San Francisco police closed down the Great Highway Wednesday afternoon, anticipating that the bomb squad might have to blow up a mortar shell that turned up at a Salvation Army site in the Mission District.
The online gallery of big surf that we posted on the Tribune’s site last week featured multiple shots of the Wedge, the famous, white-knuckled surf spot in Newport Beach. Looking through those photos reminded me of something I read about John Wayne while doing research for a story on the Madonna Inn, where Wayne was a frequent visitor.
“First of all, I’d like to say (an the ASP are going to fine me) ‘cuz I don’t want to be a part of this dumb f***ing wannabe tennis tour. All these pro surfers want to be tennis players. They want to do a halfway cutoff. How the f*** is somebody who’s not even competing against our caliber of surfers ahead of 100 of us on the one world ratings. They’ve never been here.
Chinstrap penguins of the South Sandwich Islands escape high surf on a large blue-ice iceberg near Candlemas Island. Chinstrap penguins, also known as “Stonecracker Penguins” for their harsh calls, are some of the most abundant creatures of the Antarctic, with a count of about 7.5 million breeding pairs.
Although the vast majority of surfers will never suffer a two- to three-wave hold down or stare down a 20-footer, we’ve all felt a sense of panic as we scramble to the surface. Needless to say, we could all benefit from learning to hold our breath longer. To keep your lungs inflated, we talked to Mark Healey, a man who credits his lung capacity to saving his life on more than one occasion.