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The pace of change these days is jaw-dropping. To quote one of our experts in this issue, your smartphone has more capability in it than the world did in 1970. With no chance of a slowdown anytime soon, we’ve put together a 16page special on how we’ll work, play, and live in the not-so-distant future. We’ve taken as our cover Ian Walsh, a surfer whose brutal holddown underneath some Hawaiian waves inspired a passion for the latest highperformance training methods. But we’ve also interviewed some of America’s more forward-thinking experts on how we’ll eat and sleep (dreams that help you while you’re awake), work (constantly shifting office environments), and, most important, play in the near future. the red bulletin
“Trying to survive— that’s the resonance of the story.” keri russell, page 58
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A celebration of the most innovative photography—and a pet selfie or two
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It takes more than time on the waves to attain top fitness for surfing
From lucid dreaming to backyard farms, the future is yours to control
30 American Drag
Putting the pedal to the metal
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Batman AND Moses? Sure, why not?
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Chicago’s meeting of the minds
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He’s become one of the best actors of his generation by playing iconic characters. Next: Moses in Ridley’s Scott’s Exodus.
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The big wave rider’s tough regimen is a glimpse at the future of surfing.
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Contributors who’s on board this issue “You get a lot more waves under your belt if you can stay in the water and stay healthy.” Ian Walsh, page 66
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David Harry Stewart travels the world for publications like The New York Times, shooting fashion and technology. But he has always had a passion for motor sports. “I find them sexy,” he says. “There is something intoxicating about the noise, the smoke, and the acceleration. There is no real prize money involved, no corporate sponsorship. These people race just for the fun of it. There is a community spirit to it that is refreshing. Each race is as thunderous as the next.” Speed over to page 30.
Skrillex may be one of the biggest DJs in the world, but his much-anticipated Mothership Tour brought its share of surprises. “Because he’s so young and such a star, I thought the tour would be wild: parties, drugs, girls,” says journalist Cole Louison, who accompanied Skrillex for three dates on his current tour. “But they’re like really cool nerds. Some kids brought their parents. A lot of the time Skrillex was working in his dressing room or on the bus.” Visit the crown prince of EDM on page 50.
Sara Brady is a veteran of Premiere and ESPN the Magazine, and for The Red Bulletin we asked her to explore what our lives will be like in 2030. “My favorite part of working on this story was talking to iWinks about lucid dreaming,” she says. “And after I talked to them I tried to control my dreams, but every time I woke up neither fluent in French nor married to Michael Fassbender. Hoping the Aurora headband will be able to help with that.” Go back to the future on page 74.
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A pensive—and likely freezing— Ian Walsh before the water shots.
Ian Walsh was in a generous mood, stripping down to board shorts and paddling around in the frigid waters off of Big Sur for our cover shoot. Photographer Christian Anwander flew the red-eye from New York to San Jose, and then drove three hours in order to capture the scene on the Central California coast as it was shrouded in the region’s famous June gloom. Say what you will about the perils of big wave surfing in Walsh’s native Hawaii ... at least the water’s warm.
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The previous pages’ images, by their takers.
no filter Stock photos are pictures for every occasion. Agencies have them in case they are needed on short notice. We found these in the depths of their archives.
“I can’t explain my photo. It doesn’t have a title.” But what’s the lady’s name?
“It was dodgy and high up. It was risky. But Danny MacAskill survived it.”
on her cut-up Google Maps: “My favorite part is of The Bean in Chicago.”
“I really like taking pictures of mud and filth. Sadly, my camera likes it less.”
Pineapples Anonymous? Kim Dotcom fighting the Fruit Ninja? We couldn’t say.
Lumberjacks are their own best friend? Dogs hate trees?
Felix Baumgartner meets I Dream of Jeannie in a recycling Western.
DAVE LEHL “The picture says: ‘If you fall flat on your face, get out there and experience life.’ ”
Maxime Ballesteros “A good photo makes you ask questions and compliments you.”
on erotica: “Our passion is exposed via the hidden.”
“I wanted to show how small but amazingly brave we humans are.”
Do those cakes smell too good? Or is it defiance of nuclear microwaves?
The Nintendo Wii Senior Pack. Withdrawn after animal rights protesters complain.
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A goodbye kiss? The forbidden love of crash test dummies? Don’t kiss ’n’ ride.
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4,000,000,000,001 Four trillion, plus the one you’ve just taken: That’s how many photos mankind has made—give or take the odd one where the flash didn’t work— since 1839. Here are other things that have happened in that time:
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350 MILLION PHOTOS A DAY And on Snapchat there are even more: 400 MILLION
35 MILLION SELFIES How many in front of a mirror? We reckon about 34 million.
250 BILLION PICTURES Facebook is now the world’s largest photo archive.
60 MILLION PHOTOS A DAY There weren’t as many photos taken in the 19th century.
SNAPSHOTS The compact camera has been a witness to our lives ever since 1925.
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This picture of the moon has 681 billion pixels. Each pixel is 43 square feet.
This shadow of an atom in a laser beam is 0.0000002 mm across.
YOU’RE ALL TAKE, TAKE, TAKE A 10th of all the photos that now exist in print or digitally anywhere in the world were taken at some point in the last 12 months.
THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED Lady Gaga or Lady Diana? We can’t say for sure who is the most snapped person in history. But none of us would be surprised to hear that it’s a lady. The world’s first portrait photograph, dating from 1839, was also of a woman: the photographer’s assistant.
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LESS IS MORE The picture life gets easier: JPEG compression reduces data to a 10th of what it was, while the space on memory cards increases rapidly.
BABY BOOMERS What do parents do all day? They take pictures of babies, of course. All those poor relatives! Every second photo was already of a baby as far back as 1960.
SNAP! SHOT! The Leica, the first 35 mm film camera, takes 25 bn the world by 10 bn storm and grants humanity a new 3 bn sense: a sense Number of photos taken per year for that perfect 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2014 moment. 57 bn
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Is it a man? Is it a cat? Or a ... mat? The ultimate in beard hype.
“You won’t believe who I bumped into in the bathroom!”
Heel! Sit! Now say cheese.
Perfect lighting thanks to that halo.
Just me and my very, very, very totally best friends.
Me for a billion. (The most expensive selfie in the universe.)
Don’t be a sore loser: Get your phone out.
Churchill took selfies? The camera never lies.
All the rage among endangered species. “I used to look like this!”
Robert Cornelius took the first selfie in 1839.
“He-llo, who’s this babe? Oh yeah, it’s me.” Click.
Quick-fire plastic surgery for the lower budget.
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It seems the most interesting subject matter for a pic is one’s own face—but you’ll only be part of the self-snapping elite when you’ve followed these selfie trends.
show me the future Who’d have thought 20 years ago that one day we’d take photos with our phones ... what’s next? Balls.
SNAP APPY Three cool photo widgets we love. Sadly, only one of them exists. Which one is it?
IT’S A TOSS-UP Take pics like those on Google Street View. With 36 small, integrated image sensors, the Panono ball camera has an eye on everything. It takes some getting used to; good motor skills are needed. Throw it in the air, and it does the rest.
ADDfriendZ Ideal for hermits and people with poor social skills. With this app, you are never alone.
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The days when photographers could hide behind their cameras are over. Thanks to the transparent displays made by companies including Samsung and LG, snapper and subject now stand eye to eye. All we need now is an invisible camera.
The new Lytro light-field camera was invented for those who want to focus on more than one thing at a time. It can shift focus in an image after it has been taken. You see the refocusing on the screen. Now that is clever.
Those fat days are over. SkinneePix transforms you into someone thin and sporty. No more diets.
THE FIRST AND LAST PHOTO How our resident artist Kainrath sees the fate of our world and color photography.
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smiLAR Depressed? Cat died? Got fired? Couldn’t matter less. This app conjures up a jolly smile for any face.
Drag THE RULES have been UNCHANGED FOR 60 YEARS: STRAIGHT TRACK, TWO LANES, TWO CARS, GREEN LIGHT, AND THEN IT’S pedal TO THE metal. DRAG RACING IS PURE SPEED, ROARING DRAMA, AND LUCKY ESCAPES. DAVID HARRY STEWART was there to capture it.
Drag racing has its origins outside the law. American soldiers returning from the Second World War were running low on adrenaline at a time when cars were getting cheaper. Worlds collided, and illegal drag races were held on old airfields and racetracks. Races today are organized and run professionally.
DR AG R ACING IS OLD SCHOOL: IT’S EITHER YOU OR THE OTHER GUY. YOU USUALLY KNOW YOUR FATE WITHIN A FEW Feet.
AMBITIOUS BEGINNERS WILL HAVE CARS boasting 405 HP. AF TER THAT, THE ONLY WAY IS UP. MORE THAN 608 HP? NOT A PROBLEM.
HEATING YOUR TiRES IN A BURNOUT FOR MAXIMUM TR ACTION ON THE STARTING LINE IS A DR AG R ACE RITUAL.
Drivers are strapped into bucket seats and hunched up in cages of steel tubing. They wear helmets, neck braces, and fireproof overalls. When something goes wrong in drag racing, the elemental force of these cars is unleashed in a way it shouldnâ€™t be, with possibly lethal consequences. These cars are made for accelerationâ€”and not much else.
Muscle cars of the 1960s and 1970s gave rise to the idea of fitting the largest, most powerful, noisiest engines in affordable midrange cars. Those cars were the Barracuda, the Fury, the Superbird, and the Charger—and they looked good too. They were dangerously good, and they still are, especially when drag racing.
DR AG R ACING HAS NO AGE LIMIT: YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG FOR THOSE MAGICAL 12 SECONDS OVER A QUARTER OF A MILE IN A 40-YEAR-OLD CAR. 38
The V8 engines in these classic cars have anything up to 10 liters of capacity and breathe through large air scoops in the hood.
A good excuse to dust off the old ride alongside like-minded people and have a day out with the family, too. In the U.S., drag-racing has a fairground feel. Two governing bodies, the National Hot Rod Association and the International Hot Rod Association, have many different categories of competition, increasing chances of a driver winning silverware. Bikers are also welcome.
EYES ON THE LIGHTS: AVER AGE REACTION TIME is BET WEEN 200 AND 300 MILLISECONDS. Drag racers practice their reaction time, in the same way that video gamers and sprinters do. The best manage to get it down to about 120 milliseconds. For comparison, anything under 100 milliseconds is considered a false start in track and field. Every hundredth you can make up yourself is one you donâ€™t have to find in your car.
Right foot on the accelerator, left foot on the brake. Put the car into drive. Warm up the tires. Roll up to the starting line. Donâ€™t give an inch. Wait for the lights on the Christmas tree. Foot off the brake, hang onto the steering wheel, and feel the sweet madness of acceleration build until your car conks out.
SMALL, LIGHT, AND STYLISH: CLASSICS LIKE THIS 1972 CHEV Y NOVA ARE PREORDAINED FOR ETERNAL LIFE ON THE DR AG STRIP. 42
Sit down opposite him and you’re on Bale Alert. It can’t be helped. After all, he has a reputation for not withholding his discontent. But the 40-year-old actor of notoriety is not the man here today in Los Angeles’ Four Seasons Hotel. His dark brown eyes are impishly cheerful; his body language is relaxed. Maybe the Dark Knight has found the lightness of being. 44
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This is not the Christian Bale you’re expecting.
â€œI only keep acting because I have a very vivid imagination.â€?
“I have trained with pro boxers and felt like I was going to die. Now I get beaten up by my daughter and her friends.”
Chinese children and I asked them, “Do you want to continue doing this?” And they said, “God, no.” I replied, “You know, when I was 13, I said the same thing. Look at me now. So watch out!” Is that a lesson you’ll teach your daughter? Yes, she won’t be acting. She is 8 now. She understands what I am doing, and she finds it so boring. You’re expecting your second child soon. What is the best thing about being a father? You learn humor. I think my daughter is the funniest girl in the world, and it has helped me so much. Because you put aside all that nonsense, all the crap that you thought was important before. You say, “Come on, get real, get on with life.” And how essential is this compared to your job? Come on. Who cares about acting in comparison to being a parent? Isn’t acting supposed to give you a sense of purpose in life? I wouldn’t be comfortable saying that. My purpose in life is with the people that I choose to spend my life with. Acting is not my purpose. But isn’t your profession part of your identity? Completely true. I wouldn’t know what I’d do if I wasn’t able to do it. Ultimately, I only kept on acting because I have a very vivid imagination and because I love to tell stories. But I don’t like the pretentiousness of making it sound like it was important to anybody but myself. I feel full in every way when I am actually working on something that is creative. Although not everything is. What do you mean by that? I mean I have made mistakes. I have done things that were horrendous or where I acted badly because of miscommunication between people, and bad judgment as well. It’s feeling like you’re creating something while in fact you are wasting your own time and probably everybody else’s time when they see the final result. But when you do get a sense of harmony with the other people that you are working with, it’s very satisfying. But I think acting pales in comparison to writing or composing or painting. I don’t think there is the same satisfaction for actors as what people get from other artistic expressions. So what other things give you satisfaction? You’re known as an avid biker. I still enjoy doing that. I have really taken to racing motorcycles on the track. You get to experience moments of full immersion where you go, “Wow.” Unfortunately, I had to put it on hold because I had an accident about a year ago. Would you consider yourself a tough guy? I have my limits. I have trained with pro boxers and felt I was going to die from a heart attack. Now I get beaten up by my daughter and her friends. And what happens if you have to deal with a colleague that you can’t stand? Then I say to myself, “Let’s tolerate each other and not let our true selves get in the way of the movie.” Like I said: I have learned to put aside all that bullshit. the red bulletin
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the red bulletin: You’ve played iconic figures, such as Batman and American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman. Next we’ll see you in December as Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings. Who are your real-life heroes? Christian Bale: It always has been and it always will be my father. He was a hell of a guy, who was entertaining, never boring and a believer in forging his own path. I had a very interesting childhood growing up with him as my inspiration. Another inspiration was acting, which you took up when you were a kid. How important was that? The discovery I made was that it is very healthy for kids to act—and that it’s desperately unhealthy for kids to act professionally, because of the amount of responsibility involved. I didn’t enjoy the public attention I got through acting, so in my personal life I tried to be very quiet and became very internal and reclusive. I once did a movie with
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brain storm A group of Chicago inventors and engineers lead the charge for the maker community. Words: Anne Ford Photography: Hank Pearl
B T EC H T I TA N S The defending champs of Red Bull Creation, Chicago’s MB Labs, weld their power in their cutting-edge work space.
ill Fienup and his colleagues are fast, but they’re not furious. Maybe that’s why, after finishing last year’s entry for the annual Red Bull Creation challenge—a national competition in which six teams of inventors have just 72 hours to conceive and build an invention based on a given theme—Fienup and the rest of his crew calmly stood around and drank a couple of beers, rather than mean-spiritedly pointing out to their still-working competitors that they had finished a full 90 minutes early. “We didn’t taunt,” says Fienup, a tall, cleft-chinned, poker-faced 33-year-old mechanical engineer known for attending Halloween parties in an amazingly functional homemade Inspector Gadget costume. “That’s not really our style.” Whatever their style was, it worked. Fienup’s team, Chicago-based MB Labs, won the $10,000 prize for Autoloop, an instrument that allows users of any age or skill level to create music by putting marbles onto a sensor-laden table. Said the competition’s head judge, Greg Needel: “The judges were blown away by the complete re-imagination of what a synthesizer and musical output device can be.” As gratifying as their win was, the MB Labs guys can and have done more— much more—than create a nifty one-off musical novelty. MB Labs is part of the “maker movement,” a steadily growing
phenomenon perhaps best described as the technological face of DIY culture. In simplest terms, Fienup says, “a maker is someone who builds something physical,” but those somethings tend to be mechanical and technological in nature; think the Mythbusters guys, not Martha Stewart. For MB Labs—a fluctuating group whose core members include Fienup, software engineer Josh Billions, newmedia artist Harvey Moon, and electrical engineer Daniel Lindmark—going to the next level means working together not just to prepare for the next Red Bull Creation event—which will be held July 8-12 in Detroit—but also as a fulltime product development consulting firm. “If you have an idea for a project that involves hardware but don’t have the expertise to pull it off on your own, we’re your people,” explains Billions, who, with Moon, launched MB Labs in 2011 while still a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “We try to add design or personality to everyday objects.” Like what? Well, there’s Scout Alarm, a home security system that can be controlled by smartphone, requires no monthly fee, and is so customizable that it can be used to guard anything from an exterior window to a liquor cabinet. Facilitating all these goings-on is yet another business—Catalyze Chicago, a West Loop co-working space for “hardware entrepreneurs” founded earlier this year by Fienup, Billions, Moon, and their colleagues Dave Hull and Kyle Sowards. Visiting the facility is like strolling into Willy Wonka’s workshop, if Mr. Wonka trafficked in sprockets and gears instead of Everlasting Gobstoppers. While a lot of serious, potentially lucrative work goes on here, so does a fair amount of goofitude. On a nearby wall hangs last year’s qualifying project, an installation called Persistence that consists of a 6-foot, LED-laden robotic arm that draws on a phosphorescent canvas. Users submit drawings at www.mblabs-persistence. com, and the robotic arm re-creates them in glow-in-the-dark form on the canvas. “Most of the submissions have been either really neat designs or drawings of cats,” Billions says, “though when we had just gotten the website up, we were all sitting in a dark room watching the canvas and tapping out code, and a 6-foot penis shows up. I tell the story to my mother later, and she’s like, ‘Oh, that was me.’ ” www.redbullcreation.com
Skrillex jump-starts a show on the Midwestern leg of his tour.
Skrillex is the busiestÂ man today in electronic music: 300 shows a year, eight-figure earnings, on tour with a laserspitting spaceship. With an all-access pass, The Red Bulletin finds that, despite the extravaganza, heâ€™s still punk at heart. Words: Cole Louison Photography: Ben Rayner
it’s warm… ... but getting less so at 6 p.m. at the Iroquois Amphitheater, an airy, covered outdoor space in Iroquois Park in Louisville, Kentucky. The parking lot and the road through the nearby woods are packed with cars carrying crowds for a sell-out show. There are 3,000 people on their way. About one in 50 of them has perfected the look of tonight’s main attraction: flopped-over hair with one side shaved, dark-framed glasses, and those O-shaped, lobe-hole earrings that comedian Louis CK described as not knowing how to describe. Some wear Day-Glo beads, headbands, and bodystockings reminiscent of ’90s raves. It’s not hard to pick out patterns of planets and stars, and the smiling Martian head from the album cover of the man they’re all waiting for: Skrillex. Terri Macskimming, a mom in her everyday clothes, standing giddily by with her son Andre, cheers in excitement. “My son told me, ‘There’s this music called dubstep,’ and I said, ‘What the hell is that?’ and I love it now,” she says. “You can dance to it and yet it’s mellow,” she adds. “I don’t know how he pulls that off.” The musical style she’s describing, electronic dance music, or EDM, is the country’s fastest-growing music genre and a worldwide smash. A turning point came five years ago, when producers such as David Guetta started to work with mainstream pop artists, making massively popular records that incorporated elements of trance, house, and dubstep. Today, EDM artists play stadium shows and main slots at huge rock festivals. According to Forbes magazine, in 2013 the world’s 10 highest-paid DJ acts (nine men and the trio of Swedish House Mafia) pulled in $241 million—more than the payroll that year of the New York Yankees or Real Madrid, and about two and a half times that of the Dallas Cowboys. On the list, with $16 million of annual income, which has no doubt increased 52
you know the king of dubstep as skrillex. on tour, he’s sonny.
Derided by some as a “button pusher,” Skrillex responds that the genuine emotion he inspires in an audience is his art.
since, is Sonny John Moore, also known as Skrillex. In only four years, the 26year-old high school dropout has won six Grammys, gained 16 million Facebook followers, and earns all that money despite giving away much of his music for free. Backstage a few hours before his show, Skrillex is a short blur in all black with damp hair, sprinting from his dressing room down a hall with several signs pointing in the direction of the stage, past catering, past buses, past people displaying passes with various levels of backstage access, to the stage entrance. Milo & Otis, the L.A.-based duo who are opening tonight are indeed starting the show. Sonny—everyone on tour calls him Sonny—stands there, bobs his head and hums along for a few seconds, looks at his cracked phone, then runs back to his room, allotting a glimpse of smoke, a laptop and a bottle-strewn table, and shuts the door. “He’s frazzled right now,” says a guy named Skrause, Sonny’s road manager, who says that his boss is putting the finishing touches on a track that he wrote earlier today. Though seemingly always bobbing, making music, or going “WHOOOOOOO” when he runs by or meets fans, in person Skrillex is polite and focused, though no less enthusiastic about basically everything. Two nights later, he’s seated, after
he played 322 shows in 2011, spinning as many as three gigs a night.
a dinner mainly of salad at a big round table in the mostly empty Crystal Ballroom, deep inside Detroit’s Masonic Temple, the biggest of its kind in the world. (The venue was his idea.) He’s in a chair yet still seems to move, speaking in a fast, happy manner accompanied by hair-flopping nods. This constant energy has kept him really, really busy in the last couple of years. He played 322 shows in 2011, spinning as many as three gigs a night, usually two sets, and the afterparty. In late 2013, he was finishing Recess, his first full-length album (after seven EPs, the first of which, Gypsyhook, in 2009, was released under the name Sonny). Recess is dense but playful. It begins with a found clip from an old science lecture, accompanied by the rising sound of a takeoff: “To get 1,000 miles from Earth, a rocket would need this much power, this much power, this much power ...”
onight is the fifth show on the new edition of his Mothership Tour, with 20 stops in the U.S. as the first leg of a global run. “To me it’s all about making experiences,” he says. The tour, which he first performed in 2011, in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, has been redesigned by Skrillex to include a state-of-the-art light show and a custom-built spaceship from which he DJs in the cockpit. Hydraulic lifts raise the ship up and out over the crowd, pouring mist, while the large screen behind him displays everything from mesmerizing Art Deco patterns to a looped clip from the 25-year-old sitcom Full House. In 2011, the show and the music attracted a lot of attention. A young DJ with a strange haircut introduced many
There’s dressing up, and then there’s getting dressed up for a Skrillex concert.
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the mothership rises aboveÂ a sea of adoring fans.
From small clubs to soldout festivals, EDMâ€™s rise has been stratospheric.
Americans to a genre called dubstep and blew away his audiences with a pyrotechnic show that was just as powerful as the music. It was a success, but on a somewhat smaller scale. For the 2014 version, Skrillex and his creative team (with a little help from Red Bull) worked for five months in a giant warehouse in downtown Los Angeles, brainstorming, experimenting, building, rebuilding, and rehearsing. The spaceship is the size of a helicopter; the screen is three stories high and stands like a wall of glowing liquid. Spotlights swivel and change location on mechanical arms and shoot light beams as dense as orange juice in every color of the rainbow. Six cannons placed at the front of the stage alternately blast fog and fire. Once broken down, the stage equipment fills eight truck trailers. Skrillex’s dressing room is marked by a sign taped to the door that reads SKRILL-VILLE. Outside it, with the crowd noise building, Skrause and a few of the touring crew are wearing coveted ALL ACCESS passes around their necks: black tickets with the three trademark slashes Skrillex puts on all his records and merchandise. The sound of a husky laser beam comes from the dressing room and down the hallway. No one’s allowed in right now. “He’s in creative mode,” says Skrause. He and the crew make a postshow plan. There is a curfew tonight because the plan is to pack up, hit the road as soon as Skrillex is done at 10:50 p.m., sleep on the bus like they do most nights when there’s a show the next day, and get into Cleveland at about 4 a.m. In another room, technicians are eating with stagehands, assistants, and 56
others. The hierarchy is complicated, but there are touring crew, assistants, tour security, local security, police, medics, caterers, and the people whose only job is to print out and tape up the signs around the venue pointing to the stage or catering or each dressing room. The bigger the place, the more signs. Tonight there are about 20. Everyone who works around the stage wears boots and jeans hooked with carabiners that hold preposterous numbers of keys. Each of them has a radio clipped onto their belt or back pocket. It looks like this cast of characters knows how to party, and while a good time is certainly being had, it’s worth noting that wild Skrillex-on-tour tales are not in evidence on this flight of the Mothership. There was a group jogging
before the show, and a high-powered juicer is spotted on the natural-foods bar. The one night out involved a few drinks and a sad bar in downtown Cleveland, with a lone dancer and topless waitress. The crew stays in whatever nice big hotel is available, and no one seems to be waiting around lobbies or in hallways for a glimpse of the talent. He’s probably somewhere on his cracked iPhone. While Skrillex is a running, tapping, yelling blur much of the time, things change as it gets closer to show time. In the DJ booth for a run-through of the light show, he says very little, staring straight ahead at the control panel on the first mezzanine. The blue spotlight they have on him, he says, “is too hospital-y.” “I don’t like it. No way. Can we try different hues?”
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Left: Skrillex is a blur of activity during the show. Below: More music fans are embracing Skrillex’s unique sound.
The light goes out, someone in the dark makes a joke about John Hughes movies, and there’s laughter, but not from Sonny. He takes a sip from a red cup, a drag off an American Spirit, and stares straight ahead. Here, in the cockpit of the new spaceship—a mammoth, shadowy, angular thing of dark gray metal—it seems he really could take off and fly. Someone pushes a button and on come two finer, paler beams of light in the washed-out blue of old jeans. He nods. “Yeah. Yeah. OK. How does that look?” It looks good. Good vibes all around. “We have no trouble with EDM,” says Caleb Meyer, a burly, goateed security guard stationed between the crowd and the stage. Only a few minutes left before Skrillex will enter the spaceship. Meyer’s mumbling into his radio, trying to direct masses of concertgoers to their seats. They stampede around him, but Meyer seems relaxed. “Everybody’s just having fun here. The hardest thing to do is getting them to stay in their seats.” They don’t stay in their seats. The house is on its feet before Skrillex appears onstage, in the light-radiating spaceship,
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and throws a switch that emits a low, throbbing hum out into the crowd. He sways out over his mixer and raises his hand to the 10,000 hands waving toward him. The ship steadily rises in a nest of smoke and an explosion of spotlights. Within a minute he’s standing over the turntables, side mullet already soaked. “Everybody all right!?” he asks, as the lights reach and pull out into the audience, turning from crimson to Martian green. The crowd erupts. Yes. Everybody’s all right, especially Sonny, despite recent criticism of his work and his music. As audiences and corporate interest in EDM grew, its credibility as a genre was questioned, by EDM insiders as well as watchers and critics. Deadmau5, fifth on that Forbes list, with $21 million of yearly income, referred to Skrillex and other EDM artists as “button pushers.” Since they don’t scratch records, he says, something is lost. Discussing this after the gig, Skrillex seems to be not so much above it as to simply not care. “It’s not controversial for me because I don’t give a f*ck,” he says. “It doesn’t offend me. The Ramones played three chords. It wasn’t about those three chords. It was about the energy and the movement. So I love that criticism. It’s part of what makes this rebellious. That it’s not how people normally make music.” He points to his basic setup on this tour and notes that anyone with a computer can make and upload EDM, yet very few are very good. “It all comes from the top down,” says Skrillex. “If you see the audience going crazy, then you see a real
connection with the music. There can’t be anything fake up there, when you feel that real passion. And I think with my crowds, it’s the real thing.” There’s nothing fake about the handwaving, joyous vibe of his audience. Backstage now, some of the Skrillex fans are waiting nearby, led here by assistants for a meet-and-greet. Paxton Titus, a teenager from Howell, Michigan, holds a pencil portrait of Skrillex that was done by his 10-year-old brother. “He does something totally different than what you hear on Sirius XM,” he says. “He shows you can be artful and not fall into the trap of electronic music, where 95 percent of the stuff is the same. Female vocals, a build-up to bass drop, then the drop and then the beat. It’s the same structure. Skrillex follows his own structure. He has his own monster sound.” Mandee Edwards, 24, came here from St. Louis and has spent two hours preparing her makeup and a black-andwhite waterfall-like hairpiece. “His music makes people happy,” she says. A door opens and Skrillex runs up to them with a loud “Heeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyy!” He shakes hands, hugs, poses for selfies, and signs pictures, passes, shirts, a chef’s jacket, a pack of cigarettes, and an assortment of arms and hips he’s told will become tattoos. He promptly signs Titus’s brother’s portrait and has a photographer take a picture of it. After half an hour, his manager tells him it’s time to go; they have two shows in Toronto, and getting this entourage over the border in the middle of the night is no easy task. He thanks each fan, raises his hands in apology, then is led upstairs by two guys with radios. He’s always been very close to his fans. Be it meet-and-greets, Instagram, or giving them his music first and free, it touches on the DIY ethos of the punk shows he played as a kid. It’s out of appreciation, but it’s also integral to Skrillex as an artist. He needs to create, but he also needs to put stuff out there. That openness is key. “It’s a quick way to make stuff and to get a reaction,” he says. “If it’s too contrived, like a punk show at a venue with $20 beers, kids don’t subscribe to that. Kids subscribe to realness. There’s a YouTube video of a 2-year-old rocking out to Skrillex. That’s cool, because at that age there’s nothing else that can persuade you. There’s no media. There’s no scene. Or stereotypes. You hear something and it makes you feel. I think that’s a good sign.” For more Skrillex: YouTube.com/redbullmusic
Sheâ€™s a survivor: Keri Russell plays Ellie, one of the few remaining humans battling the apes after a viral pandemic.
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King of the swingers: Andy Serkis reprises his role as the intelligent ape leader Caesar.
this man is an ape. sheâ€™s out t o s av e m a n k i n d . S ta r s o n each side in blockbuster Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes reveal all. Words: Paul Wilson
his year at the movies, humans have to face up to attacks from transforming robots and giant dinolizards, and watch on as our superpowered protectors battle evil villains. But the most intriguing battle, and the one closest to home, is mankind versus monkeys. In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, set 10 years after the simian uprising and viral pandemic that began at the end of 2011’s excellent Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a bunch of virus survivors encounter the ape community that has flourished as puny humans were almost wiped out. It is no spoiler to learn that harmonious coexistence does not ensue. Andy Serkis, reprising his motion-captured role as ape leader Caesar, and Keri Russell, leading lady Ellie of the survivors, tell their sides of the story. 60
the red bulletin: So how does Dawn of the Planet of the Apes break, from the point of view of your species? ANDY SERKIS: We’re in a rather idyllic utopian society that Caesar has created, into which, very shortly, the humans arrive. He’s the leader who has brought order to the tribes of gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans. The apes watched the humans dwindle away; they believed that humans had gone until the intrusion into
their realm. This sparks up in Caesar a very complicated chain of reactions— how to find accord with the humans, rather than fighting against them. KERI RUSSELL: The humans have struggled, and the survivors that are left are so damaged. They have lost so much and they are clinging to each other, in a kind of fragile peace that they have created for themselves. And, for various reasons, they have to go into the woods, where they encounter the red bulletin
the apes. For each side there is the innate need to protect your family and the people you love. And at the beginning, neither side is really aware of the other’s situation. Even in the trailer, you can see there’s more to the conflict than just the battle. KR: Matt Reeves, the director, talked a lot about the idea of the thinking man versus the animal instinct, that war, that struggle. Which is difficult in this case because Caesar is so enlightened, and when I say there is a nobility to him, he does have that. He seems fair. In a way, animal instinct is fair, it’s true: fight or flight, eat or don’t eat. It’s less murky, less fuzzy, than we can be in our complicated lives. AS: Both tribes in this film are families; the theme of the film is family. An overriding sense of what you would do to protect your own. Tribalism and … empathy and prejudice. Some of the humans are very prejudiced against the apes. Some of the apes are prejudiced against the humans. The humans are going through this awful period of survival, the end of resources, whereas the apes can survive with very little and humans are desperately struggling to survive. So power, in the sense of resources, is what causes the humans to come into the apes’ territory, to reactivate a hydro plant so they can have electricity. That’s what sparks the conflict. What about your characters’ relationship with each other? AS: Caesar is married with a teenage son and an infant child. He gets to know some of the humans, trying to find a peaceful way of working with them. Two of them are Malcolm—Jason Clarke’s character—and Ellie. Malcolm is a scientist trying to reactivate a power plant. They’re together. Malcolm lost his wife and has a teenage son. There’s
Monkey do: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes sees the title characters on the offensive … and this time they’re armed (top and middle); less fractious times at the chimps’ tea party (bottom).
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a commonality between them and Caesar’s family, and a close relationship develops between Ellie and Caesar. KR: Ellie was a nurse, fighting the virus for years. Now, the ones who are left have realized that they are immune. The virus was a simian flu, so there is a lot of fear surrounding that, but because of Ellie’s medical background, she knows it was created by scientists. She is less frightened by the apes and more astounded by their appearance and what has happened. She really cares for Caesar and recognizes straight away that he’s not just a regular ape. What are the challenges of playing someone on your side of the battle, compared with the other side? KR: Us humans, we’re just out there, a little bit naked, in the apes’ space. Andy is so invested, and you are there with him, in it. That goes for all the other 61
actors who play apes. Parkour guys were hired to do tricks. It was stunning. AS: About 95 percent of it was shot on location, out in the rainforests at Vancouver, in late winter and early spring. It was freezing. Then we went down to New Orleans, hit summer, and were shooting in 100 percent humidity. Believe me, you would not want to stand next to someone wearing a motion-capture suit in the middle of summer. It’s physically hard work, because you use muscles you wouldn’t use acting a human character. Would you like to be on the other side? AS: Oh God, no. Absolutely not. The heart of these movies is the apes, their metaphor for the human condition. KR: I would be an ape girl. The battle is always interesting to dissect; it’s less murky, less fuzzy than we can be in our complicated lives. Plus, it’s really incredible what [the ape actors] do. Why do people seem to like the Apes franchise so much? It’s been rebooted twice and has lasted for eight films (and a TV series and a cartoon) over 46 years? AS: It does have a strange, enduring quality. Obviously, the anthropomorphism of animals still holds great interest for us. We watch a lot of wildlife programs, and what’s interesting is that we all secretly anthropomorphize the animals when we
watch these documentaries—we like to be able to relate to animals. So in the movies, to have these characters throwing the mirror right back at us is important as well as entertaining. You are able to say things that would sound polemic if they were told in a more conventional way. KR: Aside from the sci-fi element, which is incredibly attractive and mysterious, and which will go on forever, I feel like I see this story in the news every day. Two different civilizations trying to understand each other, a family trying to protect itself, parents trying to protect their children. Trying to survive, when that’s what the other side is trying to do, too, but all this other stuff gets in the way. That’s the resonance of the story for all this time. Making the original Planet of the Apes movie in 1968, actors playing apes sat with their own kind at lunch. It was a tribal thing. Did anything like that happen making this film? KR: That’s really funny. It was sort of like that. I think the main reason might be
because the actors who were involved in the ape training were together for months before the actors playing humans came down, so there was a bit of camp-versuscamp, for sure. Those are your people. During breaks on set, did people practice their impressions of Charlton Heston’s famous line from the first Apes film: “Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!”? AS: Have I ever tried to say that? I don’t think I have, but I could if I was forced to. KR: There was none of that. As much as I thought I would be laughing and joking about ape things, I wasn’t. Everyone was so good and so into it. We were all into it; sincere but not too serious. With franchise sequels, there’s often a feeling of a reheated version of an earlier film, but Dawn of the Planet of the Apes seems like it’s very different from Rise of the Planet of the Apes? KR: This one is dramatically different, a big leap from the last one, especially visually. They had a whole new take on it. [Director Matt Reeves] has made it
“A l l t h e a c t o r s p l ay i n g apes are so invested in i t . parkour guys were hired t o d o t r i c k s . I t wa s s t u n n i n g .”
Looking good: Visual effects artist Joe Letteri received an Oscar nomination for his work on Rise of the Planet of the Apes—can he go one better this time around?
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Monkey Business Bananas grow on trees; so does Apes movie money. Planet Of The Apes (1968) First film; all-time sci-fi classic and one of all cinema’s best endings. Budget: $5.8 million Box office: $32.6 million*
Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970) Charlton H. is back, underground, in a silly anti-cult/anti-nuclear parable. Budget: $4.7 million Box office: $19 million*
Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971) Apes flee to then-present day Earth; best sequel is exciting and moving. Budget: $2.1 million Box office: $12.3 million*
Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (1972) “The apes are revolting!” Yes, they are, and this film’s not much better. Budget: $1.7 million Box office: $9.7million*
Battle For The Planet Of The Apes (1973) First wave fizzles out; tired, cheaplooking man vs. monkey matchup. Budget: $1.7 million Box office: $8.8 million*
Planet Of The Apes (2001) Tim Burton plus Mark Wahlberg plus ace makeup winds up being not so hot. Budget: $100 million Box office: $362.2 million**
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011) Second reboot: old-style, smart blockbuster and surprise critical success. Budget: $93 million Box office: $481.8 million**
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Dollars unadjusted for inflation *U.S. only **Worldwide
kind of magnificent. It’s been such a long time since I’ve seen something so epic looking. AS: Matt, who is brilliant, goes through the heart and soul, the emotional content of this movie. It is ambiguous, too. It’s not giving any answers. Life is complicated, and so it is for the apes and humans. It’s a very good mirror to the current world situation: people trying to survive with regime change and absolutism. It goes the red bulletin
back to the heart of what the original films were doing—the metaphorical nature of these movies should not be underestimated. If you’re going to be in a blockbuster movie, for me personally, these are the ones I would want to be in, because they’ve got something to say. It feels very real, almost historical. You can’t spoil the movie, but what about a real-life humans versus apes conflict: Who would win?
AS: It comes down to firepower at the end of the day. But the apes, as they get more intelligent, can pretty much survive where humans need resources. They can’t hunt or find food anymore. I’m banking on the apes, really. KR: Well, you know, these movies are called Planet of the Apes, not Planet of the Humans. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is out worldwide on July 11: dawnofapes.com
Born to Win
23-year-old Kayane is one of the few women to have made a name for herself in the world of e-sports. Words: Ruth Morgan Photography: Olivier Metzger
The thing that strikes you most when you meet Kayane for the first time is how gentle and kind she is. Who would have thought that this pretty young lady of 23 with her chubby little face would be a merciless killer with thousands of onscreen victims under her belt? This international star of video games, whose real name is Marie-Laure, now commands fame and a reputation that go well beyond France’s borders. “It’s still weird arriving in Las Vegas to compete in a tournament and having to sign autographs,” she says. “The Internet means I have a very large audience.” It’s now a long time since a young girl from Argenteuil, a western suburb of Paris, first took an interest in fighting games such as Street Fighter, Soulcalibur and Dead or Alive. She was only 8 when her two brothers, 7 and 11 years older than her, noticed that she had a gift for the joystick and virtual combat. They soon signed her up for a tournament. “The organizers didn’t want me to take part,” Kayane says. “They thought I was the little sister of a girlfriend that was with me that day. And when my name was called for my first fight, everyone in the room went quiet and looked at me as if I was some kind of weird animal. ‘Who’s this little girl daring to challenge us?’ The first guy I was up against was three times my age. He was killing himself laughing when he saw me ... I knocked him out without the loss of a single round.” Then 9, Kayane made it all the way to the final, meaning she was the French No. 2 in Dead or Alive 2. 64
Kayane has been around the world several times since then to play the best players on the planet and has got her name in the 2012 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records along the way as the woman with the most podium finishes in fighting game competitions, with a total of 42. “When I play, I’m overcome by this hatred of losing which gets the most out of me and helps me get the better of my opponents,” she says.
“The video game world is very macho, but I know that people fear and respect me now.” “Your technique is important, but so is the mental side of things. They don’t call me the pit bull for nothing.” An exceptionally nice pit bull, be it said, and one who is always working to progress onward and upward. “I spent a month in Japan recently,” she says. “They have the world’s best players, and the Japanese mindset really inspires me. They have this ability to keep pushing their limits. It’s part of their culture, part of their education, and it’s why they’re so good.”
As in all sports, there’s nothing mysterious when it comes to video game competitions. Talent alone isn’t enough. Future victories are forged in practice. “I practice for at least one to two hours a day,” she says. “And if there’s a tournament coming up, I study my potential opponents’ fighting techniques. I try to get into their heads to anticipate their next move. It’s a bit like poker sometimes. There’s a lot of bluffing in video game tournaments.” Kayane is now increasing her areas of interest. In addition to her competitions, she boxes, hosts a weekly TV program on the channel Game One and participates in video game events. But her ambition is now pushing her toward other goals. “It’d be a dream to create my own fighting game,” she says. “I’ve got plenty of ideas, and I think that one day I’ll go through the looking glass.” But until that day comes, our tenacious champion still has a few more fights to win and a few more mouths to silence in a world that still isn’t entirely at ease with women, especially if they’re young and talented. “The video game world is very macho, but I know that people fear and respect me now,” she says. “In my 13-year career, I’ve achieved that at least, and that’s saying something.” And whatever did happen to that first gamer Kayane beat up on in her first tournament way back in 2001? “I think he changed his name and moved abroad,” she says. “Best decision he ever made.” Read more at battlegrounds.redbull.com the red bulletin
Name Marie-Laure “Kayane” Norindr Born Paris, June 17, 1991 Activities The 2010 world champion and Red Bull–sponsored gamer hosts the weekly Game One e-Sports TV program. Piano is her other passion. Going down in history Kayane is in the 2012 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the woman with the most top 3 finishes in fighting game competitions anywhere in the world.
Elite surfing is now populated by people like Ian Walsh: high-performance enthusiasts with tailored workouts. But the future holds even more. From new training gear to bionic limbs, Blade Runner on the waves is just a few years away.
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Maui-born Ian Walsh is one of the most fearless big wave surfers. Heâ€™s also a high-performance freak.
Shaken by close calls in the heavy surf off of Maui, Ian Walsh wanted to understand what his body went through in those moments of high stress and low oxygen beneath a big wave. Suddenly, just surfing wasn’t enough to succeed—and maybe not even enough to survive. Here, one of the world’s best big wave surfers offers a glimpse at the future of his sport, where high-performance training can mean the difference between life and death. Interview: Stuart Cornuelle
the red bulletin: Growing up a surfer on Maui, it seems like getting into big waves is just a natural evolution. Was it? ian walsh: We’d have big days all winter long, so I just eased into it when I was really young. But around my mid-teens is when it really set in that I didn’t want to be missing those days if my brothers and friends were going out there. What made you start thinking you needed to train for it? One day at a big outer reef I just got really pounded—held under forever, skipped across the bottom. My whole body got shredded on the reef. At that point in the day it was the third board I’d broken, so I was already tired and beat-up, and that was when I realized, “Wow, being tired and getting this pounded is 10 times worse now than when you’re fresh.” That’s when I started to think, “OK, maybe I can’t just wake up and eat a bowl of cereal and go out here. I’ve got to be prepared.” After a couple of those incidents I met a guy who was opening a gym right by where I lived, and he really started to show me what it is I should be doing to train outside of the water. What was that early training like? The first thing I really latched onto was learning about a foam roller, loosening up
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After taking a pounding at an outer reef in Maui, Walsh knew he had to reinvigorate his training.
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Walsh, who’s had trouble holding his breath for extended periods, began training in earnest to survive hold-downs on big waves.
“I started to think, OK, maybe I can’t just wake up and eat a bowl of cereal.”
To train, Walsh combines surfing, gym work, breathholding exercises, and biking.
“In every aspect of the sport, there’s a more professional approach. The top 10 surfers are training year round. They have coaches.” your ligaments and just rolling everything out. And general circuit training stuff— not a lot of heavy weights, because the point wasn’t to get any bigger, it was just to kind of get everything in tune and firing more consistently. So a lot of basic lunges, pull-ups, push-ups—everything alternating to sync with which muscles you were working. Were you focusing on breath-holding work at that point? No, just stuff in the gym. That was still a very quiet issue that I had—that I couldn’t hold my breath that long. What makes you say you couldn’t hold your breath? Compared to other surfers? If you look at some of my peers, they all were amazing divers. They were out speardiving, catching fish and just had really good lung capacities. I always felt like I couldn’t get that deep, and couldn’t stay under that long. Even just holding your breath as a kid, sitting on the couch, 70
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getting to 45 seconds or a minute was a struggle. So how did you address it? It was October 2010, I believe. I was flying, and the in-flight magazine had an article about this freediver and his wife [Kirk Krack and Mandy-Rae Cruickshank], who would train all these people—like Tiger Woods, and David Blaine for his magic stunts. I was reading about their technique and how they build up levels of lung capacity and teach these breathing patterns, and I started thinking. At the time, Red Bull had just implemented their highperformance program, so I took a bunch of screenshots of the article and emailed it to Andy Walshe—who was heading up the program—and was like, “Do you think we’d ever be able to get this guy to do a course with me, or figure out where he is?” And a few months later he ended up in my house on Maui. We had a full five days to figure it out. What did he have you doing? The first day Kirk flew in and went to dinner with my family, and at dinner he’s like, “OK, lie down and try this.” And I lay down and [held my breath], like, 45 seconds or a minute. And then he says, “Now try this breathing technique,” which was basically slowing your heart rate down and letting out more carbon dioxide than you’re letting in oxygen, and unbalancing it so you have more room to fill up with oxygen. And the first hold I did was three minutes, right there. So after that was the winter we started paddling in at Jaws, and on a decent-sized day I got rocked and held under for a really long time. I remember coming up and having less than two seconds before another huge wave hit me, and I fully went into everything I had learned in the course. I went right into a diaphragmatic breath and sort of took a second to control my heart rate and then went straight back under, and I was way more comfortable than I had ever been up to that point. I came in that day and emailed Andy and Kirk right away just saying, “I can’t thank you guys enough.” What’s your training like today? I have a pretty good program that I do for six weeks before winter. I’ll do a window of breath training for four or five days, where that’s all you do for those days—go through the pool motions and some static apnea [facedown underwater breath-holding] stuff, and then some freedives. Basically getting used to holding your breath the red bulletin
“I used to just surf all winter long—but I was going so hard I‘d just run myself into the ground.”
almost to the point of torture. Then the rest of my program is that I’ll wake up early and go surf every morning for a few hours, then come in, eat a second breakfast, and I’ll go to the gym for two to three hours and do a bunch of different stuff. Not a lot of weightlifting—a lot of it’s done with my own weight, like pullups, and just a ton of circuit training. And then I’ll eat again and usually go for a long bike ride, like 35 to 40 miles or so. Some days I’ll go to Pilates or yoga as kind of an end-of-the-day reset. Unless the waves are good—then I’m surfing again. And that’s just the first part of your training? Yeah. After week one, once I get everything firing, I’ll start to do breathholds within the circuit training at the gym. I’ll do a breathe-up similar to if I’m about to go underwater, and because my heart rate is higher, that feels a lot more like surfing than it does to just lie in a pool facedown holding your breath. That’s where I feel like I start to push myself a lot. Sounds like off-season boot camp. Right, except there is no off-season in
surfing. That’s what’s hard: You have to make time. And I still want to be able to surf, so I might be in the middle of training, but if there’s a late-season swell in Indonesia that looks huge I’m going to dip out and go surf it, you know? Because in the end it’s still about surfing. And even just last year I felt like I overtrained, and it took away from some of my time in the water. I feel a lot of athletes do that. They might get so adamant about having a routine in the gym when they should be spending more time at their sport, and the gym should just be a tune-up. Where does the motivation come from to train this way? A lot of guys just kind of surf, and that’s it. I’ve noticed the benefit for a few years now. I used to just surf all winter long, and then move right into the Southern Hemisphere winter and surf all summer long down there. Usually by August or September I’m going so hard I just run myself into the ground. A few years ago I stopped doing that. I would finish my travels and go home and actually focus on a window to get myself ready for winter, and in doing that I noticed how much better I felt for the duration of the season. Are any other sports part of your program? I got really into mountain biking and road biking after my knee surgery last year. Now I love to do that. And then if the waves are flat I’ll do downwind paddleboard racing. And snowboarding—as much fun as it is, it’s definitely a workout, hiking around at altitude trying to find powder. I did a lot of boxing for a few years, full hand-eye and a lot of speed, hitting mitts or sparring. Good cardio. And it was fun, you know? It’s a good life skill, too. It’s absolutely a good life skill. Have you noticed a change in surfers’ attitude toward training in general? It seems there’s been a shift in the way people accept it. Oh, definitely. Tenfold, in every aspect of the sport. All the way down to the juniors, there’s a much more professional approach than, like, 15 years ago. Now the top 10 surfers in the world, they’re all training year round, they have coaches. You look at the top juniors and it’s the same thing. And a big part of that is seeing the longevity of some of the guys’ careers that have taken care of themselves. You can get a lot more waves under your belt if you can stay in the water and stay healthy. 71
FUTURE TECH How today’s technology will fuel a high-performance tomorrow.
THE HEART (Effort) Although it may look like a simple Band-Aid, this thin, flexible, waterproof, self-adhesive pad actually conceals a tiny microchip that’s busy gathering data before, during, and after a surfer’s ride: body temperature, heart rate, and respiration. The device collects and stores this information onboard locally but also zaps it via Bluetooth in real time back to coaches on shore.
THE FEET (Pressure/Control)
THE HANDS (Stroke/Power) How far, how fast, and how hard a surfer paddles used to be pure conjecture. But now, by employing slim rubberized wristbands equipped with tiny accelerometers inside, researchers are able to measure output. Attached tightly to the wrist, this band is aligned precisely with the arm axis to analyze the cyclical stroke pattern of surfing. This data is then recorded locally onto the attached microchip and will give physiologists the ability to create a training regime based on the unique arm length, upper body and shoulder strength necessary to paddle into waves.
In an effort to quantify the pressure distribution used by pro surfers as they pump a board down the line of a wave, researchers inserted custom-built insoles from SoCalbased Pressure Profile Systems into surfers’ wetsuit booties. These insoles included sensors that measure the percentage of pressure from the front foot on the board versus the back foot. That info can be logged locally into an onboard microchip but also broadcast via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to the team’s high-speed cameras. Researchers are thus able to visually analyze what a surfer’s feet are doing as the board moves along the wave.
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Monitoring workouts and nutrition allows professional athletes to fine-tune their training. But the next quantum leap in performance will be cerebral. Words: Ann Donahue Professional surfers prize their sense of Zen, the peace that comes with participating in a sport that is ultimately beholden to the waves and wonders of the ocean. Part of this, of course, is attributable to the beautiful surroundings, but the fundamental reason for a surfer’s sense of well-being never changes: It comes from the brain. There has been a significant amount of study about the importance of sports psychology. But there’s a burgeoning field of science that looks beyond the anecdotal accounts of self-esteem generated by a coach’s pep talk or visualizing a successful competition. It treats the brain like a muscle, monitoring its responses and training it to do better. It’s not about what a person’s brain makes them feel—it’s about what the brain makes them do. “A surfer spends a lot of time training to be better, and what his trainer and his coaches focus on are his muscles, his concentration: a lot of things to do with your body and the skills you can control,” says neuroscientist Moran Cerf. “But that’s the body. What we want to do is focus on their brains.” Cerf, a professor at UCLA and Northwestern University, is exploring how to monitor the brain’s response in athletic situations with the goal of understanding how it controls the body’s physical reaction. Take an example of brain monitoring of the type Cerf is able to accomplish now: An elite athlete is told to get on a treadmill and run as long as he can. Two hours later, muscles cramping and sweat dripping, he hits the stop button.
“They’re in competition. We can look at the brain, what the state is when they stopped, and we can say, ‘You can do better.’” the red bulletin
Next up on the treadmill is a Homer Simpson-esque gentleman, and he’s given the same instruction: Run as long as you can. After three minutes he gasps, hits the stop button, staggers off, and grabs a recovery doughnut. On the surface, these two runners have nothing in common. But seconds before they quit, their brains both triggered a similar “Nope! We’re done here! No more!” burst of activity that instructed their muscles to quit running. It doesn’t matter that one’s a marathoner and the other a couch potato. The question for Cerf then becomes how to stall this quit activity from occurring in the brain in order to improve stamina. “Somewhere in your brain there are two components—one that says, ‘I can’t go on anymore,’ and one that says, ‘I have to continue,’ ” Cerf says. “They’re in competition. We can look at the brain, what the state is when they stopped, and we can say, ‘You can do better.’ ” Just knowing that the brain—and not the muscles—is imposing the limit can improve athletic performance. Simply acknowledging that you are striving to postpone the brain activity that tells you to quit increases endurance. For the marathoner, it could mean running for another 10 minutes even though he feels
exhausted. For Homer Simpson, it could mean pushing it for another two to make it an even five on the treadmill. Just call it the neuroscience version of Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle: Knowing that your brain activity is being measured gives you the ability to change how it functions. And once this type of brain monitoring is perfected, it can expand into what Cerf refers to as “science-fiction” scenarios— but ones that could have a very real impact on professional sports. Across all sports, there is the homefield advantage—or, in surf, you can call it a home-wave advantage. With advances in brain monitoring, scientists would be able to tell which athletes’ brains respond better to competing in front of a home crowd—an advantage that couldn’t ever be matched by their visiting competitors. “This person does better if the surfing competition happens in Hawaii than if it happens in South Africa,” Cerf says. “Whereas this other guy doesn’t, so it’s unfair that the first surfer gets first place. You don’t allow performance-enhancing drugs, but you do allow different brains. How can this be OK?” Another bit of future shock: Brain monitoring can be used to facilitate the use of artificial limbs—even in ablebodied people. There is an experiment now only performed on animals that is twofold: Electrodes are implanted in the brain of a monkey and connected to a prosthetic arm, while the working arm of the creature is bound. With a week of practice, the monkey’s brain has rewired itself to be able to move the prosthetic. Next comes the sci-fi element: Once the working arm is untied, the monkey can move both its natural arms—and its new prosthetic arm. Right now, the idea of manipulating the human body in such a way is like something out of Blade Runner. But will people feel the same way in the future, after five Olympics are held and no one sets a world record? Cerf believes that in some sports, we’re reaching the limit of human potential—and brain monitoring and resulting body modification could be the answer to keeping sports thrilling. “People thought, 60 years ago, that altering your body is outrageous, but now every 12-year-old girl gets breast implants,” Cerf says. “Eventually we’re going to get to the place where if people want to be athletes, instead of training for six months on the mountain, we’re going to buy mountain legs and just run with them and that’s it. We will allow people to improve their body, and we will call that Human 2.0.” 73
Your Life The technology of the future will give you the ability to customize your life—everything from
Exercise Wearing new technology as you sleep will allow you to have lucid dreams, giving you the ability to control what is going on in your dreamworld as it happens.
The result of those lucid dreams? The ability to visualize—and perhaps achieve—more difficult physical goals. the red bulletin
IN how efficiently you exercise to changing the layout of your house on a whim. Words: Sara Brady
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Sunday, August 11, 2030 6 a.m.: Good Morning
Factory farming will end its stranglehold on the U.S. food supply; advances in backyard farms will allow consumers to grow their produce and protein sources behind their own homes.
When you wake up in the future, it’s not with a startled jerk and a frantic grope to silence the shrieking alarm coming from your smartphone. No—future you eases gently out of a lucid dream and into your day, thanks to the 10th-generation Aurora headband you put on before drifting off last night. The headband, a brainchild of iWinks engineers Daniel Schoonover and Andrew Smiley, uses audiovisual cues to induce lucid dreaming, “the ability to be aware of a dream while it is happening,” Smiley explains. This means that while you grabbed your eight hours of shut-eye last night, you were able to decide where you wanted to go in your dreams—so you traced the course of the sprint triathlon you’ll start in a few hours. “One great feature and benefit of lucid dreaming is the ability to practice a real-life task and improve your performance of that task in waking life,” Schoonover says. “By visualizing your performance of a task in dreams, you strengthen the neuralnetwork pathways that derive from that task.” Smiley and Schoonover hope to ship the first Aurora headbands this month. The technology, Schoonover explains, works because “the headband monitors your sleep stages accurately and it knows when you’re in REM sleep, the stage where dreams are most likely to occur. While the user is dreaming, they are sensitive to external suggestion.” So even though it’s the crack of dawn, you’re now psyched and ready to go, because the dream you woke from ended 75
The mini farm in your backyard uses small-scale machinery and robots to do all the back-breaking work of farming, leaving you to just consume and enjoy.
with you winning the triathlon and being lifted, victorious, onto your friends’ shoulders. (There may even have been enthusiastic congratulations from a supermodel—hell, it’s your dream.) “The average person is likely to experience a lucid dream right before they wake up,” Smiley says. “They’re going to wake up feeling exhilarated; they’re not going to feel tired. It’s going to be great.”
10 a.m.: Race Ready You’ve just finished the swimming portion and are trading your wetsuit for climbing shoes. (Triathlons of the future include climbing a mountain to get to your bike—didn’t you know that?) This is the part you were most nervous about, being a novice climber, but in your lucid dream just before waking you saw every hand- and foothold, so you set out up the 150-foot cliff with a speed and precision you’d never have been able to achieve without the REM-state practice. Halfway up the wall, your mind clicks into a flow state. Flow—first documented by Hungarian psychology professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi—is “an optimal state of consciousness, a peak state where we both feel our best and perform our best,” according to Steven Kotler, author 76
of The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance. “Flow has been at the heart of ultimate human performance as long as we’ve been looking at ultimate human performance,” Kotler says. “Until recently it’s been a lightning strike. People have been waiting for lightning to strike again—they didn’t know where it came from, they didn’t know how it came, and when it happened it was a miracle. For the first time in history, over the next five to 10 years, we’re going to figure out how to bottle lightning.” By the time you’re climbing this wall in 2030, you’ll know what your flow triggers are; since you’re dangling a few dozen feet off the ground, intensely focused attention and major consequences—like breaking your neck—are the ones that sent you into the flow state just now. You
“With lucid dreaming, you’re going to wake up exhilarated—not feeling tired.”
Work scale the cliff almost without thinking, and when you reach the top, your brain is awash in the five neurochemicals that make up flow: dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, endorphins, and anandamide. (It’s a heady mix, Kotler says. “Dopamine is cocaine, serotonin is ecstasy, norepinephrine is speed, endorphins are morphine and heroin— and the most common endorphin in the body is a hundred times more potent than medical morphine—and anandamide is THC. Five of the most addictive drugs on the planet cocktailed in flow. These are fundamentally addictive neurochemicals, so you need to know what you’re doing.”) At the top of the mountain, you’ve triumphed. You’re limitless. “Flow is so spectacular,” Kotler says. “The fact that we can do this means we’re all hardwired for ultimate human performance.”
12 p.m.: Farm-Fresh Lunch After crossing the finish line, you sit down to a post-race lunch of chicken-and-veggie stir-fry, with almost all the ingredients coming from the mini farm in your backyard. In just a few dozen square feet you have tomatoes, squash, string beans, and leafy greens, with the more sunlightaverse crops sheltered under an avocado the red bulletin
Your surroundings can have an impact on your creativity—and in the future you will be able to change your environment on a whim.
tree. And you don’t have to spend all your free time out there tilling, weeding, and harvesting—your AgroCircle robot takes care of all that drudgery, while you reap the benefit of fresh, cheap, healthy food. Marcin Jakubowski, executive director of Open Source Ecology, dreams of “integrated, regenerative food systems. Greater access to tools and equipment will allow individuals to be more capable of producing their own food.” To that end, he and the team at Open Source Ecology’s Factor e Farm in Missouri have been working on smallscale agricultural machinery, such as “a small-scale microcombine that allows you to harvest multiple crops on an acre. The average combine is so huge you have to have dozens of acres of a single crop before it makes economic sense, but more highly integrated systems allow you to get the kind of synergies that make all the parts better. If you pack more diversity into the same area, the whole system benefits.” Everything you’re growing is organic and pesticide-free, of course, and a home garden decreases your carbon footprint because you aren’t buying bananas flown in from Ecuador in January—you have a pop-up greenhouse so you can grow your the red bulletin
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own. “A zero-energy greenhouse with a solar roof and double-walled membrane—two layers of glass filled with soap bubbles—gives you a high level of thermal insulation for the winter at very minimal cost,” Jakubowski says, “so individuals can grow things like tropical fruits.” The chicken thighs you’re eating also came from close to home. Jakubowski says, “Full automation will be possible in just about any agriculture activity,” which means you can have a backyard co-op producing fresh eggs and meat for the occasional coq au vin, without the hassle of getting your hands pecked.
1 p.m.: Work Prep You need to prepare for a big work meeting tomorrow, so after lunch you step into your home office, which has
“We often think of creativity as innate— but there is room for all of us to get better.”
been designed to facilitate your ultimate creativity. Vibrant Data co-founder Eric Berlow says the future will be highly personalized, including the analysis of how different types of people do their best work. “We often think of creativity as this innate thing, that either you’re Einstein or you’re not, but actually there’s a lot of room for all of us to get better at innovating,” Berlow says. “A lot of what we understand about creativity is common sense—you see lists of the top 10 habits of highly creative people, like: take more naps, be open to new ideas, travel. We’re looking at personalized ideas, where we try to understand different types of creative thinkers and then tailor the kind of creativity training to people who are like you. Maybe you’re not a napper—that doesn’t mean you’re not creative, but that you’re the kind of person who would benefit from some other technique.” Berlow hopes the research he’s working on now, which will include a survey of “a thousand recognizable names of known highly creative people,” will lead to identifying different types of creative thinkers. “There is this idea of personalized training, but everybody isn’t a snowflake—we’re not all 100 percent 77
the world, is ridiculous. That seems not only wasteful but also not a very interesting way to live.”
7 p.m.: TV Time After dinner, you step out back to show your friends how the garden is thriving under the robot’s careful stewardship while your dining room reconfigures into a media room so you all can watch highlights of the morning’s race. “It’s so easy to put step promoters and small controllers on desks and chairs and televisions and have them be able to move around,” Lynn says. “If you can reconfigure the space effortlessly, it gives you a better quality of life and you can do more with it. You don’t have to build as much so it’s going to cost less, and you also don’t have to heat and cool space you’re not using.”
10 p.m.: Game On
Video games in the future will be fun, but they will also serve therapeutic purposes: to relax after a day’s work, as well as improve physical conditioning.
unique. We all fall into types of people who can learn from each other and benefit from the same kinds of regimens,” he says. So based on which type of thinker you are—a muser, perhaps—your home office doesn’t have a couch for napping; instead, one whole wall is glass, so you can look out on your garden and brainstorm. When you identified your creative type, Berlow explains, you did so by answering a set of questions: “When you have your best ideas, where are you, usually? At your desk? Outside? Some people say the bathtub; for me it’s when I’m out on a run.”
5 p.m.: Social Hour You’re hosting a dinner for a group of friends who also finished the triathlon, so it’s time to make a dining room. Architect Greg Lynn says the house of the future will be like the self-driving car: able to know what’s going on in a space and predict what you want based on past instructions. “Right now there’s some initiative going on that looks at integrating robotics into the built environment and making the environment not only more intelligent but letting that intelligence control 78
things like furniture,” Lynn says. “You’re already seeing it with thermostats and window controls for daylight. By 2030 you’re going to see a lot of that kind of intelligence from the transportation industry applied to interior walls and furniture, platforms, and floors.” To prepare for your 12-guest dinner party, you tell your home’s main multipurpose room—which only yesterday you were using as a workshop to put new tires on your race bike—to bring in extra chairs, put new segments into the dining table, and swap out the bright task lighting for a softer chandelier effect. “Instead of having a house with 10 rooms, you might be able to do a house with fewer rooms or larger, more reconfigurable rooms,” Lynn says. “The explosion in size of homes in North America, and all over
By 2030, you’ll be able to reconfigure the walls, furniture, and floors in your house.
Pleasantly drained after a physically and socially full day, you relax with an hour of an immersive video game that has a subtle side effect of taking you through a stretching program to avoid next-day soreness. Game designer Kellee Santiago imagines a future in which games will be designed with a therapeutic purpose in mind—“making these experiences desirable as opposed to a chore,” she says. “One of the challenges in behavior modification is that as humans we’re programmed to be driven toward things that are immediate. It’s hard for our minds to grasp the long-term reward. You could absolutely apply game design to making the good habit more immediate.” When Santiago’s game Flower was released in 2009, the U.K. review program The Gadget Show compared a Flower player’s heart rate with one who was playing the first-person shooter Killzone 2. “After Killzone the heart rate was elevated and after Flower it decreased,” Santiago recalls. For other games in the future, she says, “I can see an advantage when you want to step outside of the environment you’re in to get a shot of relaxation or happiness or bliss that you might be able to carry back into the world around you.”
11 p.m.: Good Night Finished with the game, you hop into bed with your Aurora headband and drift off to a lucid dream of flying cars— because even in 2030, they still only exist in dreams. the red bulletin
Rave kid and medical tech pioneer, defense contractor and Burning Man enthusiast: Dave Warner is a jovial mix of contrasts. With more data and information available to us than ever before, the neuroscientist explains why sharing will improve our quality of life in the future. Words: Andreas Tzortzis
Dave Warner, center, gathering data firsthand.
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Dave Warner was always a bit of a misfit. Kicked out of parochial schools in Southern California as a teenager, he went to the U.S. military for a while before ending up, reluctantly, pursuing academics. As a dual medical student and Ph.D. candidate at Loma Linda University in the late 1980s, he’d head into Los Angeles to hang out with the “power nerds” at military contractors like Northrop Grumman and Rockwell International and go to raves at night. From the nerds he got access to the computer systems that helped his medical research, and he became a pioneer in human-computer interaction, working with disabled children and virtual reality. More recently, his “beer for data” program in Jalalabad, Afghanistan— where he owned a bar while working as a defense contractor—sought to highlight the benefits of information sharing among NGOs, the UN, and local Afghans. We talked to Warner about how data will change us in the future, and why, despite privacy concerns, we need to share more of it. Why is the principle of sharing so important to you? Ignorance is a curable disease. Stupidity is terminal. If people don’t share information, we, as humanity, can’t actually make progress. I’m a big believer in that. When I was in medical school doing a bunch of virtual reality and interface devices, the dot-com thing started, and people stopped sharing things because everything became proprietary. People wanted to be the next Bill Gates or the next Steve Jobs. Well, shit, I lost patients because we couldn’t get at them to help their rehabilitation. I get patient privacy, but the inability to share things that actually help people? That hit me as a fundamental evil. Why? If you think about it, a small group of people with an idea that’s kind of obvious is not going to be able to compete with a large group of people sharing information. Look at websites—there were so many patents on having websites ... now it’s, like, third graders are doing websites. They just couldn’t keep that
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back. And I’m not anti-proprietary; I understand commercial investment, but I am an anti-selfish-ist … If you look at this, it’s kind of inevitable, and it’s inevitable for some cool reasons. Human nervous systems are designed to communicate. We’re wired for this, so people can’t not communicate. So biology will be the reason we’ll be more transparent? Now you can pick up a smartphone and another human on the other side of the planet can communicate with you. Every time in the history of science that a tool is built that allows the human to do something at least 100 times better than before, there’s a fundamental paradigm shift in thinking. Before the microscope, disease was about spirits, ethers, and really wacky shit. And then some poor bastard looked at the first microscope in pond water and all of a sudden he saw a zoo of animals. It must have freaked him the f*ck out. [From those rudimentary times,] now I can access a library. Instead of embracing it, a lot of people are pushing back, especially in medicine. I remember conferences where doctors would say, “I don’t want my patients to use the Internet.” Well, guess what, get out of the way, because they’re going to do it anyway. So what will things look like in 2030? Fifteen years from now, we may be at the time where there’s an interesting symbiotic relationship between humans and complex machines. There will be an exchange capability: Machines do things they do, humans do things they do. You’re going to have to go through an adolescent cycle of making bad decisions. I think we’re in an adolescent phase right now. After 9/11 a whole bunch of people got stupid crazy about how everybody is a bad guy and we need to monitor everything. They didn’t look at the consequences for social behaviors. Same thing with social media: Turns out that the upskirt selfies are probably a bad thing, even if it’s funny at the time. I think there will be a time in the future where that’s a non-issue. We’re going to stop thinking that it’s so controversial, and we’ll focus more on things that matter: Ensuring that every conscious human has enough food, water, electricity, and communication enabling them to make good choices. Or making sure that there is enough transparency in governance and dynamic cultural understanding to be able to preemptively avert overly zealous policy decisions; or exploring the experiential boundaries of science and spirituality; or hacking language to create deeper meaning through more robust knowledge-engineering tools. We’ve got a generation where the shift is occurring. We’re maybe three to five years into that 20-year cycle. 80
Yeah, your Fitbit is pretty sweet—for 2014. Two decades from now, amateur athletes will have a whole new selection of toys to use while training. Words: Mark Anders
Monitoring: THE EYES These high-tech goggles (Tobii Glasses 2 pictured) enable researchers to analyze what the athlete is looking at and from where he is receiving visual information. In addition to an outward-facing camera, which records what he is seeing, a secondary infrared camera mounted inside the goggles reflects off a tiny mirror to measure eye dilation and movement. Footage from both cameras are synced, providing researchers with real-time vision tracking using a small red dot on the screen to indicate exactly where the athlete is looking. In the case of an elite motocross racer, for instance, he’d likely exhibit a steady gaze looking way ahead down the track and through the corners. Information gathered from tracking and studying the vision techniques of elite athletes will likely trickle down to help amateurs learn from the pros.
Infrared cameras measure eye dilation and movement
Monitoring: YOU! We’re getting into some serious Dick Tracy stuff here. This wrist-based computer incorporates everything from a mobile phone to high-def video playback and analysis, enabling coaches to provide near real-time feedback to their athletes. For example, a snowboarder practices his slopestyle run while his coach records highspeed video of each jump. While the athlete rides the chairlift back to the top, the coach can wirelessly send video clips plus feedback directly to the snowboarder’s watch. This saves lots of time and, more importantly, delivers coaching advice almost instantly, while the run is still fresh in the athlete’s mind.
Real-time feedback and analysis
Underwater camera angles MONITORING: THE BRAIN This contraption may look like a robotic spider or that crazy monster from Aliens that sucks people’s faces— but it’s actually an EEG monitor. EEG is short for electroencephalography, which measures voltage fluctuations from neuron flow within the brain. Essentially it provides researchers with a real-time image of the athlete’s brain activity during different situations, from a meditative state to, say, the moment when a snowboarder is preparing to drop a huge line in the Alaskan backcountry. Researchers hope this brain-wave analysis will help them figure out how athletes reach their “flow state” and what it looks like through EEG. Also, by downloading this real-time EEG imagery to a tablet or device, it can be used as a neurofeedback loop to teach an athlete how to more quickly get into a meditative, Zenlike state so he can better handle the stress of competition or extreme situations. Beyond that, researchers say this EEG data may be able to provide coaches with early indicators for talent identification, determining if a young athlete has the brain ability to perform at an elite level and how much training it would take to get them there.
Information gathered from vision will help amateurs and pros
360-degree immersive playback
What it does: Underwater radio control camera By now you’ve probably seen plenty of R/C helicopter camera drones. While they are ubiquitous and still very useful, new types of camera drones are being created to bring coaches and viewers never-before-seen angles. For instance, Red Bull researchers are working with biomimicry to create a cameraequipped R/C submarine that swims like a fish, to follow a surfer from below as he rides across the surface of a wave. Besides creating cutting-edge action sports cinematography, these new camera angles will give surfers, coaches, and board designers new perspectives and insight on things such as how various surfboard fin setups—say, thrusters vs. quads—work in different wave conditions. Design lessons learned will eventually result in improved fins and boards for average surfers.
CENTRCAM What it does: 360-degree video Honestly, this thing makes a GoPro look antiquated. Instead of the GoPro’s 170-degree field of view, the hockey-pucksized CentrCam records a full 360-degree view of the action. It can be easily mounted on a helmet, surfboard, or rally car—you name it—and then used to record all of the action. But the real magic happens when, during playback, you’re able to pan around inside the video almost as if you’re moving back through time. Imagine how the CentrCam could be used to help a rally racer—coaches could easily determine how closely other cars are passing or being passed and, in the event of a crash, the exact cause of the wreck could more quickly be determined.
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Take the plunge
Bored with normal bungee jumping? take a trip to macau and confront the highest bungee in the world. AJ Hackett
travel, page 84 Long way down: The launch platform is 764 feet above ground.
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And anoth er thing Must-do in Macau
Cheer on Don’t miss the Macau Grand Prix, a thrilling F3 battle through the city streets with some of the world’s best drivers: Michael Schumacher is a former winner. macau.grandprix. gov.mo
b ungee It takes guts to plunge off anything tall, let alone the highest launch platform in the world. At 764 feet above the ground, the bungee platform at China’s Macau Tower is the world’s highest, a leap so lofty that the man behind it, longtime bungee-jump proponent A.J. Hackett, had to devise a new type of bungee cord. Since it opened in 2006, those with the requisite resolve have been hurling themselves into the fresh air over the city for five seconds of free fall at up to 125 mph. Henrique Ferreira, one of the managers at the tower, has jumped 17 times but is still considered a rookie by the Macau Tower staff members, who boast more than 900 jumps each. It doesn’t get any easier. “It still makes your heart race to stand on the platform,” says Ferreira, “whether it’s your 10th or 1,000th jump.” Miguel Soares, a 29-year-old electrical engineer from Portugal, took three years to pluck up the courage for his first jump. “Then once I’d booked it, I started to lose sleep,” he says. “When I got to the platform it was totally terrifying. Every part of your body is screaming, ‘What the hell are you Bungee prices start doing?’ Then they count you down and at around $360. you drop. The first second is pure horror; Jumps should be after that, it’s the most amazing feeling, booked roughly like you’re flying. The first thing you think two months ahead: ajhackett.com/macau at the bottom is ‘I want to do that again.’ ” 84
Get high Take the cable car up the Guia Hill for amazing views. Then hike even farther up, on the route known as The Walk of 33 Curves. en.macautourism. gov.mo
Advice from the inside Keep your head up… “My advice is don’t look down,” says Miguel Soares. “Really—don’t. Until you get there, 764 [feet] is just a number. When you start to see cars the size of Micro Machines below you, it bends your mind.”
… but don’t miss the sights “Make sure you open your eyes,” says Henrique Ferreira. “On my first
jump I didn’t open them until I was rebounding, as I was freaking out. So as a result I missed the incredible view.”
Chip in Anyone feeling lucky after a death-defying bungee jump should visit one of the Vegas-style casinos Macau is famous for, like the Wynn Macau. wynnmacau.com
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Towering ambition: Could you jump off that?
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Seattle The Supersonics may have left six years ago, but one basketball star has nothing but love for his hometown.
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Though he now calls Los Angeles and the Clippers home, Jamal Crawford dreams at night of his hometown, the Emerald City. “It has the coolest people,” raves the 14-year NBA veteran. “Everybody’s really nice. As soon as you get off the plane, the air is clean. It’s totally different than what you’re used to. It’s the most beautiful place in the world. And for those looking to raise a future basketball player, Seattle isn’t the worst place in the world to grow up. “It rains so much in Seattle, you’re indoors a lot. So for me, I stayed in the gym,” Crawford says. “It definitely had a direct influence on my game and who I am as a person.”
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Basketball Seattle Pacific University It runs from July 5th to August 30th. “We have a lot of guys already committed for this summer. Rajon Rondo said he’s coming. Gerald Wallace. Paul George.”
2 Key Arena
305 Harrison St. “Key Arena is really good because it’s got a real nice setting. They can make it really, really dark, so all the focus is on the stage. I’ve seen Sade and Kendrick Lamar there.”
Extr a Ki c k The beat of the city
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4 Dick’s Drive-In
85 Pike St. “My grandfather used to live on top of it. All the pictures I see of Pike Place Market, I can see my grandfather’s apartment. I’ve never caught a fish at the fish market, but I will at some point.”
115 Broadway E “That’s a staple. Macklemore shut down the whole bus line on Broadway and filmed [a video] on top of Dick’s. It’s unique. The shakes are really good. The fries. Even Bill Gates goes there.”
Weirdly designed and featuring the only exhibition on Nirvana you’ll ever need. empmuseum.org
Also known as the Off Ramp, therefore also known as the place where Pearl Jam first played. elcorazonseattle.com
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“On Lake Washington and in Seward Park you can walk around and see the water and the trees. It’s clean and fresh. You can see Mount Rainier as well.”
Seattle Center Fountain Vigils for departed music legends and awesome water-fountain shows. seattlecenter.com
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Prepared In the back, emergency equipment for those unexpected incidents that you should always expect.
O ffRoad don’t get lost without these
Relaxed Comfortable drivers go faster: Power steering and ample leg room ease the ride in races, which can last up to 12 hours.
led helmet light Its strongest light setting equates to 1,200 candles. trailtech.net
Cushioned Independent suspension, with added external compensation tanks, can deal with holes of up to 14 in.
Stretched The long wheelbase (84 in.) means sure and steady handling, even at high speeds over rough terrain.
Triple Extreme Race Light This superdurable lamp works at speeds up to 50 mph. trailtech.net
Path finder O FF-ROAD HOW TO WIN DESERT RACES. (HINT: A BIT OF DIY HELPS.) Off-road desert racer Derek Murray drives a Can-Am Maverick Max 1000R.
Last year, Derek Murray and his brother Jason celebrated a victory in the Best in the Desert racing series at the Las Vegas to Reno event. At 540 miles, it’s the longest off-road race in the U.S., and the Murray brothers used a vehicle of their own devising. Their Can-Am Maverick Max 1000R runs on a
water-cooled two-cylinder motor with 101 hp, the most powerful of its type. “One advantage is its reliability,” says Derek. “We had very little downtime compared to our competitors. As long as us drivers don’t mess up, the Maverick will get us to the finish.” murrayracing.com
Lifttrax In case you get stuck in mud or sand, this inflatable recovery set offers a loading capacity of 4 tons. lifttrax.com
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England’s all-rounder: Broad is a left-hand batter and a righthand fast bowler.
Stuart Broad is one of the stars of the England cricket squad.
Pitch perfect c ricket World-class all-rounder Stuart Broad reveals the secret to surviving cricket’s roughest role. “I’ve picked the hardest job in cricket, being a fast bowler,” says 28-year-old England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad, as England prepares to take on India in five matches and six short-form games this summer. “We get 10 times our body weight going through our knees and ankles every time we bowl. I’m 188 pounds, so that can add up. During a match day we wear a GPS, and we travel 11 miles a match on average, between walking, running, and sprinting, so the legs feel heavy toward the end of the day. The injury rate is high in bowlers. We get a lot of stress fractures, either of the feet or the back, where the bones are under pressure all the time, so you have to make those areas of your body strong. But we’re playing up to 250 days a year, so you can’t do any training that makes you feel too stiff and sore: You need to be ready for your game.” stuart-broad.com
d o t r y t h i s at h o m e “People assume bowling power comes from your shoulder,” says Broad, “but it’s all from your legs, so I keep them strong. Lunges work the thighs, glutes, and hamstrings, and keep your core fit too.”
“We train with those ball launchers dog owners use,” says Broad. “We cover them in carbon-fiber tape and throw cricket balls at each other. I can bowl at 90 mph and this is faster—the ball really flies, so we’re training at higher-than-match intensity.”
Hold a weight in each hand. “It should be a challenge, or you won’t work your core,” says Broad.
Step forward, bending your knee, with your ankle in line with it. Push the other arm toward the ceiling.
Bend legs to 90° in a full lunge; the back knee should not touch the floor. Extend arm in line with ear.
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DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME
fathom it WHAT WATCH TO GET WET IN 2014
Treasure of the deep
BLANCPAIN FIFTY FATHOMS A French frogman and a Swiss watchmaker together devised the first modern diver’s watch. There’s no future in diver’s watches. In the early 1950s, that’s what most Swiss watchmakers would tell you. But one of them had a different view: Jean-Jacques Fiechter, the CEO of Blancpain, a keen scuba diver who was working on a prototype of a watch he could use at his favorite pastime. A 1953 model In January 1952, Captain Fifty Fathoms Robert Maloubier founded an elite unit of frogmen—combat scuba that the watch could only be divers—and the means by which turned counterclockwise. So if it to train them within the French was accidentally moved, the Army. He was also on the hunt for marked dive start time could only wristwatches that his men could be moved earlier, not later. wear underwater. Elapsed dive time could not be Fiechter and Maloubier increased, so divers would not provided the solution run out of air. together. The captain Maloubier thus received wanted a watch that the first modern diver’s would be waterproof watch in the world: the at depths of up to 330 feet, Fifty Fathoms (a depth that was easy to tell the equivalent to 300 feet). time on and that had a The NO American, German, bezel—a ring around the RADIATIONs sign Israeli, and Spanish edge of the dial that could on the dial of a be turned to mark the start 1968 model Fifty forces frogmen followed suit, as did Jacques time of a dive. The dial and Cousteau, who gave the Fifty bezel were to be black, the Fathoms publicity thanks to the markings and numbers big and popularity of his 1956 deep-sea bright so that you would see them documentary, The Silent World. in the dark. Collectors are especially Fiechter’s robust watch had fond of a rare and specific Fifty a self-winding mechanism, Fathoms model. In order to protected, inside soft iron, from satisfy U.S. Navy conditions of potentially damaging magnetic use, the watch had to show the fields. He put a humidity indicator, time equally well at day or night. in the form of a circle on the dial, So military-spec models used an at 6 o’clock. If it detected moisture isotope of promethium to make inside the watch, it changed color the indications glow in the dark. from blue-and-pink to pink. These watches had “Danger. Another of Fiechter’s bright ideas If found, return to nearest concerned the bezel. He made it so the red bulletin
Today’s Fifty is waterproof up to 984 feet.
military facility” engraved on the case. The civilian watches of the time had the nuclear sign of three triangles in a circle on the dial, with the words “NO RADIATIONS” at the bottom of the circle. Those ones fetch the big bucks on eBay. French serviceman Robert Maloubier today (left) and in 1955 (below) coming up from a dive with a Fifty on his wrist.
OURO MACIÇO “Precious metal model” is what it says on the case.
500 Fathoms Only 500 made. Waterproof up to 3,000 feet.
Gunning for success: $500 million will be spent on the making and marketing of Destiny.
small wonders Out soon for your tablets and phones
Darklings Season 2 of the iOS adventure game is in black-and-white and will have you “drawing” symbols on the screen to win. mildmania.com
It’s calling you ...
Destiny Can the creators of Halo strike gold twice with a new sci-fi shoot-em-up? It’s been 13 years since the groundbreaking Halo appeared, or two generations in gaming terms. Halo was a launch game for Xbox, reason enough to buy the console, and its sequels thrive, but the developer that made it, Bungie, is no longer involved—a bit like J.J. Abrams making new Star Wars films while George Lucas looks on from afar. Since its last game, Halo: Reach, in 2010, Bungie has been at work on Destiny, which this month enters its beta phase so that the superfans who pre-ordered the game proper, due in September, can iron out the kinks. So far, what’s been seen of the game is both unsurprising and exciting: It’s a massive sci-fi shooter, in the vein of Halo, with stunningly beautiful graphics. What’s really innovative is Bungie’s attempt to make what they’re calling a “shared-world shooter,” to mash up a fast-paced first-person shooter with the multiplayer elements of games like World of Warcraft. It’s not just fans hoping for something special to put the H-word to the backs of minds: $500 million will be spent on making and marketing Destiny—a sum slightly more than will be spent doing the same for Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII. Which one is destined for greater success? destinythegame.com
Plants Vs. Zombies is back
The original Plants vs. Zombies proved that casual games, especially on a phone, could be as actionpacked as the flashiest console title. In August, the latest version debuts on PS3 and PS4 (it’s already out on Windows and both Xboxes). Juiced up for PlayStation, the console game is as fun as it was in the palm of your hand.
OC:TANE Shades of future racer Wipeout— and those are some great shades —with a Tron-like feel and up to eight players. Available on Android and iOS. syncinteractive.co.uk
Nickel and dime
It all adds up: Madden turns 15 If there’s a more perfect sports video game than Madden, and there probably isn’t, it’s because it’s the sports sim that comes closer to the real-life action than any other game out there. It feels like you’re immersed in a game of televised football when you play, rather than a gameified version of the sport. This latest edition, out in August, promises to be the biggest and best yet.
80 Days As in Around the World in: Steampunk challenge that’s part game, part narrative adventure. The story unfolds in 150 cities. iOS only. inklestudios.com
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Ambient tropical electro kitsch—we like the sound of that.
MORNING A F TE R That mezcal got to you? Try three typical Mexican hangover cures
MENUDO Maybe beef-tripe soup doesn’t sound too great now, but this very spicy and heavy broth filled with soft meat and served with tortillas has magical powers.
Beachfront fun was very different when La Santanera opened its doors in Playa del Carmen, in Acapulco, just over 10 years ago. Most of the party places there were run of the mill. “There were no alternative places to have a good time around here,” says Alejandro Gamez, owner of La Santanera. “Most of them played nothing but very mainstream pop. The only other option were nearby raves, but they only played trance or progressive house.” Enter Gamez, who bet against the house and instead made his La Santanera a place of electronic dance music, which was just breaking through at that time. His club was unlike anything in Playa. “We created a funky setting on an openair terrace, with a dance floor inside that feels more ‘underground.’ ” La Santanera manages to be kitschy yet sophisticated, a bit sinful, very playful, with a Caribbean vibe. People instantly loved it, and it changed the musical culture of the city. It remains one of Mexico’s top clubs. “We try to be one step ahead,” says Gamez, “and people really respond to that.” La Santanera Calle 12 Mza 30 Loc2 Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo, Mexico 77710 lasantanera.com
La Santanera raises the city’s nighttime temperature.
CARM EN GET IT La Santanera newbie: Here’s what you do
Drink The owner recommends to dump the margaritas and go for the really good stuff: “Mezcal Papadiablo, straight,” says Alejandro Gamez, “and maybe a beer as a chaser.”
POZOLE The pepper broth made with corn, meat (usually pig’s backbone), oregano and radish is an extremely popular cure for all ailments, especially alcohol-related.
Wear “People often try to impress by dressing up. Here, that won’t cut it,” says Gamez. Instead, he suggests being true to yourself and “then everyone will notice you.”
game Because there are people from all over the world here, the all-time classic “where are you from” is a cast-iron conversation starter. “Also,” Gamez says, “be kind and have fun.”
CHILAQUILES You can’t go wrong with tortilla chips, very spicy sauce (green or red chillies; as long as it burns) and protein, like fried eggs or chicken, all covered in fresh cheese.
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P laya Del Carmen pop music and raves were the only alternatives here before la santanera. Now the club leads the way in the party city.
new Toys In May 2000, Curtis Jackson, a 24-year-old drug dealer, almost dies in a New York City street battle. The incident changes everything: Jackson concentrates on his rap career under the name 50 Cent, and records his first album in 2003, with Dr. Dre. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ becomes the fourth most successful hip-hop album of all time and launches a career. Since then, Fiddy has been making films, writing books, and designing sneakers and headphones. Does that leave any time for music? “Of course. But good things take time,” says the 38-year-old, referring to his first album in five years, Animal Ambition, out now. Here he reveals five songs that served as inspiration.
Got rich, did not die: Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson
“Bieber is the new Jacko” Playlist Dope anthems, message soul, and the classic of classics: rap giant 50 Cent blasts off into his musical cosmos.
1 Marvin Gaye
2 Rick James
3 Michael Jackson
“Around 1970 most soul singers made big hit love songs. But Gaye wrote about different things. It was absolutely groundbreaking because he wrote songs about social injustice, like not being able to pay taxes on ‘Inner City Blues.’ Despite all that, the song sounds so smooth you can sing it in the shower. Gaye is a great observer—that’s why I worship him.”
“The best dope anthem from the coolest guy in the world. Rick James was the granddaddy of every bad boy, although he’d wear tights and braids with bangs and all kinds of crazy stuff. Shortly before his death in 2004 he talked about his egomaniac rock star excesses in that brilliant sketch with Dave Chappelle. You really have to see it.”
“Looking back, I think this 1992 song is Jackson’s best, partly because of the video. It’s a 9-minute journey to ancient Egypt with Magic Johnson, Iman, and Eddie Murphy. Everyone you see actually meant something, he didn’t just pick pretty people. The only living artist that has a shot at possibly being like Jackson is Justin Bieber. I’m serious!”
4 Curtis Mayfield
“From the strongest soundtrack made. When you hear ‘Pusherman’ you get a feel for the film Superfly: cool gangsters in the ’70s. Mayfield’s music feels like a complete thought, almost like he watched the film, then wrote it. It inspired me to give Animal Ambition a theme: It’s about prosperity, same as the film.”
“Prince really outdid himself with the Purple Rain album. The title track is timeless. For me that’s the best compliment for a song. How do you write a timeless song? I really don’t know. An artist tries to write a classic with every song, but there’s no formula for it. But if there was, then ‘Purple Rain’ would be the model.”
Inner City Blues
Beatguide Keeps you up to date on the club scene in 15 cities worldwide (with more to come) and provides preview DJ sets. Choosing nights out is a whole lot easier.
Remember the Time
WhoSampled Which soul classic did Jay-Z sample for his latest hit? This app analyzes your music library and shows from where the stars have pilfered.
Au d i o -active gadget of the month
Grace Digital Eco Extreme
Handy outdoor loudspeaker pumps music from your MP3 player or iPhone. A full charge gives 30 hours of play, plus it protects your device, too. It’s dust-resistant, waterproof to 16 feet and can survive a drop of up to 33 feet. A must for music-loving adventurers.
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Three apps for music lovers
PhonoPaper Record a sound; it’s synthed like an ’80s robot; a visual like 10 mashed-up bar codes is created; print that; other app users “scan” it to hear the sound. Trippy.
l ights, Camera, Action! Q& A : Lu l a C a rva l h o
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The film’s cinematographer reveals what happens when man meets turtle. Words: Geoff Berkshire
Performance-capture technology has completely changed the face of Hollywood’s visual-effects extravaganzas. From Gollum in The Lord of the Rings to the Na’vi in Avatar, some of the best known nonhuman characters are actually played by flesh-and-blood actors on a stage before being transformed in post-production. The latest revival of those pizza-loving heroes in a half shell, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, uses performancecapture technology to bring its titular quartet to life. We asked director of photography Lula
Carvalho to tell us what it was like filming real actors playing ninja turtles. the red bulletin: What was the most surprising thing for you about your experience with performance capture? I enjoyed doing it more than I thought I would’ve. At the end of the day I like imagining elements that were not there, but will be after postproduction. What’s the main advantage to shooting characters created through performance capture rather than conventional visual
effects or CGI? I believe it will look better and more real at the end because of the performance capture. Also, it does feel more “alive” to have a person in front of the camera performing. It is a very efficient way to use the ability of the actor to act and keep that in the final product. Would you recommend this experience to other DPs, and do you think the technology will become more prevalent in films? Yes, I would recommend it. I think it will be more prevalent, but I also think
“The reality is that in one movie you blend a lot of different techniques.” each project has its own characteristics, and the creative minds involved should always find the best particular solution for each different project or situation. The reality is that in one movie you blend a lot of different techniques together. TMNT comes out Aug. 8.
member of the undead. Director Jeff Baena told us about the challenges of getting this perfect shot: “We had half a day in L.A.’s Griffith Park, the second to last day of the shoot. The concern was we wanted to make sure it was that beautiful
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golden light that you only get for an hour maximum. “That location is on my route I normally take when I go on my own hikes. That day in particular everyone was really nervous because it involved a lot of elements: stunts, visual effects, special effects, and
special makeup effects. “Aubrey had that stove harnessed on her—it was fake but still pretty heavy. We had a flatbed truck up there, and every time we would cut she put the stove on the truck so she could stand and take the edge off.” the red bulletin
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HOW’D YOU GET THAT SHOT?: LIFE AFTER BETH Zombie comedy Life After Beth stars Dane DeHaan (The Amazing SpiderMan 2) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) as a Los Angeles couple whose relationship transcends the afterlife: She dies in a hiking accident and returns as a
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Get your motor running for the end of the season. July 19, 2014
Spring Creek National The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship that takes place in Millville, Minnesota, marks the beginning of the end of the season—and the competition, as a result, is sure to heat up between the big four: Ken Roczen, Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, and James Stewart. Stewart won the event last year—but Roczen is currently the point title holder in the series. www.promotocross.com
August 1-3, 2014
Lollapalooza Travel packages and three-day passes are still available for those who want to get into the summer groove in Chicago’s Grant Park. Headliners include Eminem—in a return engagement of his performance at the fest in 2011—as well as Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris. www.lollapalooza.com
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July 24-27, 2014
Colorado Freeride Festival If you’re into all the various maniac aspects of the world of freeriding, this event, at Trestle Bike Park at the Winter Park Resort in Colorado, should thrill: Events include slopestyle, enduro, singletrack XC and air downhill. And while the pros do show up—in 2013, Sweden’s Martin Soderstrom won the slopestyle contest—there are also plenty of amateur events for riders still testing out their training wheels. www.coloradofreeride festival.com
Slopestylin’: Martin Soderstrom
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July 12, 2014
Red Bull King of the Rock For the first time, the finale of King of the Rock is being moved from Alcatraz Island off of San Francisco to an even more exotic locale: Samasana Island, Taiwan. And even though the winner of the qualifier from Oakland won’t get quite the same kind of home field advantage, there is plenty of time between now and the final in September to perfect playing one-on-one streetball in humidity.
Sia is the songwriter behind the songs your girlfriend likes, including Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” which, admit it, you like too. Sia’s new album, 1,000 Forms of Fear, is sure to be full of guilty pleasures. www.siamusic.net
July 11-13, 2014
Julie Glassberg, Marv Watson/Red Bull Content Pool, Mason Mashon/Red Bull Content Pool, Cameron Baird/Red Bull Content Pool, Robert Snow/Red Bull Content Pool
O’Neill Sweetwater Pro Am
TV Robert Rodriguez’s El Rey Network debuts an original series, Matador, about a professional soccer player turned covert intelligence operative. Take that, World Cup.
The East Coast may not be the first place you think of when it comes to killer surfing, but Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina definitely has its charms—and enough of a swell to challenge pros and newcomers alike. Last year the O’Neill Pro Am was won by Florida’s Evan Thompson in truly tough conditions—because sideways rain is never good.
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Red Bull Curates
MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour
Red Bull Party Wave
World Paddle Challenge
Sure, you had a little minifridge in your dorm room in college—but professional artists working on the Canvas Cooler Project see that humble appliance as a canvas. On July 24, the show comes to Orlando, Florida, for a onenight-only exhibition and an audience vote on faves. www.redbull.com
Ah, wakeboarding. The sport that takes your most insane wipeout from summer vacation and turns it into a competition. The tour stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the fourth of the season, and keep an eye on Adam Errington—c’mon, his nickname is Easy E. www.mastercraft.com
OK, so you’re not going to have to surf a wave as hairy as this one during Red Bull Party Wave on Waikiki Beach— think of it as the flugtag of surfing: Build a craft with your friends, wear costumes, and perform a skit—and then test its seaworthiness. What could possibly go wrong? www.redbull.com
Sure, Lake Michigan off of Chicago freezes over in the winter—but now is not the time to think about that total horror. Now is the time to pretend you’re all-around waterman Kai Lenny and attend one of the stand-up paddleboarding stops on the 2014 Stand Up World Series. www.watermanleague.com
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film Based on John LeCarre’s terrorism thriller A Most Wanted Man, this thinking person’s summer movie stars Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe and the late, lamented Philip Seymour Hoffman. www.johnlecarre.com
The King of Greens golf tournament is for sports stars who have achieved success in other disciplines. The winner of this year’s event, at Windlesham Golf Club near London, was Scottish snowboarder Ben Kilner. Seen here exiting the bunker in style is freestyle skier PK Hunder of Norway, captured by photographer Lorenz Holder. king-of-greens.com
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