Surfing Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania by Luke Shadbolt.

surfer-brook-phillips-australia_91303_990x742Photograph by Luke Shadbolt
To get this photograph of surfer Brook Phillip catching a wave off Tasmania, photographer Luke Shadbolt hiked for two hours through beautiful scenery to get to Shipstern Bluff on the island state’s southeastern coast.
According to Shadbolt, the surfing here can be a rough ride, as the waves off the coast are “renowned as [some] of the most intimidating and remote waves in Australia … about as far from civilization as you can get.”
This trip marked Shadbolt’s first time at Shipstern Bluff, and a group of locals took pleasure in telling him “all sorts of horror stories about sharks and killer whales and huge unruly swells” while they hiked in.
“It wasn’t quite as scary as they made it out,” Shadbolt says, “but it was definitely an adventure.”
Not wanting to miss any of the action, Shadbolt spent about eight hours in the water to get this shot. His use of a fish-eye lens required him to be as close to the wave as possible, which also gives the image its wide, slightly distorted look.
Shadbolt had no idea who the surfer in the photograph was until he posted it later on his Instagram feed, discovering Phillip’s name from a few Tasmanian locals.
via Extreme Photo of the Week – National Geographic.

‘The Golfers’ by Charles Lee, 1847.


The centrepiece is the greatest golfing painting in the world, Charles Lees’ famous 1847 masterpiece The Golfers.
This commemorates a match played on the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews, by Sir David Baird and Sir Ralph Anstruther, against Major Hugh Lyon Playfair and John Campbell of Saddell.
It represents a veritable ‘who’s who’ of Scottish golf at that time and was famously reproduced in a fine engraving which sold in great quantities.
Lees (1800-80) made use of photography, at a time when it was in its infancy, to help him design the painting’s overall composition.
The image in question, taken by photography pioneers D O Hill & Robert Adamson, is included in the show and Lees’s preparatory drawings and oil sketches also are displayed alongside the finished painting to offer visitors further insight into the creation of this great work.
Impressions of The Golfers are now in many of the greatest golf clubhouses around the world.
The painting is jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
via ‘The Art of Golf: The Story of Scotland’s National Sport’ opens at the Scottish National Gallery.

Surfer in Silhouette, Biarritz, France by Michael Steele.

Biarritz, France
Guillermo Satt of Chile in action whilst competing in the Men’s Qualifying Round Two during day five of the ISA World Surfing Games 2017.
Image Credit: Photograph by Michael Steele/Getty Images.
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Old Guv versus News Ltd. Footy Match on a Wet Sunday Arvo, 1950s.

I can remember Les Hawes, Superintendent at the time, getting us all together before our first football match and telling us that there would be no injuries during any match.
If there was an injury there would be no sick leave paid. We all complained to no avail.
Don Loose broke an arm, I suffered a corky of the buttock and could not sit down for a week.
Bit of a problem as I was I was working in the Intertype Room as an operator at the time.
Jimmy Walker sent me home and told me not to come back until I could work.
Fortunately, the Bull (Les Hawes) did not enforce his threat of no sick leave.
There were many other injuries suffered by most of the players who were game enough to go in hard for the glory of The Old Guv.

One of the biggest injuries ever was to the Ego of one Glyn Paul (above).
We played in the South Parklands this Sunday against News Ltd, I think.
It had been raining a lot and there were pools of water everywhere.
At the final bell as we were all walking off covered in mud, Glyn Paul walked past with pure white shorts, not a speck of mud anywhere.
How could this be? Was dapper Glyn dodging the action so as not to disappoint his mother when she came to wash his footy clothes.

Pictured: Rex Wells and Glyn Paul. By the look on Glyn’s face even years after the mud incident he still hasn’t forgiven Fitzy.
Rex ‘Fitzy’ Wells came up to me and suggested that Glyn needed to be taught a lesson as he did not have any mud anywhere on his shorts.
Fitzy and I grabbed Glyn and pulled him through as many puddles as we could find.
Glyn did not have white shorts any more. They were covered in mud just like the rest of us.
from Don ‘Flash’ Woolman

The Weird and Wacky Wrestlers from Yesteryear.

Two men wrestle in a ring full of smelt (whitebait) during the Smelt Carnival in Marinette, Wisconsin, in 1939. via Wisconsin Historical Society
Hoodslam — a popular spectacle that is staged monthly in Oakland, California — is described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “part wrestling show, part carnival act and all comedy.”
The foul-mouthed, adult-humored extravaganza is raunchy and rollicking as wrestlers “battle” each other while occasionally wielding strange weapons or tossing powder in faces.
This is wrestling meets video game meets heavy metal nightmare.
The event’s founder, Sam Khandaghabadi (pictured) who appears in the combat ring as the Dark Sheik — tells the newspaper: “We aren’t trying to be pro wrestling. We are performance art.”
Truth is, a lot of wrestling — professional, semipro and exhibition — in America has been performance art for a long, long time.


Those Crazy Americans
Pinning down some of the strange goings-on in American wrestling history can be a bit slippery.
After all, what is real and what is fake — or kayfabe, in wrestling lingo — is often up for grabs. And for body slams. And for chokeholds.
“Gimmicks of some sort have been part of professional wrestling since the late 19th century,” says Scott Beekman, a history professor at the University of Rio Grande and author of Ringside: A History of Professional Wrestling in America.
During the Great Depression, impresarios struggled to come up with bigger and better bizarrities to attract paying audiences.
“Wrestling promoters turned to novelty matches as part of their attempts to keep the doors open,” he says.
Which led to matches involving women and diminutive people. “Comedy elements and wrestling in substances developed during that period.”
While doing historical research, Scott uncovered wrestling matches staged in a gamut of grotty substances, such as iron shavings, coal, banana peels and margaritas.
Read on via Wacky Wrestlers Of Yesteryear : The Protojournalist : NPR.

Riders and Horses work out on the Beach at Warrnambool.

Image Credit: Photograph by Vince Caligiuri / Getty Images.
Riders give horses from the Darren Weir stable at Lady Bay Beach a workout ahead of the Warrnambool Racing Carnival in May, 2017. in Warrnambool, Australia.
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