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Enough with the puffy jackets and polar vortices, already—it’s time to go outside, see the sun and get some damn Vitamin D in our systems. Starting with our cover story on page 42, which goes deep with the surfers who brave the ocean’s biggest waves, this month The Red Bulletin is dedicated to celebrating all dimensions of the year’s sweltering season. Find the best locations to go canyoneering, trail running, and mountain biking in our summer travel special, beginning on page 68. And if you hear the siren call of the air-conditioned movie theater over that of the great outdoors, we’re cool with that, too—check out Seth Rogen’s deep, dark secrets about his raunchy summer comedy, Neighbors, on page 40. Have a good time diving into the issue. 06
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Bullevard 10 we’ve got the beat From rap’s up-and-comers to Beck’s sheet music, we will rock you.
MotoGP’s standout young talent takes The Red Bulletin for a ride at home in Spain.
26 Marc Marquez
The 2013 MotoGP World Champion gets in gear for the new season.
40 Seth Rogen
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Imagine the opposite of Seth Rogen. Yep, it’s his co-star, Zac Efron.
42 Big Wave Surfers
Conquering fear on the planet’s highest waves.
54 Denim Hunter
Braving mines and gun-toting hermits, all in the search for vintage jeans.
85 training: Rowing
The duo of Mario Gyr and Simon Schürch show how to get in sync in training—and in competition.
62 Chrysta Bell
The sultry singer who learned theatrics from her mentor, David Lynch.
From Beyoncé to Obama to metalheads who love their pet cats, we celebrate those tuned into the music scene.
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The prime spots for everything from rock climbing to outdoor yoga.
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Discovering new music is both work and play for Berlin-based journalist Raffeiner. He is an editor at Germany’s finest music magazine, Spex, as well as host of a monthly radio show called House Is …, in which he presents new underground dance tunes. He also runs a club night called Kookoo. For The Red Bulletin he interviewed David Lynch’s muse, Chrysta Bell. “She’s slightly crazy,” Raffeiner said after the two chatted in Berlin. “In a very, very intriguing sense.” See page 62.
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Acid Rap, released last year, showed Chance The Rapper to be full of soul. With equal ease, he raps about missing his mom’s comfort food—and high school kids getting shot. He has brains, a great vocal range, and a subtle sense of humor. His first mixtape was called 10 Day, after the length of his suspension from school: Don’t be surprised if he eventually releases My Month Off After Headlining Coachella. He turns 21 on April 16th.
A mixtape turned Chicago’s Chancelor Bennett from promising young performer into new hip-hop hope.
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Who said that? These words will go down in history, but which musical megastars spoke them?
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The Kosovan-born Londoner is involved in what the press loves to call a “feud” with Rihanna. RiRi snubbed Rita at Grammy afterparties earlier this year. We would be delighted to broker peace.
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Big names answer the music business’s big questions in a new behind-the-scenes film. What motivates sound visionary Brian Eno? How does James Murphy, ex of LCD Soundsystem, run his record label? Why does disco legend Giorgio Moroder suffer from stage fright? These questions and more are answered in full and from the horses’ mouths in a new feature-length documentary, What Difference Does It Make?
Filmmaker Ralf Schmerberg lurked with camera when the Red Bull Music Academy gathered in New York last year, bringing together young musicians and huge names from the industry. His film is a study in talent, a reveal of musical secrets and, above all, a passion project. Watch the film in full at rbma15.com.
“I’ve always been famous, it’s just no one knew it.”
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3 “I believe in free love and that’s just how I feel.”
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GUANTANAMO | + | METALLICA The U.S.’s “torture playlist” at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp included “Enter Sandman” by Metallica and “American Pie” by Don McLean.
Supermarket | + | 50 cent Music encourages purchases, but some retailers avoid playing hip-hop, believing the gangster image rubs off on consumers and shoplifting increases.
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Burgers | + | Pavarotti An Australian burger joint banishes lurking teens by playing opera and classical music. The strategy works, but the neighbors aren’t too happy about it.
Kim Jong-Un | + | Modern Talking North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is said to have loved German synth-pop duo Modern Talking when he was a boy. His favorite song was “Brother Louie.”
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Partying like it’s 1989, cringing at 1999, and not quite believing the music of 2009 is already half a decade old.
Depeche Mode, Personal Jesus You aren’t doing much wrong if you get covered by Johnny Cash. Nirvana, Bleach The Seattle grungesters’ album was a critical hit, but it didn’t achieve chart success until after their follow-up, Nevermind, was released. Miles Davis, Aura A concept album from music’s Mr. Cool. The title track uses only 10 notes. Music for your mind, not your body.
YEARS Eiffel 65, blue At least the band happily admits that the color was chosen just as randomly as the rest of the lyrics. Da ba dee. Lou bega, mambo no. 5 How did he manage to talk Monica, Erica, Rita, Tina, Sandra, Mary, and Jessica into anything with this trashy tune? Christina aguilera, genie in a bottle Another Britney wannabe with a decent tune. She’ll fade away like the rest of them. Hindsight, eh?
lady gaga, bad romance Oh oh oh oh ohhh oh oh-oh ohhh oh-oh it’s apparently your best, but we prefer Poker Face—and the meat dress. Susan boyle, i dreamed a dream Shy spinster + talent show + YouTube = rare recipe for success. Kraftwerk, the catalogue Deluxe box set rerelease of eight seminal electronica albums. It’s the music of the past, but it still sounds like the future.
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Our resident artist, Kainrath, pays homage to Daft Punk and Avicii.
*KOMA: KAINRATH’S OEUVRES OF MODERN ART
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What of Bey’s little sister, Solange? Her last record was the 2012 EP True, but since then, her sense of style has eclipsed her music: After placing twice on Vogue’s Best Dressed list, the 27-year-old debuted this year as Art Director and Creative Consultant for Puma.
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bruce springsteen The unofficial national anthem. But have you really listened to the lyrics, other than the chorus? The song tells the story of a Vietnam War veteran who can’t find a job. Doesn’t sound quite so patriotic now, does it?
beastie boys The Beastie Boys originally intended their song “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)” to be a parody of party anthems like Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock” ... but they accidentally wrote the mother of all party songs instead. What a drag.
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Alphaville Not a tribute to the overseas success of the German synth-pop band—actually a tale of lovers in despair. The worst of the pair’s problems arises when one suggests getting the money for drugs by entering the world’s oldest profession.
elton john If this song makes you think of a deadly but gorgeous female assassin on TV or in two films (French and remake), you should know that, despite Elton John wooing a female Russian soldier in the track’s video, Nikita is a male Russian name.
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What do world leaders listen to before they send armies into battle? Or when they’re pretending to listen to a translated speech through headphones? Work it harder, make it better. Do it faster, makes us stronger. Yes, you can.
She’s standing right in front of me. Speaking words of wisdom. Let it be me! Oh Nikita Khrushchev, I don’t love you so!
Angela Merkel HAS A LOT OF TIME FOR The Beatles
Vladimir Putin LOVES Elton John
Barack Obama LISTENS TO Kanye West
The chancellor of Germany listens to classical music when she’s cooking. But Merkel was a Beatles fan back in her wild days. She bought her first Fab Four record in Moscow. The only thing she still has in common with the band now is her haircut.
The Russian president wanted to make it clear just how open-minded he was when it came to music before the Olympics. “Elton John is a wonderful musician. Millions of us love him, regardless of his, um, sexual orientation.” Just to be clear, Putin did not say this.
In 2009, the president called the rapper an idiot after he interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at MTV’s Video Music Awards. But they’re back on good terms now. “Kanye West’s music is outstanding,” Obama gushed last year. “I’ve got a lot of his stuff on my iPad.”
DREAM ON! Stream On! 1. Five Canadians and one guitar for a cover of “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye. (156 million views) 2. Look up “cute” in the dictionary and you see this: a 5-year-old Japanese boy playing “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz on the ukulele. (63 million views) 3. You can hit big even if you don’t sing. A frustrated video editor in Taiwan resigns by dancing one night in the office to Kanye West’s “I’m Gone.” (17 million views)
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In YouTube’s global talent contest, some amateur musical uploaders are more successful than others.
shoots, SCORES For more than 20 years, John Ottman has been both the composer and editor for every film directed by Bryan Singer, from The Usual Suspects to the franchiselaunching first two X-Men movies. Here are his favorite movie-music moments:
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Jack’s Back— and Chloe After a four-year hiatus, the return of 24 to TV puts Mary Lynn Rajskub’s techie asskicker back in action in London.
PLANET OF THE APES 1968 My idol is composer Jerry Goldsmith. He always approached things from a character-based point of view.
How did you hear about 24 coming back? Kiefer [Sutherland] told me first. I probably spent about a week being in shock, but it made sense to me, because people on the Internet have never stopped talking about 24. Chloe and Jack’s friendship eventually became the heart of 24, but they begin the new season as adversaries. How’s that been? We shot some stuff where I was just so mean to [Jack]. He kind of f*cked me over, too, right from the get-go, but it’s in perfect concert with what his character is. And Chloe has a dramatic new look. It’s kind of gothy. It does follow the logic of where Chloe could go. She took a hard turn, an “I’m done with this world” type of thing. 24: Live Another Day premieres May 5.
SETH MACFARLANE’s greatest hits Seth MacFarlane’s latest film, A Million Ways to Die in the West, opens this month—but beyond the smart-mouth exterior of his film and TV work beats the heart of a true Broadway geek.
Co-wrote and sings on the Family Guy theme song
Wrote the original song “Guns Make Holes in Your Body” for American Dad!
Performs “A Celebration of Classic MGM Film Musicals” at the U.K.’s BBC Proms
Releases Music Is Better Than Words, a tribute to the Great American Songbook
Hosts the Nominated for a Grammy for Best Academy Awards Traditional Pop and is nominated Vocal Album but for co-writing an original song loses to Tony from Ted Bennett
Plans to release his second album, a collection of Christmas classics
SUPERMAN 1978 The best superhero theme ever written. I nodded to John Williams’ theme a lot in Superman Returns.
X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23.
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Star Trek 1966-69 It taught me the importance of giving something an identity by reusing themes for certain characters or moments.
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Make music, not war Pedro Reyes takes guns decommissioned by the Mexican army and transforms them into musical installations with an anti-violence message. For that, he deserves a 21-gun salute, or a symphony, as he would call it.
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playing the tuber The Vegetable Orchestra of Vienna makes instruments out of vegetables. The downside is that their creations rot and new ones have to be made fresh for each performance, but at least thereâ€™s always soup after a concert.
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A combination of the oboe and a hologram, the holophonor will sadly only be available in the 31st century. At least if we’re to believe the makers of Futurama, that is.
Almost famous We’ll be hearing more from these up-and-comers in 2014, as they fight to enter the pop circus’s big tent.
Mø What do you get if you cross electro, indie pop, soul, and street vibes? The answer is summed up in two letters: MØ. The Dane’s trademark is a braided plait, which she swings like a propeller. In our view, she’s about to take off.
Royal Blood So rock music’s over, is it? You won’t say that when you listen to Brits Benji Talent and Mike Kerr. Vocals, bass, and drums: simple but effective. The Arctic Monkeys agree and snapped the duo up as an opening act.
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rubber soul You bend and distort sounds on the Seaboard’s sensitive keyboard as if it were half-guitar, halfpiano, surfing through the octaves by swiping your fingers. The harder you press the rubber keys, the more intense the sound. roli.com
Light music A hand-held synthesizer that produces notes and melodies after you draw patterns on its grid of LEDs. Japanese artist Toshio Iwai, a video game developer, debuted the device in 2007; it’s now made by Yamaha. usa.yamaha.com
electro blow Both a musical instrument and software controller, played somewhat bassoonlike via 18 keys and mouthpiece. It lives at the intersection of electronic music and jazz, and is so much better than that description. eigenlabs.com
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FKA Twigs She went up to London at 17 to be a dancer. Instead, she took steps as a singer, winning people over with her gentle voice, trip-hop beats, and surreal videos. Now dancing has been set aside; we’re all the better for it.
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“MOTOCROSS TEACHES YOU TO BE CREATIVE,” SAYS MARQUEZ. “THE COURSE CHANGES WITH EVERY LAP. YOU’VE GOT TO IMPROVISE CONSTANTLY. IT’S A SKILL THAT HELPS YOU WHEN YOU’RE ON THE CIRCUIT.”
“I CAN’T REMEMBER MY FIRST TIME AT A RACETRACK. I WAS ONE. MY FATHER HAD ALREADY TAKEN ME ALONG TO A MOTOCROSS RACE.”
“TRAINING IN A GROUP IS MORE FUN. THE CHALLENGE IS TO BE FASTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE. AND THEY WANT TO BEAT THE WORLD CHAMPION.”
“WHAT’S MY DEFINITION OF THE PERFECT DAY? SOME MOTOCROSS IN THE MORNING, A DIRT TRACK AROUND LUNCHTIME, A BIT OF MOTOGP IN THE AFTERNOON, AND DINNER WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN.”
hirty years ago, a young man burst onto the road-bikeracing scene and smashed all records to smithereens. He made his debut in the sport’s top flight, Grand Prix motorcycle racing, at 19 and was world champion by the age of 21. The experts were convinced his records would never be broken. The whiz kid was called “Fast” Freddie Spencer, and the secret to his success was a youth spent honing his motor skills on U.S. dirt tracks. Dirt-track bikes have no front brakes. You steer by opening up the throttle and shifting your weight, and you’re always drifting slightly sideways. In 2013, another young man made his mark in MotoGP, as top-flight racing has been known since 2002. He was so good, the usual route to the top was bypassed: Rookies have to work their way up in satellite teams before they’re given a ride with the big factory teams. But Honda saw the future in Marc Marquez, the reigning champion of the lower Moto2 class. At just 20, he would ride alongside experienced fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa for Repsol Honda. Marquez finished his first race on the podium. Then he won his second race. Last November he became the youngest MotoGP world champion in history at 20 years and 266 days. Like Fast Freddie, dirt track was also the secret to his success. The cradle of Marquez’s achievements is the vineyards surrounding his hometown of Lleida, about
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90 miles west of Barcelona. Hidden among the grapes that go to make the Costers del Segre wine is a welltended dirt track and a motocross course, with changing rooms and a small cafeteria. Not a typical spot to find a world champion, a man who now can’t go anywhere outside this place without being recognized. “The first photo you have taken with a fan tends to set off a chain reaction,” Marquez says. “I saw a banner in the stands in Spain once that said, ‘I’ll take my underwear off if you have your photo taken with me.’ Last year I autographed a woman’s breasts, a man’s backside, a baby, and a €500 note. The person it belonged to presumably hoped it’s going to increase in value.” Marquez, his younger brother Alex, a successful Moto3 rider, and Tito Rabat from Moto2, are all training here in Lleida. “They want to beat me,” says Marquez, “and I want to be half a second per lap quicker than them.” He says the competition here is as merciless as if it were a MotoGP race. “I love battling it out hard. I don’t get as much out of a race I’ve won by four or five seconds as one that gets the adrenaline pumping and is decided on the final turn. Like [in 2013] when Jorge Lorenzo edged me at Silverstone on the last turn, that didn’t annoy me. There’s a limit, but it depends on the situation. Everyone will try anything on the last corner.” 35
“I HAVE A REPUTATION FOR BEING RUTHLESS WHEN OVERTAKING. BUT THAT’S HOW IT SHOULD BE, AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED. ANYONE WILL DO ANYTHING TO BE AHEAD AT THE LAST CORNER. THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.”
“THAT MOMENT WHEN YOU’RE JUST ABOUT TO CRASH LASTS ForEVER, ESPECIALLY IF IT’S LOOKING LIKE A BAD ONE. YOU FIGHT, FIGHT AND KEEP ON FIGHTING AND THEN BANG! EVERYTHING HAPPENS in A FLASH.”
As the reigning MotoGP world champion, Marquez has the right to race number 1, but he’s decided to keep his familiar 93.
Marquez is aggressive; he drifts and often looks like he’s not in control. “I have to ride like that if I want to be quick. A rounded, relaxed style doesn’t work for me.” Though Marquez has won world champion titles in MotoGP, Moto2, and the 125cc categories, he still lives at home and sleeps in his childhood bedroom, with posters of FC Barcelona and Valentino Rossi on the walls. “Rossi was my idol. Dani Pedrosa was my yardstick.” He has since left both in his wake and is now the main rider on the Repsol Honda team. “Maybe it’ll be harder this year because everyone’s expecting great things of me. But I like pressure.” He has also now adjusted to his Japanese employer’s way of doing things. “The Japanese love to evaluate and discuss things. I wanted to change the handlebar grips at the first test. That was nothing to do with how the bike itself was performing; it was purely a matter of my own personal taste. They had to have a meeting to get them changed. But that meticulousness is what makes Honda successful.”
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arquez, who loves “big-balls” tracks, like Phillip Island in Australia with its blind bends that he takes at full throttle, combines fearlessness with impressive serenity. “I sleep incredibly well the night before a race. Nine, sometimes 10 hours.” His only concession on race day is “blue underwear when I’m practicing and red when I’m racing.” Just a few days after that relaxed afternoon in Lleida, Marquez becomes the trending topic in motorsports, after breaking his leg while riding on the dirt track. “It was a bit of a stupid crash,” he admits. “A friend came off his bike in front of me; I managed to avoid him. That should have been that, but I turned round to check on him—which is when my foot got stuck on the edge of the track and I broke my right fibula.” He hopes to be fit to defend his title in the 2014 MotoGP season. Missing almost all of the preseason hasn’t given him too much cause for concern: He dominated the MotoGP test prior to the injury. But does the break mean the end of Marquez’s dirt-track racing? “Hang on! That was the first time I’ve ever been injured on one.” And how does he plan to occupy his time until the start of the season? “Maybe I’ll finally apply for my motorbike license.” The quickest man in the world on two wheels is permitted to drive a car on the road, but not a motorbike. motogp.com
odd Couple Seth Rogen and Zac Efron fight for their right to party in Neighbors. Words: Ann Donahue
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alk, bonk, sprawl. Walk, bonk, sprawl. Seth Rogen, the king of smart stoner comedies, is filming multiple takes of a scene on a quiet residential Los Angeles street. He’s walking across the front lawn of a tidy renovated Victorian house, minding his own business, when an oversized inflatable exercise ball slams into him and knocks him off his feet. Walk, bonk, sprawl. Rogen overexaggerates the impact for effect, launching onto a safety mat. A stuntman takes a few turns, pushing the pratfall even more. The crew laughs when director Nick Stoller yells “Cut!” By contrast, the swarm of paparazzi across the street could not care less. All of their the red bulletin
telephoto lenses are trained not on Rogen’s repeated flailings—but on his co-star, Zac Efron, as he stands in the background of the scene. It’s just a day in the life on the set of Neighbors—where the comic pairing of Disneypretty-boy-turned-adultpretty-boy Efron as a Machiavellian fraternity boss and everyman Rogen as a sort-of, kind-of upstanding family guy is anticipated to be one of the summer’s most popular movies. Here, the duo come clean about making a dirty comedy. the red bulletin: Setting up a war between a stereotypically nice suburban family and a fraternity seems like pretty rich ground to base a comedy on. Describe your characters.
seth rogen: My character is a new father, and he and his wife used to party together a lot and I think they’re having a hard time now that their lives are drastically changing. They just get their first house and then a fraternity moves in next door. At first, it raises all of our temptations, and then it turns into contempt. Zac Efron: We’re a pretty rambunctious group of guys. We actually burned down our other [fraternity] house. My character is the president of the fraternity, and he’s coming to grips with how quickly his adult future is coming and that he’s not going to get to be the king of the world anymore. How does this compare to what you’re going through in real life? rogen: I definitely relate to it. Me and my wife don’t have any kids, and this is probably why we don’t have kids. We’re afraid that we won’t be able to do any of the fun shit that we like to do right now. There’s a lot of raunchy stuff going on in this movie— dildos, babies eating condoms, pornographic lawn shrubbery, you name it—and Rose Byrne, who typically plays pretty angelic characters, is in the middle of all of it playing [Rogen’s] wife. What’s she like? RoGen: She gets right in
“Zac’s a lot tougher than I thought.” Seth Rogen there. I think she says some pretty dirty things herself. We really didn’t want it to be a story about the naggy wife stopping the husband from doing stupid fun shit. Efron: Seems like a pretty perfect wife. rogEn: You almost believe she would marry me.
“We actually burned down our other fraternity house.” Zac Efron Efron: She’s so quick—she has fantastic timing. In the dancing scenes with the fraternity—she was so damn funny. She really went for it. Was this a deliberate choice on everyone’s part to change up the kind of roles they’re known for? Efron: I did a movie with Dennis Quaid, and I asked, “If you could go back to your younger self, what would you tell him?” And he said to just keep doing as many different types of movies as you can, and always change it up. I only wanted to be in a comedy if it was something I believed in. I believed in Seth and Nick Stoller [who previously directed Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek]. rogEn: We won’t let you down, Zac. Efron: I don’t think you can. rogen: Oh, yes we can. What’s the hardest you laughed during filming? rogEn: The fraternity is always throwing these crazy, ridiculous themed parties. They throw a De Niro–themed party where everyone dresses as a different character. Davey Franco’s De Niro impression is pretty staggering. What have you two learned about each other during filming that you didn’t know before? rogEn: Zac’s a lot tougher than I thought. [Laughs.] Efron: I think Seth put himself out there pretty well. I knew a lot about him. He’s just a great guy. rogEn: I’m really racist. I keep that under wraps. Neighbors is in theaters May 9. www.neighbors-movie.com
BIG RIDERS Wanted: surfers to conquer previously impossible waves. Essential: a weather app, a 4x4, and an unshakable ability to stare death in the face. words: Fernando Gueiros
Big Wave World Tour champion Grant “Twiggy” Baker conquers Jaws, a swell near Peahi, Hawaii.
a merican Greg Long, 30, is the wonder boy of the big wave surf community. The Californian is the most recent winner of the Eddie Aikau Invitational, a contest that takes place at Waimea Bay in Hawaii only when the waves are at least 20 feet high. Long won the prestigious tournament in 2009, the last time it was held, and just the eighth time it has been staged in 31 years. But such accomplishments come with perpetual (and brutal) doses of humility. In 2012, Long was swallowed by a 40-foot wave in Cortes Bank, a hundred miles off the coast of San Diego. “Since that session, where I basically drowned,” he says, “I’ve struggled to get my head back in the game of riding big waves.” He was found unconscious in the foam after a dramatic rescue operation. “After that, I felt like I wanted to ride a wave,” he says, “but at the same time, I didn’t. It was a yearlong struggle to find perspective in my life and find what big waves meant to me again, and why I was going to continue doing it.” Conquering fear is the main ingredient in the makeup of big wave surfers. And Hawaii is their proving ground. A ninemile stretch of the two-lane Kamehameha Highway, on the North Shore of Oahu, offers some of the biggest, most heartstopping surf spots on earth. It’s here you’ll find the legendary Waimea surf break, and the reef break at Pipeline. A half-hour flight away, on the island of Maui, lies Peahi, known as “Jaws,” where 44
Last year, the Brazilian conquered the biggest wave in the world, a monster about 80 feet high, at Nazaré beach off Portugal. The 46-year-old is waiting for Guinness World Records to confirm that he beat Garrett McNamara’s effort at the same spot. Burle managed the feat on the same day he saved surfer Maya Gabeira from drowning.
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Wall of water: Carlos Burle rides the famous NazarĂŠ wave off the coast of Portugal.
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At 30, Long is one of the young dudes of the current wave of top surfers. The Californian came to prominence when he took victory in the notoriously challenging Eddie Aikau Invitational, a contest that commences in Waimea only when the waves are at least 20 feet high.
swells that begin in Japan and Alaska’s Aleutian Islands meet their first bit of underwater resistance. The result is waves towering more than 60 feet. From December to March this is where surfers like Brazilian Carlos Burle and Grant “Twiggy” Baker, from South Africa, journey to tackle the annual mega swells. Burle, 46, is a former big wave worldrecord holder, after riding a 68-footer at Mavericks, off the Northern California coast; his record was broken in 2008. In 2012, the American Garrett McNamara set the current high-water mark: a 78foot wave surfed at a recently discovered break at Praia do Norte, in Portugal. (In February of this year, English surfer Andrew Cotton rode a huge wave at the Portuguese break that is currently under world-record consideration.) Burle, McNamara, and Cotton surfed these monster walls of water by being towed in by Jet Skis, a technique that has enabled surfers to match the speed of the water on bigger waves. Tow surfing came in around 1992 and changed the big wave scene. “It’s the only option when the waves are too big to paddle,” says Burle. “Plus, the crowds want to see carnage, big drops, big wipeouts, ultimate rescues.” By contrast, “paddling is the true spirit of big wave surfing,” Baker says. “It gives you a better sense of what you’re trying to
Inside the wetsuit developed by big wave surfer Shane Dorian is an inflatable flotation bladder that pushes surfers up from the deep. The suit has changed the sport. Below: Mavericks goes off.
achieve. More people are coming back to paddle surfing—and tow surfing, unless it’s for the biggest wave in the world, has less meaning.” The current paddle surf record is a 61-foot wave caught by Santa Cruz native Shawn Dollar at Cortes Bank in 2012. Baker—the 2013-2014 Big Wave World Tour champion—says it would be very hard, if not impossible, to go beyond that mark. But they will try.
Shore, and walks to the bakery next door. A fresh breeze is blowing after a rainy morning, and the waves are 6 to 8 feet— kid stuff for Baker, who just a few weeks earlier conquered waves 30 to 40 feet high to win the Mavericks Invitational. Unlike the North Shore’s welldocumented breaks, Mavericks, in the cold waters off Half Moon Bay in California, was only discovered in 1975. For 15 years, just one man surfed it, but after Jeff Clark shared his secret with some surfer friends, the spot gradually became one of the world’s most feared and sought-after big wave breaks. “Every place has its dangers,” says Baker philosophically, a chicken teriyaki sandwich in his hand. “You need to stay calm: That’s the game.” At Mavericks, the danger is a big hole in the middle of the break that can suck you down and hold you there. Respected riders Mark Foo and Sion Milosky drowned that way, and there have been many more nonfatal accidents. “The greatest big surfers in the world go to Mavs to test their limits,” Baker says. Big wave surfers are always ready for
Short Breath, Deep Breath Baker parks his blue 4x4 outside Malama’s supermarket in Haleiwa, a hardscrabble surf town on the North
“Every place has its dangers. You need to stay calm: that’s the game.”
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American surfer Greg Noll, known as “Da Bull,” is photographed dropping in on a 15-foot wave on a huge wooden longboard in Waimea Bay, Oahu, Hawaii.
1963 Noll and fellow
American Mike Stange surf the feared Third Reef Pipeline, with waves as big as those surfed in nearby Waimea.
1972 Surfers from Australia and America look for big waves outside Hawaii. Breaks like Rincon in
Australian surfer Laurie Towner is dwarfed by Shipsterns Bluff, a daunting big wave near Tasmania.
that test. When storms appear on the radar, which doesn’t happen very often, they usually have only two or three days to arrange the travel and assemble the gear and get to the beach in shape both physically and mentally. “Short breath, deep breath,” Baker says, describing his breathing pattern before he enters into the water. “This is for the oxygen levels. You stay calm this way.” Most big riders stay relaxed and fit through similar habits. “One of the staple activities is yoga,” Long says. “From a physical standpoint, you’ve got the strength, flexibility, and balance, and then you delve into the mental and spiritual philosophies behind it, and you get into a world of trying to control your mind and your thoughts. It’s the panic in big waves in the ocean that is your biggest enemy— and what will kill you in the end.” Besides yoga and breathing exercises, big riders spend time swimming, paddling, spear fishing, freediving, doing heavy cardio workouts, and running on sand.
“It’s the panic in big waves that’s your biggest enemy.”
To Hell And Back Burle is grinning. He drops in on a 6-foot wave on his longboard and paddles back to the outside of the break after his ride. His wife, Ligia, is alongside, and Burle is telling her where to position herself to catch the wave. “There are times we’re far apart, like when I spent 20 days at Nazaré, for instance,” says Burle, “but when we’re close together like now, I try to make up for that and stick real close.” Back home in Waialua, after a long session of stretching and playing with his youngest son, Reno, Burle remembers the worst of those 20 days at Nazaré, the Portuguese coastal town from which big wave surfers head out to the Praia do Norte break. It might also have been the worst day of his life. Burle was riding the Jet Ski that towed
California and Petacalco in Mexico were registered for the first time.
At the shallow reef near Mexico’s Todos Santos, Americans Tom Curren and Mike Parsons surf 18-to20-foot waves.
1991 Laird Hamilton, Buzzy Kerbox, and
Darrick Doerner begin to surf big waves using smaller boards (enabling greater control), towed by motor boat.
1992 Peahi, commonly known as Jaws, is surfed by Hamilton and Kerbox, with the help of Jet Skis: 60-foot waves are now surfable.
TOP FIVE NEW SPOTS Recently discovered breaks point to a big future for big surfing.
Belharra, France Has everything that big wave hunters are looking for: “It’s a safe place to surf even when it’s big. It’s not so risky, and you can surf here even on the biggest days,” says Grant Baker. Close to Biarritz, Belharra became big news in big surf after a monster paddle session in January this year.
Nazaré, Portugal Garrett McNamara has studied the waves off Praia do Norte, off the town of Nazaré, for four years. The wave known as Nazaré Cannon is a new frontier of tow-in surfing. The wall of water is huge and, according to Carlos Burle, who surfed Nazaré in October 2013, there’s no hope of paddle surfing here.
Punta Docas, Chile “The Chilean coastline will surely yield more breaks like this,” says Burle. “There are a lot of inhospitable places.” The latest find is Punta Docas, northeast of Santiago. The water is cold, but the waves can reach up to 60 feet. Is this the first step in Chile becoming the world center of big wave surfing?
Shipsterns Bluff, Tasmania Perhaps the most jaw-dropping wave of all time: Off Tasmania, this nasty reef produces double- and tripleup waves (with two or three lips over the surfer’s head, as seen on the opening spread of this article). Surfers take their chances not only with huge waves but also with the rocks on which the waves can crash.
Mullaghmore, Ireland The freezing waters off of Ireland are bearable thanks to modern wetsuits. Less easy to take is some of the most intense wave activity in the world. You must be quick to enjoy it, though. “I’ve gotten there and seen perfect surf breaking over the rocks,” says Burle, “but half an hour later, there were only rocks.”
Maya Gabeira, one of the few female big wave surfers and his tow-in partner, on the morning of October 28, 2013. The waves were towering 60 to 70 feet, and Gabeira caught the second one of the day. Her board bounced on the wave face three times before she lost control and was thrown off and under the surface. She was held down by three massive waves in a row and disappeared underwater for about four minutes. After spotting her, Burle tried reaching her on his Jet Ski, which was towing a
rescue board, but failed. “I saw her moving, which showed she was alive,” he recalls. “But when I saw her again I realized she wasn’t reacting.” After another series of waves, Gabeira floated up and then was gone again. Burle got to where he thought she would surface: “I knew she would come up.” He leapt off the Jet Ski, spread his arms to grab her and attached himself to her life vest. “When the current dragged us, I firmly locked both feet in the sand and held Maya. Then the wave came and I lost my footing,” he the red bulletin
Grant “TWIGgy” baker
Baker is South Africa’s most decorated big wave surfer. He won the Mavericks Invitational for the second time in January of this year and is the 2013-2014 Big Wave World Tour champion.
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“Paddling is the true spirit of big wave surfing.” says. He lost his footing twice more as he dragged Gabeira to the beach, where he was joined by a lifeguard, who had been unable to attempt a rescue because he lacked the right gear. Gabeira underwent CPR until an ambulance came. “It wasn’t the right way to rescue her, but everything turned out all right,” Burle says. Gabeira was awake and safe when Burle went back into the water later the same day and surfed a 78-footer, a world-record contender which is now under review along with Cotton’s (in the same spot four the red bulletin
1992 Jeff Clark hides his surfing of Mavericks, in Half Moon Bay, California, for over 15 years. The secret gets out, becomes a big wave touchstone.
1992 A feature in Surfer magazine calls
Mavericks the “Voodoo Wave,” cementing its reputation.
1998 The ISA Big Wave Championship is held in Todos Santos, Mexico, on 25-to-35foot waves. Brazilian Carlos Burle is the champion.
and a half months later). “That day,” says Burle, “I went to hell and came back.” Big Gets Bigger Baker does approve of one aspect of tow-in surfing: It has taught the paddle surfers more about safety in big waves. “The rescue gear used in tow surfing is very important for paddle surfers,” he says, referring to the inflatable suits and Jet Ski support. “You need the madness, but you need to have fully considered all possible safety 51
Paddle vs. Tow-in The question has divided the big wave surfing community: Should surfers catch waves under their own steam, or with the help of Jet Skis? Surfers began towing in to waves in 1992, when Jet Skis were first used to pull surfers so that they could catch faster-moving waves. Before that, paddling was the only way to reach the big ones. The biggest waves, surfed from the 1950s to the early 1990s, were 20 to 25 feet high. With the introduction of tow-in, waves of 40,50, and 60 feet were suddenly do-able. It was as if the climbing community had discovered that Everest was only the beginning. Though tow-in has been popular for the past decade, paddle surfing is now experiencing a resurgence. “I’m never going to be the one that agrees that something is impossible,” says Greg Long. “If someone 10 years ago would have told me you were going to go
paddle into 20-foot Jaws, that would have seemed impossible.” In 2011, Hawaiian surfer Shane Dorian took paddle surfing to another level, when he propelled himself into the Jaws break at Maui using only his hands and surfed a 57-foot wave. Some surfers think that paddle surfing is finite. “One thing I’m sure of,” says Carlos Burle, “is that paddling with the arms is limited. Giant Teahupo’o [in Tahiiti], when it’s more than 25 feet? Can’t be done paddling. Nazaré, 78 feet tall? Impossible.” “If you are trying to put a number on it, I think anything over 60 feet on the face you’re getting into the tow-in realm,” says Long. “But given the proper conditions, say, if you find the perfectly glassy day at Cortes Bank, you could try and paddle into a bigger wave, and you probably could.” That tow-in has led to significant progress in big wave riding is undeniable. Previously unreachable spots were surfed
aspects. It’s calculated insanity.” Burle believes that an essential part of being human is to push limits, and technology has played a part in big wave surfers regularly doing just that. “Lighter and warmer wetsuits, inflatable suits, better boards, rescue team, radios, gear that can let you go to inhospitable areas,” he says. “It’s all good.” The planning and waiting involved in big wave surfing is laborious. You can count on two hands how many quality swells arrive on a yearly basis. “It’s challenging getting to the right place, trying to drop some waves and getting back alive,” Baker says. “It’s a tough lifestyle, to keep it up and keep traveling. There is no money involved. The great pleasure is simply being there.” Surfing big waves, especially the ones yet to be discovered, requires nautical permits, local knowledge, and organized 52
and new records set. New technologies and gear entered the game, which surfers of all types now use. “Paddle and tow-in are two different sports that helped each other and they both progressed,” says Grant Baker, who, like Long, Burle, and all other big wave surfers, is excited about what is to come. “The future will see paddling even bigger and towin taking the action to places we never thought would be viable.” Big wave world records Paddle 2005: 55 fEET (Shawn Dollar, Mavericks, California) 2011: 57 FEET (Shane Dorian, Jaws, Hawaii) 2012: 61 fEET (Shawn Dollar, Cortes Bank, California) Tow-in 1998: 68 fEET (Carlos Burle, Mavericks, California) 2008: 77 fEET (Mike Parsons, Cortes Bank, California) 2011: 78 fEEt (Garret McNamara, Nazaré, Portugal)
A tow-in session with Laird Hamilton (below) in Teahupo’o, Tahiti, becomes the world-famous ride— and accompanying photo—known as The Millennium Wave.
The Big Wave World Tour is born.
2011 Danilo Couto, Shane Dorian, and Ian Walsh surf a huge Jaws swell with 55-to-60-foot waves, without towing in. Paddle surfing is back on the agenda.
2011 Shane Dorian invents an inflatable flotation vest, based on airline life jackets, that gives big wave surfers an extra level of safety—and the freedom to go higher.
safety crews. You need 4x4s, Jet Skis, the narrow, 9-to-12-foot surfboards known as “guns,” and the right safety equipment. During an organized big wave competition, the logistical difficulties and costs are less thanks to the involvement of surfing associations and local communities. Though difficult to put on, given the ocean’s still relatively unpredictable nature, contests like the Eddie Aikau and Mavericks invitationals have been great for the sport. In an otherwise random universe, they are fixed points, places where crowds can gather and media can send out imagery to a global fan base. For many years, the two were the only widely known competitions, joined recently by events at big wave spots Todos Santos (Mexico), Dungeons (South Africa), and Pico Alto (Peru). “It pushes us out of our comfort zones,” Long says. “We’re all friends, but when prize money is involved, a competitive instinct naturally arises, with 45 minutes to catch a wave during a heat. Then, at the end of the day, when we get back to the pier or wherever, it’s all friendship and fun.” As the number of spots in the last decade increased thanks to mapping technology, a tour was announced to take in the world’s big breaks. Former surfer Gary Linden promoted the first Big Wave World Tour (BWWT) in 2009/10; Burle was the first winner. “The BWWT got bigger and it’s still growing,” Burle says. “What Gary is doing is awesome.” For the 2014-15 season, which begins in August this year, the tour’s organization is the provenance of marketing company ZoSea, which performs the same task for the ASP World Tours. Changes made by ZoSea include better webcasts and media coverage, increased marketing, and new rules, such as the wave coefficient, where a bigger wave face means more points. “Previously, at Chile’s or Peru’s contests,” Long says, “if you weren’t there on the cliff you didn’t get to see any of it until a couple of weeks later, when the photos and video eventually came out. So the new regime is going to be a good thing, I’m sure.” Back at Burle’s house in Waialua, he is seated with his laptop open. On the screen, twinkling red, yellow, and green colors indicate weather-forecast radar monitoring storms around the globe. He studies the map looking for a next move, shakes his head, and complains about the winds. When the red spots shift into the right places, then it’s time to move. bigwaveworldtour.com
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“Denim Hunter” David White, who scours abandoned mines and homesteads across the western United States, admires a pair of WWII-era Levi’s jeans.
INDIANA JEANS In the dusty, long-forgotten mines of Utah and Colorado, treasure lays buried that, to David White, is more valuable than gold. Words: Nicolas Stecher Photography: Julie Glassberg
D avid White has been crawling through the tiny pinhole shaft of a long-defunct mine for over an hour now, and the onerous trek is beginning to wear on his joints— leaning over with aching back in the best places, on hands and tender knees through the worst. Over dirt, wood railroad tracks, and exposed bedrock. It’s not just the ever-present claustrophobia that gets you, nor the dizzying disorientation—it’s the tunnel vision of your black world: a small cone of light before you, illuminated by the sole LED on your hard hat. Up, right, down— wherever you look, that is the extent of your universe. Darkness surrounds. It swallows you whole. The current mine he’s crawling through the bowels of contains 20-something miles of labyrinthine tunnels and dates back to the 1860s. It’s estimated there are about 20,000 similar abandoned mines in Utah alone, and potentially hundreds of thousands spreading like desiccated capillaries under the epidermis of the Great American West. Most never yielded a cent, but those that did literally struck gold and made penniless men rich beyond comprehension. Millions in gold and silver, lead and tungsten, galena and ore was excavated in its time by immigrant miners with nothing left to lose. While they all came searching for minerals, White is here in this lonely mine, choking in the dust, in search of a more dubious, and far more impermanent, precious element: denim. Yes, denim. That same cotton material that made Claudia Schiffer a household name, that lines the advertising coffers of
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glossy magazines the world over and that has defined the American fashion world since Bill Haley took over the airwaves. The once-forgotten uniform of the great unwashed. The most unexpected commodity, elevated from throwaway workwear to internationally sought treasure. That is the reason the spry Brit—owner of the Americana-focused Ragtop Vintage shop in London—and his local guide, Stuart Burgess, are currently shoveling away on a pile of loose gravel piled under a complex nexus of wooden support beams. “Try to dig underneath this overhang,” suggests Burgess, panting. As co-founder of the Mojave Underground, a nonprofit group vowed to preserve Western mine culture, Burgess is a veritable savant. “Any place like this, where the workers might have hung out to eat lunch or take breaks, that’s where we might score.” While this adit they’re currently scraping through belly-first has all the freedom of a coffin, not all mines are as constrictive. There are expansive cities throughout the American West that no hiker knows exist far underfoot. Few consider that hundreds or even thousands of feet underground, caverns the size of Gothic cathedrals have been excavated. A couple years ago while celebrities were toasting champagne at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Burgess and his wife, Crystal, were rooting through an underground chamber 1,500 feet long and 30 stories tall nearby—vast enough to play two football games, both the American and British kind, at the same time. But no such levity for them here now; the echoes of your breath in these tight quarters can get your mind racing. You don’t want to start thinking about that story Burgess told this morning over a plate of pancakes and hash browns: A couple years ago a novice explorer thought it would be a hoot to rappel a nearby mine, and with a little experience
Vintage-denim hunting can be profitable, but it is not without risk. Among the dangers are rattlesnakes, crevices, and unfriendly hermits toting shotguns.
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White and Burgess (far left in blue) exploring a mine on Utahâ€™s Bald Mountain that hadnâ€™t been entered in decades.
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he got cocky and started crawling around smaller access tunnels. But he wasn’t knowledgeable enough to recognize what pitfalls to avoid and unfortunately tumbled down a small shaft and got stuck facedown. Rescue crews found him alive after several days and tried to winch him up but couldn’t get him loose. To keep anyone else from following in his hapless footsteps they blew up the entrance to the mine and sealed it with concrete, burying him alive. That kid’s still down there, perpetually swandiving into the abyss. That’s not something White wants to start thinking about in the depths of the inky blackness. Nor the dry brittleness of the century-old wooden beams keeping a mountain of earth from caving in around him. Or the numerous other perils Burgess warned of, like rattlesnakes, 600-pound falling boulders, and mineshafts plummeting 500 feet deep. There’s a motto established by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration to deter curious/ foolish amateur explorers: “Stay Out, Stay Alive.” This mantra will conjure a spell in your mind, and summon panic where once there was none.
ust last night in the rundown outskirts of Salt Lake City, White was enjoying dinner at Coachmans Dinner & Pancake House —a neon-signed family restaurant perfectly cast for a Tarantino bloodbath. The booths are vinyl, the waitresses have been working there since the Carter administration, and the next table over is filled with gentlemen covered in Hells Angels colors. White is eagerly cutting into a messy rack of baby back ribs. He is a Denim Hunter. “The landscape and the people,” answers White ebulliently when asked what exactly it is that draws him from the overcast streets of London to this dark booth in Utah. There is an amicability glowing from White that seems at odds with these dismal surroundings; he is positively jovial. “I think the West Coast of America is just the most beautiful place in the world. I don’t know, I feel so at home here —I’ve met some of the nicest old ranchers and country people you could ever imagine.” White has spent the last two weeks crisscrossing Nevada, Colorado, and Utah in search of his precious prey, the age of which ranges from as recent as the 1970s to as far back as the mid-19th century. He’s never found anything close to that old, but
In 2001, a pair of vintage Levi’s from the 1880s fetched $46,532; four years later a private collector paid more than $60,000.
the possibility of doing so is the white whale that draws him yearly from English shores to the far reaches of the West—to the dark corners of the American landscape. No ranch is too remote to approach, no rock too small to kick over, no doghouse or outhouse too smelly to crawl into. Actually, the more remote the ranch, the smaller the rock and the more repellent the doghouse the better in his business, so the farther away his quest takes him from civilization the more promising the bounty. The process, he says, “is like a detective story,” which usually follows this arc: Arrive in one-horse town, begin small talk with usually chatty locals. Inquire about hoarder/pack-rat types and follow vague landmarks to unaddressed, remote trailer. Ignore “No Trespassing” signs and hope the hermit is in good humor. “So we get pointed to this guy who lives on the edge of town and digs around for bottles and artifacts in old ghost towns,” he begins describing one recent quest. “We track him down to his trailer
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and it’s like a museum, crap everywhere, but out in the yard he had this big pile of clothing all matted up and crusty; it really looked promising!” And turns out it was. Buried within the mountain of burlap sacks, fetid clothing, and old tarpaulins hid the Holy Grail of denim hunting: a vintage pair of Levi’s. White dates the pair to the 1920s, an inexact science deconstructed with a zoologist’s erudition of curious traits. Conveniently for collectors, the jeans of Levi Strauss & Company have undergone many evolutions since their birth in 1873. As belts weren’t popular at the time, the very oldest jeans substitute loops with heavy-duty metal suspender buttons. Later the rear yoke of the pants could be
adjusted with a buckle or cinch back; the signature red tabs did not appear until decades later. Part of the reason the science is so inexact is precisely why Levi’s clothing is so valuable in the first place: After the original factory burned in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 (taking the entire stock with it), the brand has paid high dollars to collect the missing links from its history. In 2001 the company paid $46,532 for a pair dated to the 1880s, surpassed in 2005 by a private investor who bought a pair for $60,000 at auction. But it’s not just Levi’s that demand high dollars—Stronghold, Boss of the Road, Underhill, and a sundry of other dry-goods manufacturers are also voraciously sought after. White’s haul
Early 19th-century denim clothing at the Inspiration L.A. show in February, where White visited his friend Brit Eaton’s booth.
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Most of the mines visited are well off the beaten path. Far right: White looks at wear and fading patterns on a 1900s chambray shirt.
typically includes jeans from the 1940s to 1950s, which get him anywhere from $500 to $3,500. “Depending on the condition and brand,” he adds. “Lee and Levi’s are the premium stuff.” Needless to say, running around poking at the dusty corners of the American psyche has its inherent dangers. There was the guy just yesterday who answered his door aiming a shotgun at White’s slack-jawed face. That dude wasn’t too friendly, White recalls with a laugh, but he supposes that was better than a previous trip, when a Duck Dynasty–bearded yokel angrily chased him off his property with a live rattlesnake attached to a cattle prod. That one spun White on his heels and sent him running for the safety of his idling pickup. “The wear and tear on these old jeans, 60
just as much a tool in its own right for miners and settlers of the Old West, speaks directly to us of hard lives lived,” posits White between stabs of hickoryslathered pork. His pupils are the color of faded denim, offsetting the worn flannel shirt and dungaree engineer’s cap on his head. Years may have carved lines on his face, but his eyes radiate a curiosity scarcely seen in teens a third his age. They flash alertly when articulating the nebulous appeal of this once discarded fabric. “The way the material fades and bleaches in the sun creates a truly unique garment, never to be repeated. The craftsmanship of the people who made the jeans is not to be underestimated, as it’s not uncommon to find wearable examples from the early part of the 20th century.”
he next morning he’s 7,500 feet high in the cold Utah autumn air, crawling down the side of Bald Mountain in search of a mine no one has seen in years, nor entered in decades. The “trail” is crusted in snow. How could someone even climb up here? Never mind hauling tools, equipment, and wagons. Miles away and thousands of feet below in the Rush Valley, military silos are the only man-made structures visible. The group climbs down past collapsed railways, long-gone tributaries to and from the vacated mining outpost of Jacob City. Rusted steel pinions and the broken timber of an old headway are the only signs of it ever having existed. “Now we’re going off trail,” Burgess says, turning. the red bulletin
“I think the West Coast of America is just the most beautiful place in the world,” says White, who devoured American pop culture as a boy growing up in England. In states like Utah, Colorado, and Arizona, he spends his time poking through old mineshafts, and convinces the locals to let him do the same in their farms and homesteads.
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Hot air blowing out of mines creates large mud holes in the snow cover—that’s what they’re looking for. Despite exploring some 2,000 mines in his 28 years, Burgess has never been here before, and he comes armed only with rough GPS coordinates. At a ridge he stops, strokes his thin beard, considering. “OK, I think it’s this way,” he says looking down an incline. Down a treacherous mud wall they slide, feet slipping and hands grabbing for any branch or root. Farther down they climb, down into the gorge. White is cheery, palpably excited. Despite the conveyor belt of cigarettes he hand-rolls and slides into his mouth, the man has mulish stamina. Brits often show a heightened romanticism for ancient Americana that Yanks look past in their evergreen Search For the New. The previous night he chatted about growing up on the tiny Isle of Wight, listening to Iggy and the Stooges, The Standells, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors. A steady diet of cowboy movies nurtured the jonesing, as did growing up in a decade immersed in American culture: Evel Knievel, Grateful Dead, Motown. His obsession wasn’t just with the music, but its aesthetic, its entire iconography. “In the good old pre-Internet days that’s all we’d have, one album cover to stare at and stare at and stare at. And go, ‘What are those boots he’s wearing? What are those trousers?’ ” he says. “We
didn’t have anything like that growing up in England in the ’70s, it was such a dowdy place.”
t doesn’t take long before one begins to realize White might not really be in these mines looking for lost denim but rather a lost swatch of mythical Americana. A place that may never have existed. But he’s here searching for proof. Suddenly they stop. There it is ahead—a perfect mine entrance pulled straight from a Hollywood set, a tiny picturesque hole punctured into the side of a mountain, at the bottom of a sheer cliff and on the edge of another cliff. The broken metal gate stares precipitously down into the open chasm of Rush Valley, yawning. “This is mountain mining right here,” Burgess says, a grin on his face. White too; he has the dazzled look of a foodie arriving at the gates of El Bulli. “Imagine banging away here, day after day, year after year …” he mumbles, lost in thought. White is truly gleeful, about to descend into this dark hole in search of lost jeans and their pocket of a long vanished life. He is a man in his element—born in the wrong century, perhaps, and on the wrong slab of earth —but in his element nonetheless. ragtopvintage.com
Lingerie designer: Dollhouse Bettie Robe designer: Oscar de la Renta Red Dress designer: Nima Shiraz
Chrysta Bell is a n inte r n ationa l woma n of m yste ry, A hypnoti c presen c e wherever she goes. he r ghostly m usic is p r oduced by none othe r th a n david lynch. Word s: Arn o Raff ein e r P h oto g ra phy: A ar o n Fe av er 63
hrysta Bell has hair the same ruby-red color as freshly spilled blood. Her gaze is hypnotic. Everything about her seems mysterious. Her close collaborator is David Lynch, the film director and musician who has always had a similar air of intrigue. Lynch produces Bell’s music, and a recording of his voice introduces her on stage: “Wow! She sings like a bird! Isn’t she unbelievable?” A purple velvet curtain billows behind her, with blackand-white images projected onto it. The projection stops and thereafter the show is all about Bell: her voice, her theatrical hand movements, her tears. There’s a splendidly eerie feeling in the room when she performs. Bell’s album, This Train, is the result of working with Lynch for more than a decade. The journey takes in guitarcovered cloudscapes, reminders of a golden age of jazz divas, trip-hop and blues. Lynch’s musical direction sets the pace: slow motion, super-slow motion, emergency stop. In Lynch’s studio in Los Angeles, as in all aspects of his work, transcendental meditation creates the vibe. He plays a song sketch, pulls a sheet of paper with words on it out of a black case and then asks Bell to come to the microphone. He gives instructions, along the lines of: “Imagine you’re a sports car!” 64
“I l i ve for being on stage. The exchange with the Audience. the rush of not knowing i f you’re going to fall on your face or soar to the sk ies is very appeal i ng.”
On track: Bellâ€™s album This Train is the result of a 10-year collaboration with director David Lynch.
Bittersweet: Bell touches everything she does with a delicate hand of darkness.
“I’m g o o d w i th death. T ears fo r m e are not n ec essarily a sign of sad n ess. I beli eve i n reinca rn ati on . I do bel iev e t hat t here are cycles.”
“He would feed me, basically,” she says. “Whether it would be with anecdotes about other things that were completely separate, or by bringing associations like Elvis Presley or Elizabeth Taylor or a classic car or a certain way the night air felt—this would all be food for my process.” When the first of these sessions took place, in 2000, Lynch was yet to out himself as a solo musician. (After various collaborations, his first solo album, Crazy Clown Time, came out in 2011; a second, The Big Dream, followed in 2013.) Bell was the vocalist in a swing band that regularly played the Continental Club in Austin. As a child, she hung around her stepfather’s studio and became a session singer in her early teenage years. She worked as a model, then gave acting a try and played a small part in a Jet Li kung-fu movie. In 1998, at the age of 20 and with her first record deal, her agent set up a meeting with Lynch so that he could hear her demos. The career she had always really wanted was under way. “I live for being on stage,” she says. “The exchange with the audience, the rush of not knowing if you’re going to fall on your face or soar to the skies, is all very appealing to me.”
he certainly has the personality to go with the looks and the voice, touching everything with an elegant hand of darkness. Her favorite drink is unfiltered sake, she named her 2010 debut album Bitter Pills & Delicacies, and her record company, La Rose Noire, has a tear on its logo. What is it for her that makes the bitter so sweet? “I’ve been with many people through the death process,” Bell explains, and that gaze of hers leaves no room for doubt. “I’m good with death. Tears for me are not necessarily a sign of sadness. I believe in reincarnation. I do believe that there are cycles.” Bell’s current cycle is one of touring. She has performed in 27 countries during the past two years. What she’d most like to do is give a weekly concert in the same location, ideally in Berlin. It’s the perfect place for someone who so readily brings to mind images of that city in the wild 1920s, an era in which femmes were so much more fatale than any wrecking ball is today. chrystabell.com
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Shake up your summertime routine by learning a new sport at one of these vacation hot spots. But before you go, check out advice from the pros who know best. Words: Megan Michelson
Sure, people usually get their Rocky Mountain High in winter. But those same snowy hot spots offer a different kind of thrill in summer.
Whistler · British Columbia This resort boasts 150 miles of lift-serviced downhill trails in the Mountain Bike Park and another 300 miles of cross-country trails around the valley. The park is open mid-May to mid-October; a lift ticket runs about $50. bike.whistlerblackcomb.com
Mountain Biking “Skiing originally put Whistler on the map, but now people are discovering this area in the summer with mountain biking, too,” says Brandon Semenuk, a twotime Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour champion. Although Whistler has turned into a world-class destination for elite downhill bikers like Semenuk, who lives nearby, you don’t need to be a pro to ride here: 17 percent of the trails are geared toward beginners, 23 percent for intermediates, and 60 percent for experts. If you do ride the lift-accessed trails, you’ll want body armor and a proper downhill bike. Evolution bike shop is a locals’ favorite, with bike rentals from $70. www.evolutionwhistler.com
PRO TIP Brandon Semenuk Professional freestyle mountain biker If the high-adrenaline scene at the resort intimidates you, try the vast network of more mellow cross-country trails. “Spend an extra day to ride some of the trails outside the bike park,” Semenuk says. “Whistler is not just a mecca for mountain biking because of the chairlift.”
you don’t need to be a pro
to ride herE — many trails are gearED toward beginners.
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just 90 miles North of new York city, the shawangunks are aN easy day trip. Rock Climbing The town of New Paltz is a good starting point for your adventures. You can rent climbing shoes and a crash pad for bouldering at Rock & Snow (from $10; rockandsnow.com) and head out on your own. Or if you’re totally new to the sport, hire a guide like the AMGA-certified pros at Alpine Endeavors, who can customize your day to your goals and skill level. You’ll likely venture onto rock faces like those at the Trapps and the Near Trapps, which have easy hiking access and a wide variety of routes ranging in height from 30 feet to 300 feet off the ground. Packages start at $195, including gear rental. alpineendeavors.com
New Paltz · New York New York’s Shawangunk Mountains, also called “The Gunks,” are about 90 miles north of New York City, a do-able day trip for urban dwellers looking for a wilderness escape. The Gunks are well known as a rock climber’s paradise, with everything from basic beginner routes to legendary big walls.
PRO TIP Marty Molitoris Founder and director, Alpine Endeavors “Climbing is like skiing—there are beginner slopes and then there are black diamond routes,” says Molitoris, who started climbing in 1988 and has been a guide since 1991. “We’ll start people with a good foundation—learning the skills and getting accustomed to their gear—and then we’ll put them on routes that they’re comfortable on and can enjoy.”
Jackson · Wyoming Let Jackson Hole Mountain Resort be your summertime base camp. Check out the Valley Trail, which starts in Teton Village and meanders through dense trees, home to bears and moose, for a relatively flat 5.1 miles to Phelps Lake in Grand Teton National Park. For a more vertical challenge, head out on the Rock Springs Yurt Trail, which climbs 1,189 feet and 2.25 miles to a backcountry yurt. jacksonhole.com
Trail Running The necessities for trail running: Running shoes with good traction—don’t forget to break them in with a few test runs before you start on your trip—as well as some layers of breathable clothing. Finally, find yourself a dirt trail that winds through the hills. A nice view is a bonus that can’t be overlooked. You’ll find all of that and more in Jackson, Wyoming, where you’ll be treated to vistas of the Tetons from nearly everywhere in town.
PRO TIP Karl Meltzer Professional ultrarunner
Don’t head out unprepared. “When heading to altitude, it’s important to stay hydrated,” says Meltzer, a Utah-based ultrarunner who has completed 89 ultramarathons and 12 trail marathons. “Weather can move in quickly in the mountains, especially in the afternoon, so it’s best to run in the mornings.” Meltzer recommends bringing water, a map, and some food if you’re heading out for more than six miles. Then enjoy the escape.
â€œThe cool thing about trail runninG is that you have the ability to travel to faraway places QuicklY.â€?
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canyoneering is that every route is different, each canyoN is unique.â€? Eric Leifer
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Canyoneering National parks can be zoos in the summertime, which is why you may need to go underground to escape the crowds— specifically by dropping into narrow canyons carved hundreds of feet deep into sandstone plateaus. “In its simplest terms, canyoneering is the descent of a canyon by any means necessary—that includes swimming, climbing, jumping, walking, rappelling, and routefinding your way downstream,” says Eric Leifer, a canyoneering guide currently based in New Zealand. Try Zion Adventure Company for guiding, gear rental, and basic safety training. From $149 per person. zionadventures.com
PRO TIP Eric Leifer Canyoneering guide
Zion National Park · Utah Utah’s Zion National Park is home to some of the most extensive and stunning slot canyons in the world, and they are often relatively easy to access.
A few of Leifer’s favorite spots to explore in Zion include Left Fork of North Creek (also known as Subway), a straightforward entrance into a more technical route, and Keyhole Canyon, a strategic and varied route that will give you a good introduction to this whole new underworld.
PRO TIP Jesse Thomas Professional triathlete
Never road-biked before? No problem. “Road cycling is the perfect entry sport, because it’s immediately enjoyable,” says Thomas. “It requires no skill, technique, or coaching. You just get on the bike and go.” The more experienced and fit you get, the farther you’ll venture. “My favorite part of cycling is exploration. You can cover so much distance on a bike. I feel like I really know places after I’ve ridden through them.”
Road Cycling “Bend gives you tons of options to keep it fresh,” says Bend native and professional triathlete Jesse Thomas. “Plus, the roads are well maintained and most have nice bike lanes and very low traffic.” First, hit up a local shop for maps of the area—Thomas recommends Hutch’s Bicycles for bike tuning, rentals, and route maps (from $55 per day for road bike rental; hutchsbicycles.com). Then pick your destination. Try the Cascade Lakes Highway, a long, gradual climb up to Mount Bachelor with views of the area’s many volcanoes. Or pick a route along the Three Sisters Scenic Bikeway, which offers everything from massive mountain passes to roaming valley roads.
Bend · Oregon From Bend, you can venture out on a road bike in literally any direction. Head toward the mountains to the west, the flatland to the east, or a blend of rolling terrain if you travel north or south.
Duluth · Minnesota Rent a board from North Shore SUP and launch from nearby Park Point or the mouth of the Lester River. Then explore sandy beaches, sea caves, and towering cliffs along the water’s edge. Midsummer, water temperatures can reach a balmy 70 degrees, so plunge off your board for a dip whenever you heat up. From $15 an hour. duluthsup.com
Sandy beaches, sea caves and cliffs Stand-up Along the Paddleboarding Stand-up paddleboarding— or SUP for short—is one of summer’s fastest-growing sports.
PRO TIP Randy Carlson Coordinator, Recreational Sports Outdoor Program
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“Stand-up paddleboarding is quite easy and safe if you start on flat water, wear a life jacket, use a leash, and paddle with others,” says Carlson, a regular paddleboarder and a coordinator at the Recreational Sports Outdoor Program at the University of Minnesota in Duluth. “Plus, standing offers such a great view of your surroundings, and with our clear water, you can dive underwater to look around and explore.”
According to a report by the Outdoor Foundation, SUP participation has increased almost 47 percent in the last three years. One of the best places to explore the waterfront on a paddleboard is Duluth, Minnesota, which sits on the shores of Lake Superior. Start by kneeling on the board, then work your way to standing when you gain balance. Stand tall and use your core strength to sweep the paddle on one side and then the other.
Lake Tahoe · California Lake Tahoe has endless yoga options, from hot yoga to stretching on a stand-up paddleboard. Squaw Valley’s Wanderlust opened last year, and it is the headquarters of Squaw’s annual yoga festival of the same name. The Wanderlust Festival, scheduled for July 1720, blends yoga in outdoor mountaintop venues with concerts, meditation, and dining. $17 for a drop-in class. squaw.wanderlustyoga.com
Yoga PRO TIP Michelle Parker Professional skier and yogi
Yoga is the ideal complement to all the other activities you’ll do on a sports-based vacation. “Long days of being active and pushing my body start to add up,” says pro skier and avid yogi Parker, who lives in Tahoe City. “Yoga helps me focus on healing my body and keeping it limber and strong.”
Check out studios from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe—but if you feel like communing with nature on your own, download a yoga app for your phone. Pocket Yoga is a good one—then just grab your mat and plan your solitary lakeside stretching session. “There are so many amazing studios and locations outside to do yoga in Tahoe,” Parker says. “I will often attend the outdoor community yoga in Squaw Valley or frequently visit the lake and do my own solo set by the water. Yoga on the beach is so invigorating.”
endless yoga options,
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including the wanderlust Festival.
PADDLE / BIKE / RUN / CLIMB / FISH / DOG / MUSIC / FILM / PHOTO
JUNE 5-8 2014. VAIL, COLORADO Register: GoProMountainGames.com | #GoProMtnGames
More than a feeling: The subwoofer you wear. MUSIC, page 92.
Where to go and what to do
ac t i o n ! T r a v e l / G e a r / T r a i n i n g / N i g h t l i f e / M U S I C / p a r t i e s / c i t i e s / c l u b s / E v e n ts Truck non-stop: Spend a day in the desert in an off-road vehicle.
It might look beachy, but this is no place to sunbathe. the colorado desert provides the ultimate driving test.
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Desert dessert What to do after the truck driving
sail away Swap the dusty roar of the track for the crashing rapids of the Dolores River. The Gateway Resort’s Adventure Center offers wet and wild rafting, kayaking, and tubing. gatewaycanyons.com
DESERT TRUCKS Driving does not come more extreme than careering around the dusty Colorado canyons in a physics-defying truck. Deserts can be relentlessly quiet, but not when you’re strapped into a 6.2-liter, V8-powered Pro-Baja truck, flying off sandy ramps at 85 mph and catching air time in Colorado’s canyon country. Driven Experiences provides expert tuition at its Emerald Desert Training Facility in Mesa County, on how to handle its customized trucks around an off-road track. “Driving at high speeds on the constantly changing dirt is a real challenge, as the longer you’re out there, the more holes start appearing,” says Travis Nailor, a recent (and exhilarated) customer. “It’s a battle to find the right line and hit the speed, but when you do, man, what a buzz. It’s a very addictive experience.” A range of driving packages is available, and you can even hire out the whole place, depending on your requirements and budget. Most people stay at the nearby Gateway Canyons Resort (rooms from $450 per night) because, frankly, this is deep in the desert and there’s nothing else for miles. “Even experienced road racers can’t quite believe what these trucks can do,” says Andrew Hendricks, a Driven Experiences instructor. Prices range from “One described it to me as like $600 for an eightdriving a Transformer on the lap ride for two moon. But it’s like night and day. passengers to $2,600 for a full day. Most rookies are scared at first, More info at: driven but at the end of the day you have experiences.com to drag them out of the vehicle.” 84
Hang time: Get your thrills on custom trucks in Colorado.
Fly high Fancy a change of perspective? See the aweinspiring Colorado landscape from a helicopter or Cessna plane ride over gaping canyons and soaring mountainous terrain. gatewaycanyons.com
Advice from the inside flying lesson “When you approach a ramp, you think you don’t know what’s going to happen, but keep very calm, it’s going to be OK, just keep the gas on,” says off-road-racing legend Chuck Dempsey. “You’ll hit the ramp and fly what feels like 40 feet in the air. When you land you’ll feel like there’s nothing that you can’t do or jump. You feel indestructible in this crazy-ass beast of a machine.”
“Our trucks place a real physical demand on the driver,” says Driven Experiences’ Andrew Hendricks. “If someone is serious about getting all they can out of driving here, I suggest they should work out hard the week before coming, just to train their body to sweat.”
zip along They’re about 200 miles away down Highway 50, but the zip lines at Salida are worth the drive: the 695-foot-long Leap of Faith line and the superfast Gun Barrel span a 200-foot valley. captainzipline.com
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Row for it: Mario Gyr (left) and Simon Schürch
“We need max strength.”
High and dry: About one-third of their training is in the gym.
IN The BALANCE Here’s a simple way to build quad muscles and balance. Beginners may want to stop after Step 2 to get used to the movements and then progress to Step 3.
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rowing A world-class duo reveals how to train in order to win as one. “Rowers are different from other endurance sportsmen and women,” says Switzerland’s Mario Gyr, who, alongside compatriot Simon Schürch, won the silver medal in lightweight double sculls at the 2013 World Rowing Championships in South Korea. “We always need maximum strength for every stroke. About 60 percent of what we do to improve our endurance we do in the water, and 40 percent in the weight room.” Schürch knows that he and Gyr must match each other exactly if they are to succeed. “We work on our technique to improve our synchronization, because the more synchronized our strokes are, the more stable the boat is, and that means we’re quicker. Your legs are the most important thing in rowing; they generate the most power. As well as up to three hours a day in the water, we’ll work our quads in the gym on the leg press and do squats with a 230-pound barbell on our shoulders.” the red bulletin
Stand on one leg, lift the other off the ground and get your balance.
Bend your standing leg at the knee, put your other leg out in front and bend at the waist.
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Squat down low, then stand up again. Do five reps on each leg.
Rowers have to be large and lean, and thus are among pro sports’ leading guzzlers of protein shakes. If you’re sick of shakes, get a fork and whisk a shot-glass of water with the suggested measure of powder until it goes mousse-like and you can eat it.
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what you need when the going gets rough
Stop that High-tech brakes mean stopping exactly when required: a necessity on rugged terrain. In the frame The chromesteel alloy of the KTM 300 is its strength, but it’s also light, making the bike easy to handle.
LS2 helmet “It’s strong and lightweight. I put in long hours on the bike; if my helmet was too heavy it would trash my neck and shoulders.” ls2helmets.us
Leatt neck brace “I’ve had some big crashes and broken a couple of braces, but I’m still walking and talking, so this is doing its job.”
Power plant “I can fix anything,” Birch says. “I carry a tube of Pratley Steel Quickset Epoxy, so if I put a hole in the engine I can glue it back together again.”
Essentials of extreme e nduro Here’s The gear you need to thrive in the toughest two-wheeled environments on Earth. Tough guy: Chris Birch competes in the Hard Enduro series.
Reliability, a smooth ride, and the ability to overcome obstacles. These are the qualities Chris Birch needs in a bike. The 33-year-old from New Zealand has been riding KTM bikes since 2003. “You can overheat them, throw them down waterfalls, or drive them up cliff faces and they keep coming back for more,” he says.
The new KTM Freeride 350 XC-F is his go-to bike for shorter, sprintdistance races, but for multiday events like Red Bull Romaniacs or The Roof of Africa, he pulls out his old faithful, a KTM 300 two-stroke (above). “It’s my safety blanket,” he says. “It’s a bike I know very well.” chrisbirch.co.nz
Alpinestars boots “If I’m doing lots of jumps, I’ll wear the Tech 10s. I use these lighter, more flexible Tech 8s when I have to push my bike up a lot of hills.” alpinestars.com
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Töp Tünes Music-making girls of Gothenburg
Yukimi Nagano The vocalist from synth soul band Little Dragon counts Damon Albarn among her admirers. Her group’s fourth album, Nabuma Rubberband, is out on May 13.
No warm beer
Five floors of fun: First-class night out in Sweden’s second city.
GOTHENBURG The best club in Sweden grew out of frustration with the worst.
Yaki-da Storgatan 47 411 38 Gothenburg, Sweden www.yaki-da.se
GREEN FAIRY TALES From Yaki-da’s absinthe bar: combine ingredients, enjoy
Anna von Hausswolff Her gigs feel like midnight masses— the church organ is her prime instrument. She calls her music funeral pop. Don’t be put off by this: Try her new album, Ceremony.
the Strindberg Margarita 1 oz. absinthe (preferably La Fée) Splash of Cointreau Splash of sugar syrup Squirt of lime juice Splash of soda water the Dario Espiga 1 oz. absinthe .5 oz. apple liqueur Splash of sugar syrup Squirt of lime juice Splash of apple juice Pinch of finely grated ginger
Scout Klas This Red Bull Music Academy graduate finds inspiration in Italian horror films. Her sound exists in the space between stuttering hip-hop and subtle electronica.
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At the turn of the 20th century, one of the finest residences on Gothenburg’s main drag was a five-story townhouse occupied by a nobleman and his family. Ten years into the 21st century, it was turned into a club, Yaki-Da. Today, it’s the home of the city’s best night out. Yaki-Da still has links to its glorious past: DJs play in spaces stuffed with antique furniture; bands perform in front of velvet curtains. “There used to be two types of parties in Gothenburg: ones with underground music and warm beer, and the others with good service and mainstream music,” says Sebastian Kapocs, Yaki-Da’s owner. “We want to bring the best of both worlds together.” That means live music outside on the terrace as well as in, and cutting-edge house DJs, such as Spanish spinner John Talabot, performing in the “living room” while hip-hop and soul play in the café bar. And you can get a steak at 2 a.m. It all keeps with the club’s name: It’s how you say “Cheers!” in Welsh. Iechyd da!
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GURTEN DOWNHILL TRAIL A downhill biking track close to the city, 1.25 miles long and with jumps up to 33 feet high. There’s a bike wash thrown in for free at the end. gurtenpark.ch
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Swiss congeniality: Carol Fernandez
“That’s where I get my tattoos.” Bern A first-rate secondhand drinking den and the only place to eat pizza before sunrise in the most laid-back capital city. As a child, Carol Fernandez took piano lessons at the Bern Conservatory, and now, she says, “I pep up my sets with keyboard sections.” As a teenager, she DJ’d in her dad’s record shop: “I ruined all the record-player styluses. He would get so angry.” It was good practice for her first night on the decks at the age of 22. “It was a small club. I was so nervous that I screwed up 10 of 15 songs. Today, she is a sought-after DJ. “I perform 90 times a year, all over Switzerland and Europe, but I always like coming back to my hometown, Bern. It’s so easygoing. You don’t see harried faces on the street; you get a relaxed feeling. What other capital city can offer you that in this day and age?” Here Fernandez picks her city’s must-try spots. djcarol-fernandez.com
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1 Club Bonsoir Aarbergergasse 33/35 “This used to be Dad’s record shop! Now it’s a club where underground stars and new talent play. It’s fitted out with secondhand furniture, and the drinks aren’t expensive at all.”
basement venue isn’t exactly a secret, but you’ve got to see their giant wine cask—it holds 10,000 gallons. And, if I’m not performing, the gallery bar is a cozy place for a cocktail.”
4 Adriano’s Bar & Café Theaterplatz 2 “This place has the best coffee in town; it’s roasted on site, but there’s nowhere to sit and it’s always jam-packed. A lot of Bernese come here, especially after dinner for a macchiato.”
3 Kornhauskeller Kornhausplatz 18 “OK, so this 18th-century
Plunge into streaming water where the River Aar flows through Bern. All abilities welcome, from beginners to would-be instructors. tauchsport-kaeser.ch
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2 pronto Restaurant
Aarbergergasse 26 “Even during the daytime, Bern can be pretty quiet. By 2 a.m., it’s completely dead. The one exception is Pronto. It serves great pizza, pita, and kebabs.”
DIVING IN THE AAR RIVER
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Gerechtigkeitsgasse 5 “The people at this tattoo parlor are true body artists. They draw the design you want on a pad first and won’t stress you out. I got my latest tattoo here: a clef on piano keys.”
Deep breath, and then step off a rig 440 feet above a mountain lake. For many, the location of the world’s most breathtaking bungee jump. stockhorn.ch
Greatest running myths debunked
IS RUNNING ON asphalt BAD? IS STRETCHING GOOD? TO MARK THE WINGS FOR LIFE WORLD RUN, SPORTS SCIENTIST DR. MARTIN APOLIN BANISHES RUNNING’S MOST PERSISTENT MYTHS.
“Running on asphalt is bad for your joints.” The truth
“Always run with a heart rate monitor.” The truth
“Stretching eases aches and pains.” The truth
No scientific study has ever confirmed this. Furthermore, people who run regularly build up thicker cartilage protection, regardless of the surface they train on. Asphalt also lowers the risk of twisting your ankle.
There is no argument against objectively gauging your performance, but your body isn’t a machine. Performance depends on your state of mind, how well you’ve slept, and your form on the day. Think before you react to a monitor’s readings.
Aches and pains after running are often tears in muscle tissue, which will only be made larger by stretching. What actually would help more is sitting in a sauna (drink plenty of water) or going for a gentle cool-down run.
“Endurance training makes you a slower runner.” The truth
“Quick” muscle fibers only turn into “slow” ones if you exclusively stick to long runs over a period of years. Occasional sprint training specifically for speed will prevent that from happening.
“You won’t burn any fat if you run for less than 30 minutes.” The truth
We constantly burn fat, even during sleep. But we burn it more efficiently after 30 minutes, as only then does the body access fat reserves. That said, you can lose weight doing shorter runs in interval training, too.
“You should hardly run at all for the last week before a race.” The truth
If you reduce your training too much just before a race, your endurance can take a hit. The best thing to do is reduce your training by 50 percent and rest for the last two days before race day.
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RACE WORLD-CLASS athletes IN THE WINGS FOR LIFE WORLD RUN. HERE’S A FRONT-RUNNING FIVE:
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“Eating up those miles as long as I can.” Surf legend Robby Naish has set himself a race target
“Training three times a week—and that includes cross-country skiing.” Luc Alphand, former skiing star and racing driver, on his prep
“My target is to run 50 miles and win.” The goal of ultramarathon runner Giorgio Calcaterra
Global gathering W ings For Life World Run A starter’s gun on six continents: The first worldwide running race in sports history gets under way on may 4. Anyone who wants to race against the rest of the world can take part. Here are the details: 1. THE WAY IT WORKS
4. THE RESULT
In 33 countries, 35 races will all begin at 10 a.m. UTC (Co-ordinated Universal Time; 6 a.m. EST) on May 4, 2014. “Catcher Cars” will start reeling in the participants 30 minutes later. The last person in the world to be caught wins.
The last man and last woman running will be crowned global champions and win a special roundthe-world trip. Each country will also record its national winners. All runners will be able to check online to see how they did and see who in the world ran farther than they did.
2. THE CHASERS
“To send a signal, even though I’m not a runner.” Running for those who can’t is important to David Coulthard, former F1 great
“It’s uplifting that thousands of people are running for us.” Wheelchair triathlete Marc Herremans on the race boosting spinal-injury research
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The “Catcher Cars” will increase their speed gradually at predetermined intervals. Once a runner is caught, or passed by a car, he or she must drop out of the race, and the distance run at that point is automatically recorded.
5. THE PARTICIPANTS
3. THE COURSES
6. THE MISSION
They fall into five categories around the world: coastal runs, river runs, city runs, nature runs, and runs with a view. The event’s homepage (wingsforlife worldrun.com) gives you the latest weather reports, detailed course information, training plans, and a distance-time calculator.
The Wings for Life World Run motto is: Running For Those Who Can’t. All of the money earned will go to the Wings for Life Foundation, which supports worldwide scientific research programs looking for a cure for spinal-cord injury. You can find more information at wingsforlife.com.
Beginners, hobby runners, top athletes, and stars, such as former Formula One driver David Coulthard. The aim is to cover as much of the course as you can to help cure paraplegia.
Compete against the rest of the world in the Wings for Life World Run. You can register online until April 20 at wingsforlifeworldrun.com.
COVER VERSIONS Mark Foster was 18 when he moved from Cleveland to L.A. to launch a music career in 2002. Success was a long time coming. For years, he worked in bars and wrote commercial jingles. Then in 2010, he and his band Foster the People put their song “Pumped Up Kicks” online. He says now they weren’t expecting anything much, but the breezy indie-pop tune broke through. Spotify’s most-streamed song of 2011, it reached No. 3 on the U.S. charts and has since sold more than 5 million copies. Torches, their debut album of the same year, earned two Grammy nominations. The just-out followup, Supermodel, adds multilayered synths and space rock to the mix. Foster, now 30, let The Red Bulletin in on the songs that shaped him.
Playlist The Beatles took Mark Foster down the rabbit hole, but the Foster the People frontman is a creature of many influences.
1 Beach Boys
2 The Beatles
3 Jeff Buckley
“The first time I heard this song, on the radio when I was a kid, it was unlike anything I’d ever heard. Especially the vocal harmonies. Looking back, it was a significant moment for me. When I was 7 years old, the Beach Boys were my first concert. So to be on stage with my favorite band at the Grammys in 2012 was the greatest moment of my life.”
“It’s just one of the greatest songs ever, so simple but so profound. The experimental bridge in that song, when it takes that big orchestral left turn, is incredible. Hearing all these elements coming together, it takes you on a journey. Which is funny, as the song is actually about a trip. I love that, when the lyrics and the story match the music.”
“I remember the first time I heard this song. I was 19. I kept pressing the replay button: The lyrics started to pop out on me and I started to weep, because to me the song is about him predicting his own death. I sang along to it so often, I feel it really stretched my voice. I would even say Jeff Buckley taught me how to sing.”
5 The Beatles
“The video for this was on MTV when I was a kid and I’d never seen anything like it. I was so intrigued by this band; they just had a feeling to them no other band had. This song is like a classical piece, split into three parts. It’s one of those songs that when I hear it, it makes me just want to quit. Radiohead touched the foot of God with this song.”
“I love to listen to this on headphones. It’s the only way to hear all the different textures and the bending, psychedelic effect on the bass guitar—an amazing sound I’ve been chasing around forever. Listening to ‘I Am the Walrus’ really makes you feel like you’re a giant egg man on LSD bumbling down the street John Lennon was singing about.”
God Only Knows
A Day in the Life
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DJ-Kicks “I don’t like to be on my records, but this was a good idea. All the names of the artists in the mix are written on the wall and then I stood in front of it.”
Theme From ... “One of the first sleeves I did. I remember hearing Mark Moore [of S’Express] playing the promo in a club. I went up to him and said, ‘I love it, can I do the cover?’ The train represents a penis.”
lo u d vi b r ations LITTLE BIG BASS
THE WOOJER A mobile subwoofer that succeeds where others have failed, by converting sound waves into vibrations that oontz-oontz directly into your body. Connect the matchbox-sized device to your MP3 player and headphones, clip it to your T-shirt, and give your chest a bass massage.
UL-6 “Icarus made very interesting, fractured electronic music. So we messed up every sleeve by hand, reassembled them, then printed the name on a plastic bag. Every single one was different.”
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“I hear it and I want to quit.”
People person: Mark Foster
Musician and designer Trevor Jackson of Playgroup picks three sleeves that he made.
A world reimagined: Wolfenstein: The New Order.
It’s wolf time W olfenstein the classic game gets a next-gen makeover. In February 1949, the alternate-universe winners of World War II are blowing the faces off Mount Rushmore. In 1960, a tiny crack has appeared in the evil machine of world government. In Wolfenstein: The New Order, you are the leader of a resistance movement, trying to force that crack wide open and remove the jackboot from the free world’s neck. For those who came of age when gaming came of age, there’s not a lot more exciting than that. The first-person shooter, one of the world’s favorite game genres, would not be where it is today without Wolfenstein 3D, a 1992 PC title
that broke ground in terms of its speedy action and intense gameplay. The following year, the company that made it raised the stakes with Doom, a landmark of technical and gameplay excellence. Without these two, there’d be no Half-Life, Halo, Battlefield, or Call of Duty. In Wolfenstein: The New Order you will find retro-steampunk war machines, a scar-faced, sadistic chief baddie called General Deathshead, and the kind of highvelocity yet claustrophobic run-and-gun action pioneered by its predecessors of a generation ago. What’s not to love? Out in the third week of May for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows, PS3, and PS4. wolfenstein.com
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Ti e-I n Try Again Games of movies coming soon (and 35 years old)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 The open-world adventure based on the previous movie was pretty good; the same team that produced that one is making this one. Out April 29. theamazingspidermangame.com
Alien: Isolation Survival horror based on the original 1979 Alien movie—an influence found in most survival horror games. Available late 2014.
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It’s more like Nintendoh!: After planning to sell 9 million Wii U consoles this financial year, the company now says it’ll be closer to 3 million. Nintendo-exclusive titles will help turn gameheads away from Xbox and PlayStation: Out soon is Bayonetta 2, a stunning fantasy action game. But would you buy a Wii U to play it?
As your deep-space salvage team scours spaceships for bounty, fending off similar crews and alien creatures, a large screen shows what your men see and a small screen has overviews, ships’ blueprints, stats and info. This is Salvaged, an immersive real-time strategy game that needs a PC and an Android or Apple device. Watch for more dual-screen games. Out in November.
To go with this summer’s fourth big-robot film, starring Mark Wahlberg, here’s a third-person shooter of man vs. machine.
Can Bayonetta 2 save Wii?
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Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark
Runner’s delight Whether it’s that half-marathon or the Wings for Life World Run, these are the shoes that will carry you across the finish line.
HOKA CONQUEST For those who don’t appreciate the somewhat mushy feeling of Hokas, the updated Conquest uses two different foam layers in the midsole for a firmer, more responsive ride and longer performance. Although still high off the ground, the lower heel-to-toe drop makes you feel like you are running on a more minimalist platform, but with much less impact on your body. 11.8 oz. $170 www.hokaoneone.com 1
REEBOK ZQUICK You’ll be the envy of all your boot camp friends as you crush the next shuttle run drill. Much like the tread on a high-performance tire, the radically sliced ZQuick outsole creates little rubber nodes that move in multiple directions, offering maximum ground contact at all times for fast starts and quick cornering. The bootie fit system ensures comfort. 9.4 oz. $85 www.reebok.com 3
SKECHERS GOMEB SPEED 2 Find yourself on the podium of your next 10K with Skechers’ new racing shoe and the official shoe of America’s top marathon runner, Meb Keflezighi. Built for speed, with a narrower fit and midfoot stability plates to ensure a supportive and secure run as you tear up the tarmac. 6.8 oz. $115 skechersperformance.com 2
NEW BALANCE FRESH FOAM 980 Borrowing 3D modeling software usually employed by architects, New Balance created a unique midsole and outsole design that uses convex and concave shapes to either absorb shock or provide extra cushioning. Ultra-plush padding with a reduced heel-to-toe drop offers a super soft ride without sacrificing speed. 8.8 oz. $110 www.newbalance.com 4
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SALOMON X-SCREAM Escape the confines of your running routine and throw a little mountain spirit into your training. A protective toe cap for those errant trail stumps combined with a multiterrain traction outsole enable you to explore the parks, backstreets, and more unconventional settings of your typical urban landscape. 10.2 oz. $110 www.salomon.com
NIKE FLYKNIT LUNAR2 The secret to the lightweight neutral shoe lies in the stretchy Nike Flyknit upper and the soft Nike Lunarlon cushioning. An attached tongue and Flywire cables integrated into the upper cradle your foot. 9 oz. $150 www.nike.com 6
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BROOKS TRANSCEND Floating through your run, you will feel better at the end than when you started. The plush foam midsole provides extra cushioning, while offering on-demand support to keep you in alignment throughout your gait. Kiss those hot spots and blisters goodbye with the soft upper and integrated laces that eliminate any troublesome seams. 12.2 oz. $160 www.brooksrunning.com 7
ASICS GEL ELECTRO33 Overpronators take note— the new Gel Electro offers similar cushioning to the Excel33 with an upgraded dual-density midsole for mild to moderate pronation support. Gel cushioning in the heel takes care of impact protection in this lightweight, natural-motion shoe. A wider toe box gives your digits increased freedom of movement. 9.6 oz. $110 www.asicsamerica.com 8
There is nothing worse than putting on a cold, wet chest strap before you head out on that morning run. The ALPHA sport watch from MIO Global delivers continuous heart rate information to your favorite smartphone app. LED lights and an electrooptical sensor measure the volume of blood flow under your skin to calculate EKG-accurate data. $199 www.mioglobal.com
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ prospects feel up in the air. May 20, 2014
NBA Draft Lottery In a classic case of hope springs eternal, the NBA Draft Lottery gives the most troubled basketball teams in the league the chance to redeem themselves with one lucky draft slot. The Cleveland Cavaliers “won” last year and selected Anthony Bennett, who averaged 3.8 points in 40 games. So ... hope springs eternal, indeed. www.nba.com
May 8-10, 2014
2014 NFL Draft
May 25, 2014
Indy 500 Check out this year’s pre-race festivities: Mario Andretti will be honored as part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Legends Day on May 24. www.indy500.com
It is a testament to this country’s obsession with football that all seven rounds of the NFL Draft will be televised. (The first round starts May 8th at 8 p.m.—primetime coverage, for crying out loud!—on the NFL Network.) Besides what-teampicks-who, the added drama this year will come in the will-it-orwon’t-it matter? situation of University of Missouri draft prospect Michael Sam, who recently announced he is gay. www.nfl.com/draft/2014
May 24-25, 2014
Sunset Music Festival For the first time, the dance music festival adds a second day of bikiniclad partying in the north lot of Tampa, Florida’s Raymond James Stadium. Last year the lineup included David Guetta and Steve Aoki. General admission two-day passes go for $125; the VIP ticket includes access—oh, Florida—to air-conditioned bathrooms and will set you back over $200. www.smftampa.com
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May 8-11, 2014
May 4, 2014
PGA Players Championship
Wings for Life World Run
A none-too-shabby $10 million prize purse will be distributed at the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. It’s the biggest single tournament prize in the sport—and in 2013, Tiger Woods won his second championship, allowing him to again swim around in all the money like Scrooge McDuck. www.pgatour.com
The Wings for Life World Run will take place simultaneously all over the globe—in the U.S., the races will be at 3 a.m. in California, 4 a.m. in Colorado, and 6 a.m. in Florida—and your time and distance will be measured against runners who are competing worldwide. All proceeds will go to the Wings for Life Foundation, which funds research into curing spinal-cord injuries. www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com
May 30-June 8, 2014
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tv Showtime’s newest series, Penny Dreadful, examines horror’s greatest creeps in Victorian London: Dracula, Frakenstein, and Dorian Gray. It stars Bond vets Timothy Dalton and Eva Green.
Brooklyn Film Festival See indie film talent in New York without having to navigate the madness of Tribeca at the Brooklyn Film Festival, which is held at two venues: IndieScreen and Windmill Studios NYC. The 2013 fest featured the East Coast premiere of Cavedigger, which went on to be nominated for an Academy Award in the Short Documentary category. www.brooklynfilmfestival.org
May 3, 2014
Kentucky Derby Sure, Derby Day is known for its hats and mint juleps, but the professional horseracing fan knows that you can inject Everclear into a watermelon for a really good time. (Um, so we’ve heard.) In all seriousness, though, what has been labeled the most exciting two minutes in sports more often than not lives up to its billing—and if that wasn’t enough, the second stop in the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, takes place on May 17. www.kentuckyderby.com
film The latest version of Godzilla offers some surprisingly top-of-the-line acting talent, including Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, and David Strathairn. www.legendary.com
May 24-26, 2014
Movement Electronic Music Festival Attracting more than 100,000 people to Detroit’s riverfront Hart Plaza, Movement has become one of the iconic festivals of the summer season. This year’s artists include Baauer, Green Velvet, Konkrete Jungle Detroit and Moon Boots—but more than 100 acts total will fill the festival’s five stages. Get overwhelmed by choices? Take a breather and walk through the fest’s art displays.
Music Take in bands like The String Cheese Incident and Bassnectar at the Wakarusa Music Festival amid the glorious Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. www.wakarusa.com
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Tallinn, Estonia February 22, 2014
“You’d think that only Superman could do this trick, but not if the world is upside down.” Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool
Simon Stricker’s dream of defying gravity became real thanks to the reflected glory of a team of backroom wizards. “A camera crew worked for two days to create a mirror-inverted set in an old industrial building,” says the 22-year-old Swiss skater. “This is not just a photo—it’s a work of art.”
Simon Stricker, skateboarder
The next issue of the Red Bulletin is out on May 13, 2014 98
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