The Sports Archives – Surf’s Up!: Top 6 U.S. Beaches for Catching a Wave

Empty wave at Banzai Pipeline

Empty wave at Banzai Pipeline” by Mat-faOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

If you’re looking to catch some of the best waves in the world, you’ll find a surprising number of spots right in the United States. Whether you want to settle down to life in a surf town or take an unforgettable trip, these beaches offer surfs even the pros can’t resist.

Pipeline, Oahu—Of Worldwide Surf Fame

Pipeline, Oahu isn’t just the best surf spot in the Unites States; it’s one of the best in the world. Pipeline is known as “the king of all waves” and for good reason. Best for experienced surfers, this stretch of beach offers 20-foot waves above a razor-blade table reef. This is the kind of beach where you’ll find world champions catching waves, and a stop at any local diner or shop is sure to yield plenty of tips, talk, and gossip about the sport.

Mavericks, California—For Tow-In Surfing

Mavericks, California is a popular spot for pro surfers who want to catch big waves. This spot can produce standard waves of 25 feet, while the biggest ones top 50 feet. Watch out for the rocks inside the break that are aptly referred to as the Bone Yard. This area is appropriate for experienced surfers who are looking for tow-in surfing.

Mavericks 2010 Competition

2010 mavericks competition” by Shalom JacobovitzSJ1_8558. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Honolua Bay, Hawaii—A Local Favorite

Honolua Bay is a popular surf spot for locals, so don’t be surprised if you’re heckled for being a tourist in this prime location. This is a favorite of pros who enjoy the long waves during the winter surf season. The big waves here make Honolua Bay too dangerous for novice surfers, but if you’re looking to ogle some of the best professionals around and catch a few tips for yourself, the bluffs above the Bay are an ideal spot.

Surfrider Beach, Malibu—For Steady Waves

Surfrider Beach was once known as Malibu Lagoon State Beach, but its popularity with surfers earned it the new name. With steady waves three to five feet tall, Malibu is one of the best places to live if you’re looking for the surf life. The Surfrider Foundation, started in Malibu, has designated the beach as a World Surfing Reserve to help protect the surf breaks.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton—Surfing Over Shipwrecks

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is best known for its hollow rights and lefts. This was the first National Seashore Park, so designated in the 1960s. The lighthouse jetties constructed shortly after are to thank for much of the surf magic that’s found here. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is also known as “The Atlantic Graveyard” for the 600 ships that have crashed along the dangerous stretch.

Surfing off Cocoa Beach, Fl.

SurfingoffCocoaBeach FLA USA” by Mikerussell at en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Cocoa Beach, Florida—Home of Ron Jon’s

Home to the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop, Cocoa Beach is a popular spot for beginners and experts alike. Down at “The Streets,” you’ll find easy waves that nearly anyone can ride. For a more challenging surf, head toward the Cocoa Beach Pier.

These popular surf spots are well-known for their waves, so you’ll have to contend with the locals to catch the best ones. Become a local yourself, and you’ll have regular access to these hot spots.

 

 

 

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The Sports Archives – History Of The Manchester United Red Machine!

Manchester United is coming off a season that is less than spectacular and certainly not up to the standards that Manchester Fans are used to. Nonetheless, Manchester United has a very successful history and a brilliant following. The Sports Archives would like to reflect on just how successful this football club is by presenting some facts and figures in MU history.

The infographic that follows below is courtesy of Aford Awards, a contributor to The Sports Archives.

Manchester United Facts and Figures:

In 1902 the Newton Heath football club changed its name to Manchester United and won the League Championship in 1908.

In 1909, Old Trafford is completed and becomes home to Manchester United.  They play their first game there on the 19th of February, 1910.

After the World Wars, Manchester United became a major force in English football with Sir Matt Busby taking command of the ship.

In 1958, the infamous Munich Air Disaster landed a heavy blow to Manchester United and its fans.  8 MU players were lost to the tragedy and Matt Busby was hospitalized for 2 months after.

By 1968, the Reds had 7 league titles and won the European Cup for the first time beating Benfica on goals by George Best, Brian Kidd and two from Bobby Charlton, who incidentally survived the Munich Air Disaster.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Man. U. continues adding numerous FA Cup and Charity Shields to its trophy room.

In 1986, Sir Alex Ferguson takes the helm.

In the 1990s, Manchester United began its dynasty winning so many tournaments and trophies that Alex Ferguson was awarded a knighthood in 1999.

In the 21 century, the Reds continued the dynasty with Ferguson becoming the first manager to win three successive English league titles.

By 2009, with the aid of players like Wayne Rooney, Louis Saha and Cristiano Ronaldo, the Reds have secured the League championship 11 times in seventeen years!

In 2013, Robin van Persie helped the Reds win their 20th league title.

In 2013-2014, Manchester United becomes the second-richest football club in the world in terms of revenue, trailing only Real Madrid.

Thus, as illustrated by the infographic that follows, Manchester United has found extreme success with its football club and will always have its place in the archives of English football.

Manchester United Reds Infographic

 

 

 

 

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The Sports Archives – A Dangerous Profession – The World’s Most Memorable Sporting Injuries

Being a sportsperson brings a lot of good things with it – fitness, prestige, self-worth, perhaps even fame and fortune. However, despite the vast array of goods out there designed to keep sporting pros safe on the field, sports does also carry a relatively high risk of injury. Here are a few of the most shocking sports injuries ever to have occurred:

The Death (And Resurrection) Of Anthony Van Loo

Anthony Van LooBelgian footballer Anthony Van Loo was diagnosed with a heart condition in around June 2008. This would be enough to retire most players for life, but Van Loo was instead fitted with a defibrillator. This ingenious little device was implanted into his chest, and was theoretically supposed to restart his heart if it randomly gave up. Belgian football fans got to see this in action when his heart stopped in the middle of a game. Despite being (pretty much) dead, the defibrillator shocked his heart back into beating within a few seconds, allowing Van Loo to be stretchered off not only alive, but conscious. Van Loo is still playing today.

Jeremy Lane’s Right-Angled Arm

One of the major things which draws Americans towards professional sports (as well, of course, as the money, the prestige, and the adulation of the American public) is the great healthcare and insurance deals which teams provide for their members. American footballer Jeremy Lane was certainly glad of his team’s (the Seattle Seahawks) health insurance package when he managed to snap his arm in an exceptionally gruesome Jeremy Lanemanner during this year’s Superbowl. Trying to make a pass in a game against the New England Patriots, he fell heavily, flung out his arm to brace himself, and managed to bend it in two. The moment at which his arm broke was photographed to horrify the squeamish worldwide. His team have since announced that the damage to his arm is ‘significant’, and he is believed to have broken both the bones in his wrist, as well as potentially having a compound fracture in his forearm.

 

Wayne Shelford’s Savaged Scrotum

The New Zealand All Blacks are famed for being a force to be reckoned with in the rugby world, but few of them have proven this reputation quite as well as player Wayne Shelford did back in 1986. In a match against the French so intense that they named it ‘The Battle of Nantes’, Shelford ended up at the base of a ruck, where his scrotum was torn open by the boot of a French player. Shelford (I’d stop reading here, boys) left the ruck with one testicle hanging out of the skin. Many men would feel faint just reading that, but Shelford responded by getting the physio to stitch his balls back in, and returned to the field. He played on until he received a head-blow, and was concussed. The All Blacks lost the game, but it hardly seemed to matter in the light of Shelford’s incredible fortitude. Shelford, however, claims to have no memory at all of the game.

Shaun Livingstone’s Impressively Smashed Knee

Knee injuries are not uncommon in basketball, but Los Angeles Clippers player Shaun Livingstone raised the bar to unconquerable heights. In February 2007, Livingstone’s left leg buckled beneath him, literally snapping his knee. The method of injury itself was nothing special – what made doctors around the world sit up in awe was the fact that he somehow managed to simultaneously break practically every single part of his knee. Tendons, bones, ligaments – all were either torn, smashed, or dislocated. Medically speaking, an incredibly impressive feat.

Jessica Dube’s Slashed Face

Jessica Dube and Bryce DavisonThe bottoms of ice skates are called ‘blades’ for a reason. They’re extremely sharp, and must be wielded carefully – particularly around faces. Canadian ice skaters Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison found this out in February 2006, when a move went badly wrong and Davison’s skate – estimated to be going at 40mph at the time – sliced open Dube’s face. Blood immediately started pouring from the wound, and Dube was rushed to hospital, where she required 80 stitches to close the deep, deep wound in layers. Dube took it all in her stride, and was skating again in just over a week. However, both partners undertook post-traumatic stress counselling before Davison could forgive himself for the incident. They continue to skate together.

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The Sports Archives – History Of The UEFA Champions League!

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Europa Cup 1961 Barcelona – Hamburg

The Union of European Football Association (UEFA) Champions League, also known as the Champions League, is a competition encompassing the European continent.  It is one of the most prestigious and spectated tournaments in the world with monumental bragging rights to the club who ultimately wins the championship.

The present-day Champions League established it roots from the European Cup which originated in 1955 and started with sixteen clubs from various European countries such as Italy, Poland, Scotland, France, West Germany and Sweden.  The first ever match took place on September 4, 1955 between Sporting CP from Portugal and Partizan from Yugoslavia.  The game ended in a 3-3 draw.

Spain’s Real Madrid began its dynasty of the European Cup early on having won five consecutive titles.  Bitter rival Barcelona finally dethroned them in the 1960-61 season only to succumb to Portugal’s Benfica, 3-2 in the final.  The Cup lived on the Iberian Peninsula until the 1962-63 season when Italy’s Internazionale (Inter Milan) lifted it up for the city of Milan, Italy.  Real Madrid would add five more cup victories making it the most successful club in the history of the competition to-date.  In fact, Spanish clubs have accumulated 14 Cup victories while English and Italian clubs are behind with 12 apiece.

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The Sports Archives – Tottenham Hotspur Club History

The Tottenham Hotspur Football Club also know as Tottenham Hotspur F.C. is a football club that plays out of Tottenham, London England in England’s finest Premier League.  The Spurs logo is a cockerel standing on a football and the Latin motto for the club is Audere est Facere or “To Dare Is to Do”.

The Sports Archives would like to provide some history about the club as illustrated in the following infographic brought to you by Aford Awards, the Trophy and Engraving Specialists.

Here are some quick excerpts:

1882 – The Hotspur FC is established by a group of boys from the Hotspur cricket club and a local grammar school.

1885 – The First competitive match in the London Association Cup had the Spurs defeating St. Albans 5-2.

1896 – The Spurs following is growing and the club is elected to the Southern League Division One.

1900 - Spurs are Champions of the Southern League.

1909 – Spurs are promoted to First Division of the Football League which was formed in 1888.

1920-1950 – Back and forth placements between Division One and Division Two of the Football League.

1951 – Football League Champions

1963 – Jimmy Greaves is Spurs’ highest League scorer with 37 goals in one season.

1967 – FA Cup winners for the fifth time.

1974 – First English club to have played in three major European finals.

1983 – First football club to float shares on the London Stock Exchange.

1987 – Clive Allen sets new Spurs record with 49 goals in single season.

1988 – Spurs sign Paul Stewart from Manchester City for 1.5 million pounds.

1999 – Winners of the League Cup for the third time.

2000 – Spurs sign Sergei Rebrov from Dynamo Kiev for a record 11 million pounds.

2007 –  Second consecutive year fifth place finish in the Premier League; signed Darren Bent from Charlton Athletic for 16.5 million pounds.

2011 – Reach quarter-finals of the Champions League on first attempt.

2013 – Best-ever Premier League tally of 72 points.

As you have read, the Tottenham Hotspur have a long following in the archives of English Football history.  Please view the infographic below for an even more detailed synopsis of the history of the Tottenham Hotspur!

Tottenham Hotspur Club History

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The Sports Archives – Trading Standards Called In Over Manchester United Tickets!

Manchester United Crest

When it comes to football, many people love the sense of tradition more than they love the modern game. There are a number of people who claim to have fallen out of love with the modern game but even in the era of multi-million deals and TV contracts that run so long they can be confused for telephone numbers there are ways that people still feel connected to the game. The start of a new year provides the platform for the FA Cup to shine and many people are still in love with “the romance of the cup”.

One of the most appealing elements of the FA Cup is the opportunity for small teams to welcome a big team to their home ground. There is something extremely pleasing at seeing the modern-day footballer struggling at a traditional style ground with the most basic of conditions. The hope of a big team losing to a small team is always great fun for most football fans but just the juxtaposition of the two teams and situations is always worth watching.

Big demand for tickets when Manchester United are in town

Cambridge United have been drawn against Manchester United, following on from Yeovil Town, who were handed a home tie against the leading team from the English Premier League. There is always going to be a huge level of demand for these games. United are well-known for having a strong travelling support and Cambridge United fans, and plenty of people in the local community clamour for tickets. There is no way that the supply of tickets can meet the demand for tickets for this style of match and it seems as though Cambridge United experienced a few problems in the run up to the match.

This can be seen with the fact that the club has made an official complaint about a website that has been offering fake tickets for this match. Trading Standards have been informed that there is a website offering fake tickets for the game that is scheduled to take place on the 23rd of January.

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The Sports Archives – Top 6 Most Scenic White Water Rafting Locations!

Whitewater rafting is a sport like no other. Riding the fast flowing waters of rivers around the world, one can enjoy gorgeous wildlife and natural environments while getting an incredible exercise. But there are certain places that seem to stand above the rest in terms of beautiful surroundings. Here are the top 6 most scenic white water rafting locations:

White Water Rafting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. The Colorado River, Arizona

This popular river flows through the famous Grand Canyon. This multiple day trip takes you through over 225 miles of gorgeous water and stunning views of the North American desert. Lasting anywhere from a week to 17 days, you can travel in luxury while enjoying professionally prepared cuisine and numerous hikes when taking a break from the water.

2. Alsek River, Canada

Arctic glaciers grace your vision on this breathtaking ride through North American terrain in the vast landscape of northern Alaska. In addition to water that is bleach white, you can spot bears, wild fish, and pick scrumptious wild berries during your trip.

3. Salmon River, Idaho

With a wide variety of time commitment, you can opt from a short trip of 1 or 2 days all the way to a one-week adventure in this diverse river. Going through many of the United States’ most scenic destinations, the Salmon river is perfect for amateur, intermediate and professional rafters alike.

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