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Are Big Wave Surfer’s Taking Cue From the Ski Industry’s Avalanche Airbag Systems?. (dh) A great idea but I do have a couple of issues: If you’re really deep, the sort of decompression you’ll suffer on the way up isn’t going to be super healthy (I think?) and what happens if you’re surfing a break with a sheer rock face way on the inside. You’ll be bobbing around like a cork for the wave to do as it pleases – you certainly won’t be able to dive under waves. It also might give less fit/experienced surfers confidence to go out on really big days, thereby making it more dangerous for everyone. That said, I’d certainly wear one if it got big and I still wanted to surf!
It’s an hour and change but worth every second. Fascinating, terrifying, heartbreaking.
Seriously, kindles are awesome. I don’t generally get too excited about gadgets any more – anything with an “i” at the start is pretty much guaranteed to plunder your privacy (and dignity) and most other companies can’t seem to make hardware that’s half as good as apple’s. The one exception I’ve found is amazon’s kindle. It’s a delight (so long as I tell myself that turning off wifi means they can’t invade my privacy…).