමයි” යි යනුවෙනි.

“අපි  මේ සංචාරයට  හොදින්  සුදානම්  වුවා.  දඹුල්ලේදී සහ  පල්ලේකැලේදී  මුලින්ම  තරගාවලියන්  දෙකකට සහභාගි වුවා.  එහි දක්ෂයින්   එක්  සංචිතයකට   යොමු  කිරීමෙන්  පසු ව   සාමුහික  කණ්ඩායමක්  ලෙස ක්‍රීඩා කිරීමේ පළපුරුද්දක් සැපයුවා. එංගලන්තයට  සමාන  වු  තණතිලිවල කීඩා කරවීමට  සැළැස්වීමත්  ප්‍රධාන   කාර්යයක්. පසුව අප මේ 19න්   පහළ කණ්ඩායම  ශ්‍රී ලංකා නැගීඑන කණ්ඩායමක් සමග තරග තුනකට සහභාගි කරවුවා. නැගී එන පිළ පළමු තරගාවලියේදී  ලකුණු 300 ක්  ගන්නා විට  අප  280ක්  රැස්කළා. දෙවැනි  තරගයත්  කරට කර  පැවැති  තරගයක්. තුන්වන  තරගය අයහපත් කාලගුණය  මත   අතර  මග  නතර කළත්  අපගේ  තරුණ ක්‍රීඩකයින් හොඳින් ක්‍රීඩා කළා” යැයි මුබාරක් පැවැසීය.

මෙම තරගාවලියට සිව්දින ටෙස්ට් තරග 2 ක් සහ එක්දින තරග 3 ක් ඇතුළත් වන අතර ඊට පෙර ශ්‍රී ලංකා පිල තුන් දින පුහුණු තරගයකට සහභාගිවීමට නියමිතය. “ටෙස්ට් සහ එක්දින තරගාවලි දෙකට සහභාගිවන  කණ්ඩායම් දෙකේ ක්‍රීඩකයන්  අතර එතරම්  විශාල  වෙනසක්  සිදුවන්නේ නෑ කොහොමටත් අප  බලාපොරොත්තු වනවා  සියල්ලට  අවස්ථාවක් සැපයීමට. මාතර, මහනුවර, වීරකැටිය වැනි  කොළඹින්  පිට  පළාත්වල  ක්‍රීඩකයන් ද මේ සංචාරයට  ඇතුළත්ව  සිටීම  විශේෂත්වයක්.  මේ  සංචාරයේ   අපගේ  තවත්   අරමුණක් වන්නේ  ක්‍රීඩකයන්  දහඅට දෙනාටම  මනා  පළපුරුද්දක්  ලබාදී  අනාගතයේ  ඔවුනට ජාත්‍යන්තර තරගාවලිදී දක්ෂතා පෙන්වීමටහැඩ ගැස්වීම” යැයි මුබාරක් සදහන් කර සිටියි.

එංගලන්ත සංචිතයට සහභාගි වූ ක්‍රීඩකයන් 18 දෙනාගෙන්  එකොළහක්ම  ගියවර 19 න්  පහළ  ලෝක කුසලාන තරගාවලියට ක්‍රීඩා කළ  ක්‍රීඩකයන්  වීමද  වැදගත්  කරුණක්. එම  මල්ෂ තරුපතිට  සහ  දුවිදු  රණතුංගට 2024 වසරේ පැවැත්වීමට නියමිත අවුරුදු 19න් පහළ ලෝක කුසලානයටත්  ක්‍රීඩා කළ හැකියි. මේ  සංචාරයට සහභාගි වන සියළුම ක්‍රීඩකයන්  එංගලන්තයේ ක්‍රීඩා කිරීමට යන ප්‍රථම අවස්ථාව මෙයයි. මෙය අරමුණු කරගෙන අප මොවුනට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේදී වේගවත් මෙන්ම පන්දුව ඉබිලෙන තණතිලිවල පුහුණුවීම් සිදුකරිරීමට ඉඩ සැලැස්සුවා” යි සූදානම පිළිබඳව මුබාරක් අදහස් දැක්වීය.

මේ අතර එංගලන්තයේ මේ දිනවල පවතින උෂ්ණ සහිත දේශගුණික තත්ත්වය ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩඩායමට වාසි ගෙන දෙනු ඇති බව තමා අපේක්ෂා කරන බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා 19න්  පහළ කණ්ඩායමේ නායක  රවීන්  ද සිල්වා සඳහන් කර සිටියේය.

මෙහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දක්වා සිටි යොවුන් නායකයා, එංගලන්ත තරග සංචාරයෙන් ලබා ගන්නා අත්දැකීම් සහ පළපුරුද්ද, මීළඟ යොවුන් ලෝක කුසලාන තරගාවලියේදී මැනවින් ප්‍රයෝජනයට ගත බැකි බවද පෙන්වා දුන්නේය.

” එංගලන්ත  සංචාරය සදහා  අප දීර්ඝ කාලයක්   හොදින්ම  පුහුණුවුවා.   එම  පුහුණුවත් සමඟ මේ තරගාවලියේදී අපිට හොඳ මානසික  මට්ටමකට   පත්විය හැකිවේවි” යැයි සදහන් කරන රවීන් ද සිල්වා, “එංගලන්ත  තණතිලි වැඩිවාසියක්  ගෙන දෙන්නේ වේගවත් පන්දු යවන්නන්ටයි. තම කණ්ඩායම සතුව ප්‍රබල  වේග පන්දු  යවන්නන්   මෙන්ම   දක්ෂ  දඟ පන්දු  යවන්නන් සමුහයක්ද සිටීම සතුටට කරුණක්. ඒ වගේම එංගන්තයට එරෙහිව අවසන් වරට ලද 3-2 ක එක්දින තරගාවලි ජයද මේ තරගාවලියේදී ආරක්ෂා ගැනීමටද අපි බලාපොරොත්තු වෙනවා” යැයි සඳහන් කර සිටියේය.

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UPDATE: People Are Still Surfing ‘La Jetee’ in Reunion Island

UPDATE: People Are Still Surfing ‘La Jetee’ in Reunion Island

14/08/2022, International, Surfing, International Surfing Association, Article # 30814679
Credit: Now Now Media 

It’s a funny risk-reward calculus we run when looking at an empty lineup. 

More waves, wonderful. 

But also, what am I missing here? 

As social creatures, we look to each other for reassurance regarding our behavior. It takes only a nefarious glare from a stranger to recognise the froth is boiling over and it’s time to turn it down a peg. In a vacuum, the froth tin needs no lid, you can wade through it, pour it down your throat, rub it on your belly, clockwise, spray it across the walls, shout it from the parapets etc.

But do not let people see/hear. 

‘La Jetee’ is the famous air wave popularized in Kai Neville’s 2009 film, ‘Modern Collective’. Those sessions inspired Julian Wilson and Jordy Smith to return to the wave in 2012 while filming for Bending Colors. In the film, they performed some of the most technical aerial surfing in the world at the time, later becoming the focus of Ryan Miller’s ‘The Best Surfing I’ve Ever Seen’ (BSIES) — a huge call from a man who has captured the top 0.1%’s heart-stopping performances regularly for the better part of three decades.

Despite that, few (but not nil) surfers have continued to surf ‘La Jetee’ in the time since Jules and Jordy packed up shop, mostly due to shark-related concerns. Seven people have died in Reunion Island (RI) in the time since Bending Colors was released, and RI, despite its diminutive size and population, accounts for 16% of all global shark-related fatalities. 

‘La Jetee’, however, remains one of the (if not the) best air waves in the world, and this clip documents Eli Beukes’ and Luke Slijpen’s successful quest to launch out of ‘La Jetee’s’ perfectly crumbling bowls. Below is a Q&A from the director of this clip, Alan Van Gysen, to give you the inside scoop on the current situation in RI. 

Stab: In the video, it says surfers didn’t stop going to ‘La Jetee’ during Reunion’s shark era because (apparently) there were no sharks on that side of the island. Why is this the first edit we’ve seen from here since Jordy and Julian in 2012?

Alan: Surfers in general didn’t stop surfing La Jetee, mostly because there has never been an attack there yet, and because it is not a marine protected area. International, traveling surfers have been few, but there have been visitors since Jordy and Julian in 2012. In the height of the shark crisis in May 2015, I traveled to Reunion with Brendon Gibbens and Dillon Perillo for their joint film project ‘The Dill and Beeg Project’. 

What’s the general shark vibe in other parts of Reunion nowadays?

Sharks are still a concern in Reunion Island, and surfing outside of the two designated protected areas is still illegal, but there has not been an attack in three years since 2019. Scientists can’t say for sure why, but there is important research being done and the protected areas at places like St. Leu have made it safer and surfers are surfing St. Leu freely now whenever it’s working. In order to surf at St. Leu, you have to register on the beach and have a shark deterrent device on your person or on your board. Surfers still surf other parts of Reunion without organized protection measures but illegally and at their own risk. 

Can you tell us a little bit about the surfers in the edit? 

Matthieu is a local surfer from St. Pierre who has watched and welcomed many traveling surfers over the years. He charges and just loved sharing his local breaks with respectful and amped surfers who make the journey to Reunion. 

Luke Slijpen and Eli Beukes are good friends from Cape Town, South Africa. They grew up competing against each other on the grom circuit going toe to toe, and have become good friends and sparring partners in the free surf sessions whenever they connect. They both rip, and during their time together in Reunion, they would push each other to stay out longer in the sketchy, fading light and go for different airs. They are both very humble, quiet guys, but once you get to know them they both have a wicked sense of humour.

We’re still ragging Eli for buying a 15-euro glass of plain orange juice at a Chinese restaurant one night in St.Pierre. It might not sound like much, but when you’re converting to South African Rand, it becomes a joke worth laughing about. Luke has spent most of the year free surfing in Indo and South Africa. And Eli has been splitting his year up with the Challenger Series and freesurfing projects in Southern Africa.

Let the froth boil over.

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A Retro Edit for the Ages! #shorts

A Retro Edit for the Ages! #shorts

14/08/2022, International, Rugby, Engage Sports Media, Article # 30814639


Who remembers this song?#shorts

Who remembers this song?#shorts

14/08/2022, International, Rugby, Engage Sports Media, Article # 30814814


Spirit of 9/11 hero lives on in this international LGBTQ rugby festival!

Spirit of 9/11 hero lives on in this international LGBTQ rugby festival!

14/08/2022, International, Rugby, Engage Sports Media, Article # 30814511


Gallery: Peter Schroff Fields Out Of Bounds

Gallery: Peter Schroff Fields Out Of Bounds

14/08/2022, International, Surfing, International Surfing Association, Article # 30814423

On the 8/4/22, mid-Vans US Open of Surfing, EAST winner Peter Schroff and a handful of other artists exhibited their work at The Costa Mesa Conceptual Art Centre.

“It was a good show with many surf notables present from Vans & legends from 40+ years ago,” said photographer and co-exhibitor Mike Moir who ran his ‘Kodak Beach’ collection of archival film images shot from 1976-1986 in HB.

Let the photos speak for themselves.

All photos by Mike Moir.

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You can find more of Mike and Peter’s work in this sentence.

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These Are Your Favorite (Female) Surfers

These Are Your Favorite (Female) Surfers

14/08/2022, International, Surfing, International Surfing Association, Article # 30814317

Women’s surfing is on the up and up. 

Rapidly so. 

Breakout performances on the world tour, excellent scores at Pipeline, best-ever airs in water both chlorinated and salty — it’s all happening. And, as the survey shows us, this progress can be attributed to a far-ranging mix of talent. 

Shall we? 

At first glance

Where are the female free surfers? There were four in the men’s top 10. And while most had either dabbled in contests — or even spent some time on tour — they all left it all behind for the pursuit of something, dare I say, a little purer. One could argue that Coco has gone that route and that her profile has grown since she left the tour and found a platform to tell more of her story. She’s surfing better than she ever before. Maybe she’s the one to bust down the door and show others that there’s an opportunity here. I think she’s found her sweet spot, but it’s important to note that she still is chasing points on the CS. 

We’ll see. 

The Queen is still the queen, unsurprisingly. While Stephanie Gilmore’s grace has seemed effortless over the 12+ years she’s had on tour, we got to see her gritter side in the WSL series, Make or Break. There we found that she’s human too, which potentially endeared us to her even more. 

Long live the Queen.

Caity Simmers. Photo: Jimmicane

How good!

Want a glimpse into the future of women’s pro surfing? Look no further than Caitlyn Simmers (16 years old) and Sierra Kerr (14 years old). Caity has already arrived, having turned down a spot on this year’s CT so that she could spend more time freesurfing and making films. At the time of writing, she’s ranked #1 on the Challenger Series again. Whenever she’s ready, the CT will be waiting for her — but something tells us many of the current tour surfers would be more than happy for her to take her time, before taking their scalps. 

And Sierra Kerr — well, she can be whatever she wants. Talk about natural talent. While she hasn’t yet experienced the competitive success that Caity has seen, her versatility in everything from airs to waves of consequence makes us confident that she could win heats in any conditions. 

Sierra and Caity both appeared inside the top 6 in the Stab Surfer of the Year awards in 2021, which means their peers have also taken note. 

The graffiti is on the wall, people.

The great American-ish Sierra Kerr.

That’s interesting

The bottom four surfers were only split by a few votes, and there’s a long tail of close votes that leads all the way down to 25-ish. The top three women garnered votes into the thousands, but everyone below them drifted way off the pace. You might think that’s a negative, but if you see who’s down there (think: Erin Brooks), you’ll find that they represent the next generation of women’s surfing. We’re all just getting to know them a little better. 

The USA* is dominating the women’s top 10, claiming 60% of the pie — that’s if you don’t mind me including the Hawaiians and claiming Sierra for the USA. At risk of poking the koala bear, she’s spent a lot of time in California and has an American mum, so I’m sticking to it. And if you look at some of the stats produced by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, women make up 35% of the US surfing population. So even if you won’t let us claim Sierra for the USA, you can’t stop the tide.

The lack of longboarders surprised me. It might have something to do with Stab’s subscriber demographic or positioning in the surf market, but women’s longboarding is a beautiful thing. As different as it may be to high performance, it can be equally as mesmerizing to watch. I immediately think of Josi Prendergast, Honolua Blomfield, Rachael Tilly, and Victoria Vergara, and wonder if we’ll ever see these surfers, who represent a big part of surf culture, make their mark here. 

Heroic. Photo: Arto Saari

Wildcard 

I was a little surprised to see Bethany Hamilton’s name in the top 10. It’s obvious that she massively inspires people from all over the globe, but it’s been hard to tell how much that influence trickles into the core surf scene.

However, her performance in the water speaks for itself — and should inspire all of us. Why don’t you try dropping to the floor, putting one arm behind your back, and mimicking what it’s like to paddle and jump to your feet? Now imagine doing that on a 10-foot bomb at Pipe. 

I rest my case, your honor.

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