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56 OUT OF THE ORDINARY
We list some of the most unusual travel experiences—part attainable, part aspiration and part fantasy.
64 THE GOLDEN ONE
The Porsche 959 was a landmark car that continues to inspire sportscar enthusiasts.
70 SOCIAL MEDIA VS. THE WORLD
How fake is fake news, really? Our writer goes to the other side and takes a humorous view.
74 THE SHOT THAT STICKS
How a famed extreme sports photographer captures that exciting moment.
84 QUEEN OF THE CARIBBEAN
Hannah Jeter is a supermodel who’s surprisingly real and has a plan.
94 WALK THIS WAY
We trudge along some of the most exhilarating treks in India, so you know what you’re getting into.
M2 KEEPING IT SIMPLE
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64 ROAD RUNNER
The 959 was unlike any other sportscar.
SWIMMING WITH SHARKS
What it’s like to come face to face with a predator, and where to go if free loating with sharks is on your bucket list.
On our quest for exotic liquor, we encounter cachaça, Brazil’s local strong tipple.
THE SMALL THINGS
The facts about turning her on have never been clearer than now, and we’re listing them out.
Some basic tweaks and additions will change your life for the better, without the burden of changing everything about you.
HIT THE AMPHORA
Sunken wine is all the rage, and here’s how to get some for yourself before all the bottles sell out.
Nutrition assumes great importance if you’re trying to get back in shape.
RIDE ON THE WAVES
A new bike lets you use pedal power to rise above the water. It’s exercise made more fun.
Channel your inner Hawaii with these superb accessories. The islands are calling.
RUN THE COURSE
Rule the itinerary with these boss gadgets. Let technology run the show.
In a irst, we look at the style quotient of golfers, the famous sportspersons who hit small balls.
SCIENCE AT PLAY
18 DRINK LIKE A LOCAL
Brazil’s cachaça is a versatile and heady liquor, neat or not.
34 STREET CRED
The new 750-cc big bike from Suzuki has an incredible pedigree and a sinewy appearance.
36 THE CASE -MAKERS
These bags are at once posh and useful, and channel everything from vintage to minimalist. You’ll ind one for you.
42 SPRITZ SOME ON
Some of the summer’s most exciting scents.
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The Masculine Summer Bouquet HOW TO PICK YOUR FRAGRANCE TO AVOID THE ONSLAUGHT OF THE WEATHER
hey say a fragrance is all about its notes, and they couldn’t be more right. The summer is also the ďĞƐƚƟŵĞƚŽƉƵƚƚŚŝƐƚŚĞŽƌǇƚŽ the test, because the combined onslaught of heat and humidity need your fragrance to work hard for you. That said, there are some scents that will announce your ƉƌĞƐĞŶĐĞĂŶĚƉĞƌŬƵƉǇŽƵƌ mood. Skinn by Titan – India’s largest French fragrance ďƌĂŶĚ͕ƐƵŐŐĞƐƚƐƐŽŵĞĞƐƐĞŶƟĂů masculine scents to elevate ǇŽƵƌƐƵŵŵĞƌƉĞƌĨƵŵĞŐĂŵĞ͘
dŚŝƐƐƵďƚƌŽƉŝĐĂůĐŝƚƌƵƐĨƌƵŝƚ ŚĂƐĂŶƵƉůŝŌŝŶŐĂŶĚƌĞĨƌĞƐŚŝŶŐ quality, and is used for its ƵŶŝƋƵĞƐǁĞĞƚǇĞƚďŝƩĞƌŵŝǆ͘ Being from the citrus family gives it an immediate freshness which, when combined with other smells as bergamot and ŐƌĞĞŶĂƉƉůĞ͕ĞŶŚĂŶĐĞƐƚŚĞ ĨĞĞůŝŶŐŽĨĂƉŝĐŬͲŵĞͲƵƉ͘dŚŝƐŝƐĂ ƚŽƉŶŽƚĞŝŶǌĞƐƚǇDĞĚŝƚĞƌƌĂŶĞĂŶ Grove from the house of Skinn.
ƐƵƌƉƌŝƐŝŶŐůǇŵĂƐĐƵůŝŶĞ undertone marks the scent of ƚŚŝƐƚĞŵƉĞƌĂƚĞŇŽǁĞƌ͕ǁŚŝĐŚŝƐ ƵƐĞĚĨŽƌŝƚƐďŽůĚŇŽƌĂůŝŵƉƌŝŶƚ͘ It can be combined with woody or fruity scents to create an ĞůĞŐĂŶƚĨƌĂŐƌĂŶĐĞ͘DŽƌĞƚŚĂŶ anything, it stays on you longer, ĂŶĚƚŚĂƚŵĂŬĞƐŝƚƉĞƌĨĞĐƚĨŽƌ ƚŚĞƐĞĂƐŽŶ͘dŚŝƐĞǆĐĞůůĞŶƚƐĐĞŶƚ also forms the heart of Raw from the house of Skinn.
ROSEMARY This and other herbs have
ĂŶĞĂƌƚŚǇƉƌŽĮůĞ͕ĂŶĚĂůƐŽ ĞƐƐĞŶƟĂůŽŝůƐƚŚĂƚďŽŽƐƚ ƚŚĞƐŬŝŶ͛ƐƌĞƐƉŽŶƐĞƚŽƚŚĞ heat. With a soothing and comfortable touch, this herb ĂĚŚĞƌĞƐƚŽǇŽƵƌƉƌĞƐƐƵƌĞƉŽŝŶƚƐ and goes very well with citrus notes. In fact, it is well used ƚŽŐŽŽĚĞīĞĐƚĂƐĂƚŽƉŶŽƚĞŝŶ Verge from the house of Skinn.
dŚŝƐƉŽǁĞƌĨƵůŵŝŶĞƌĂůʹŽƌƌĞƐŝŶ –musk has been used to create the right scent for millennia. Its undeniable masculinity makes
it a favourite, and it lingers on your skin in the hot weather for hours. Plus, it tends to mask ƵŶƉůĞĂƐĂŶƚƐŵĞůůƐďĞĐĂƵƐĞ of its warm and rich tones. &ŝƫ ŶŐƚŚĂƚŝƚŝƐƚŚĞďĂƐĞŶŽƚĞŝŶ DĞĚŝƚĞƌƌĂŶĞĂŶ'ƌŽǀĞ͘
LEMON You don’t really need to say too ŵƵĐŚĂďŽƵƚƚŚŝƐ͕ĞǆĐĞƉƚƚŚĂƚŝƚ is as fresh as you can get. It is ĂůƐŽǀĞƌǇǀĞƌƐĂƟůĞ͕ĂŶĚǁŽƌŬƐ with any skin or season. It’s ƉĞƌĨĞĐƚĨŽƌƚŚĞƐƵŵŵĞƌ͘>ĞŵŽŶ ŽŝůŝƐĂƉƌŽŵŝŶĞŶƚƚŽƉŶŽƚĞŝŶ
Verge, where it merges well ǁŝƚŚ^ƉĞĂƌŵŝŶƚŽŝů͘
&ŽƌĂůĂƐƟŶŐŝŵƉƌĞƐƐŝŽŶƚŚĂƚ lingers like the outdoors, there’s nothing like wood–be it coniferous such as thuja, cedar ŽƌũƵŶŝƉĞƌ͖ŽƌƟŵĞůĞƐƐůŝŬĞŽĂŬ and guaiac. These form the ďĂƐĞŶŽƚĞƐŽĨĂƉĞƌĨƵŵĞĂŶĚ ĂƌĞĞǆƉƌĞƐƐŝǀĞŽŶĞǀĞƌǇŵĂŶ͘ Raw, in fact, has an enduring base note that merges guaiac wood with Indonesian Patchouli and musky cashmeran.
CONTRIBUTORS NICK SAGLIMBENI The brain behind SlickforceStudio in downtown LA, Nick has photographed for more than 100 magazine covers and numerous campaigns. He has received several awards, and is the author of the hugely successful “Mastering” series of books. He has also created WMB 3D: World’s Most Beautiful, a magazine photographed and designed in 3D. Nick does a ton of pro bono work for numerous charities.
SUJIT BHAR With 35-plus years of journalistic, corporate, business and consultative experience in diverse ields, Sujit has written a mine of articles, tracks Indian and foreign media and currently works with Cyberspaces and Global Affairs.
SUPRIYA SEHGAL With credits in over 30 guidebooks, Supriya is deinitely a travel writer. She says she’s happy to travel for 250 days a year, and has inally abandoned the idea of calling any one city her home. She’s also an avid trekker.
After his Master’s in ilmmaking from New York, Muneesh returned to India and has been working in the ield for a decade. He feels that while a camera can “take” a photograph, only a photographer can capture the moment. He lives in Delhi with his wife and two kids, and often collaborates with his brother, Gireesh, an interiors and stilllife photographer.
ASHISH ASTHANA A self-taught artist working as an illustrator for the last 18 years, Ashish drew Phantom and Mandrake as a kid and believes those comics were his irst teacher. His style leans heavily towards comics with a pinch of twisted humour. He also teaches as a guest faculty at NIFT Patna, and writes a bit.
MANEKA HARISINGHANI Based in Mumbai, Maneka is one of India’s best-known stylists. She calls herself a trend minimalist, and strives to give each look she creates a distinct elegance. A former fashion journalist, she usually undertakes work for celebrities, editorials and campaigns.
A fashion stylist for nine years, Krishna has worked for a number of fashion magazines as fashion editor. She’s also done her Masters at the London College of Fashion. With a lair for creative direction, she splits her time between commercial projects and her own digital magazine— currentmoodmag.com.
SHARK CRUSADER Ocean Ramsey spends her days diving with great whites and hammerheads so that the rest of us might better understand a species in peril. Text by KEITH GORDON
f some people are destined for a speciic career, then Ocean Ramsey—yes, that’s her real name—was meant to become a preeminent shark and marine researcher and conservationist. From her home base on Oahu, Ramsey has travelled the world to study sharks in their diverse habitats and bring awareness to the threat that numerous shark species currently face. She’s also an advanced free diver (a diver without a breathing apparatus), scuba instructor, business owner, and designer. When she’s not travelling the world free diving, she’s at home in Hawaii working at her own company, One Ocean Research and Diving. Her cause went viral when she was caught on tape riding the back of a fully grown great white shark with no cage or other protection. There’s also the fact that she’s attractive enough to be a model and does much of her work in barely there bikinis. Maxim spoke to the 30-year-old about her conservation work, her time in the Bahamas, and what it’s like to ride a great white.
I have a degree in marine biology, specialised in ethology (animal behaviour), and studied speciics on shark body language, how they establish their social hierarchy and avoid confrontations. But, I realised that if I only focused on studying sharks and publishing papers, then another 600 million sharks would die while I conducted my six-year study. That realisation was the point when everything clicked. I knew I needed to take the science, conservation, diving, and all aspects to a new level with a new approach, so I co-founded the company, One Ocean Research and Diving.
How did you get into shark conservation? My parents love the ocean, and I imagine part of the reason I love that environment must come from growing up the way I did.
Are sharks really in such peril? Currently, shark populations have been decimated, with most shark species seeing 90 per cent declines, and many species
What does your organisation do? My company has a team of mostly female marine biologists who take people out daily to dive with sharks and learn about their biology, physiology, behaviour, body language, and how we humans can adapt our own behaviour based on our scientiic understanding of sharks and their role in the ocean ecosystems. This is all to aid us in creating safer, and more fun, interactions.
are being pushed to the brink of extinction. The beautiful (and toothless) whale shark, the largest ish and shark in the ocean, was just moved to endangered-species status a few months ago, joining the hammerhead on the growing list of shark species that are quickly being wiped out due to many wasteful practices. Shark inning and regular shark sportishing are the two biggest causes of these declines. You gained a lot of attention when a video surfaced of you riding an enormous great white named Bella. What was that like, and how did it happen? Honestly, I worry that beautifying the experience may entice others to try for a similar experience, which would be a bad idea. But truthfully, some of the absolute best moments of my life have been free diving with white sharks. There is nothing like it, and there are no words that can do it justice. I’ve been studying and working with more than 30 species of sharks around the world for over a decade, and that GoPro footage of Bella and me was not at all my irst time diving with white sharks. I spent years going in and out of cages and absorbing as much time and qualitative information as I could watching them interact with one another. Interacting with sharks is very humbling. I feel a tremendous honour being able to share their space and have them treat me as an equal or similar predator. If you don’t mind me saying so, you are an extremely beautiful woman. Do people ever underestimate your expertise or professionalism because of how you look? I hope that if any of my talents, features, or natural gifts can be used to better highlight the message I am trying to share…then I am grateful that I can be a voice, a spokesmodel, if you will, for them. It’s ironic that sometimes they title photos of me with sharks as “Beauty and the Beast,” when to me sharks and nature are
absolutely gorgeous. I did a lot of modelling in my 20s and I am still signed [with agents], but every time I get a call to do a project I’m either on our company’s boat or on an international conservation efort. What makes the Bahamas so unmatched for a shark scientist– marine biologist? The Bahamas is a special place because it is protected from shark ishing. It’s a marine-protected area for sharks, meaning that sharks can thrive, existing in plentiful numbers. It’s a world-class destination for diving with and studying tiger sharks, greater hammerheads, nurse sharks, lemon sharks, and Caribbean reef sharks. The warmer, shallower waters mean that diving to observe and study shark behaviour is easy and practical for longer periods of time. I deinitely recommend Staniel Cay, where they have cute nurse sharks and adorable swimming pigs, or venture to Tiger Beach to see enormous tiger sharks. What else should we know about sharks, and how would you recommend we get involved? I am grateful, I get to dive with them daily, and the more I study and learn, and the more time I spend with them, the more my understanding, appreciation, and respect grow. They really are one of the most amazing animals on the planet, and anyone who has ever been lucky enough to go diving with them knows how true that is. I highly encourage people to go out and take the plunge and go for a dive with sharks with a well-educated and experienced guide. Sharks are apex predators, not puppies; but, they are not monsters. My organisation’s message is simple. Humans and sharks can co-exist, and we need sharks to exist because they afect us all. From the air we breathe to the majority of protein the human population consumes, we all rely on the ocean, and sharks are a vital component of a thriving, productive ocean and planet.
SEX BY SCIENCE A little bit of research goes a long way. Text by ZEYNEP YENISEY
re you in a romantic relationship with an amazing woman? If yes, great! I’m happy for you. But has the passion been lacking in the bedroom and is your sex life a little lacklustre? Fret not, my dude. Let’s rectify the situation. As explained by sexpert Dr. Justin Lehmiller, a massive study of 40,000 people found that there are ive big diferences between couples who always have hot, passionate sex, and couples who long ago lost that lame. Those who keep the passion alive in the bedroom are more likely to do these ive key things: • Spend time setting the mood • Practice sexual communication • Receive oral sex • Be happier with their relationship in general • Engage in more acts of sexual variety In other words, couples who have amazing sex lives actually make an efort. They set the mood by lighting some candles and putting on sexy music, they talk to each other to make sure the sex is A+, they give head even if they don’t particularly enjoy putting their mouths on each other’s genitals (looking at you, men), and they try new and diferent things in the bedroom
to keep things exciting. Variety is the spice of life! Speaking of variety, Lehmiller highlights the importance of this, explaining that “We have a tendency to grow tired of sexual routines, while sexual novelties can reawaken our interest in sex.” The reason for this boils down to one simple thing: dopamine, which is the neurotransmitter that’s directly related to the reward and pleasure centre of your brain. As the name suggests, dopamine is dope. It’s what makes things feel good. When you fall into a routine with your partner and your sex life becomes a little too predictable, your brain literally gets bored of doing the same thing over and over again, so it releases less and less dopamine each time, making the sex feel subpar at best. That’s precisely why adding a little novelty to the boudoir is one of the best things you can do for your relationship, because when you try something new, your brain is all “Wow, that’s exciting! Me likey,” and releases a rush of dopamine. And what better way to ind out what types of sexual variety keep the torch of passion burning than by taking a peek at what the most satisied couples are doing
during sexytime? As you can see from the statistics on the facing page, one of the easiest and most efective ways to add a subtle bit of spice to your sex routine is to start of with a sensual massage. I mean, massages are really sexy. There’s just something very hot about running your hands all over your woman’s naked body and making her feel good, which is also why massages often lead to amazing sex. Furthermore, sexy lingerie also proves to be one of the key ingredients to a passionate and satisfying sex life, as well as taking a steamy shower together (shower sex, anyone?), planning a date night that includes good food and may be dancing, and trying out some new sex positions. Next on the list is going on a romantic getaway together, which I’ll gladly elaborate on. A recent study by Travelocity found that 56 percent of people agree that the best way to keep the spark alive with your boo is to go on vacation together, probably get drunk, and proceed to have amazing hotel sex. All of these things are super easy to incorporate into your life, so if the passion is lacking, give some of these a try. Doing that extra something special will be well worth it for both of you.
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of women polled said they were satisied by giving/receiving a mini-massage or backrub.
of women polled were satisied by taking a shower or bath together with their partner.
of women polled said they were happy to wear sexy lingerie.
of women polled were satisied with using food during sex (e.g. whipped cream).
of women polled were satisied with trying light S&M (e.g. restraints, spanking).
SUNKEN TREASURE The Adriatic Sea’s turquoise waters provide the perfect conditions for aging Croatia’s acclaimed wines. Our man goes diving for the best bottles. Text by JAKE EMEN
egend has it that there’s treasure resting of the coast of Žuljana, a tiny town with some 250 residents located along the southern side of Croatia’s Pelješac peninsula. And I’ve come here to ind it. Scuba gear strapped on, I dive below the waters and come upon a cage resting at the bottom of the sea—the buried treasure, at last, in the form of seashell and coralcovered bottles of wine. The treasured wine isn’t the remnant of some ancient shipwreck, however. It’s been placed there purposely by upstart winery Edivo Vina. Because who needs a subterranean wine cave when you have the stunningly beautiful turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea? “It’s the perfect storage for the wines because the temperature is constant for the whole year,” says Dora Mratović, manager of the Edivo Wine Bar in Drače, a 15-minute drive away from the current dive site in Žuljana, and adjacent to the actual winery in Janjina. Mratović says the water constantly hovers around 15 degrees Celsius, and wouldn’t you know it, that’s right in the sweet spot of the temperature range the wine industry has long coveted for storage and maturation. Dubbed Navis Mysterium, Latin for ‘Ship’s Mystery,’ the wine spends between 18 months and two years underwater before it’s ready for release. With enough time, deeper and more nuanced lavours develop, and rough edges are rounded out. The wine itself is made from the plavac mali grape, a ubiquitous varietal in and around the Dalmatia region of Croatia, and one that has risen in global prestige in recent years. “Plavac is related to zinfandel,” Mratović says. So it is that zinfandel, long the pride of American winemakers, actually has its origins in Croatia, where it’s known as tribidrag or crljenak. That history wasn’t successfully hashed out until about 20 years
The waters in Žuljana remain a consistent 15 degrees Celsius throughout the year, right in the sweet spot for maturing wines.
The amphoras themselves are covered with layers of shells, coral and debris, delivering showstopping bar souvenirs with a unique presentation.
ago, led in part by California-based Croatian winemaker Miljenko Grgich. As for plavac, it’s a cross between tribidrag and another ancient Croatian varietal. And Edivo isn’t the only winery that’s dabbled with aging wine underwater. “But not with amphoras,” Mratović says of the two-handled clay jugs Edivo uses—based on those used by ancient Greeks and Romans to store wine. “We have a patent and protected our process.” Meanwhile, deciding to mature wine underwater was also a surprisingly natural it for this family business—inspired by the diving background of one of the co-owners, Mratović’s cousin and their grandfather’s roots in winemaking. “The traditions of sea and wine, with fun and business,” Mratović says. “It’s business and pleasure together.” It was the pleasure side of the operation that took charge at irst, resulting in some casual experiments before any business plan was hatched. “We started the project in 2009,” Mratović says. “A few bottles were sunk underwater for fun.” In 2012, the business began producing wine in earnest, with the wine bar opening in spring 2017. Edivo currently partners with Diving Centre Barbara in Žuljana to lead would-be explorers to the dive site. There, a single cage of wine rests about ive metres below the surface. The bulk of the winery’s underwater production remains elsewhere, though, with several thousand bottles maturing in several semi-secret locations between 18 and 25 metres below the waters of Mali (or Little) Ston Bay, on the other side of the peninsula. Mali Ston’s waters are known as the source of some of the world’s most sought-after oysters, and the nutrientrich conditions are ideal for the wine, too. Because with Edivo, it’s not solely about the taste, but also its presentation. The bottles and amphoras themselves are covered with layers of shells, coral, and debris; the wine can be purchased as a standalone bottle for `5,000 or with an amphora for `20,000—delivering showstopping souvenirs with a one-of-akind presentation. Visitors to the wine bar pick the speciic bottle or amphora they’d like based on its appearance; therefore, storing the wine in the type of conditions that help build that aesthetic is crucial. The deeper and murkier waters at Edivo’s main areas of production prevent novice divers from exploring them, even with a guide, so any other treasure hunters out there will have to settle for the gorgeous environs of the winery’s public site for the time being, though Edivo isn’t stopping there. “We are also starting to organise dives in Dubrovnik,” Mratović says. “It will be spectacular.”
THE CACHAÇA DIARIES Best known as the base for caipirinhas, Brazil’s favourite spirit is now sipped and celebrated around the world. Text by JAKE EMEN
t’s almost a guarantee that any trip to Brazil will be laden with the intrinsic pleasures of beachside caipirinhas. The cocktail is made with cachaça, showcasing Brazil’s 500-year-old spirit of choice. Cachaça is distilled from fermented sugarcane juice, making it a cousin of rum and, more speciically, of rhum agricole, or cane juice rum, though with an even longer history. The good news is that even when you’re back home there’s no need to stop your new-found Brazilian love afair—we’re still talking about the cachaça! It’s now readily available across the world, and some of the best bottles are barrel-aged using indigenous Brazilian woods that deliver entirely unique lavours. “Cachaça as a category is aged in 30 diferent woods,” says Peter Nevenglosky, co-founder of Avuá Cachaça. “We ind the unique lavours and applications to be truly compelling and something we want to continue to share with the increasingly adventurous drinking public.” Avuá has employed amburana, also known as Brazilian teak, a wood prized for its loral and fragrant proile, alongside enticing baking spices such as cinnamon and cloves. Avuá has also used exotic woods
like jequitibá rosa, with delicate fruity lavours, and tapinhoã, ofering hints of honeycomb, caramel, and toasted coconut. Nevenglosky broke the scoop to Maxim that a forthcoming release, due out this summer, will be aged in básamo, which ofers herbaceous notes, minerality, and citrus lavours. We couldn’t be celebrating the use of often, illegally forested Brazilian woods unless brands were following proper sourcing protocols, however. “Sustainability is the major question when using Brazilian woods to age cachaça,” says Agenor Maccari Jr., Ph.D., master distiller of Novo Fogo Cachaça. “How can we guarantee the future supply of native woods when many of the trees are endangered?” Novo Fogo has been proactive in this regard, carefully vetting the companies they source wood and barrels from, while also taking the extra step of creating a reforestation project, partnering with a protected 42-acre private reserve with the aim of planting 10,000 endangered trees. “Producers of aged cachaça represent an industry that can either choose to indirectly fuel illegal deforestation by buying Brazilian wood barrels from questionable sources,
or to support a more sustainable path by sourcing Brazilian woods thoughtfully and legally, and by being transparent about the potential risks posed by products that utilise vulnerable Brazilian trees,” says Luke McKinley, Novo Fogo’s marketing director. For its Two-Woods series, Novo Fogo uses Brazilian woods to inish cachaças primarily matured in American oak, thereby using less Brazilian wood while also balancing the bold lavours the woods ofer. “Ninety-seven percent of our barrels are American oak, and the remaining three percent are Brazilian wood barrels,” Maccari says. “For us, Brazilian woods are the exception, not the rule. Each of our barrels has an origin, a history.” That’s resulted in occasionally unusual, though efective, tactics. “The wood for our araribá barrels came from the demolition of a partner’s house!” Releases include Colibri, reined with the aforementioned amburana, along with Tanager, inlected with that araribá (zebrawood), and Graciosa, inished with castanheira (Brazil nut). The former is resinous, earthy, and tannic, with the “personality of a forest,” according to Maccari, while the latter is distinctively nutty, redolent of almonds and pecans, along with cherries and spice. With the sustainability issue accounted for, you can enjoy guilt-free caipirinhas, though you should also, ahem, branch out. Cachaças with these types of unique lavours are great for sipping neat or pairing with beer, a tradition sometimes known as tabelinha, referring to the quick back-andforth passing of the “beautiful game.” The cocktail possibilities are endless, too, with cachaça seamlessly subbing for anything from rum to whiskey or even gin depending on its proile. You can even put your money where your mouth is, if you want to ensure you continue seeing more such delicious oferings. Avuá, for example, is running a Wefunder online crowdfunding campaign that has already raised over $100,000 from thirsty imbibers just like you.
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Two-time Nobel Prize winner, the late Professor Linus Pauling, showed that Vitamin C reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Many men don’t get enough of it—in spite of piling on the OJ—so improve your diet by adding some more citrus and maybe taking a supplement to be safe.
Take Magnesium Supplements Why? Well, magnesium has been shown to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death from various causes. It also promotes relaxation and good quality, deeper sleep. In short, what you need.
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This means cutting back on sugar and going easy on alcohol. Your liver is the ilter of your blood stream and it also controls fat
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Take Selenium It can help boost testosterone and sperm production. Selenium has super antioxidant properties and has been shown to help ight cancer. Some good sources are chia seeds (and all seeds in general, like sunlower and lax), brown rice, and veggies like mushrooms, spinach and broccoli.
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ON YOUR MARKS Extra attention is being paid of late to the benefits of a decent pre-workout meal, and this is why you should care. Text by TASHA PIENAAR
here is much hype around what people call the ‘anabolic window.’ That seems like the perfect time, after your workout, to eat pretty much whatever your heart desires, right? Wrong. But let’s not get back into that. We covered it in great detail a few issues back. The focus now lies on whether you have your pre-workout nutrition bases covered. Just like with everything else in life, people have diferent ideas of how this should be done, and while they may not be wrong, their ideas might not necessarily work for you as an individual. Briely going back to our post-workout discussion, many people ind that they could not stomach the idea of food after
working out, and that’s why a protein shake of sorts, or a recovery drink was suggested. Similarly, pre-workout nutrition is as important as post-workout. The challenge to get something down the hatch is a problem that many early morning trainers have. Most of the time, people roll out of bed, splash some water on their face, and hit the gym before they wake up properly—because otherwise they just can’t bring themselves to go at any other point of the day. One of the obvious ideas behind training is fat loss, and even though you may think that skipping a pre-workout meal may save you some calories to burn of, rather don’t. Training on an empty stomach can result in
low blood sugar, which means you may land up staring at the ceiling when you faint. If you fuel your ire the right way you will work harder—the key being the right way. Don’t think that you can pig out on bad food because you will be working it of—it will actually just have a negative efect on you and your training. For those who don’t do too well with full meals, we have these suggestions: Try a banana. They’re packed with carbs (the good kind) and potassium, which is a vital part of muscle and nerve functioning. You can also try a piece of wholegrain bread—toast it if you will. This gives you a great basis for topping it with honey (extra carbs) or eggs for protein. I agree with their next suggestion—it’s a personal favourite of mine—fruit and yoghurt, it’s light and fresh. The fruit has the required carbs and Greek yoghurt in particular is packed with protein. It’s all good and well to know what to eat, but the next question is when? Depending on the meal size, anywhere between 30-60 minutes before your workout is a good time frame to work with and the beneits of doing this are vast. You can increase your muscle growth by having a protein-based meal, as essential amino acids will be released throughout your workout. This meal also ensures that you protect the muscles that you are working so hard for. The most obvious beneit of all of this is that you will have more energy during your workout, as that sudden release will be in your favour. Coming back to people who feel that they train better on an empty stomach, it’s time to rewire the way you think. Science has proven that you risk losing the muscle that you have worked so hard for, as well as from a health perspective, the dizziness and fatigue could become a real problem. Start of small, and build up a tolerance for food or even just protein shakes, and you can be rest assured that the juice is worth the squeeze.
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TREAD THE SURFACE The Manta 5 Hydrofoiler XE-1 lets you cycle on H2O. So, finally, your “I can’t swim!” excuse will no longer hold... well, water. Text by SUNANDA VAID
YOU THINK YOU CAN CYCLE ON WATER? Absolutely. You can. The Manta 5 Hydrofoiler XE-1 is technically a mobile personal watercraft, but we like to call it super fun on the water. It has a frame made of aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminium, with a detachable rear foil and front tiller pivot system constructed with carbon-ibre composite. This helps keep it light at just 22 kg—including the motor and battery. The 700-watt motor generates up to 75 Nm of torque, with a cruising speed between 11 and 14 kmph or six to nine knots. Housed in a waterproof, fullysubmersible enclosure, it features a 360-degree double pedal torque sensor and special cooling ins, and is connected to a 42T chain ring sprocket and adjustable chain tensioner. Combined with the 36-volt battery that packs in 60 lithium-ion cells, the Hydrofoiler can run for more than 80 minutes. The motor also helps regulate the temperature via cooling ins. All this makes it a zero-emission mode of crossing the river or lake—or your swimming pool, you loon— although it is just as efective in the sea. Of course, you’ll need to learn how to master it because you have to begin with a submerged launch—as in, you place the bike
in the water and then rise above the surface once you start pedalling. It’ll probably be tough initially, but does away with the need for a boat or platform, thanks to the hydrodynamic buoyancy modules that streamline it; the Hoerner wingtip design of the carbon-ibre hydrofoils also helps minimise drag. The Hydrofoiler XE-1 is quite customisable with an adjustable seat column and moveable steering shaft; it is quick to assemble—about two minutes, claims Manta 5—and can be loaded into cars with ease; and the three-mode variable pedal assist (with Training, Cruise and Performance) lets you monitor your ride and decide how much efort you want to put in to cross the water. Plus, it is based on a modular design sensibility, which means that you can upgrade it with new sports accessories and components as and when you need to. More than a mode of transport, the Hydrofoiler is a handy recreation tool and, if you’re so inclined, an exercise aid. Just get on it and start pedalling to stay dry, or drier. If you’re spiritual, consider it walking on water. If not, consider it a bruise-free way of learning how to ride a bike.
PACK ME UP… BEFORE YOU GO Hey, city-slicker! Heading out to the great outdoors and already missing the comfort of your favourite cafe? These nifty little doodads should make your day. Text by VAIBHAV SHARM
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SUUNTO TRAVERSE The hiking guide you want Smartwatches might get sneered at all times, but the right one’s a pretty nifty tool for the outdoorsy sort. Take Suunto’s Traverse, for example. This light-andcomfy watch is perfect for the hardcore (or insane) trekking nut—it’s got an energy eicien display, altimeter, barometer, storm alerts, and fancy GPS tracking with route planning, breadcrumbs, altitude proile waypoint and visual navigatio Frankly, we wouldn’t go away from civilisation without this on our wrist. suunto.com
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TAME THE JUNGLE The new GSX-S750 is a solid bike that will elevate your everyday ride, and it’s about more than just good looks. Text by GITUMONI TALUKDAR
THE COMPANY CALLS IT THE ‘APEX PREDATOR’ AND THAT MAY just be an apt moniker. Suzuki Motorcycle’s irst sub-1000 cc big bike is sinewy and yet stealthy, like a leopard ready to pounce. It takes its form from its bigger siblings, the legendary Hayabusa and sport-bike GSX-S1000, and this design pedigree is clearly evident. It impresses at irst glance and has a throaty soundtrack to boost. At the heart of the GSX-S750 is the well-known 749-cc engine that produces 84 kW at 10,500 rpm and 81 Nm at 9,000 rpm. This torque-rich power enhances the sports riding experience even as you traverse the streets for your daily commute. The in-line fourcylinder, four-stroke, DOHC liquid-cooled block has been specially tuned for India as well, and features a six-speed gearbox that allows for strong acceleration and a smooth ride—the result of years of super-sport R&D that is the mainstay of the GSX range. Another feature that makes the bike a solid ride is Suzuki’s advanced traction control system, which gives the rider more control across riding conditions. The four modes can be adjusted on-the-ly or, if you’re just beginning to appreciate the thrill of riding, at rest. They move between sport riding and smooth roads to maximum traction control and wet or tough terrain. The chassis is an interesting amalgam of a street bike’s tubular
frame and a sport-bike’s twin-spar frame, boosted by an ergonomic approach that seeks to maximise comfort without compromising the looks. The bike’s chassis, crafted around the GSX-R engine architecture, also allows it to be shorter—a critical factor when it comes to optimising handling for a big bike. Coupled with the chiselled fuel tank and angular tail section and 4-2-1 exhaust system, the presence of the bike belies its dimensions. “As our second CKD model in India, we are conident that the GSX-S750 will further strengthen the ‘GSX’ brand, which is Suzuki’s DNA in motorcycles,” says Satoshi Uchida, managing director of Suzuki Motorcycle India. Given the tech that the bike comes loaded with, it’s easy to see why the marque has been so popular. Its distinctive race-tested 10-spoke cast aluminium wheels with Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S21 radial tyres also enhance the idea of a sports bike for the city or a “performance street machine,” as Suzuki calls it. Priced at around `7,45,000, the bike is likely to go up against Honda’s CBR bikes and American city riders and maybe cafe racers, given its determinant of pure physical appeal. But the GSX-S750 has the three-decade heritage of the R750, and the wealth of Suzuki’s MotoGP racing expertise to back it up.
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Welcome back to Maxim! We’re breaking records with you. How does it feel? It’s amazing to be on the Maxim cover for the ifth time. As a joke, I already mentioned that it’s a lot of fun to be breaking at least one record of Priyanka Chopra, considering she’s been on the cover four times. But, really, all jokes aside, thank you so much for having me. You guys have a way of making every woman feel beautiful, sexy and conident, all at once. Thank you, we try. What’s changed since the last time we met? Have you noticed changes within yourself? Deinitely. My dimensions have changed. I’m older, far more secure, much more conident and... I mean I’ve never been the kind of woman who loves myself but the older I get, the more conident I get. Yeah, I’m just happy that I’m on the cover again in 2018, which is reassuring. What has changed is my sense of comfort in the body I live in. Self-love and body positivity are a crucial part of living a sane life today, and we’re staunch advocates. Do you agree? I totally agree. I think it’s essential and, thanks to social media, more and more women are coming out with the fact that you don’t have to be skinny. More than anything else, you need to be in love with your body. The only way you can do that is if you have a it body no matter what size it is. As long as it’s one that is it, it’s one that makes you feel conident—and if you’re on Maxim, it’s one that is desirable—you should love it. I’m joking, of course. As long as you’re healthy, there is no reason to not love your body. We love that you’re rocking some natural greys. Did you say you’ve never bothered covering them up? We imagine that takes a lot of guts in the industry that you’re in. It’s not a natural grey like you may think. I was born with it. I have a birth mark on the left side of my head where, literally, it’s a hashtag, one I have used for many years now, and it is
#BornWithASilverStreak. So, yeah, I’ve literally been born with a silver streak on my head. The person I am, everything about me is natural so why would I cover a streak I was born with? You’re known to be a no-nonsense, uniltered talker. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do w.r.t. laying out the truth? Cover it up! Of course, I’m no-nonsense and, of course, I’m no ilter and it’s very hard for me to put up a pretence for more than ive minutes. And all hell breaks loose inside my head. And, then, there’s a small explosion in my tiny brain. And, then, I can’t cover up being polite. One thing I really struggle with sometimes is when I have to deal with incompetency—that’s when I have absolutely no ilter and I have no time for things and people who are incompetent. I love the sound of millennials but, somewhere, I feel that when I was in my 20s, I wasn’t so busy on social media. So I wish that there’s a slight shift and the millennials that I work with can stop checking their Instagram and can start focussing on the work that they do. We agree. Has this candid, no-fucks-given attitude ever gotten you into trouble? It’s very refreshing to the people I’m around and it’s very refreshing to me in my head, because I don’t go anywhere with any baggage. And my candid “I don’t give a fuck” attitude has a lot to do with the fact that I know where to draw the line. I would never end up hurting people, but I’m deinitely to the point and it’s easier to live with somebody like me than it is to live with somebody who puts up an act all the time. I mean, in my defence! Has it gotten me into trouble? Yeah, maybe a few times. If I have hurt anybody with that attitude, I apologise, but I think they called for it at some point. Having spent over a decade in the entertainment business, is it any diferent today than when you started? Yeah, a lot has changed. I feel like a lot of professionalism has kicked in. A lot of corporate spirit has come in. People value time,
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their own and others’. Everybody is caught up and busy with a million things to do. That makes it a lot more easy to work with people, and I feel like anybody who is talented sooner or later ends up getting what they deserve. This is a great time for actors because there are so many diferent platforms—whether it is digital, or ilms, or television, or reality shows. Whatever it is, I think this is actually the best time for the people working in the industry. What changes would you like to see, moving forward? I’ve always agreed to the fact that, especially when we work, there is a unit of anything between 100 to 250 people and it is always 20 percent of the people who do the job for the other 80 percent. So the change that I would like to see on a set, whether it is a magazine shoot or whether it is ilm set, is the fact that not just the 20 percent work, but 100 percent of the people work. And then it’ll become a good place to be. I still see a lot of incompetence, there is a little bit of slack when it comes to paperwork or professionalism, or when it comes to just hiring the right people for the right jobs. But I guess it’s paid of. Somewhere down the line, everybody ends up getting work so it is not such a bad thing but a little more competence will be a good idea. Your views on the gender pay-gap in the business, which seems to be the hot discussion. How have you dealt with it? Whether it is my TV shows or whether it’s a ilm, I’ve seen women who are on a far more successful level of ilms than me sufer from that, because there are women-oriented ilms that do well and end up bringing collections at the box oice. But a woman has to sort of prove herself again and again and again, and even then she doesn’t take home the same numbers; and when she does, it becomes a really big deal. Having said that, the gap is being bridged, but we still have a long way to go. That’s a problem even in the West and a lot of people are talking about it. The more you talk about it, and the more you think you deserve it, the more makers are going to give it to you. Multifaceted would be an understatement for you. Is there anything Neha Dhupia can’t do? Oh, there’s tonnes I can’t do! Firstly, thank you for the compliment of thinking that I’m multifaceted. For instance, I can never make up my mind. I take very long to take decisions and that’s what holds me back from doing a lot of things. But, apart from that, I’m pretty fearless so once I’ve made up my mind, I just dive into it and I see where life takes me, whether it’s my personal life or professional. Are you a planner? Am I a planner? No. But I’m a worrier. I worry about people, I worry about things, I worry about small things like hurting people or making the wrong decision. I’m a big sucker when it comes to family. I’m a “worry-er.”
So, is there a ive-year plan? I’d like to be an entrepreneur, so maybe in seven years I can see myself on the cover of a successful business magazine. In fact, the most successful one in the world, talking about the things I have achieved professionally. And, of course, continuously work towards doing good cinema. And if I have someone in my personal life, being good to him, being a good daughter, a good sister and a good friend. If my family grows, then being a good wife, a good mom. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next ive to seven years but that’s pretty much what my plan is. You’re a planner! What were you up to last night? Details, please. I was watching the IPL and I waited till the last over, but I couldn’t stay up so I passed out with the TV on. Night well spent. Does the fear of feeling jaded ever set in? Actually, it is very surprising but I have been in the business for 17 years and that fear has not set in. But you continuously work towards something. The one thing I like to do and that doesn’t make me feel I’m jaded is that I always target the youth as my audience. I like to give them things that they like because they are the ones who deine what entertainment is. They are the big spenders, they are the future and they kind of bring the trends in. So, I follow through the youth audience and then try to work towards it. Would you classify yourself as lucky in love? Depends on when you ask me that question. If you asked me that in 2016, I would have said no. If you ask me this question in 2018, I would say I’m borderline lucky. But don’t ask me who. We never ask. How is dating in your 30s diferent from your 20s? I’m just less painful as a person in my 30s and the guy doesn’t have to pick up my bills. So, it’s just better to date me in my 30s. Who’s your current girl crush? Gal Gadot and Gigi Hadid. Excellent choices and we wholeheartedly concur. Women seem to love that Eat, Pray, Love thing. Would you want that adventure, or is it something you’ve already experienced? I kind of have experienced it in tiny bits. Maybe not as expansive as in the book. But I have been to Italy and I have been on diferent pilgrimage things... well, not really ‘pilgrimage,’ but I’m very religious; so wherever I go, I try and go to a place of worship. But it’s not exactly pray. And, as far as love is concerned, I have had a little bit of an adventurous life so there is no shying away from that. Where will we see you next? Turn the page and I’ll probably be on the next page in Maxim. I’ve done a full feature, haven’t I?
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UNUSUAL ENCOUNTERS The world is a big place, and there are a million experiences a man must indulge in. Here are a few that combine fun, adventure and wonâ€™t necessarily mean breaking the bank. Text by KEITH GORDON & JUSTIN ROHRLICH
ADRENALINE FIX Need a break from the slots? Las Vegas has plenty of adventure, from racetracks and machine guns to full-ledged aerial combat.
n 2013, 15 per cent of the city’s visitors said gambling was the “primary purpose” of their trip, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. In 2014, that igure dropped to 12 per cent, and further to 10 per cent in 2015. Consequently, there’s now plenty to do outside the casino. Want to parachute into the desert, race a truck around, then blow up a cab while shooting at it with an Uzi? Done. For an extra `10,700, VORE, the Vegas Of Road Experience, will let you choose from a variety of machine guns to shoot as part of your four-wheeling experience. An additional bunch of cash gets you a cab pre-loaded with a ive-kg explosive charge, which you’ll set of by straing it with rounds
from a Remington 700 bolt-action rile. If you want to take the ight to the sky, for about `70,000 you can put yourself behind the controls of an Extra 330LC ighter-trainer aircraft at Sky Combat Ace. Take the stick as the instructor in the backseat guides you through a simulated dogight, giving you the chance to prove your aerial superiority over your buddies by shooting them out of the sky. Word to the wise: hangovers don’t mix well with barrel rolls and zero-G manoeuvres. For a less harrowing but still mesmerising aerial experience, Maverick Helicopters ofers night lights above the Strip for `8,200 per person, which includes a glass of bubbly before you take of.
Daytime lights on Maverick’s leet of Airbus ECO-Star EC-130s are also available, ofering passengers a glimpse of Nellis Air Force Base and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Other destinations include the Grand Canyon and the Valley of Fire State Park. Golf is hardly ever considered an ‘adventure,’ but Topgolf gets closer than most driving ranges you’ve likely been to. Part driving range and part computer game, it ofers an interactive hitting experience sure to please golfers of any skill level. Non-golfers can enjoy a full menu and bar, a TV at every bay, sofas, and foosball and pool tables. Of course, so can golfers. The yellowtail sashimi is excellent, and the Frozen Mules are lethal. Any licensed driver over the age of 18 can do things at SpeedVegas that would get him or her arrested on the street. The 1.5-mile track features 12 turns and chicanes with 20-degree banks and a quarter-mile straightaway where speeds of 240 kmph are attainable. Two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip recently showed up and took a Porsche 911 GT3 around the circuit, and members of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team were there a few days before our visit. Five laps in a Lamborghini Huracán will set you back `26,000; seven laps are `31,000. Othercars available: Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari 458 Italia, Porsche 911 GT3, Corvette Z06, Mercedes AMG GT S, Audi R8, Nissan GT-R, Porsche Cayman GTS, and Shelby Mustang GT. And as with Sky Combat Ace, you’ll want to bring a strong stomach.
AERIAL MAGNIFICENCE Dirk Dallas founded the genius Instagram account @fromwhereidrone, which has curated a new view-from-the-top bucket list.
HENNINGSVÆR, NORWAY This stunning view of what’s essentially a village in the Lofoten archipelago is magic. by @fevonos
GUANGZHOU, CHINA The methodical layout is almost poetic, and seems to bridge the old and the new. by @nk7
HONG KONG Even from up above, the bustling city is awash with movement and frenzy. by @4_23
BARCELONA, SPAIN Geometric and uniform, the Catalonian capital seems to be a masterpiece of planning. by @ianharper
EPIC VOLCANOES & LAVA FLOWS Witness some of the most spectacular volcanic eruptions on the planet, irst hand, in Hawaii. he Big Island is getting bigger all the time. While volcanic activity has long ceased on most of the Hawaiian archipelago, Big Island is still home to one of the most active and spectacular eruptions on earth. The island is nearly twice as large as the rest of the isles combined, and it’s not done growing yet. The lava is constantly creating new land; since 1994 the island has grown by about 500 acres. Mount Kilauea sits in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Stop at the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum’s observation point overlooking Kilauea’s Halemaumau Crater. Within the crater lies a lava lake that rises and falls several yards each day, depending on conditions; come at night to best observe the crater’s entrancing orange glow. Meanwhile, lava streams away from the crater, either above ground in lava lows or below ground through tunnels known as lava tubes. The best way to view the lows is from a helicopter. Check out Blue Hawaiian Helicopter’s Circle of Fire Plus Waterfalls Tour (starting at `17,000) for unparalleled views of the volcano’s current activity and the natural splendour of Big Island. Lava also lows from underground tubes along the sea clifs on Big Island’s southeast coast. Currently, the lava is pouring into the Paciic at Kamokuna ocean entry. To get to the low, tourists must cross a vast lava ield. The otherworldly landscape is dotted with recently constructed houses as residents whose original homes were destroyed by the lava try to reclaim the land. Again, the best views are at night. Start your hike (or bike) across the lava ield’s dirt trail at least an hour or so before sundown to catch the perfect view. But whatever you do, follow all posted signs and park rangers’ warnings; the freshly formed lava sheets are unpredictable, with large masses of volcanic bench collapsing into the ocean at random. For a diferent angle on the lows, Lava Ocean Tours pilots a 40-foot custom boat as close as possible to the lava, providing unsurpassed access to this act of nature (starting at `12,000 during the day; `16,000 around dusk). While Mount Kilauea has been erupting since 1983, it doesn’t behave with any consistency. Visitors need to check ahead with the National Park Service, as the lava lows can shift or even cease for long periods of time. And don’t put of a visit for the future; the current threedecade-long eruption could end at any time, putting a temporary end to one of nature’s most impressive shows.
DEEP DIVIDE The Silfra issure in Iceland offers one of the most dramatic diving experiences on earth. ucked within Thingvellir National Park is one of Iceland’s most incredible natural wonders. The Silfra issure is a crack that formed between the North American and Eurasian continental plates, and it’s illed with some of the clearest and cleanest water on the planet. It’s also a bucket-list item for any serious scuba diver. The issures formed when the two plates moved away from each other 150 million years ago at a rate of around two centimetres per year. At the Silfra issure, the water is so clear that divers can see clearly for 100 metres or more. A natural current ‘cleans out’ any disturbed sediment and discourages animal life, leaving only the unusual algae that provide splashes of blues and greens. At certain spots divers can actually touch both walls, connecting the two continents with their hands.
SURF IS THE NEW RIDE Hawaii may be boss, but these spots ofer some super breaks.
GRAJAGAN BAY, JAVA Also called G-Land, it has many take-of points and some impressive swells.
HOSSEGOR, FRANCE Great waves and the French essentials of wine, women and swanky boards.
HITTING THE WATER Whether you’re a suring beginner or a pro rider, these waves are the ones to beat. uring—‘the sport of kings’—was born of Hawaii’s sacred shores. Experts head straight to famous breaks like Jaws and Waimea, but beginners start out with a little help from Surf Hawaii—Surf School. Located on Oahu’s North Shore, the school focuses on small groups, migrating up and down the shore to ind the perfect waves for their skill level. A lesson starts at a reasonable `6,000 for two hours, including gear, from owner/ big-wave surfer Edison de Paula and his team. There’s also an abundance of great scuba diving and snorkelling sites to explore. The novice-friendly Hawaii Eco Divers is located on Oahu but hits dive sites throughout the islands. Its three-day PADI Open Water Certiication costs `45,000 per person. Kiteboarding School of Maui’s Discovery package (`6,500 per person) is a one-to-four-person intro
to the sport, while the Elite (`60,000) is an expert nine-hour one-on-one lesson for adrenaline junkies. For more relaxed water outings of the Big Island, Ocean Safaris Kayak Adventures has everything from guided kayak tours of stunning sea clifs to paddleboarding lessons (starting at `5,000). Looking for luxury at sea? Mana Cruises ofers a 46-foot catamaran ideal for group outings; chartering its lagship runs `40,000 per hour. The Captain’s Sunset & Tasting cruise (`13,000 per person) provides an unforgettable dinner on the water as the sun sets over the Paciic horizon. From November through April, Hawaii is home to migrating humpback whales. Book a whalewatching tour with Pride of Maui. The outit’s ship features luxury amenities, a barbecue lunch and a crew that includes expert naturalists.
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA The Bay of Plenty ofers some excellent sandbar-created spots for pros and novices.
AILEEN’S, IRELAND Near the Clifs of Moor, this is a mecca for big wave suring. And big means big.
ARCTIC ADVENTURE Iceland’s natural beauty is unparalleled. Here are the best trips for the intrepid explorer. celand’s landscapes are some of the most stunning in the world, and with the right guide (not to mention vehicle), the country is an explorer’s paradise. Perhaps the most popular adventure is a tour of the Golden Circle, a 300-km loop in southern Iceland. The Pearl Tour (`30,000), led by Mountaineers of Iceland, takes you to the standard stops on the Golden Circle—Thingvellir National Park, the thermal waters at Geysir Hot Springs, and Gullfoss Waterfall—and includes a snowmobile journey across Langjökull Glacier, the second-largest glacier in the world. The company also ofers a number of seasonal outings to catch the northern lights. The Top of the World tour (`43,000) also travels to Langjökull, where visitors ride snowmobiles through the dark, guided only by headlights—and the aurora borealis. If the Golden Circle is too ‘beaten path,’ Iceland’s south coast is just as striking but far less trodden. Superjeep ofers a south coast tour with a stop at Eyjajallajökull Volcano (`25,000). Centred around the recently dormant volcano (you may remember the 2010 eruption that disrupted air travel throughout Europe), the trip stops at a black sand beach and lets you explore the outer reaches of the volcano itself, where heat radiates from the earth underfoot. It also visits two of Iceland’s most awe-inspiring waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. For the budget-conscious traveller, Sourced Adventures ofers many of the most popular excursions at an afordable rate. Its Golden Circle outing starts at just `6,000, while its 10-hour Southern
Iceland tour begins at `7,600 and includes Sólheimajökull Glacier and Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. The company also ofers full-package trips including airfare and hospitality; travel from cities like New York, Chicago, and San Francisco plus ive days in Iceland goes for around `65,000. Iceland’s wonders don’t stop above ground; some of the most spectacular sights are under the ice. Enormous glaciers such as Langjökull, Vatnajökull, and Mýrdalsjökull form a large part of Iceland’s topography, and they include miles of ice tunnels. Glacier Guides specialises in navigating the crystal palaces. The Crystal Ice Cave tour (`12,500) brings visitors inside the Vatnajökull glacier, while the Into the Glacier
tour (`12,500) explores the ice caves that naturally form each winter as the glacier freezes and retreats, leaving unique cavities within the ice. In the Blue Ice glacier hiking tour (`16,000), guests strap on a pair of crampons and head out onto Sólheimajökull Glacier, where they can climb its many formations, crevasses, and ice caves. Extreme Iceland ofers airborne tours with striking views of Iceland’s natural beauty. Tours include a trip to the highlands (`40,000) and a ‘moon safari’ light (`20,000) that takes visitors over a landscape formed by volcanic and glacial activity. For a more serene tour, go engineless and soar over the Icelandic countryside in a paraglider (from `22,000).
AMAZON LUXE Experience one of the world’s great adventure destinations in style and comfort. razil is home to one of the planet’s greatest natural wonders, the Amazon. Flowing across most of South America, it houses some of the rarest and most exotic wildlife and lora on earth. Countless outits run adventures and educational outings throughout the region, but for those who want to experience the beauty of raw nature from the comfort of a reined hotel, the only choice is the city of Manaus. Carved out of the jungle and home to more than two million people, Manaus is by far the largest metropolis in the Amazon river basin. While there are sights and activities there to occupy your time, many use the newly formed city as a kicking-of point for trips ranging from jungle survival courses and tracking alligators at night to
searching for giant water lilies and dolphin watching during the day. Be sure to check out the conluence of the Rio Negro and Rio Solimões rivers, where the warm, clear waters of the Negro run alongside (but don’t mix with) the silt-illed, murky waters of the Solimões, creating a remarkable spectacle that stretches for miles before combining to form the lower Amazon River. But experiencing this unique natural bounty doesn’t mean you have to sleep in a mosquito-illed tent or on a beatup riverboat. Tropical Hotel Manaus, for example, located near the beachfront, ofers a large and beautiful pool area, plentiful dining options, and accessibility to both Manaus’ cultural activities and all the adventure that lies just upriver. For those wanting a less-traditional
stay, there’s the Amazon Jungle Palace, a loating boutique hotel just across the river from the city. There, you’re surrounded by the jungles and riverfronts that brought you to the Amazon in the irst place. We recommend reserving one of the more expensive rooms for its outdoor seating area, the perfect spot in which to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Amazon with a cold glass of champagne in hand. Those wanting the full river experience can climb aboard the Iberostar Grand Amazon, a river cruise ship with ive-star amenities, which allows you to explore the Amazon without giving up any comfort. Onboard facilities include world-class dining, spa treatments, on-ship entertainment, and activities. All around you is the best of the Amazon.
The 959 attracted buyers including Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Boris Becker, and King Juan Carlos of Spain. But the Emir of Qatar topped them all with his gold-painted 959, whose steering wheel bears the emblem of Qatar.
959 How Porsche’s 30-year-old supercar inspired today’s most advanced automobiles... Text by CHRIS NELSON
n today’s speed-of-light fast world, we can easily lose track of time and the invaluable perspective it gives us on so much of life. That goes for automobiles as well. These days we have hypercars such as the 350-kmph Mercedes-AMG Project One, which has a hybrid powertrain that produces over 1,000 horsepower, and the aerodynamically wild, fully carbon-ibre Aston Martin Valkyrie with its remarkable low 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. Compared to these two, the 30-yearold Porsche 959 seems somewhat prosaic. What’s so enticing about a sensible, understated supercar with a comfortable ride and a top speed under 320 kmph? But when the Porsche 959 debuted in 1985, it pushed the boundaries of automotive performance. After its irst drive in the US$230,000 supercar, Car and Driver said, “The Porsche 959 can accomplish almost any automotive mission so well that to call it perfect is the mildest of overstatements.” In its November 1987 issue, Automobile magazine called the Porsche 959 the ‘car of the century,’ said it rewrote the rules for supercars and added that Porsche’s
LEFT The 2,847-cc, sixcylinder engine of the 959 is a 450-hp masterpiece; it’s itted with two water-cooled turbochargers, among other technological advances. ABOVE The custom goldpainted interior ordered by the Emir of Qatar.
competitors would struggle to build something that surpassed the 959’s “astonishing abilities.” Development of the 959 ushered in a new era of Porsche sports cars, introduced then-exotic technologies now commonly used by Porsche, and set the industry standard for high-performance cars. Discussions about the 959 began in 1981. Porsche had a new CEO in Peter Schutz who wanted to breathe life back into the automaker’s hallmark model, the 911. Around the same time, the World Rally Championship introduced a new, highly competitive class called
‘Group B’ and Porsche wanted in. In order to race, Porsche would be required to produce only a handful of street-legal cars based of its rally car, and those street-legal cars could easily be sold at a high price to well-heeled customers. Helmuth Bott, then Porsche’s chief technology oicer, insisted that the rally car be based of the 911. “I deliberately wanted to base the 959 on our production car and hence remain in a position where we were represented by our products,” Bott said at the time. Soon the ‘911 Group B’ got the green light; no one could have known how complex the inal car would be, or that it would take until 1987 for the irst models to be delivered to anxious owners. The Porsche we know today—an automotive powerhouse producing some of the most compelling performance cars out there—did not exist three decades ago. While Porsche had success with both its street cars and its racing cars, it had yet to truly combine its learnings in one product and push itself to the edge of an emerging, more advanced automotive age. The 959 would change that. While the car would share its general shape, structure and wheelbase with the 911, just about everything else on the 959 would be reimagined. Engineers designed the 959’s body so that it produced absolutely no aerodynamic lift, thanks to an integrated rear wing, a lat underbody cover and smooth, polyurethane mouldings that replaced the 911’s bumpers. Aluminium, Kevlar, and plastic body panels supplanted traditional steel bodywork in order to keep weight down, which is also why the 959 used deck to improve aerodynamics and driving performance. Most important, the 956 beneited from an intelligent all-wheel drive system that imperceptibly and almost instantaneously divvied up power between the front and rear axles depending on driver inputs and demands, making the car’s handling more responsive, controllable and consistent. Not only did the 959 have a myriad of modern technologies never before seen in a street car but it managed to package it in a way that didn’t punish the driver. The ‘comfort’ version of the
ABOVE Early drawings of the 959, showcasing its nontraditional rear-engine layout. BELOW The 959 was the world’s irst supercar, reaching a top speed of 314 kmph and going from 0 to 100 in 3.7 seconds.
959 had niceties uncommon in supercars of the time, including air-conditioning, an audio system and power windows and seats. The relatively lavish cabin had high-end trim, good visibility, and little wind noise, and a low, quiet idle and pleasant exhaust note meant the 959 could realistically be used as a daily driver. When the irst 959 prototype made its public debut at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show, no one had seen anything like it. “CDs, VCRs, and home gaming consoles had just started to appear, and then the 959 shows up at Frankfurt?” jokes Dave Engelman, Porsche’s North American spokesperson for motorsports and brand heritage. Still, the 959 had a long way to go; its technical complexity and the complications around getting its various systems to communicate properly would require a few more years of development. Wanting to conidently transpose its racing experience into an approachable road car, Porsche challenged its engineers to test the 956 beyond its limits and under the most extreme conditions. So in 1984, the engineering team entered an all-wheel drive test mule in the gruelling Paris-Dakar endurance race, torturing the 959’s drivetrain across harsh desert terrain. The team returned the next year with yet another mule, and it literally went up in lames. It wasn’t until 1986, when Porsche arrived at Paris-Dakar with three ‘real’ 959s and drivers René Metge, Jacky Ickx, and Roland Kussmaul that the automaker found the podium, winning irst, second, and sixth place, respectively. Porsche inally had its irst 959s on the road, but by then the car faced a new, formidable opponent from Italy: the savage Ferrari
F40, a US$260,000 exotic with a 478-horsepower and twin-turbo charged V-8 mounted behind its two seats. The 959 accelerated quicker than the Ferrari, going from 0 to 100 kmph in 3.7 seconds, but its top speed of 314 kmph fell short of the Ferrari’s 323-kmph top speed, which made the F40 the irst production car to go over 320 kmph. The fortunate few lucky enough to sample both the Ferrari F40 and the Porsche 959 were astonished by the performance each ofered, but most preferred the Porsche as a friendlier, more well-rounded car that didn’t chase speed at the cost of comfort. By the time production versions of the 959 rolled out of the factory in the spring of ’87, the World Rally Championship had dissolved the ‘Group B’ class, which had turned into a breathtaking spectacle with an unfortunately high rate of fatalities for both drivers and spectators. While Porsche never got the chance to race in the series it created the 959 for, its remarkable car had made its mark, shown the world what Porsche engineering could do, and inspired a whole new way of thinking at the automaker’s headquarters. “The 959, much like the 918 Spyder that came 30 years later, featured technological advances that many people were initially sceptical of,” Engelman says. “Yet in both examples, technology irst found on those two supercars soon found its way into serial production Porsche sports cars.”
OPPOSITE PAGE Porsche undertook extensive competition and off-road testing, including at the 1985 Pharaoh Rally in Egypt. Legendary driver Jacky Ickx was part of the 1986 Dakar Rally team that put three cars in the top 10.
Porsche racing driver Kees Nierop, who in 1987 raced a 961 (a modiied 959) in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, says, “The 959 was the irst real supercar. It looked the part and acted the part.” All told, Porsche produced 339 examples of the 959. While the 959 couldn’t be sold in the States due to regulatory issues, a few slipped into the country on the ‘grey market’ before U.S. laws changed to allow legal importation. Now 959s can be found in the enviable garages of folks like comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. In the past 30 years, exemplary supercars like the McLaren F1 and the Bugatti Veyron have eclipsed the 959’s achievements, but even today the Porsche tugs at the heartstrings of automotive enthusiasts. The 959 refused to break free from restraint, wowed the world with its standout technologies and proved that a supercar could be balanced instead of boyish and still make people swoon.
The C29 was one of the irst attempts at designing the 959. The team tried to improve the aerodynamics of the existing 911 by giving the 959 increased downforce and less air friction, a nearly impossible task.
FAKE NEWS, CONSPIRACIES & SELFIES Maxim goes behind-the-scenes to understand #FakeNews. Text by SUJIT BHAR Illustrations by ASHISH ASTHANA
obody wants fake news. News itself is so erogenous these days, faking it would make it sound like porn, or something thereabouts. But quite like porn, fake news is produced, in the millions of bits and bytes and column centimetres, and is then disseminated over social media before it permeates back into mainline journalism where it is consumed voraciously as fake breakfasts, fake lunches and even fake dinners. Understandably, the government of the day has reacted, but that is another story, a rather true one, quite beyond the ambit of this particular article.
The big observation of social scientists has been that fake news is here to stay. Those were times where lies spread through tortuous routes of rumours, cofee shops, snail-mails and even ancient emails. Then the process of development took over and the speed increased. Today, if you are two inches taller, a shade fairer and you have bigger biceps in your Facebook account than you can really measure at home, you better recalibrate your measuring tape. Quite like what that Latin smart guy René Descartes had predicted so long ago, “You think, therefore you are.” Descartes was way ahead of his time. How he managed to read into MySpace and Facebook’s status
data is also beyond the palette for this canvas. Technically, though, what is fake? According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, it is: “False stories that appear to be news, spread on the internet or using other media, usually created to inluence political views or as a joke.” As usual, the dictionary got it all wrong. Fake news is real, fake news is the lavour of the day, fake news is the bedrock on which modern societies—from the US to India—are being built. Fake news was, is and forever will be. How dare some bleary-eyed, pale academics in semi-dark rooms deine it as something wrong?
Technically, fake news isn’t ‘fake’ at all. It is our belief systems that needs to be changed and modernised, keeping in mind the demands of this digital world. This has been clariied to me by Baba Adityadev in a recent discussion I had with him. Sitting in the lotus position, the Baba was meditating, when I had barged in, demanding to know the true meaning of life. He ofered me a benign smile and told me it was all ‘maya’. He told me, that this entire life, this earth, my bank balances, even my painful EMIs were all fake. That’s the good news. Which means, fake news is good, quite like greed. I felt molliied and accepted the Baba’s ive-star hospitality in all good faith, even though it was all ‘maya’. But religious and theological deinitions apart, there is sense in creating news,
Creativity is being rubbed to dust these days. It is quite possible and natural for a renowned journalist to ride pillion on a bike that a man has put at the disposal of the journalist. Target the bike, show how durable it is, bugle its dependability. How is the man’s background in controversy? Isn’t that a conspiracy theory? Take UFOs, for example, and aliens. They have been around for ages. You heard it from your dad, who heard from his. And now you know that aliens live among us, look quite like us and are more in number today than ‘us’. You know this from Facebook and Twitter accounts that cannot be traced back to humans. You know this from the absurd explosion of ‘population’ in India. Are we to believe that a peace-loving, timid, religious-minded
there will be more taxes,” who had the wherewithal or steel testicles, or both, to cross-check facts? They paid up, or their crops would be taken. When today’s governments and corporate houses tell you there is a dire need to look into your personal databases and to decide how you have voted in the past few elections, or where your faith lies, or how much of you is gay or lesbian, you simply cannot say no, just because it is a irm from Cambridge. Would you risk the existence of your entire life’s carefully customised proile? Nope. You say yes, that’s it. Say yes, I support the grand gld party, or the new party that has given me so many good days recently. You jump up and you are counted. That’s the courage of your conviction. What’s fake about that?
According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, it is: “False stories that appear to be news, spread on the internet or using other media, usually created to influence political views or as a joke.” especially for the young and upwardly mobile. All the work that your grey cells do in managing multiple social media accounts, spreading stories about your oline life is what used to be called ‘creativity’ not too long back. An entire advertising industry was nourished into monstrosity through that. You knew that you would be bigger, taller, better, fairer and sexier just by using one particular brand of deodorant. And you believed that. And even if you didn’t get smarter in the process, at least you smelt well. What’s wrong in that? What is all this brouhaha about?
nation becomes obscenely tiger-ish in the bedroom? Huh. That is the conspiracy theory. Many among us aren’t us at all. They are ‘they’, and we don’t know how they grow. Don’t blame our base instincts for that. Who is spreading all these lies about the fake-ness of news? For that one has to go back to some medieval methods of news dissemination. That process was carried out by chroniclers hired by kings, to read out the monarch’s edicts at the marketplace, to the accompaniment of drums. If the chronicler said: “The enemy is approaching, so
But wait. Here are a few dos and don’ts for the young and the geek. Never post a photograph of a person or persons or his or their activities without reconirming it with another, similar website or social media account. There is safety in numbers. Never become the sore thumb in the worldwide web. Also, never be the administrator of a website group. That puts too much responsibility on your shoulders, and you can’t really make the worst out of a bad situation even if you wanted to. Also, when your selies tell you that you are constantly changing, why should you stick to any ixed identity? That’s a shame too.
The fun fact of life today is that you get to wallow in conspiracy theories without guilt. It’s like watching an adult ilm and the only thing you need to decide on is whether you bring a bowl of popcorn or a platter of meat and beer. Here is the line of distinction. When it is classiied—by social media experts, of course—as a conspiracy, that ain’t fake no more. It’s just an optional thought, supported by ‘documents’ that strangely point at ‘motives’ that could have
had been used to deliver a parallel universe theory/solution. You really need to hitch up your pants and get into the nullah of lies and counter lies. You need to accept that there is always an alternative, however improbable, and reorganise your thoughts accordingly. The truth is just a mile away from the aspired path. That is where the current situation comes in handy. Religion, thankfully, has
always presented the bridges to dreamland, and stairways to cat heaven. When you see the Twitter feed of a garland thrown from the crowd land directly around the neck of a leader on a publicity drive, you don’t question the physics of it, you accept it as a sign, and nobody faked it. There is a bigger plan that God has for you. It doesn’t involve money, but there’s a door that’s open to the lunch hall, and there’s a free bufet on. Enjoy all the ‘maya’ as long as it lasts.
“How Do I Get This Shot?” Maxim goes behind-the-scenes with acclaimed lensman Joerg Mitter, who has helped revolutionise action photography. Text by VARUN SARIN Photographed by JOERG MITTER/RED BULL CONTENT POOL
The sublime jet formation of the Breitling fleet, captured flying over the peaks of Eiger, Jungfrau and Moench in the Swiss Alps in Interlaken, Switzerland.
sk any extreme sportsperson, and the odds are that they’d have heard of Joerg Mitter. As the irst photographer to mount a camera into a raceplane cockpit, Mitter has kind of become the go-to guy when it comes to photographing extreme sports. He is most famous, of course, for being the guy who’s caught over 60 pilot battles around the world on camera for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, as well as capturing Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos project for posterity. Mitter is also the founder and head of photography at Limex Images, a network of talent that works on everything from lifestyle to adventure. The Austrian native, now based in Graz, has travelled to more than 70 countries, covering action in the water, among the clouds and on treacherous land. It’s given him unique insights into the mind of the extreme athlete and the relevance of documenting human achievement. We caught up with Mitter to discover what makes him tick, and what it takes to capture a frame worth a million words. If this is not out-there, nothing else is.
One of Mitter’s most famous shots, taken in the savanna close to Pretoria, South Africa. Maikel Melero of Spain aces a jump during the 2014 Red Bull X-Fighters competition.
After all these years, are you always satisied with each shoot? I’m driven to reach 100 percent of my thoughts and imagination, but you have to accept that due to elements beyond our control, sometimes it is just not possible. With Red Bull Air Race, we’re shooting the whole time when the planes are racing but with other projects, it’s important to realise that when an athlete gets tired, it is time to stop and take a break. You have to deal with the weather, the time of the day and people’s moods. After a shoot, I’m usually not satisied, then I look at the images—and it slowly dawns on me that they turned out well. Everything can always be a little bit better because it isn’t studio photography. How do you prefer to cover aerial action? The Air Race is interesting to shoot because you have a fast lying object in the sky that races at a speed of up to 370 kmph. You can freeze the action, you can play with it or you can create motion blur. It gives you so
much opportunity to be creative, especially with a large crowd in the background. If I’m in the helicopter, I try to take as little equipment as possible to be more lexible. Normally I take two bodies; one with a wide-angle lens and one with a long lens. I love to take a 800-mm lens with me, which is quite bulky but it gets really fun to shoot with that from the air. Long lenses give you the opportunity to get certain angles even if you can’t get close; however, the helicopter, in strong winds, is not as stable as people would think—so one day it is easy, the other, tricky. I like to shoot from the ground as well; it’s more controllable and gives you more lexibility to explore diferent angles. What are the risks involved when you do shoot from a helicopter? Kirby Chambliss, Nicolas Ivanof I have lown more and Matthias Dolderer ﬂy over the than 1,000 hours in helicopters taking Monument Valley Navajo Tribal photographs. Park in Utah, U.S., en route to Las Some machines Vegas. Mitter was able to time the are really good for ferrying to perfection. doing things fast, others have bigger windows or doors that we can take of. Sometimes we can even sit on the skids. After so many lying hours, you get used to all these things. You know where the wind comes from, what the altitude is, where the directions are and you learn to talk the language of the pilot. Quite often, it’s not only you and the helicopter in the air, there are other helicopters and planes lying
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around as well so you have to de-conlict with everyone in the air. At the Air Race, there is a team in Race Control taking care of this so we’re in good hands. How has technology changed how you approach your work? In 2007, when we had the Red Bull Air Race in Monument Valley in Arizona, I mounted a full DSLR camera into the cockpit of a raceplane for the irst time ever, and set it on an auto-trigger system. It was super challenging to ind the space in the cockpit. Plus, when the pilots pull up to 10Gs, the camera feels 10 times the force so you have to mount it with zip ties, duct tape, clamps and mounts—which took a couple of hours to ix back then. Now, I use a GoPro camera for these kinds of things. It’s very lexible because of the size, so you can quickly secure it with a screw inside or on the wing. It is so much easier now. Maybe 10 years from now, we might be saying, “Remember when we had this huge GoPro camera?” Technology, in general, is changing so fast in photography. Image quality and ISO sensitivity are improving so quickly that it is possible to shoot almost Mitter framed Felix Baumgartner anything with a as he leapt of the 509-m high standard camera.
Taipei 101 Tower in Taiwan. The two have also collaborated during the record-breaking Stratos event.
How much preparation goes into the shots you get each day? It’s really important to visually draw
out the image in your mind before you go out and take it. Every pilot (and athlete) has her or his own skillset and technique so, therefore, little diferences make a huge impact on photo timings. When it comes to aerial photography, level lying doesn’t work the best because you don’t see the wings or the shape of the plane. Turns and chicanes look best, so you have the nice side of the plane, which you need to line up with a background. We call it the chocolate side of the airplane, with For a change of pace, a fellow the more interesting lensman caught Mitter as he was canopy and pilot. Some interesting shooting the Red Bull wingsuit shots also happen project in 2017. In the world of back at the extreme sport, Mitter is a legend. airport where the diference between the pilots is visible. Every pilot has their own procedure of how they put the gloves on, when they close the visor or canopy and how they prepare before take-of. You’ve deinitely been to some extraordinary places and have photographed unreal performances. Have there been any photos that have surprised even you? The girafe shot in South Africa for the 2014 Red Bull X-Fighters was never planned. It was supposed to be an African sunset, but when we searched the location I saw a girafe in the distance. Someone said that she even had a name—Lucy—and that you could walk up to her. From that moment I knew I wanted to photograph the silhouette with the girafe and I almost couldn’t sleep because I was like, “How do I get this shot?” You’re into adventure and extreme sports yourself, but it can often be difficult for a non-enthusiast to understand the dangers. Can you explain how risky your life can often be? I would never risk my life for anything, let alone a photograph but, of course, I have been in environments that are not 100 percent safe. You do whatever you can do to make it as safe as possible—it needs to be a calculated risk. That’s how all athletes balance their performances too, of course. If you could change careers, what would you do? It was a childhood dream to be a helicopter pilot. Maybe I’m doing what I do because of that...
Caribbean Queen The St. Thomas native has her own TV show, covered numerous magazines and carved an eternal place in our minds. Meet Hannah Jeter, the supermodel with a plan. Text by NICOLA KRAUS Photographed by GILLES BENSIMON
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annah Jeter likes to win. After years of struggling to make a name for herself in the notoriously high-turnover world of modelling, the former tennis champion is now squarely front and centre. She’s the star of arguably the most controversial swimsuit cover of all time, the popular host of Project Runway: Junior and recreated the iconic role of the girl in the Ferrari in National Lampoon reboot. Spend a minute with her and it’s obvious why the 28-year-old has risen so high. We met at Long Island City’s Circus Warehouse—her choice—because she wanted to try aerial acrobatics. I arrived early, but she was even earlier, happily sitting in the waiting area without handlers like any twenty-something from the neighbourhood, ready to start her Sunday hanging upside down. Even in casual workout clothes and no makeup, she is ridiculously beautiful. Her eyes are an unusual shade of blue-green, and her skin is the colour of toasted sand. But what strikes you immediately is her warmth, her quick smile, her easy laugh. Eyeing the people spinning above us near the ceiling, without a net, I ask “Why trapeze?” hoping for a bit of reassurance from the former athlete. “I like to try new things,” she says with her slender arms crossed. “I thought this would be fun.” Our instructor, Summer Lacy, begins the lesson by showing us how to hold a trapeze bar, telling us to trust that our harnesses will work as we leave the comfort of earth. “I’m not a worrier,” Hannah says. “There’s no point. My philosophy is to let everyone else worry.” Davis’ parents moved to St. Thomas on their honeymoon and raised their three children with the same kind of centred island mentality that characterises inluencers like Barack Obama and Rihanna. In St. Thomas, Hannah fell in love with tennis young. The same family which instilled a healthy perspective when it comes to worry also drove home the
value of hard work and practice, which eventually led to her reaching the top 50 of U.S. Tennis’ youth division. She grew up accustomed to long hours on the court running drills, repeating her serve and volley, getting better and better still. By age 12, though, scouts were already approaching her to model. She put them of until she was 14, when the thought occurred to her that a little modelling might pay for more court time. “I remember asking my mom, ‘If I get $200 an hour, how many rackets could I have and how many lessons could I buy?’ That was really my idea of modelling.” After graduation, she moved to New York. “It was terrifying because I didn’t even have a credit card,” she says. “I was just a kid.” She was still thinking she would ind a way to balance the two callings, but it quickly became apparent that she’d have to leave tennis behind. “If you take three weeks of, there’s someone else who’s training during those three weeks. You take six months of and feel like you’re four years behind. From one day to the next, I said I can’t do this anymore. Because I didn’t want to be mediocre at everything, rather than just picking one thing and working really hard at that.” After years of rejection and harsh criticism in high-fashion modelling, where her curves were more of a liability than an asset, she was on the verge of quitting. Then Sports Illustrated came calling. Two years later, she made the cover. When I ask her about the controversy that raged, which had everyone including the New York Times weighing in on the infamous image of her sliding down her bikini bottom to reveal nearly her entire hair-free mons, she shrugs it of. “That will be every year with the cover. They’ll say, ‘It was photoshopped too much, or those aren’t her real boobs, or those aren’t her real arms.’ Look, if they weren’t talking about it, I’d be concerned. I’d say, ‘What did we do wrong?’ ” When irst approached by Project Runway: Junior, which features aspiring designers aged 13 to 17, she had misgivings. “I told them, ‘I’m shy. It takes me a while to
get my groove and feel comfortable in front of people. I don’t know if I’m the girl for the job.’ ” Once they convinced her, she immediately wanted to know, “Should I take a hosting class? How do I prepare for this?” But the producers didn’t want her to train; they were attracted to her authenticity, and that’s what audiences responded to. “I love kids, so that was sort of the saving grace. You couldn’t come in with a bad attitude, because the minute you walked in, they were waving to you, so excited to be there.” Where we’re currently less excited to be is upside down. But we get to talking about her personal life, given that she’s married to Derek Jeter, one of the biggest former sports stars in the U.S. The couple is famously private. “I never talk about my relationship, only because I feel like I have to share every other part of my life. It’s that one part that’s a little bit of a mystery to people, but that’s the way we want it. The only way to protect it is not to talk about it.” What she will say, however, is what she was looking for in a guy before she met him. “Personality is everything,” she says. “Having someone you can trust, someone who is an overall honest person, someone who’s down-to-earth. Trying to impress you with material things? I think that’s lame. I wanted someone whose family is a big, important part of their life.” Of course, he’s also someone who understands being driven to be the best at something. The inal pose is ittingly called the Mermaid, and we’re instructed to lip of the silk strap so our arched torsos face the ground, then hold ourselves up by one hand. Hannah gracefully arches her back, arm extended, face looking like a spotlight should be shining on it. Before we part, I ask about her plans for the future. She says she’d like to learn more about the behind-the-scenes of fashion and the construction of garments. And she’d love to start a cookie company someday. “With healthy cookies,” she says excitedly. “I want them to taste unhealthy, but not be so bad for you. I think that would be pretty awesome.” And if Hannah Jeter were going to invent a cookie, irresistible and wholesome sounds just about right.
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And Miles To Go These trekking destinations will challenge you, thrill you and exhilarate you. If youâ€™re looking to spend time with yourself or steal some moments away with your itter-than-you girlfriend, these are extremely huff-and-puff worthy. Text by SUPRIYA SEHGAL
SANDAKPHU-PHALUT, West Bengal It is no exaggeration when one speaks of the Sandakphu-Phalut trek as one of the best in India. After all, not many journeys award a view of the Kanchenjunga massif—also known as the ‘Sleeping Buddha’—and other grand views. The week-long trek traverses several high-altitude villages before one hits the highest point at Sandakphu, at 11,950 feet. October and November are best for clear views of Lhotse and Makalu (the fourth and ifth highest peaks in the world at 27,939 feet and 27,765 feet, respectively), Everest at 29,030 feet and Kanchenjunga,
the third highest peak, at 28,169 feet. Later into the winter, an all-white scape ofers an otherworldly feel, which is memorable too. Spring throws up surprises in the form of magnolia blooms along the way. Despite the long trek of over 30 km with three stops at Tumling, Kalipokhri and inally Sandakphu, it is still considered a moderate one, with tea rooms and homestays to stop at for the nights. The paths vary between concrete steps and easy trails to some steep sections for over 30 km along the border of Nepal and India—major adrenaline rush!
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VALLEY OF FLOWERS, Uttarakhand As popular as this trek might be, it’s not for ledgling trekkers. Considerable conditioning and itness are required to truly enjoy the 14,400-foot altitude weather and dramatic scenery. One of the few monsoon treks of the Himalaya, the Valley of Flowers trek sets the bar high for many lower-scaped hikes of the country—several of them are given the moniker of ‘Valley of Flowers of the East, West…’ and so on. The ideal time for the trek is two days with an overnight halt at Ghangria, the halting point between Govind Ghat and the Valley of Flowers. From here, another route radiates towards the alpine lake of Hemkund Sahib (two km). Walk the route that explorer and legendary mountaineer Frank Smythe trod back in 1931. Mid-July to mid-August is the season to see the Brahmakamal, blue poppy, cobra lily anemone, geraniums and more than 300 other species of lowers in full bloom. Though the animals of the region are elusive, if you’re lucky, sighting of Asiatic black bears, brown bears, snow leopards and blue sheep is not all that rare.
GOECHA LA, Sikkim If statistics is what you’re after, there couldn’t be a better trek than Goecha La. It ofers ultimate adventure and glimpses of not only Kanchenjunga but also 14 other peaks like Kabru, Simvo and Pandim. Tackling the rough and meandering trail is well worth it when you have a trove of snow-clad mountains as the reward. The bright blue sky doubles as a canvas to showcase the snowy peaks in the foreground that extend into a sheet of ice with the frozen glaciers. In the winter, the challenge lies not only in the steep ascents but also the falling temperature— sometimes becoming sub-zero. The highest pit-stop on the trek is Lamune at over 14,000-feet, but it’s Dzongri that will leave you speechless with views of Rathong, Kabru, Kanchenjunga, Simvo and Pandim.
KALAVANTIN DURG, Maharashtra If you’re looking for high-calibre adventure tempered by the soothing greens of the Sahyadri range, then Kalavantin Durg may be the answer. Centred on the lower plateau of Prabalmachi, the trek is a popular weekend getaway option. Woodland treasures and ancient forts dominate this region, and Kalavantin is at the helm of the experience. The lone fortress stands at 2,250 feet above sea level, and can be reached by a complex trail of high stone steps. One would think that it makes climbing easier, but hauling yourself up onto each step takes inordinate muscle power a.k.a think it through. Often hailed as a great monsoon trek thanks to the gorgeous views that one can expect after a shower, it is actually better to do it in the cooler months—the rains make the path exceptionally slippery. Once atop the hill, you’ll have panoramic views making the sweaty uphill battle worthwhile.
GREAT LAKES, Jammu & Kashmir Amongst the list of epic treks in India, the Great Lakes of Kashmir features high. So pristine is the beauty of the state that it has long been immortalised in Indian ilms. The contrast of the political turmoil in the mainstream urban areas with the abiding calm in this region is striking. For a trekker, this trek reaches one close to divinity. Clumpy grass tufts on meadows, wild horses roaming close to the streams winding through wide passes and emerald lakes in the shadow of burly grey mountains are what one can expect each day.
It is considered a challenging trek due to the steep sections. But gentle, descending slopes after every such ascent give the trekker a breather. The twisting trails go over crests and down the troughs via Nichani, Vishnusar Lake, Gadsar via Gadsar Pass and Kishansar twin lakes on to Satsar, Gangabal and inally Narang. The highest point of the trek is 13,800 feet. While the view is easy on the eyes, each day requires grit to cover approximately 10 km. This trek is deinitely not for the faint-hearted.
KANAMO PEAK, Himachal Pradesh To think that one can climb to 19,000plus feet on a fairly non-technical trek in India would sound outrageous at irst. But the Spiti and Lahaul valleys of Himachal Pradesh have a secret that is now slowly being discovered by trekkers. It goes by the name of Kanamo Peak. The trek requires reasonable itness but very thorough acclimatisation as one moves up from Batal to Chandratal, then onward to Kunzum La, Kibber and the base of Kanamo, inally towards the summit and then down to Kaza. Isolated stretches with glacial lakes, meadows over mountains crumpled like bedspreads and high mountain passes covered in snow make this a challenging trail. The trek should be done with operators who know their way around the mountain and are fully equipped with gear, medical aid, proper camping facilities and experienced guides.
MARKHA VALLEY, Jammu & Kashmir One of the most popular treks of the state, it gives one the opportunity to witness the diverse topography and unique experiences of the Leh and Zanskar regions. The cold desert topography brushed with strokes of green vegetation is spectacular. While the trek itself does not require high calibre, it traverses an 85-km trail that needs reasonable itness to push 10 km per day. The route passes through the Hemis National Park and the Rumbak Valley, both home to rare wildlife species like the snow leopard and also the lynx, Ladakhi urial (goat), argali (Tibetan sheep), blue sheep, red fox, Tibetan wolf, dhole (wild dog), marmot and hare. The extreme adventure is interspersed with calm Buddhist monasteries and slow-paced villages, before surprising one again with high passes like Gandala La (15,748 feet) and Kongmaru La, (17,060 feet) or deep rocky canyons along the way.
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