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BMT Rankings - Surfing in the Olympics, Fijian Herione, and Greg Long Does It For The Kids
Who Blew Up?
1. Officially confirmed on June 1, 2016. The Executive Board of the IOC, the supreme body, which is 15 members including the president, voted unanimously to include surfing in the Tokyo 2020 games. Word on the street is that Slats is frothing.
2. Bethany Hamilton. Shot into the limelight at age 13 by losing her arm in a shark attack, she took full advantage of her wildcard entry into the WSL Womans Pro event by shredding her way to a huge 3rd place finish.
3. Big wave behemoth, Greg Long has partnered up with Resurf. Their mission is to provide kids with active and crucial role models, to drive them toward a positive and productive life. Through mentor programs Resurf encourage kids to stay in school and cultivate a sense of community, giving them the foundation to make better life decisions. Surfing certainly is therapy.
Who Blew It?
1. Unfortunately Joel 'Parko' Parkinson bust his knee during a freesurf in what's suspected to be an MCL injury. No perfect, gaping 10's this year for the peoples champ who was choppered off the island and headed home to rehab. We're hopeful he'll recover in time to lay down his trademark silky sashimi carves for the Jbay event in 5 weeks time.
2. The Australian Department of Fisheries. Sadly 29 year old surfer Ben Gerring lost his life after being aggressively attacked by a Great White. The debate rages on regarding the effectiveness of drum lines. In this case the department caught a 4.5 meter White shark on a baited line, but could not confirm whether it was Gerring's attacker. After some murky reporting the shark was said to have died in the net and dumped a mere 200 meters offshore.
3. Climate change effects. Australia's great barrier reef is currently facing dire bleaching. Bleaching occurs when water temperatures rise as little as 1 degree Celsius. The coral then expels tiny, colorful algae, causing it to turn white. The coral can recover if the water temperature drops and the algae, known as zooxanthellae, recolonize it. Otherwise, it may die. The problem is that these events are occurring so close together that the coral is unable to recover. This results in 50 - 100 year old coral dying and will never be seen again.