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October 66 leap of faith
Shane McConkey died doing what he loved. This is the story of what happened next
Where will you find the best basketball on Earth? The best pros, amateurs, men, women and street hustlers, all in one spot? The Red Bulletin has the answer for you. This month we’re blessed with several stories of world’s best, such as the men who race and maintain the ‘F1 on water’ that is the World Powerboat Championship. It has all the high-octane competition of Formula One, but with less fanfare and, some would say, more risk. Back on dry land, we get up close and personal with the world’s best mountain bikers as they gather in South Africa for their sport’s world championship, and find that home advantage isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Plus, the secrets of success on the golf course and much more. We hope you enjoy the issue. 08
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20 news Sport and culture on the quick 24 me and my body Danny MacAskill 26 kit evolution In-car technology 28 Where’s your head at? Star of Thor and Rush Chris Hemsworth 32 winning formula Surfing science 34 lucky numbers Box office flops
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smokin’ on the water
Behind the scenes of a world championship grand prix in one of motorsports’ greatest challenges: Class 1 offshore powerboat racing
Features 36 Trophy Hunters
The best mountain bikers chase championship glory in South Africa
44 Journey Into Space
Intergalactic electro from Nanu Nanu
46 Kings Of Leon
Pre-gig with the Tennessee rockers
48 Legends Of Tennis With Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf 52 The Boats That Rock
92 Me and My BOdy
Scottish street trials rider Danny MacAskill has learned the hard way that glory doesn’t come without pain
on location in auckland
Musician Nick Dwyer shares his tips on where you can find the best food and music in New Zealand’s City of Sails
Life on the edge at the World Powerboat Championship
60 Hoop, There It Is
Los Angeles: heart of basketball
66 Action Movie
Shane McConkey’s life on film
76 Into The Night A history of the world-famous British
clubbing scene, from 1978-2013
76 a wheel test
The world’s best mountain bikers head to South Africa to fight for championship glory. One local hero refuses to budge the red bulletin
From post-punk and rare groove to superclubs, drum ’n’ bass and grime: British clubbing through the ages
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In anticipation of the Red Bull Music Academy’s takeover of the London Eye to celebrate British club culture on November 14, who better to give us an overview of the last 35 years of nightlife in the UK? A former chef and football pundit, the Englishman has been a DJ for 25 years and, with Frank Broughton, he has written three books, one of which, Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, was voted, number 45 on a list of the 50 greatest music books by The Observer. He recalls the raves, debunks the door policy myths and flashes back to the floor on page 76.
In his role as Assistant Editor of The Red Bulletin, the Austrian wordsmith has watched hundreds of BASE-jumpers leap from a bridge in America, followed the lunch wallahs of Mumbai and chased the God Particle at CERN. For this issue, he interviewed Kings of Leon before they took the stage in Vienna. “They are downto-earth guys who will talk about anything,” he says. “We touched on everything from religion and writer’s block to stage fright and Twitter.” Read the rest on page 46.
A UK expat who has been living in Dubai for the last 16 years, Ebdon has worked as deputy editor of the Middle East edition of Car magazine, and editor of a golf magazine, a boating and yachting title and two men’s magazines. For this month’s issue of The Red Bulletin, he uncovered the glamour and the grit of top-level powerboat racing (page 52). Ebdon is the father of a one-yearold girl who he and Mrs Ebdon, “a fellow petrolhead”, he says, “hope will be the first female Formula One world champion”.
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Vantage Point With apologies to Manu Bouvet and surfers everywhere, this might be one of those times when the photographer is more adventurous than the subject. “I took off in my motorised paraglider from an atoll in the middle of the Pacific,” says Ben Thouard. “I’d fly out, see a set of waves, then follow them in. Manu sees a set is coming because I’m getting closer to him.” The Frenchmen’s unspoken teamwork extends to stress management. “I didn’t tell him about the shark under his board or my broken engine.” www.benthouard.com Photography: Red Bull Illume/Ben Thouard
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Out On A Limb Low tech high up was how Pierre Augier and Tim Alongi got the shot. “I used a football shin pad to attach my camera to Tim’s leg,” says Augier, a French lensman. Alongi is an aerobatic paraglider who finished third in his sport’s 2011 world cup and is currently among the best in the world. Augier’s portfolio is thick with action sports imagery, but he is also available for weddings. If you and your intended are the sort to say ‘I do’ before your chutes open/the bungee cord tightens, then he’s your man. www.pierreaugier.com Photography: Red Bull Illume/Pierre Augier
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Dirt Dished “Sometimes,” says Dave Trumpore, “the only way to capture the fine details of the action is to literally stick your face and camera right up in it.” There’s mud in your eye. Until recently, the American would have been on the bike and not behind it. His decision to pick up a camera after retiring from pro mountain biking means he sees the angles that other photographers could not compute. Shooting Joey Schusler on home turf in Colorado was, flying rocks aside, a perfect assignment. www.davetrumporephoto.com Photography: Red Bull Illume/Dave Trumpore
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pipe dream Think ‘log flume photo’ and you’ll see drenched theme-park goers pulling faces at a camera before splashdown. Then there’s this. Every 10 years, they drain the channel that carries felled trees down the mountains at Tehachapi. Geoff Rowley learned when it would next be empty, and called Anthony Acosta: “We’re going.” Four hours’ drive north of Los Angeles, at 4am, they had the place to themselves. Rowley worked the angles with his skateboard, Acosta did the same with his camera. A once-a-decade shot. www.instagram.com/aacostaa Photo: Red Bull Illume/Anthony Acosta
Bullevard Sport and culture on the quick
Singular sounds Daft Punk’s helmets give them a signature look, but it’s not unique (Deadmau5, etc). It’s safe to say that the below bands are true one-offs
Roll and Rock Ezequiel Galasso gives broken skateboards a new lease of life as electric guitars
The Zimmers Fifteen members aged 67 to 89 make these venerable vocalists the world’s oldest band. They’ve covered LMFAO and Beastie Boys.
The Vegetable Orchestra Tubers, not tubas: this 12-piece outfit makes new instruments for every concert, after which they cook up a delicious veggie soup.
Every passionate skater knows the deal: it’s easy to smash five decks a year. In 2011, Argentinian instrument maker Ezequiel Galasso was approached by pro skater Gianfranco de Gennaro with a stack of splintered planks and a bright idea: add a fretboard to a messed board and make a guitar. Galasso can make an entire sixstring from two decks. Turns out, a skateboard is the perfect length and shape for a guitar neck. Ever since Mike McCready of Pearl Jam played one of Galasso’s creations at a live concert, demand for his instrument has been extremely high. But he hasn’t gone over to automated production: quality is important to him. If you want one of his $1,000 guitars, you’ll have to contact him personally.
Skate work: two decks make one guitar
www.facebook.com/galassoguitars Anamanaguchi Three New Yorkers who make pop punk rock using sounds from a Nintendo Game Boy and its big brother NES console.
Caninus Hard drums, distorted guitars... and two bulldogs on the mic. Sadly, Basil had to be put down in 2011 and the band ceased to exist.
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Martin Söderström hits the heights on a BMX in Canada at Red Bull Joyride. Dale Tidy the red bulletin
The three best-selling books in the history of literature
The little studio that could: the most unlikely, and one of the most crowded corners of music history
a tale of two cities Charles Dickens’ masterpiece, released in 1859. Copies published: 200 million.
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Cradle of hits Muscle Shoals is a one-horse town surrounded by cornfields in the middle of nowhere in Alabama. But, as a new documentary shows, music history was forged in this sleepy little backwater back in the 1970s. The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Wilson Pickett: they all went there to record hits. Keith Richards, one of the many legends who make an appearance in Muscle Shoals, goes so far as to describe it as rock ’n’ roll heaven. Chief among its attractions was a group of four young local musicians who earned a reputation as the hottest rhythm section in the world. In the film, the four men, now of pensionable age, explain how it happened. Fellow veterans, like Richards, Mick Jagger and Jimmy Cliff pay tribute, as do a slew of younger musicians from Bono to The Black Keys. Regardless of age, they all love the Muscle Shoals sound. Muscle Shoals is out now; www.muscleshoalsmovie.com
the lord of the rings The one with moredeveloped Hobbits. Since three vols of 1954-5: 150m copies.
The Little prince Over 140m copies sold of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s 1943 fable. Frankfurt Book Fair: Oct 9-13
“IT HAD TO HAPPEN”
A year after Felix Baumgartner’s historic leap, a new film tells the inside story of Red Bull Stratos the red bulletin: How has life changed for you since? Felix Baumgartner: My private life has definitely suffered. I don’t find it as easy now to go to for a drink with friends. But I’ve built up a network of interesting people to hang around with. On the personal level, I’m the same guy I always was. Mission To The Edge Of Space: The Inside Story Of Red Bull Stratos tells a tale of great pressure... ...and of the great relief afterwards. The strain while we were preparing and during the actual jump was at the limits of what a human being can take. But I never doubted myself. I wanted to go to the stratosphere and come back safely. It had to happen.
What do you think now when you look back at the footage? Sometimes it freaks me out. I think to myself: how did you manage to deal with all the ups and downs! And also that I’ll never embark on a project of that magnitude ever again. But actually, if something came along which fascinated me as much as Red Bull Stratos did, then, well, I’d have to do it again. What would you like those who see the documentary to take away from it? That you can make whatever you have in your head come true – if you give your everything for it to happen. The documentary will be available online from October 14 at: rdio.com/redbullstratos
October 14, 2012: on his way into history
WE HAVE A WINNER!
Yamaguchi Unseasonal Japanese weather made Red Bull Kart Fight wet work. Jason Halayko the red bulletin
Seignosse Brianna Cope of the US prepares her board for the Swatch Girls Pro in the south of France. Laurent Masurel
At Austria’s Gugl Games, cyclist Tom Oehler v Olympic 400m hurdles champ Felix Sanchez: Tom won. Enrique Castro Mendivil
Music for Movember: Koan Sound
Hair today, gone tomorrow
The long run For the 34th year, thousands of runners will line up to take on 26 miles of winding Georgian streets for the annual Dublin Marathon. Anyone struggling around the one-lap course will be pleased to hear that teams of physical therapists will be on hand to massage the aches away before, after or during the race, to help people over the finish line on Merrion Square North. www.dublinmarathon.ie
Dublin Marathon: Ireland’s largest
Daredevil go-karters hurtle through the Norwegian mountains at Red Bull Soapbox Race. Vegard Breie
Racquet man: Karim Darwish
Egyptian squash pro Karim Darwish is ranked five in the world and has been top 10 since 2007. He’s better with batter but banter is banned Child’s play “Squash is popular in Egypt, second only to soccer. I started playing when I was seven and loved it. I’m 32 now and just as passionate. I still train like I’m 15 years old, for over 30 hours a week. It’s my job, my hobby, my life.” London calling “Since the age of 10, I’ve often travelled to the UK to compete. I love fish and chips. The way they cook the fish is special – you can’t find that anywhere else. Plus I’m a big Chelsea fan, so I always try to catch a match.” Winning dream “James Willstrop, of England,
Spanish KTM rider Jorge Martin saddles up at the start of the Red Bull Rookies Cup. Gold & Goose
world number two, beat me this year, so I’m determined to win at the World Championships in Manchester this month. He has the home advantage, but squash crowds are fair in their support. They applaud all good play.” Little smasher “My wife is also a squash player, so our baby son, Omar, should have good playing genes. We’ve had to ban squash talk at home, though. Even we found that seven hours on the court followed by match analysing becomes boring after a year or so.” www.mensworldsquash championship2013.com
Haarlemmermeer The Red Bull Studio Connect stage at Mysteryland festival in Holland. Arenda De Hoop the red bulletin
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There’s a new way to support Movember, the event that asks men (and any able women) to grow hair on their upper lip for one month, and it is music to the ears of those lacking in facial follicles. Leeds-based label Inspected Records are selecting their top artists, including Koan Sound, Gemini and Asa, to create a track to benefit the charity, recorded in Red Bull Studios, London. Just download it, from early November, to be a part of things and feel less bad about your fur-free face. www.redbullstudios.com/london
www.marmot.eu l facebook.com/marmot.mountain.europe Klaus Kranebitter, Marmot PRO: Benny Purner Ice climbing â€“ Norwegian style
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Touch a nerve
me and my body
The Scottish street trials rider, 27, has wowed millions online with his incredible biking abilities, but has learned the hard way that glory doesn’t come without pain. And a lot of outtakes
1 Armed and
“I tore a disc in my back filming a 12ft jump in 2009, but I didn’t realise immediately. I got bad pain in my back and my left knee too, as it was pressing on the nerve. After an operation to repair it in 2012, it took 10 months to heal.”
Pop your collar
“Three times in six months I broke my left collarbone. First by falling on a pump track, then tripping up a kerb – I had a metal plate screwed to my clavicle that time. The third was on a downhill mountain bike in California. It was raining hard and I lost it, went over the bars and down a 10ft drop.”
2 Heel hell
“I’ve broken my right foot twice, my left foot three times and torn ankle ligaments. It happens when you jump down off something backwards and land on an uneven surface. It doesn’t feel as bad as bruising your heels with an impact, though: that’s excruciating.”
“This is an odd one: I was filming in rural Vancouver in 2011 and less than 30 minutes in I crashed off my trials bike. As I landed, my left foot trod in goose shit, slipped and twisted, tearing my meniscus. I needed keyhole surgery to fix it.”
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“A couple of years ago, riding a kids’ BMX in a dirt jump competition, I fell and now there’s a pin in my right wrist. Then I crashed my mountain bike and got stones lodged in my forearm muscle. I needed an op and a lot of stitches.”
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How a wheel and a dash became a multifunction infotainment nerve centre
What better conjures a vintage sports car dashboard than a trim steering wheel with thin spokes? Beautiful to look at, a workout for the biceps and no thought whatsoever to safety in the event of a collision.
Everyone smoked back then, everywhere, all the time. The cigarette lighter assumes a suitably prominent position, conspicuously labelled CL.
Mazda 110 Cosmo Sport
This avant-garde, two-seater coupĂŠ was the dream sports car of its time, officially sold only in Japan, hence the right-hand-side steering wheel. There was something special in the futuristic lines of this car with its Wankel engine, a status reflected in the interior: round panel instruments and wooden steering wheels were reserved for rare and expensive vehicles. This was the peak of automotive luxury as the 1970s loomed.
A radio didnâ€™t come as standard at the time. Even when you shelled out for in-car entertainment, such as the Sharp model built in here, you would not get stereo sound.
Mazda 110 S Cosmo Sport (1967-1972): the first production car with a two-rotor Wankel rotary engine; it managed 110hp
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Special Project The head-up display is projected on a clear panel. Readouts appear to be 1.5m away from the driver. That allows the eye to focus more quickly as it switches between street and data.
A dial to command the infotainment system, surrounded by five buttons â€“ one per finger. This means the driver can control applications without looking away from the road.
Easy Does It
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The steering wheel is a multifunction console. It lets you operate a mobile phone via Bluetooth, and radar cruise control, too, which maintains a constant distance from the car in front.
Plug in a smartphone and bring the Internet into your car.
Todayâ€™s automotive designers and strategists face a challenge: how to relay a wealth of information to the driver without diverting attention from the road? Mazda3 manages this balancing act with a 7in screen, well-positioned instruments and projected head-up display. The interior also has to meet the highest standards for comfort, safety and ergonomics.
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The new Mazda3 features Skyactiv technology, conserving fuel while increasing driving pleasure www.mazda.com
Where’s Your Head At?
Chris hemsworth It’s hammer time again as the mighty Thor returns to cinemas this month. But what about that blond lad who plays him? What else has he got going on?
Out now is Rush, with Hemsworth as James Hunt, duelling with Niki Lauda for the 1976 F1 title. Its director, Ron Howard, says it will drive (yes!) new opportunity for the Hemster: “For Chris… a tremendous breakthrough. People in Hollywood have seen him in the movie and offered him dramatic roles.”
Christopher Thomas Hemsworth was born in Melbourne, Australia, on August 11, 1983. His family moved between city, the outback – among, he says, “crocodiles and buffalo” – and Phillip Island, where he, older brother Luke and younger brother Liam, also now actors, perfected their surfing.
Los Hemsworth hermanos have all appeared in Aussie TV soap Neighbours. Chris also did three-and-a-half years on rival venture Home and Away, playing Kim Hyde. Poor Kim: jilted at the altar; Pa may have offed Ma; stalker-killer girlfriend died in a gas explosion caused by candles on a wedding cake.
With films in the can, Hemsworth only has a dozen film credits; three as Thor, including box office smash The Avengers, and two as George Kirk, Captain’s dad, in the new Star Trek movies. Of the rest, thriller A Perfect Getaway is not a perfect movie, but it’s well worth seeking out.
“I’ll find a way to save us all,” says Thor, aka Hemsworth, all cape, chainmail and flowing locks in Thor 2: The Dark World, released worldwide from October 30. With a chin like his, you believe he can take anything on it. Thor point: brother Liam also auditioned for the part (they’re still pals).
Michael Mann (Heat, Ali, Collateral) has just finished filming Cyber, a hacking thriller with Hemsworth in the lead. After that, our man has Avengers 2, due in 2015, and, we imagine, quality time with wife Elsa Pataky, who plays Elena in the Fast & Furious movies, and oneyear-old daughter India Rose.
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Words: Paul Wilson. Illustration: Ryan Inzana
Hack To The Future
HArd & FAST
Top performers and winning ways from around the globe
German F1 driver Sebastian Vettel returned from his summer holiday to win both the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix.
Victory in the MX1GP of Great Britain gave Italian Tony Cairoli his fifth Motocross World Championship in a row.
Advice from band-blowing-up Blitz Kids: don’t follow advice Joe James, 25, is the frontman and main songwriter in Cheshire pop-rock four-piece Blitz Kids. After a 2013 that saw the band play some of the best UK festivals and sign a new record deal, he’s celebrating ignoring his careers adviser. the red bulletin: The Blitz Kids was the original name for the New Romantic movement in the 1980s. You don’t seem like that sort of guy. joe james: No, we took the name from this little gang my granddad was in as a kid. When the bombs were being dropped on London they’d sneak out to kick a ball around instead of going to the shelter. It was highly irresponsible, but a cool punk rock attitude. This year has been pretty good to Blitz Kids. You’ve played to huge crowds, toured Europe and signed to Red Bull Records. Yeah, it’s all been immense. Red Bull Records kept their eye on us for a while, which was good. We weren’t ready to sign to a big label a couple of years ago. We were treating it as fun. You’re starting a UK tour this month, supporting Mallory Knox, playing some new tracks from your forthcoming second album, out in 2014. Is the new sound different? It’s more positive. We’re not a preachy band, but part of the reason the album’s called The Good Youth is the message that you can actually do what you love as a job. At school, careers advisers just tell you to be a builder or a dentist.
Daniel Sordo of Spain secured his first win in the World Rally Championship – after 10 years of trying – by a margin of 53 seconds in the Rally of Germany.
A dream run in the Mountain Bike World Championships in South Africa gave the UK’s Rachel Atherton her second downhill gold.
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Words: Ruth Morgan. Photography: Red Bull Records, Reuters, Ray Archer/KTM/Red Bull Content pool, McKlein/Red BUll Content Pool, Picturedesk.com. illustration: dietmar Kainrath
Blitz Kids (from left): Matt Freer, Jono Yates, Joe James and Nic Montgomery
Marc Webber for Pepe Jeans London
The Big Issue
break points “Wave particles usually oscillate in either the direction of propagation, like air particles in sound waves, or transversely, like a plucked string,” says physics brain and sports scientist Dr Martin Apolin. “But waves of water oscillate circularly, which you can see very well if you watch a floating cork (fig. 1). The particles underwater also move circularly, but with a decreasing radius as the depth increases. “Due to this circular movement, deep-water waves are always cycloid in form – think of what happens if you place a dot on a rotating wheel and observe it move (fig. 2). Point a in the diagram shows the dot at half radius; point b on the edge of the wheel. Waves of water have precisely the same form as shown in fig. 2, but in reverse. “Thus we can extrapolate the maximum ratio of h, wave height, to λ, wave length. The length of the wave is equivalent to the circumference of the wheel, ie the rolling distance of one revolution, such that U = λ = 2r π, and the maximum height is h = 2r. Therefore λ = 2r π = h π. For a wave to reach 8m in height, as in the picture, it has to be at least 8πm long, which is about 25m. “To calculate speed in deep water, use vdepth = √ gλ/(2 π) where g is gravitational acceleration (9.81m/s²). So a wave of 25m in length is coming in at 6.25m/s, or about 23kph. The surfer needs to already be travelling at pretty much the same speed if he doesn’t want the wave to roll by him, which is why big-wave surfers often use jetskis to bring themselves up to speed. “Water closer to shore is shallower, and particle movement becomes elliptical (see picture). The speed of shallow water waves is vshallow = √ gd , where d is the depth of the water. As the water gets shallower, the lower particles are constantly slowed down, while the upper particles move on unhindered. The wave breaks on the beach because of this inertia. If you fall, you run the risk of being dragged under the wave by the movement of the water. This means that big-wave surfers need one thing more than anything else: perfect timing.” Point break What does a big wave feel like? “It’s like jumping out of a plane,” says Australian boardsman Ross Clarke-Jones. “The acceleration, the centrifugal forces. You think it’s going to strip the fibreglass off your surfboard.” The big-wave conquerors: www.stormsurfers.com.au
Words: Martin Apolin. photography: storm surfers 3d/red bull content pool. Illustration: Mandy Fischer
How do giant waves form? And what’s it like to surf them? Men who know speak out
Brave: big-wave veteran Ross ClarkeJones at Ship Stern Bluff off the coast of Tasmania
box office flops
Or, if you will, Unlucky Numbers: movies that wrote cheques their audiences could not cash
Length of shoot: 18 days. Production costs: $2 million. Box office takings: $30. The independent US thriller Zyzzyx Road, starring Katherine Heigl of Knocked Up and Grey’s Anatomy, drew precisely six cinemagoers to the Highland Park Village Theater in Dallas in February 2006. Union rules led to a release; hiring the theatre cost $1,000.
Katherine Heigl’s road to hell
120,000 Matthew McConaughey in Sahara
...Tars Tarkas from John Carter
With 1,800 costumes, including a wedding dress studded with 120,000 Swarovski crystals, and over 2,000 visual effects, sci-fi epic John Carter (2012) cost $250 million to make: the fourth most expensive cinema production ever. A worldwide box office take of $282m seems good, but with at least $100m spent on promotion, the Red Planet movie is still in the red.
In 2011, animated sci-fi movie Mars Needs Moms gave Disney the greatest financial headache in its history. On its opening weekend, it pulled in just $7 million, against the $150m it cost to make (it eventually scraped $39m worldwide). A large part of the cost was the six-week motion-capture process lead actor Seth Green had to endure.
For the 2005 adventure Sahara – a film that would go on to lose $78 million or $105m, depending on which side of a subsequent court case you favour – 10 writers were used, at a cost of almost $4m. About $240,000 was needed to placate local officials on location shoots in Morocco. A 46-second sequence of a plane crash, costing $2m, was cut from the final film.
Millions up in smoke: Cutthroat Island
Crash landing: Mars Needs Moms
On the morning of March 6, 1836, 200 Texans fought in vain against 1,800 Mexicans at the Alamo Mission, in a battle lasting six hours. To recreate it on film for The Alamo (2004), took over a month of filming on the biggest set in US cinematic history: some 20.4 hectares, about 30 soccer pitches. The $107 million movie brought in $26m at the worldwide box office. the red bulletin
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South African champion Tiaan Odendaal in full flight at the 2013 UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships
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“if you can nail it for one run, you’re going to get the gold medal. you have to take every risk, because other people will too” to pay their respects. Afterwards, with seven months of pent-up emotion released, it was back to business. “It’s world champs. There is no bigger race this year and the pressure on the guys at the top is unbelievable,” said race commentator Rob Warner. “On the outside, they might be calm, but on the inside, it’s like full-blown terror. If you can nail it for one run, you’re going to get the gold medal. And you have to take every risk there is, because other people will too.” The riders needed no second invitation. The medical team wound up seeing 20 cases a day. Contused lungs, and broken ribs, legs and collarbones topped the list; followed by concussions and a slew of lacerations and road rash. “This cross-country course is something special,” said Marco Fontana, after leading Italy to the XC team relay
gold medal. “It has really fast rolling sections, handmade rock gardens and tight, technical corners and singletrack. To podium in the men’s race would be really good. If you finish third, you are still a hero. If you are fourth, nobody cares.” Seventeen-year-old Sybrand Strauss clearly didn’t get that memo. He had brought South Africa home in ninth in the team relay: on foot, with a bloodied elbow, blown tyre and snapped chain, almost in tears from the pain after being hunted down by a Russian pursuer in the final straight. Two days later, on the first lap of the men’s cross-country, Fontana was faced with a replay of his 2012 Olympic Games heroics (he won a bronze medal despite a snapped seatpost) when he went down in the big rock garden and broke his saddle. The man-made the red bulletin
hey say Africa’s not for sissies, and Ricardo Pscheidt would probably agree. Seconds after finishing the mountain bike cross-country world championship race in Pietermaritzburg, the Brazilian rider crumpled to the ground. His trainer propped him up against the barriers, anxiously wiped down his face and loosened the zipper of his jersey. Pscheidt didn’t look good. His eyelids fluttered and his head lolled. Eventually he whispered something to the paramedic who was holding up a certain number of fingers in front of his face. Pscheidt had crashed hard on the fourth of seven laps, and despite suffering a concussion, had pushed on through the pain barrier to finish just ahead of Renay Groustra, the first South African home. It was a spectacularly brave performance, one which blurred the line between risk and stupidity, and which hinted at how much was on the line at these UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships, the first to be held on African soil. But if Pscheidt finished a lowly 46th, how much more was at stake at the front of the bunch? Greg Minnaar would know. Ever since his win in Austria last year, the prospect of defending the downhill world title, at a track that was literally in his backyard, had been consuming him. Back then, the 2013 world champs had seemed like a once-ina-lifetime shot at glory for Minnaar and Burry Stander, his fellow countryman ranked No.2 in the world. But after tragedy struck and Stander was killed by a minibus taxi while on a training ride in January 2013, the world championships – for South Africans, at least – suddenly became a deeply emotional affair. The day before competition started, a garden dedicated to Stander’s memory was unveiled track-side, and the international cycling community gathered
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Above: British rider Mike Jones took a radical line during practice, but recovered to finish third in the 2013 UCI Junior Downhill World Championship. Left: Switzerlandâ€™s Nino Schurter put the hammer down from the start in the elite menâ€™s cross-country race
“it’s such a great feeling to be racing at home, showcasing this great sport” Greg Minnaar
ONE LIFE “I had to dig deep, man. It hasn’t sunk in. It still feels like just a race win, but it’s bigger than that. We’ve got the whole of South Africa here.” Defending world downhill champion Greg Minnaar (facing page and far right) carried the weight of a nation’s expectations on his shoulders, but delivered in sensational fashion in his home town of Pietermaritzburg
obstacles and heavy G-forces in the swooping turns were wreaking havoc. One rider went over his handlebars and smashed a photographer and his camera gear into a river. Race favourite Julien Absalon, unbeknown to his rivals, was riding with three broken ribs, and Manuel Fumic’s charge towards the podium was sabotaged by repeated crashes in the rocks. Only the defending champion seemed untroubled. Nino Shurter dominated from start to finish, destroying the field and reducing what could have been a tactical battle into a desperate scramble for the minor places. Even the trials riders were taken aback by the challenge laid down in Pietermaritzburg. The obstacles weren’t as high as those on the World Cup circuit, but they were creative, fiendishly tough, and were tackled first in lethally wet conditions and then under lights on a bitterly cold evening. The local crowds, new to trials riding, were mesmerised by the sight of cyclists coiled over their saddleless machines, brakes creaking and tyres bulging, hopping and jumping their way around what seemed like a totally impassable course. “The Pietermaritzburg guys really did a good job,” said four-time world champ Kenny Belaey. After breaking his wrist last year, recovering, then fracturing it again, the Belgian had to be content with a bronze medal in the men’s 26in competition. “The course was a lot more technical than in Europe, and it was long. I really liked it. You had to place your wheels very precisely, take off, and then hold on for dear life.” The only riders who knew what was coming were the downhillers. They not only had the fastest DH track on the
circuit to contend with, but Greg Minnaar as well. The Maritzburg course is notorious for the flat, ‘pedally’ transition that links the steep, technical upper section to the flowing lower third, placing as much of a premium on sprint power as on bikehandling skills. Speeds were high, the jumps were big, and with the rock-hard surface complicated by a sketchy layer of dust and grit, if the bike started to slide, you were in real trouble.
hat is downhill racing about? Consider doing the 400m sprint while simultaneously calculating complex maths equations and juggling a few tennis balls. Or, in Pietermaritzburg’s case, try hitting a 20m table-top jump at 73kph, landing a perfect backside on your exit, then carrying that speed flawlessly through the next series of jumps… all while your heart is knocking at 190 beats per minute. As Gee Atherton, the most successful downhiller this season, put it: “There really isn’t an area of your body that doesn’t get absolutely worked over during a downhill race.” Minutes after crushing her rivals by more than eight seconds – and doing her first interview as a world champion while slumped on the grass – Rachel Atherton breathlessly echoed her big brother. “I’m exhausted!” she said, gasping for air. “My lungs and legs… I thought I wouldn’t be
able to walk ever again. It’s just on fire… your body’s wrecked… so much effort. But I’m stoked.” On that Pietermaritzburg course, the fastest riders seemed to float over the rocks, effortlessly lowered by gravity. They glided through the trees, every twist of the track burnt into their brains, and emerged from clouds of dust to bullet past at more than 50kph. What set Minnaar apart was his knowledge of every root and rut and crumbling berm on the hill. That, and the pressure. Minnaar already owned three world championship bronze medals, three silvers, and two golds. But only two riders had ever won three or more DH world titles, and neither of them had won at home. Minnaar started fast, beating Mick Hannah’s scorching time by more than a second at the first split, before giving up most of that in the punishing second sector. With thousands of fans (and the track marshals) urging him on through a cacophony of vuvuzelas, chainsaws and cowbells, Minnaar dredged up some final strength and, despite a rear wheel puncture, stopped the clock less than half a second in the lead. Minutes before Minnaar’s run, Sam Hill had bounced off his bike and face-planted into the dirt. Another favourite, Aaron Gwin, busted his shoulder, and Steve Smith blew his chances in the first corner. That left Gee Atherton to contend, but when it became clear that even he would be hopelessly off the pace, Minnaar leapt up in triumph, saluted his fans, and crowd-surfed into the history books. www.uci.ch
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The world champion’s ‘granny gear’ – a monster 42-tooth cog
SCOTT SCALE 700
Saddle, carbon seatpost, pedals and cockpit components by Ritchey
Scott Scale 700 carbon frame with DT Swiss XRC 100 carbon fork. Total bike weight of 8kg
Three-position fork lockout: normal; travel adjustment for steep climbing; and total lockout
Dugast tubular tyres, on DT Swiss carbon rims, pumped to 1.7 bar
Elite men’s cross-country Schurter debuted his 650B wheelset at the World Cup in PMB last year and it was fast enough to carry him to a second straight XC world title on the same track in August. He runs handmade tubular tyres, glued to the rims, for better rolling resistance and weight savings.
SRAM XX1 11-speed drivetrain, with a 36-tooth front chainring
Prologo X8 saddle
FSA stem and handlebars with silicone grips
Michelin Wild Race‘R Ultimate 27.5x2.25 tyres, pumped to 1.4 bar in the front and 1.5 at the rear
Sr Suntour Axonwerx RL-RC 650B fork
Elite women’s cross-country The most dramatic feature on her carbon monocoque BH Ultimate frame is the gracefully curved seat tube, which tightens up the rear triangle to deliver superior acceleration and climbing ability. Bresset also switched to 650B wheels this season.
Mavic SLR rims
FSA K-Force Lite carbon cranks, 36/24 chainrings, KMC X10SL Gold chain the red bulletin
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Maxxis Minion DHR II 26x2.4 tyres, pumped to 1.8 and 1.9 bar, front and back respectively
10-speed cassette, without the three biggest sprockets, became a 7-speed 11-19 cluster
Prototype Fox RAD spring shock, unavailable to anyone else at world champs
Santa Crux V10 carbon frame, with carbon Enve handlebars, seatpost and rims
Custom-tuned Fox 40 fork
SANTA CRUZ V10 Elite men’s downhill Minaar’s production V10 is probably the most developed carbon bike on the DH circuit: at 14.7kg, it’s 1.5kg lighter than most rivals’. As a puncture fail-safe, he ran both tubes and tyre sealant in his wheels – and needed all the puncture resistance he could get.
Shimano Saint drivetrain: 170mm cranks for extra leverage; 39-tooth front ring
“I got the puncture in the last rock section, and I could feel it down the last few jumps!” – Greg Minnaar Shimano Pro Atherton saddle
Fox DHX RC4 rear shock
Continental Mud King 26x2.3 tyre, running at 1.8 bar
Crank Brothers Mallet 3 clip-in pedals Continental Der Kaiser Projekt 26x2.4 tyre, running at 1.8 bar
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Elite women’s downhill
Shimano XTR 7-speed 11-23 cassette
Atherton’s production aluminium GT Fury World Cup boasts a oneoff Union Jack paintjob, and a decal of the Welsh flag on the down tube, saluting her mechanic’s nationality. She geared up from her usual 36-tooth chainring to a 38-tooth front blade.
Journey Into Space Intergalactic time-travellers with a penchant for killer alt-pop
Gold. Sheeran’s soaring vocals – her We played in Letterkenny, in the foyer In an otherwise unassuming corner of early solo work led her to be dubbed of An Grianan theatre, where the seats a suburban Dublin car park is the nerve ‘the Irish Bjork’ – mesh perfectly with were 20ft from the stage. After two centre of an alien pop band. Inside the layers of textured synths and beats. songs, everyone just got up and ran studio space known as Unit 1, brightly “What if aliens landed on Earth towards us. It was like closing the gap coloured furniture and UV strip lights and had the freedom to travel through between North and South Korea, an leap out against walls painted pitch history? What would they discover? amazing atmosphere. We know the live black. It is the ideal home for Nanu Nanu, That’s the concept of the album,” show dynamic we want to create. All the the electro-pop construct of engaged says Sheeran, and she gets away with house engineer has to do is make it loud.” couple Laura Sheeran and Marc Aubele. saying it, because tracks like Seahorse, Aside from the engineer’s job, “We filmed a party scene here, for which, she says, “explores the idea everything else Nanu Nanu is done the video for our song Dirt,” says of Atlantis”, are engaging enough by Nanu Nanu. Within reason. Sheeran, 26, aka Glitterface, the band’s without the cosmic underpinning, “We make our own costumes, videos,” vocalist, whose goth-meets-glam style and just a little bit more so with it. explains Sheeran, from beneath a newly is disarming. “The place looked like applied Stargazer UV hair dye. a Laser Quest. We had a pole in the “We wanted the band to stand middle of the floor and I handed alone from our other work, to have out wigs, goggles and costumes a strong visual image. I’ve always to get people in the mood.” loved creating looks, experimenting Formed in late 2011, Nanu with extreme make-up, insane Nanu band was named, as those photoshoots. My cousin gave me who can see Robin Williams the name Glitterface and it stuck.” wearing dungarees in their mind’s Aubele’s alter-ego was born at a eye will know, after the actorfestival. “We were walking through comedian’s catchphrase from the forested area of the Electric the TV show Mork & Mindy. Picnic, late at night,” says Sheeran. “We were brainstorming names “We spotted this guy walking in a pub and ‘Nanu Nanu’ came up,” towards us with a costume says Aubele, a Mohawk-sporting decorated with mirrors and multi-instrumentalist who goes by Other worldly: Mirrorman (left) and Glitterface’s stage show complimented him on his cool look. the stagename of Mirrorman. “We After an initial creative surge, Nanu He just pointed at Marc and, in a serious never contacted the TV company. The Nanu went on the back burner, because voice, said something like, ‘You shall be toughest thing was getting to the top its makers’ talents were in demand known as ‘Mirrorman.’ And so it was.” of the Google search. It took 10 months elsewhere: Sheeran’s vocals and Aubele’s In September and October, Nanu Nanu to knock ‘Mork & Mindy’ off top spot.” drum ’n’ keys contribution to the band will blast off for their first European shows. Instead of a press release, Nanu Nanu Bell X1. They reteamed with a vengeance. “It will be interesting to see how have a comic strip that outlines their “We got the songs into shape, with people react,” says Sheeran. “Some purpose; to send back musical reports of Rory Doyle [of Bell X1] on drums, and people miss the point, they’re sceptical life on Earth to their inter-dimensional then just gigged. We played everywhere, of bands with strong visual identities. mothership. It’s a gratifyingly wacky over 90 gigs in a year, places that don’t You’re trying to be different, creative, theme, reminiscent of George Clinton normally get much shows,” says Aubele, while others just see it as a gimmick. & Parliament Funkadelic, but their 33, who plays guitar and keyboards in “For us, the look is a crucial music is bold and ambitious. Bell XI’s live line-up. “Some of the venues aspect,” says Aubele. “But some people Their debut album, Unit 1, opens were only used to booking cover bands, assume it’s style over substance and with the unsettling elctronica of country acts, so to bring a conceptual choose to ignore the substance.” Babybug before exploding into life www.nanunanu.bandcamp.com show like ours was something different. with the edgy, pumping Pocket Of 44
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The line-up Laura ‘Glitterface’ Sheeran – vocals, live vocal effects, synth Marc ‘Mirrorman’ Aubele – beats, synths, sampler Discography Unit 1 (album, 2013) Arena (EP, 2012) My Famous Cousin Sheeran’s first cousin is pop superstar Ed Sheeran. She joined him on-stage at Dublin’s O2 Arena in January to perform a cover of Damien Rice’s Volcano.
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Back On The Throne After the release of new album Mechanical Bull, cousins and Kings of Leon guitarists Jared and Matthew Followill on life without music, Twitter for the single man and the secret of eternal happiness
A suite in the Ritz-Carlton, Vienna. Matthew Followill flops down on the leather couch, exhausted. The lead guitarist’s cousin,bassist Jared Followill, hides his eyes behind black Ray-Bans – “Jet lag, man” – and draws on an electronic cigarette. Six hours to go until the gig.
j: Tell him what you play on [album track] Wait for Me. m: … j: He doesn’t want to say. He’s embarrassed! Is it a recorder? m: You can hardly hear it, anyway: it’s a sitar. How do Kings of Leon get over writer’s block in the studio? j: By taking a two-week break from music. m: Listening to music non-stop. All day long. After about a month in the studio, I reach a point where I’m floundering.
the red bulletin: What do the Kings of Leon do backstage right before a performance? jared: We form a circle and clap hands. Pure superstition, but if we didn’t do it, it wouldn’t feel right. The most important rule of drinking? j: Don’t get too drunk. We all have varying tolerances. matthew: I don’t drink at all before a gig. I’ve messed up a few shows by being drunk. That’s when I realised: you have to be fit. j: I’ve messed up a few shows sober. That’s when I realised: “F— this! I need to drink more.” When you’re in the supermarket and you hear Sex On Fire, do you Kings of Leon live: pre-show rituals, full power on stage think, “Cool, that’s us!” or, “Oh God, they’re playing our music Then I put on my favourite bands – the in a supermarket”? new Wild Nothing album or Thin Lizzy – j: It makes me happy. And when someone and then in the evening it’s flowing again. takes the last carton of milk right in front You grew up in religious families. of my nose, I think, “So what? That’s me Which Bible passage rocks hardest? on the radio – motherf—er!” m: The Old Testament! No, just kidding. m: I’d lay down an air guitar solo for j: The Old Testament is pretty brutal. I think the people in the store. most religions preach the battle of good j: Hearing your own songs on the radio versus evil. As a rock star the thing you is a great feeling. Especially when you go learn is: treat people well when you’re shopping with your wife. I mean, you career is on the up because they’re the want to impress her. same people you’ll meet on the way down. What’s the better way to approach m: And as a songwriter you can find a new album: experiment, or refine great stories in the Bible. the classic sound? j: I’ll say one thing: Sodom and Gomorrah. m: I like experimenting and changing You didn’t have a TV at home as kids. things. On Mechanical Bull we have Was that a good time or a bad time? strings and a steel guitar. m: Probably a good time. But my parents 46
were divorced – when I wanted to watch MTV, I went round to my dad’s place. You named your band after your grandfather, Leon. What has the old man taught you? j: Tons of jokes – and the secret of a good marriage. He says the two most important words for a husband are “Yes, honey.” Another motto: “Do you want to be right or happy?” He’s been married a long time. Can you remember the first song that infected you with the rock ’n’ roll bug? j: The first song that got me really excited, when I was 13 and old enough to understand music, was Where Is My Mind by the Pixies, from the album Surfer Rosa. m: I got one that is way less cool. When I was nine, I heard More Than a Feeling by Boston, [sings] “More than a fee-eeling!” And I thought: ‘Wow, what a great song.’ Is Twitter a blessing or a curse for rock stars? j: I started tweeting when I was single. Social media is great when you’re single. That was the only reason I started using it. It also gives you a chance to correct false rumours. j: Absolutely. And you can include the fans when you’re planning live shows. When a few hundred people on Twitter suggest you play a particular song, you should play it. Do you still get goosebumps on stage? m: Absolutely. When everyone sings along, I can really feel it. j: When the audience starts singing or people jump up and down I get a shiver down my back. And when a girl in the front row lifts up her T-shirt: goosebumps. m: When I get a solo right: goosebumps. j: But mostly when someone takes off their T-shirt. Mechanical Bull is out now: www.kingsofleon.com the red bulletin
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Interview: Andreas Rottenschlager
Kings of Leon, clockwise from top left: Followills Matthew (guitar), Jared (bass), Nathan (drums) and Caleb (guitar, vocals)
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Interview: Stefan Wagner
THE red bulletin: Together you’ve won 30 Grand Slam tournaments, earned fortunes, achieved worldwide popularity and business success. You raise millions for children’s charities, look after young tennis players, have a strong marriage and are bringing up happy children. Everything you touch seems to be successful, but what was it like after the end of your tennis careers? Did you have to relearn what success is? A tennis tournament begins on a Monday, the goal is victory in the finals on Sunday: that’s relatively straightforward. stefanie graf: And on the Monday you get the new rankings, which tell you where you stand. When I was still playing tennis, a friend once said to me, “You’re so lucky, you can say that you are the best in something.” Today I understand better than ever what he meant. This phrase provides a certain kind of security. A doctor or a therapist never knows exactly how good he really is, there’s always the question of whether or not he could be better. Was it easier for you playing sport than it was afterwards? SG: No, there were different questions. For example, whether the success that you have achieved is actually what you wanted to achieve. For a sports player these questions go even deeper with age. ANDRE AGASSI: I have my own view of success. Which is? AA: I believe success is an illusion. But you won all four Grand Slams, over $31 million in prize money and were world number one. That is an illusion? AA: Success in itself, as an end in itself, is an illusion. Whether it’s in sport or a charitable foundation. Let me put it this 49
way: in the last year, Stefanie has helped 1,000 children with her Children for Tomorrow foundation – and even if it were 2,000, there are still umpteen thousand out there that she can’t help. Would you describe that as success? It would be crazy not to. AA: It wouldn’t, because you describe something as success that isn’t actually success. In tennis I learnt that the final isn’t the goal, it can’t be. That would have meant, ‘Shit, on Monday it all starts again.’ Following your logic, Roger Federer isn’t a successful tennis player. AA: He is, of course – but not because he’s won the most Grand Slam titles, but because he’s the all-time best, which he is beyond a doubt, and yet he still tries to develop. True excellence is the person who understands that success won’t come sometime in the future, but rather here, now. As soon as I understood that, a few important things became clear: it’s not what I do that’s important, it’s how I do it. I won’t accept not giving my best. I won’t accept not wanting to be better. Every day, I have to try to be better, no matter what the scoreboard says or what the world rankings say, or how much I’ve raised in donations. But you can’t separate ‘success’ from goals which are objectively set and attained. AA: Yes you can. In fact you have to. Try it! Set yourself a goal, work hard to achieve it – will it make you happy? No. It’s an illusion to think that setting goals and achieving them makes you happy. How much money have you raised in the last 15-20 years for your charity projects? SG: I concentrate on the necessary amount year by year. In total it’s millions, many millions. AA: For me, over the years it’s been almost exactly $175 million. And do you know how many children you’ve helped? SG: In the past year it was 1,000 children, which was our highest number for 15 years. AA: Recently we had 1,300 children per year in our academy. But you must regard that as success? AA: Success isn’t what comes out, but what you put in. Doing things completely or not at all. Caring about what you do. When it comes to charity: invest yourself in your project. Find out how you can make something exceptional out of it. Does your fame help? Do you have to collect donations yourself? Will you have to spend time 50
So success is subjective, not objective? Andre Agassi: ‘When you see success as a goal, you’ll never be successful. Because it becomes like an addiction, you can never have enough.
NeveR’ away from your children to give interviews? Then you have to do it with all your heart. When it comes to tennis: find out what you’re responsible for, and concentrate on that. Work on your fitness, on your stroke. Don’t lie to yourself and look for shortcuts. Success isn’t a result. Success is a way of living you choose for yourself. So success is subjective, not objective? SG: Absolutely. AA: When you see success as a goal, you’ll never be successful. Because it becomes like an addiction, you can never have enough. Never. But how do you measure success? SG: By how you feel when you go to bed at night. More and more tennis pros come to you in Las Vegas to learn from you. What can you teach these players, some of whom are world class? SG: Actually sometimes it is about technique. Not the basics, sure, but there’s often room for tips.
You once said that you could teach a young player in 10 minutes what you learnt in 10 years. What would happen in those 10 minutes? AA: There are a few things that are important to me, simple things. For example, that there is only one important point you play in life, that is, the next one. And that you should concentrate on the things that you can influence – you can control your attitude, your work ethic, your concentration. If it’s windy or hot or something aches or you’re tired from the match yesterday, then you have to accept it. I also try to teach young players that tennis isn’t a sport where you’ll get perfection. There’s no 100 per cent tennis. There is only the 100 per cent that is within you on the day. It’s all about bringing out your own 100 per cent. SG: I can’t put it as succinctly as Andre, I couldn’t fit it all in 10 minutes. Also I see my task a little differently: I don’t give life lessons. I prefer listening to talking. the red bulletin
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In Open [Agassi’s gripping and brutally honest autobiography], there are descriptions of depressive episodes, even after winning Wimbledon and becoming number one in world rankings. Was the pain of losing really stronger than the joy of triumph? AA: Yes, and that still applies. How do you deal with it? AA: I’ve learnt to enjoy every moment. A good day with a major final, that’s a good moment. But you have to learn to value all the moments before that led to it. The moment of victory can’t be better than the moment of preparation. Learning that is pretty much a question of survival for a tennis player. SG: Andre’s right. The feeling you have after a victory fades so quickly. What we call success has a terribly short half-life. You would have been amazed if you’d seen Andre or me after a major victory. There was some relief, maybe, but no rejoicing or excitement. After a major the red bulletin
victory there’s an emptiness, a routine, ‘Let’s go home, we’re done here.’ That sounds really sad. AA: Oh, it is. Learning to see things differently is utterly essential. The day in the weight room, on the training court – that has to count just as much as finals day at Wimbledon. Not understanding that can be dangerous, because you make bad mistakes. So you think, for instance, that money is important, but money is nothing more than an expansion of opportunities for spending your time. Money can’t make you happy. When you’re happy with the opportunities that come with less money, money completely loses its significance. Money is a means to an end, not an end in itself. Exactly the same as what you’ve been describing as success: Success isn’t an end in itself. Success doesn’t mean winning. Not many world-famous sportspeople would say that. How does an athlete come to think like that? SG: Life is a good teacher, whether you’re
a tennis player or not. You just have to ask yourself one question and answer it honestly: is the life I live the life that I want to live? Did you already have that attitude during your career? AA: At 27 I was number one in the world, I had won Grand Slams, I had taken drugs, I was divorced, I fell to number 141. I was unhappy. And I had to make a decision: do I keep playing tennis or not? That was the moment when I thought, even if I didn’t choose tennis for myself, because my father did that for me, perhaps tennis will give me the opportunity to get my life together. To do that I needed some meaning in my life. The school I built was that meaning. And so tennis had a purpose, tennis allowed me to create and maintain something which is really important. Suddenly it was all completely simple: tennis became a tool with which I could do something I really wanted to do. You said that fear is a great motivator. Given your life story, what you suffered as a child through fear and pressure – did you really mean that? AA: The fear of losing is an important motivator. Fear of not making the best of a situation. It seems as if you raise your children without fear. With your charities you try to make the lives of others easier. AA: But the fear of losing stays. That doesn’t go away. Ignoring the fear doesn’t help. I have a fear of failing my children: that fear is good and right, because it keeps me alert. Is there such a thing as a life without fear? AA: We humans can love and hate, we feel joy and fear, all these emotions are within us. It would be wrong to try and turn one of them off. Quite apart from the fact that it would be impossible. Can you raise a child to be successful in the conventional sense of the word? SG: No. AA: But you can screw it up. SG: That’s something we’re really afraid of, that we screw up with our kids. AA: You can teach someone to put the scoreboard ahead of everything. But that would be wrong. Children have to learn to push themselves every day. For themselves, not for anyone else, certainly not for a scoreboard. When you see the result on the scoreboard, that’s a bonus. But what’s on the scoreboard shouldn’t be the meaning of life. Life is bigger than any scoreboard. www.childrenfortomorrow.de www.agassifoundation.org
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Fendi Racingâ€™s 8 LFF8 boat at the UIM Offshore Powerboat Grand Prix in Istanbul, Turkey
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Life on the edge at the World Powerboat Championship
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Powerboats smack across the waves in Istanbul, with Victory 3 out in front
This is Class 1 offshore powerboat racing, the highest class of its type
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he time is approaching midnight on the day of Race 1, and the pits are still buzzing. Mechanics and team members push past one another, some carrying replacement parts for performance machines in the highest class of their type, others carrying race-worn bits that need to be cleaned of seawater and dried. Discarded parts litter the ground, machines destined for the waste bin, when someone gets around to cleaning up. This is not Formula One. There’s less than 12 hours until the second race of the UIM Offshore Powerboat Grand Prix, in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Victory 3 boat has both engines removed. Earlier today, the boat, with its two pilots, driver Arif Saif Al Zaffain and throttleman Mohammed Al Marri, spun out in the first of the weekend’s two races, damaging the engines and creating a substantial job for the Dubai-based Victory Team. “These things happen. It’s OK and we’re fine, although Mohammed took a heavy hit to his head” says Al Zaffain, after his accident. “We’ll be back in the second race, if they can get the engines fixed.” The pits, also known as wet pits in powerboat racing, are in a well-worn area of a working marina. This is Class 1 offshore powerboat racing, the highest class of its racing type, so there are freshly livered team trucks and matching uniforms for the staff. There are no hospitality boxes overlooking the pits. Instead, an unshaven guy in a dirty
Team Abu Dhabi crash out. Below right: Victory mechanics perform last-minute engine checks. Left: the propeller from Fendi Racing’s boat. Above left: a team member tightens the safety harness of Fendi Racing’s Giovanni Carpitella
boats can either spin out and rotate across the top boatlifting crane watches the frenetic activity below him with a look on his face that says he would really rather be at home in bed at this time of night. Under hastily erected spotlights surrounded by fluttering moths, the Victory Team mechanics carry out repairs. A software engineer drops down into the boat’s cockpit to put the electronics through their paces. Victory 3 needs repairs, even though the hull stood up well to being flung at an unforgiving sea at high force. Both engines must be rebuilt, and all parts that aren’t replaced must be flushed of seawater. The team have a busy night ahead of them. Across the way, the mechanics from Fendi Racing sit back in their camping chairs, enjoying a cold beer, revelling in the fact that their boat is prepped, cleaned and packed away, ready for tomorrow. These men know that it could so easily have been them toiling through the night. The sea doesn’t take sides when choosing its victims and water, when struck at speed, is anything but soft and cushioning. It can be as hard 56
as concrete and once it has destroyed your mode of transport, it’ll then try to drown you. The second Fendi Racing boat finished third in the first race, so those responsible can afford a celebratory beverage.
e can download all the engine data to a laptop to figure out where we are slow, and what the engines are doing,” says Stephen Phillips, an electrical engineer for the Victory Team. “But we can only do this before or after the race, as they banned live telemetry a few years ago to try to keep costs down.” Inside the cockpit, it’s damp and smells of drying sweat. The seats, with the driver’s on the right, are very close
together, separated only by a central support bar that runs through the cockpit. On the hull, to the front and to the side of each seat is a slit window. In here, it feels more like a tank than a high-performance racing vehicle. The controls are: two screens showing GPS information, some switches, a racecar-style steering wheel and two hand throttles. There is nothing here that doesn’t need to be here. This is the sort of place most people wouldn’t want to spend more than a few minutes. Powerboat racing is a glamorous, sexy sport, where daring drivers pit their skills against each other in extreme danger, but taking part is hot, sweaty, unpleasant work. Powerboat racing isn’t a young man’s game. Most competitors are over 40; many of their female companions are not. The men, like the women, are here simply for the thrill of it. Adulation and prize money are both relatively small. High-level sponsorship doesn’t exist here. Some teams are the playthings of rich men; others are backed by national tourism boards. the red bulletin
PHOTOGRAPHY: Philipp Horak (3), Raffaello Bastiani
of the water, or catch the edge of a wave and flip over
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The boats have a top speed of 128 knots (255kph). The hull is almost completely out of the water for much of the time. Too little power and the boat won’t ride on the surface; too much and it will flip over backwards. “Keeping the boat up on the keel is critical,” says Ragesh Elayadeth, Victory Team’s manager. “If you can get the boat running on that perfect level, then that’s the way to win.” The power is controlled by the throttleman, using two hand throttles. They are connected to cables that snake off under the cockpit, which in turn are connected to two very large V12 engines, hidden under the rear deck of the boat, each one capable of producing 850hp. The driver takes care of the steering. In making turns, the driver has to steer around tight enough to get around the bend, while the throttleman also uses the twin engines to help turn the boat. If the two pilots are not in sync with one another, and with their vehicle, the boat can either spin out, skipping and rotating across the top of the water, or it can catch the edge of a wave and flip over. 57
powerboat racing ranks among the worldâ€™s most dangerous motorsports
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The action played out close to the rocks in Istanbul as Dubai-based Victory 3 (below) won the race. Team Abu Dhabi (left) came seventh
n Sunday, for Race 2, there are clear skies and it’s hot. Ten minutes before the start, the pilots put on their lifejackets and drop down into the cockpits. Hatches are dropped into place and locked. Starter motors whine and the engines kick into life. A powerboat is designed so that its cockpit remains intact in the event of an accident, but what happens in real life and what happens by design are not always the same. When compared to other forms of motorsport, it ranks among the most dangerous in the world. Since 1972, 25 pilots have been killed racing offshore powerboats, including four accidents in which two men were killed and one in which three died. In the same period, 16 men have the red bulletin
died behind the wheel of a Formula One car, six of them during a grand prix. Out on the sea in front of the marina, the boats head up to the start line, bumping along at low speed behind the pace boat. There’s no explosion of sound, like with the ignition of an F1 engine. With powerboats the sound is like a turbine at low speed, not at all loud or angry. When the flag drops, the roar from the engines is loud, but far lower pitched than at an F1 start line. With their tiny windows and spear-like fronts, the boats have an evil look about them. In the first moments of the race, they smack across the tops of small waves. Victory 3 seems to be running without a hitch, not that the bleary-eyed mechanics know this. They are mainlining coffee in the team trailer. After only a few laps the boat of Team Abu Dhabi flips spectacularly, landing upside down in the middle of the course. The crew are OK, ungainly exiting through the escape hatch located on the bottom of the boat for just such an
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occasion. The race is quickly brought to a stop with the officials’ red flags. “We’re fine,” says the driver Faleh Al Mansoori, as he walks into the pits after the crash, and leaves without another word. Flipping is just one of the many ways to sink a million dollars to the bottom of the sea in powerboat racing. There’s also ‘submarining’ where the boat launches off a large wave, before nose-diving under the surface. Such are the forces involved, this can often separate the deck from the hull, peeling open a boat like a can of sardines. After the restart, Victory 3 powers home in first and back to top of the championship leaderboard. Fendi takes second place with the winners of the first race, Hub Team Australia, in third. Offshore powerboat racing is big, brash and elitist. Money is the main entry requirement. For that reason it will likely always remain a niche sport. Yet that’s what makes it interesting. It is more exclusive than F1, but also more about the race itself than that which surrounds it. Back in the pits, the head has been removed from one of the Abu Dhabi boat’s engine blocks and a mechanic is handcranking the engine, firing a fountain of water out of the piston chambers. A mechanic carries a piece of broken bodywork away from the repair area. “Another long night,” he says. The final round of the 2013 World Powerboat Championship takes place in Dubai on December 5-6: www.class-1.com
Kobe. Clips. UClA. Dynasty.
Forget New York, Miami and Chicago: Los Angeles is the most important basketball city in America. The Red Bulletin goes Stateside to find out why the City of Angels is hoops Heaven Words: Andy & Brian Kamenetzky Illustrations: Miles Donovan
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The Venice Beach basketball courts continue to produce top-level talent in streetball the red bulletin
t was the last Monday before Christmas in 1891 when Dr James A Naismith, looking for a way to keep his charges at Springfield College in Massachusetts fit as a fiddle through the cold New England winter, hung a pair of peach baskets at opposite ends of an assembly hall and gave birth to basketball. Naismith’s humble game of 13 original rules – none of which allowed dribbling – has since gone global, spawning an international ecosystem of gyms, parks, and backyard hoops. But there is only one sun around which the basketball solar system orbits. A place where dominance is found at the highest level. Where hoops culture runs thick from the roughest street courts to pristine palaces of gleaming hardwood. Where icons reign and history is rich. A place more than 4,500km from where the game was invented, where hostile weather wouldn’t have been an issue, even in December. That place is Los Angeles, the undisputed basketball capital of the world. Disagree? Take a gander at LA’s eyepopping résumé.
UCLA, the legendary home of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and John Wooden, remains one of the country’s college basketball powerhouses
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Let’s start with the gold standard: the Los Angeles Lakers, who’ve reached the finals 25 times and won 11 titles since migrating from Minneapolis in 1960. The five championships they’ve banked since 2000 alone ranks third in NBA history. The list of roundball luminaries donning the purple and gold reads like the credits of an Oscar-bait movie featuring every available A-list star stuffed into the cast: West, Wilt, Baylor, Kareem, Magic, Worthy, Shaq, Kobe, Gasol. (Meanwhile, actual Oscar bait could do worse than the Hollywood talent regularly found courtside at Staples Center, all identifiable by one name, much like Brazilian soccer stars. Jack. Leo. Denzel. Dustin.) Sure, the surfing may be choppy this year on the heels of the Lakers’ most
disappointing season in franchise history. They have a better chance of missing the playoffs for just the third time since 1976 than raising the championship trophy. None of this prevented the NBA from giving them a schedule with the maximum number of nationally televised games, nor will it squelch conversation about which superstar will eventually take the torch from Kobe Bryant. Because the Lakers, the NBA’s best, longest-running, most successful entertainment programme, always matter. Always.
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Long-suffering No Longer
The one flaw in Los Angeles basketball has been its own one-sided dominance. Not anymore. The Lakers now have a local rival. For decades, the Los Angeles Clippers were there only to offset the Lakers’ shine and provide punchlines. When the Lakers had Shaquille O’Neal, the Clippers had Michael Olowokandi, one of the worst No.1 draft picks in league history. (According to Bryant, in 1996 the Clippers told him he had the best pre-draft workout they’d ever seen, but said “the city of Los Angeles wouldn’t take us seriously” if they selected a 17-year-old.) The Clippers have always been a gun with a never-ending supply of bullets aimed at their own foot. With the Lakers in transition, the 2013-14 campaign is a full-scale ‘Championship or Bust’ affair for the Clippers. Chris Paul is the league’s best point guard, and with All-NBA power forward/dunk savant Blake Griffin by his side, the two will form a formidable inside-outside duo for years to come. The team will be led on the sidelines by Doc Rivers, owner of a 2008 title ring with the Boston Celtics and source of unassailable gravitas, who wrangled his way out of Boston at the end of last season to coach the Clips. Fifteen years ago this would have required either incriminating photographs or tranquilliser guns and duct tape. No longer basketball’s Siberia, the Clippers are now a hot landing spot, capable of leveraging all the perks synonymous with playing in LA. No, these aren’t even your older brother’s Clippers anymore, much less your daddy’s.
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The Los Angeles Clippers with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are the hottest team in the country right now Jennings, Brook Lopez, Jrue Holiday, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard. And don’t forget Paul Pierce, the Inglewood High product still averaging almost 20 points per game at nearly 36 years old. (Now he’s left the Boston Celtics, Lakers’ big rivals, for the Brooklyn Nets, so LA can start rooting for him again.) That’s just the men. You could sculpt a roundball Mt Rushmore on the women’s side using only Angelenos. Cynthia Cooper and Tina Thompson? Both from LA. Then there’s Lisa Leslie, a four-time Olympic gold medallist, three-time winner of the WNBA Most Valuable Player award, eighttime WNBA All-Star, who while playing for Inglewood’s Morningside High once
scored 101 points in one half. And if Leslie’s not the greatest woman ever to pound a Spaulding, then it’s Riverside’s Cheryl Miller, a Hall of Famer who completely revolutionised the game, putting women’s basketball on the map. The LA Sparks are owners of two titles – with a chance this year for a third – and 12 playoff appearances, making them one of the WNBA’s marquee franchises. Ever the progressive city, LA has bridged any basketball gender gap by promoting dominance in both. If it was just the pro game driving the city’s hoops résumé, LA would hold a place of envy. But as they say in the infomercials, “But wait, there’s more!” 63
a two-bedroom apartment. Put all of it aside, if you can – but even the buildings at UCLA command respect.
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UCLA’s legendary Men’s Gym, now known as the Student Activities Center, is a basketball institution. Magic Johnson used the space for summer workouts back in the day, and it has since become one of the top pick-up locations for pros, collegians and elite high-school ballers alike. Everyone from Jordan to Kobe to Pierce has taken part, all with the hope of holding down the famed Center Court, which has been referred to as The Holy Grail. It’s a spectacle so grand you won’t even notice UCLA’s outrageous parking fees. And that’s not the only place in LA where the crème de la crème lace ’em up. The 2011 NBA lockout suddenly put a spotlight on LA’s amateur Drew League, as waves of NBA players – including Bryant and Harden, who combined for 90 points in a mano-a-mano battle – descended upon Watts looking to stay sharp. Yet this summertime pro-am, established in 1973, was a hotbed of top-level pro, college, and high school talent long before casual fans got the memo. Dennis Johnson, Michael Cooper, and Baron Davis were regulars, along with Raymond Lewis, an LA streetball legend in the running with Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault, for the ‘greatest who never made it’ crown. This summer, headliners included Harden and former teammate Kevin Durant, but guys you’ve never heard of kill it, too.
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Begin in Westwood with UCLA. Set aside for a moment the UCLA Bruins’ incredible success, with 11 national college titles and 18 Final Four appearances. No easy task, but give it a shot. Forget about the luminaries who have worn the colours. Again, easier said than done when talking about Bill Walton, Reggie Miller, Walt Hazzard, Gail Goodrich, Ann Meyers, not to mention Love and Westbrook (for you 64
kids with no appreciation of history). Ignore the greatest of them all, Kareem AbdulJabbar, and Lew Alcindor, who was so good the NCAA outlawed dunking in an attempt so obviously designed to slow him down it was commonly called ‘the Alcindor Rule’. Forget even John Wooden, the godfather of college coaches, whose Pyramid of Success inspired millions but who was still so humble he lived for decades in the same postage stamp of
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Of course, there are other places across America where a strong basketball culture thrives. As regions, Indiana and North Carolina are incredibly impressive. The former has a slew of high-quality college programmes like stalwart Indiana University and Butler Bulldogs in the NCAA Division 1. Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird are Indiana products, which by itself is enough to earn the world’s eternal gratitude. Indiana even has pop-culture contributions, with Hoosiers, one of the greatest basketball movies ever made, and that legendary Converse commercial where Bird and Magic go one-on-one in the Indiana town of French Lick. In North Carolina, UNC and Duke have eight national titles between them since 1980, thanks to legendary coaches like Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski. Icons both, maybe even more so than John Wooden. The state has pumped out
an impressive crop of pros, including James Worthy, John Wall, and that Jordan guy people love to make a deal over. MJ is the greatest of all time, but it’s hard not to notice the mess he’s made of pro hoops in North Carolina as owner of the Charlotte Bobcats? Which gets to one major problem for both regions: huge contributions at grassroots, far less success at the highest levels. (Kentucky is in the same boat.)
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ew York vs Miami vs Chicago vs LA – the epic battle of the big basketball cities? Please. South Beach hoops never dented the national consciousness until Pat Riley, who guided the Lakers to four titles in the ’80s, parachuted in to play puppeteer for Miami Heat. The 2006 title was a direct result of Shaq’s arrival from the Lakers. The two-time defending champions will spend the upcoming season facing speculation that LeBron James will leave next summer and join – wait for it – the Lakers. In many ways, Miami is LA’s spinoff show. Chicago is a roundball giant, but it doesn’t trump New York. Ah yes… New York is a never-ending sea of sports talk and street courts. Many view New York as the unquestioned streetball Shangri-La, not without cause. Courts like Rucker Park in Harlem and The Cage in Greenwich Village – the best named court on the planet – are known worldwide, breeding grounds for generations of players. On the other hand, if you’d like to play outdoors all 12 months of the year, head west. (White Men Can’t Jump wasn’t set in LA by accident.) If you’d like to play year-round next to the beach surrounded by beautiful women, head specifically to the famed Venice Beach courts. New Yorkers swear up and down they’re the tougher set. Maybe they are, maybe they’re not. But history proves LA is doing something right. And while Madison Square Garden remains the Mecca of all basketball houses, worthy of a pilgrimage, its hosts, the New York Knicks, haven’t matched the hype for quite some time. After Patrick Ewing, Latrell Spree and Larry Johnson helped the Knicks reach the Finals in ’99, they devolved into a mismanaged circus of spending. the red bulletin
Kobe Bryant might be winding up his career, but the Lakers are
still the top attraction when it comes to TV audiences The current roster, led by small forward Carmelo Anthony, is New York’s best in years – super-fan Spike Lee hasn’t had it this good since Summer Of Sam was in theatres – and that makes them only about the fifth-best team in their conference.
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A busy offseason for the Nets in hipper-than-thou Brooklyn elevates New York’s pro prestige. The Barclays Center is state-of-the-art, and gajillionaire Mikhail Prokhorov’s disdain for the NBA’s salary cap and luxury-tax thresholds is amusing. But LA trumps New York at the pro level, and college, too. So many great young NBA players are products
of LA, and the New York pipeline isn’t what it once was. There was once a time when New York was indeed the Capital of Basketball, but capitals can change. Ask a Canadian, Australian, Brazilian or Kazakhstani. Pinpointing the exact moment isn’t easy. There wasn’t some elaborate flag ceremony with a marching band to mark herald the new capital of basketball. (Though had a band played, it would have been USC’s, long a staple at Lakers games.) Just as people have migrated to Southern California, seduced by the siren song of sun and surf, so too has the soul of basketball. It doesn’t look like relocating anytime soon. www.landolakers.com
Leap of Faith Shane McConkey died doing what he loved. This is the story of what happened next
Words: Ann Donahue
Shane McConkey and Miles Daisher BASE-jump from the Peak2Peak gondola in Whistler, Canada
“There is no way somebody can see the film of his life and say he wasn’t a loving father and husband”
The cold, hard truth is that in March 2009, Shane McConkey – an innovator in adventure sports, who pioneered the ultimate off-piste sport of ski BASEjumping – died at the age of 39 when his skis failed to properly release during a wingsuit jump in the Dolomites in Italy. At 41 years old, Sherry was left a widow with a three-year-old daughter. Originally from South Africa, Sherry is a petite, sinewy force. She lives in Squaw Valley, California and teaches rehabilitative yoga to athletes injured in ski accidents. Her given name is Scheherazade, a nod to her Persian heritage, and in honour of the storyteller of One Thousand and One Nights. She wears a necklace with several pendants, one of which is Shane’s ring, another imprinted with a quote attributed to Leonardo da Vinci: “Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the 68
earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” For Sherry, the four years since her husband’s death have been a dark, turbulent blur, with two major moments of clarity: one, that she had to corral her grief in order to set an example for her daughter, Ayla; and two, that despite her husband’s high-risk career, she had to prove Shane’s unquestionable love for his family. the red bulletin: How difficult is it for you to be involved in a documentary about Shane? sherry mcconkey: It’s been hard for me this whole time, but I know deep down inside that it’s what I want, it’s what Shane would want and I want Ayla to have something really incredible. I knew it would take a long time and I knew it would be really trying and hard and emotional. I’m not moving on. I haven’t moved on. It’s because it’s in my face all the time and it’s a constant reminder. But it’s not a bad thing. I’m always going to remember him, whether I like it or not. When Shane first died, I got a lot of negative remarks, comments online, like: “How could he be a good father? How could he love you if he went out and did this kind of stuff?” You just sit and spew about it in your brain. There is no way somebody is going to walk away [from the film] and say that that man wasn’t a loving father and an incredible husband. Has Ayla seen the movie? She’s watched her segments and our wedding. She wrinkles her nose in delight and I’m behind her just like [mimics sobbing]. That was hard for her, and it’s really hard for me to cry in front of Ayla. You know, we’re attached. We had an umbilical cord. And you remember when you saw your parents cry, you freaked out. It’s awful. They don’t cry and when they do, it’s something big. But my friend said sometimes it’s good for her to see that emotion of how I love Shane. So when she saw the movie, I told her, “I have to tell you, I’m going to cry, because it’s really hard for me. I miss Daddy.” You could see it was upsetting to her, but she got it and the red bulletin
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herry McConkey remembers a conversation she had with her husband, Shane. It was one of those giddy moments in a relationship, where the questions are quick and unrelenting and the thirst for details – no matter how tiny, no matter how silly – is of the utmost importance. “When you die, what do you want to come back as?” asked Sherry. Shane’s answer was instantaneous. “An eagle,” he said. At that point, Sherry knew all that she needed to know about Shane McConkey. Because she wants to be reincarnated as an eagle, too.
Shane McConkeyâ€™s life and career is chronicled in McConkey, available for download on iTunes on October 8. Left: Sherry McConkey
right after her scene, it goes to Italy, and she was like: “Are they going to show Daddy dying?” Of course, they don’t. But it’s wrenching nonetheless to see the build-up to the final jump. It was a big conversation. I was petrified they were going to show it, and it was not necessary. But it was totally handled appropriately. For me, I would have rather not seen the exit [of the jump] because that was his last moment, and it’s not fun to see him. I’m his wife and obviously I’m going to hate it. If everyone in the world thinks it’s fine, I’m still going to hate it. But it’s beautiful, the scenery, and this is what he did. His last moment was a double flip. I trusted the directors, if they thought it was necessary, but they were going to stop it where I wanted to stop. And they listened to me. What was the premiere like at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year? Going to New York, I had this anxiety, more than I ever had in my life. It was like I was going to a wedding and funeral at the same time. I was excited because part of me was going to move on, but it’s also 70
a chapter that’s going to close. I was so nervous for people to perceive Shane the way we wanted them to perceive him. I’d seen it several times, but I was super scared to watch it in front of people. I’d only watched it in front of a couple friends and I would have to walk away. It was super hard. I had an escape route if I wanted to leave and I had my friends around me, and it was just... rad. I looked around at one point, and I was obviously crying, and everybody was. It was like, “Oh. Duh. Everyone is going to cry at this part, because it’s hard, and it’s beautiful.” The movie is going to go on tour and be screened around the US. Are you going to go to any of the tour stops? I’m not sure how many times I can watch the movie. I’m very excited for Squaw. It’s my family here and they are so excited to see it, and they’ve been so unbelievably supportive over the last years. I’d also like to see it in a city and not a sports town like here. There was a woman who stood up in New York and said, “Now I’m going to live my life.” That’s what we wanted. This incredible man was so funny and
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“There was a woman who stood up after a screening and said, ‘Now I’m going to live my life.’ That’s what we wanted”
Shane McConkey BASE-jumps from the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa hotel, in Nevada, USA
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ACTION! McConkey had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. More info at: mcconkeymovie.com
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Shane on the big screen For the athletes who knew Shane McConkey, the documentary of his life is an incisive look at following your passions – despite the ultimate cost
Charles Bryan (right) Skydiver, BASE-jumper “The movie was a great experience. I didn’t know Shane for his skiing, as most everyone else did. We were skydiving and BASE-jumping buddies. I only learned of his fame and influence in skiing later on in our friendship. It’s a sad reality, the inherent dangers in aerial sports. All sports, for that matter.”
Miles Daisher (left) Skydiver, BASE-jumper “The film stirred up an array of emotions for me. It was good to laugh at his crazy humour and remember some great moments in our lives. The ending was rough. You knew it was going to happen, even if you didn’t know Shane, as the foreshadowing began at the start of the movie.”
dorky, and he didn’t care what people thought. It wasn’t even the fact that he was a crazy, amazing athlete – it was his personality that was so contagious. How did you and Shane meet? I’d seen him around town, but I didn’t know him. He was a skier, I was a snowboarder: different crowds. We started mountain biking together and then it was inevitable. We had so much fun together. He’s so fun. He was a dork and he made me laugh. But he was famous. Was that weird? He was never famous to me. I’d see his movies or see him on the slopes and be like, “Wow, that was amazing,” but he didn’t seem famous. He was humble – well, not humble, but he knew what he was capable of doing. It was his passion. He wasn’t cocky about it. It was what he loved to do and naturally it just bubbled out of him. I think he’s more famous now. One of the best moments in the film is when you do your first BASE-jump. The first one I did, I was so scared, but then it was amazing. I wanted to do it more, so I did it a couple more times. It’s one of those sports where you really want to be a good skydiver. You really want to be one of those quick athletes in your brain, where you figure out scenarios fast. I feel like you want to start when you’re young and you have more balls. I started when I was 35, which is really old, and then I went to skydiving and I got a little more comfortable with it – and then I got knocked up [laughs]. Now I can’t do it. No way. After Shane’s death, why did you start the Shane McConkey Foundation? At first I just did it to hold something on the anniversary [of his death]. I felt a lot of pressure. People were looking at me: “What are you going to do?” And it was an opportunity to raise money and awareness. We did one of these wacky things he liked to do – taking the mickey out of snowblading and acting like a dork
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Sherry McConkey with her dog, Pedro, in Squaw Valley
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JT Holmes (right) Skier, BASE-jumper “It’s a great tribute and a triumph considering the daunting task of doing Shane’s life and legacy justice. Sure, there was a lot to work with as far as story and compelling content, but the expectations from those who knew him are extremely high. The movie is one to be very proud of.”
Chris Davenport (right) Big-mountain skier “Telling the story of any life lived to the fullest, even a short life, is a difficult task. Shane was the consummate jokester and lover of all things fun. The film succeeds, because even though his passing and the story behind it is sad, the viewer is reminded that having fun in life is of the utmost importance.”
Q&A: Scott Gaffney A longtime friend of Shane McConkey’s, the co-director at freeskiing production company MSP Films, is one of the directors of McConkey
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were the challenges of going through all of Shane McConkey’s sports footage? scott gaffney: I get ridiculed by the other guys at MSP Films for being a geek and knowing too much about our footage. But I happened to be there as a cinematographer for roughly 80 per cent of Shane’s ski career. I know what happened where and when, and what his emotions were. But BASE-jumpers are video geeks, too. If Shane and three others went to jump an antenna, three of them probably had helmet cameras rolling. So it took a while, but I knew what meant a lot to him and what was just another shot. How did you work with his widow, Sherry, to create the film? We wanted Sherry to have ultimate say in the outcome. Her interviews were obviously instrumental, awesome and a core to the film. We were all proud with how awed she was by the film in the end. What did having McConkey premiere at the Tribeca festival mean for the film? Just being accepted to Tribeca was affirmation that Shane was someone worthy of attention outside our action-sports world. We are kind of pigeonholed into being ‘adrenalin junkies’, yet Shane constantly dismissed that label. What he did meant so much more to him.
and not taking life so seriously. It’s a competition, a downhill on snowblades, which is ridiculous, and everybody dresses up. Like belly dancers, or whores, or both [laughs]. We do a gala; it’s super fun. [With the proceeds] we’ve started [educational] Green Teams in the schools here, and I want to do more environmentally conscious events. It sounds like a lot of work. It’s a full-time nonpaying job [laughs]. For me, it’s prolonged not moving on, but I don’t think I’ll ever move on. Why should I? I loved him. He was my soulmate. I want Ayla to see that both her dad and her mom were passionate about this world and I’ll continue trying to do as much as I can. I know it’s for some reason, through Shane. He gave me so much. It wasn’t only love and a soulmate – he gave me the courage to do things I would have never done in my life. What have you learned about grief? The only way I’ve gotten through all this grief is obviously Ayla. I want to be a strong mother and I want to show her that her dad gave me the courage to do the things I needed to do. And exercise. If I didn’t have my mountain bike, I don’t know what I’d do. That’s where I can go and get all my anger out or be alone for hours and see how beautiful this world is. I don’t have Shane to get pissed off at any more [laughs], so I get to beat it out on a mountain bike ride. Do you visit Shane’s memorial at the top of Squaw Valley often? Squaw gave him Eagle’s Nest [a challenging ski run renamed in his honour] and it was so appropriate. We had this connection with eagles. We discussed, “When you die, what do you want to come back as?” And we both said, “Eagles, duh.” You get to soar, you get to fly. And it couldn’t be a more appropriate tribute to Shane. The most beautiful view, looking down on one of his favourite mountains in the world. I’ve got pictures of a golden eagle up there sitting right next to the eagle [statue that commemorates McConkey]. I went up there on Shane’s birthday, there was one flying. I went up there on his anniversary and there were golden eagles flying. It’s so weird. I don’t know – I’d never seen an eagle there before and now I see them all the time. www.mcconkeymovie.com
ixty-nine Dean Street is an inauspicious place to start a revolution. Today it’s a posh Soho hotel, but back in 1978 it was Billy’s, a dilapidated nightclub. Yet the Bowie night that began here was a laboratory for every peacock and fancy dan this side of Birmingham New Street, and sent shockwaves into the music world, providing what seemed like half of all 1980s pop stars – Marilyn, Visage, Spandau Ballet, Culture Club, Hayzi Fantayzee, Sade, Bananarama. Mark Moore, later of S-Express, went with a friend: “She said, ‘We’re going to go to this great club, which is full of weirdos, freaks, rent boys and prostitutes.’” It was the birth of the club night, the door picker and the
All-dayers became an import aspect of 1980s clubbing. Various tribes from different cities united for large-scale events of up to 4,000 dancers. Regular events were staged at the Locarno in Birmingham, Nottingham Rock City as well as the National Soul Festival in Purley and the Caister Weekenders. They were an important outlet for a new form of music arriving from the US: house. “We played it alongside Mantronix or boogie,” says early house pioneer Rhythm Doctor. “It was faster, but it wasn’t seen as different.”
Until the arrival of acid house, most British DJs were obsessed with black America and its offspring: soul, funk, disco, electro, hip-hop. But by the early 1980s something split the jazz-funk scene and opened a path to the house music revolution. In some places it didn’t have a name, but in Manchester they called it electro-funk and then electro. Greg Wilson in Manchester’s Legends club led the charge. And in London it was Tim Westwood who helped coax the city over from soul, with sessions at an Oxford Street hovel called Spatz. “Tim was in it from dot, man,” says drum ’n’ bass don Fabio. “He changed the game.” From Bristol came a crucial party crew The Wild Bunch which gave a platform to Nellee Hooper, who went on to work with Björk and Massive Attack.
Manchester was an early adopter via DJs like Mike Pickering and Hewan Clarke at the Haçienda. In Nottingham, Selectadisc record shop employee Graeme Park played it alongside hip-hop, while in Sheffield, DJ Parrot featured it in varied sets that included everything from Cabaret Voltaire to electro. “You’d be thinking, ‘What is this?’” remembers Parrot. “But it seemed to fit perfectly.” London was ruled by rare groove, a movement grown through pirate stations and warehouse parties. The music was often retro, rediscovering great funk and disco tunes such as I Believe In Miracles by The Jackson Sisters. At its helm were DJs like Judge Jules, Jazzie B and Norman Jay, whose Original Rare Groove Show was one of the best Monday night parties. House had its supporters in the capital, among them was Mark Moore at Pyramid, who remembers it as a mission to convert: “People hated house music. It was all rare groove and hip-hop. I thought, ‘I’m not gonna give in.’ I’d play Strings Of Life and clear the floor.” Then four DJs went to Ibiza for a week. Johnny Walker, Nicky Holloway, Paul Oakenfold and Danny Rampling, inspired by the sets at open-air Amnesia, resolved to bring the Ibiza vibe to London in clubs like Shoom, Future, Spectrum and The Trip.
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promoter-led party. Rusty Egan and Steve Strange took a dead Tuesday night and filled it with the flyer’s promise of ‘fame, fame, fame’, all to a soundtrack of Euro-disco and, of course, David Bowie. It inspired other clubs in London and beyond, most notably The Blitz Club, from which The New Romantics got their original name, Blitz Kids. In Manchester, there was the prototype for the Haçienda, Pips, while in Leeds at the Warehouse, the cloakroom boy, Marc Almond, was inspired to start Digital Disco, before finding fame with Soft Cell.
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OF THE DANCEFLOOR
British clubland 1978-2013. Story by Bill Brewster Timeline by Phil Dudman
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On the techno side, clubs like Pure in Edinburgh, helmed by Twitch and Brainstorm, Morley in Yorkshire’s legendary Orbit, House Of God in Birmingham and London’s Lost, led by Steve Bicknell, carried the torch. Then, as the government’s Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill stopped thousands of young people dancing in fields, so began the era of the superclub. There was Renaissance in Mansfield, Golden in Stoke and Cream in Liverpool, while Shindig in Newcastle and Leeds’ Back To Basics finely balanced punk rock attitude with superclub success. Celebratory night Twice As Nice brought back the dress-up vibe and helped propel UK garage into the charts. House music had a stranglehold on the UK club scene for the rest of the 1990s, despite some resistance. Pure’s JD Twitch showed his disaffection with house music’s dominance by launching a Sunday evening club in Glasgow with friend JG Wilkes, called Optimo, dedicated to playing, well, pretty much anything. In Manchester, Haçienda refugees the Unabombers founded the long-running night The Electric Chair, while in London there was Gilles Peterson’s That’s How It Is, Coldcut’s epic Stealth and DJ Harvey’s New Hard Left (both in Hoxton club The Blue Note). House music’s bubble burst on New Year’s Eve 1999, when clubs attempting to cash-in on the millennium celebrations by overcharging (some tickets were as high as £150), saw in 2000 with half-empty dancefloors. One of the real successes of the new era, which eschewed superstar DJs in favour of an avowedly underground approach, was Fabric in London’s Smithfield. While Home, which launched at the same time, brought in Danny Tenaglia and Paul Oakenfold, failed and closed shortly after opening, Fabric is still thriving today.
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It spread like wildfire, and house music went from being a secret held by clued-up kids to mass hysteria. Acid house and the ecstasy taken with it changed Britain. It democratised the dancefloor and killed the door policy. Suddenly it was fun to go dancing and everyone was invited. From those small clubs in the big cities came the giant raves that fanned out from industrial wastelands and into the M25 orbital belt: Biology, Sunrise and Genesis, while in places like the south coast, Sterns in Worthing and the Zap in Brighton stood tall. In the north, the party spread from Manchester out to Blackburn, where abandoned warehouses and industrial units became party centres for one night only: Unit 7, Sett End, Bubble Factory, more commercialised versions of the original parties. In 1991, there was an influx of money into the development of clubs, which led to the opening of the Ministry Of Sound and the launch of gay all-nighter Trade. There was also a split in house music between a harder-edged sound and the more traditional Chicago/New York recordings. The harder music would eventually morph into techno and one of Britain’s first indigenous dance genres, drum ’n’ bass. Fabio recalls his and Grooverider’s early radical experiments in sound at their club, Rage: “It was just the craziest mixture of extreme madness. The old school crowd at Rage left, so it went from being this posey night with loads of well-dressed people, to being ghetto.”
Bowie night launches on Tuesdays at Billy’s club in Soho, London. It became the first ‘club night’ of its kind in the UK.
The Blitz Club opens in Covent Garden. The Sugar Hill Gang release Rappers Delight, hip-hop’s first big hit.
Duran Duran rehearse in the day and DJ at night at the Rum Runner club in Birmingham. The Face magazine launches.
Norman Jay and brother Joey set up the Good Times Sound System at Notting Hill Carnival. Wigan Casino closes.
The Haçienda in Manchester opens in May, destined to become one of the most famous and influential nightclubs.
On Channel 4’s The Tube, DJ Greg Wilson introduces DJ mixing to the nation. His Funk Night later launches at the Haçienda.
Madonna makes her UK debut at The Haçienda. UK TV show Ear Say documents 18-30 holidaymakers in Ibiza.
Pirate radio station Kiss FM launches. Alumni: Norman Jay, Tim Westwood, Trevor Nelson, Dave Pearce, Gilles Peterson.
Pete Tong compiles The House Sound of Chicago, Vol. 1, Britain’s first house music compilation.
Ibiza-inspired house clubs Sch-oom (later Shoom) and Project, and warehouse party Hedonism, appear in London.
The second Summer of Love heralds a cultural high for the acid house generation and a moral tabloid panic.
Raindance is held at a circus tent on September 16 in Beckton, East London – Britain’s first legal all-night rave.
The Public Entertainments Act is used to bring an injunction against a rave in Norfolk, giving rise to superclubs.
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Gatecrasher buys the Republic venue in Sheffield. Daft Punk make their UK bow at the Glasgow Arches. The Haçienda closes.
Clubs become festivals: Cream does Creamfields; Ministry of Sound vs Gatecrasher staged near Leeds.
Human Traffic documents a weekend of fun in UK clubland. Fabric nightclub opens in London’s Charterhouse Street.
Ministry of Sound’s huge, free NYE party in the Millennium Dome in stark contrast to failed superclub bashes in 1999.
UK garage apex at FWD» at London’s Velvet Rooms. Fatboy Slim attracts 60,000 to Big Beach Boutique in Brighton.
MBE for services to music for Norman Jay. Second Big Beach Boutique attracts 250,000: one person dies, over 100 injured.
Beginnings: Glasgow Arches; Back To Basics and Orbit in Leeds; Ministry Of Sound in London; Pete Tong’s Radio 1.
More beginnings: Cream in Liverpool; Renaissance in Mansfield; the DJ mix CD: Mixmag Live Vol. 1.
Tribal Gathering at Lower Pertwood Farm, Wiltshire, has 25,000 attendees. Gatecrasher launches in rural Worcestershire.
Criminal Justice Bill introduced to ‘discourage’ outdoor raves. Drum ’n’ bass label Metalheadz is founded.
Dance Tent erected at Glastonbury. Skint Records’ club night The Big Beat Boutique opens at Brighton’s Concorde club.
Norman Cook introduces Fatboy Slim. Trainspotting soundtrack boosts Underworld and Born Slippy.
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Orbit closes. Cult house night Circo Loco moves from Monday mornings in Ibiza to a residency at Ministry Of Sound.
Mylo releases seminal Destroy Rock & Roll album to critical acclaim. Stealth nightclub opens in Nottingham.
Digital Mystikz launch the DMZ night at Mass in Brixton, London: a milestone in the development of dubstep.
Openings: Below, for daytime deep house, at the Rainbow Pub, Birmingham; The Warehouse Project in Manchester opens.
UK smoking ban forces a rethink. Smoke rises over Sheffield as Gatecrasher catches fire and is later demolished.
Turnmills closes. The Cross, Canvas and The Key shut after a final NYE blow-out ahead of venue redevelopment.
twice as nice TRASH
The End in London closes after 14 years. Cable opens in London. House night Face launches at The Rainbow Courtyard.
Technics discontinues the SL-1210 turntable. Rinse FM goes legit after 16 years as pirate radio. Boiler Room start live DJ streams.
June sees Secretsundaze celebrate 10 years of colourful house and techno parties across London.
The fallout from the superclub era was summed up by the success of Gatecrasher in Sheffield. It had become so big, clubbing was no longer cool. It needed to go underground again. And it did. FWD>>, the proto-dubstep club which began in 2001 at London’s Velvet Rooms, but soon became synonymous with Thursdays across town at Plastic People amid an acrid fog of weed. It was not only the place that incubated the sounds of everyone from Wiley to Skream, but it retained its own intimate atmosphere. “There was a real community,” says style journalist Emma Warren. “There was a sense that people felt it was theirs.” Large clubs have opened and closed, while small basements flicker with strobe delights. The superclub may never return. The success of Shoreditch has led to the London clubbing scene reaching farther into the most unlikely of settings. Elsewhere, the small parties and the DJ collectives have stopped waiting to be discovered and are now doing it for themselves. It’s really how all good clubs begin: with a lot of heart and very little else. Celebrate Red Bull Music Academy’s 15th birthday and UK clubbing history at Revolutions in Sound on the EDF Energy London Eye on November 14. Each capsule will be kitted out like a UK club, from Danny Rampling’s Shoom and Steve Strange’s The Blitz Club to Fabric and Motion. All 30 will be streamed live online. www.revolutionsinsound.com
British club culture features in Trainspotting director Danny Boyle’s London Olympics opening ceremony.
About four million people go clubbing in the UK each weekend. The industry is worth £2bn. Dance music as mainstream as rock.
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“There was a sense that people felt it was theirs”
Todayâ€™s essential music makers tell the stories behind their beat: Fireside Chats on rbmaradio.com
WingS FOr All TASTES.
THE TASTE OF crAnbErry, limE Or bluEbErry. THE EFFEcT OF rEd bull.
Sound investment: the keys to making music on an iPad. Music, page 94
Where to go and what to do
ac t i o n ! T r a v e l / G e a r / T r a i n i n g / N i g h t l i f e / M U S I C / p a r t i e s / c i t i e s / c l u b s / E v e n ts
Lap land Hurling a supercar around Finland’s frozen lakes takes driving to the next level
photography: ARNAUD TAQUET
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Slide rules: ice driving fun in a Lamborghini Gallardo
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made in the shades Look good and feel good in these sustainable bamboo sunglasses; buy them and a pair of glasses is donated to someone in need. wearpanda.com
Jason McCaffrey is director of surf at Patagonia
Out with the Neo surfing patagonia’s eco wetsuits are manufactured with plant-based products
take an eco hike Made from recycled materials, the Earthkeepers GT has the traction and stability needed to trek through the worst of conditions.
With a goal of reducing the amount of environmentally harmful neoprene in wetsuits, Patagonia worked for four years with Yulex, a company based in Arizona that taps the natural rubber of the guayule plant. The result is a high-performance garment, 60 per cent of which is made from biodegradable, non-synthetic rubber. The only indication? It smells vaguely of eucalyptus – all the better for leaving it in your car. “I did the Pepsi challenge with our surfers,” says Patagonia’s director of surf, Jason McCaffrey. “I sent them the new suit without saying anything. And they were like, ‘Yeah, it fits great. Same old, same old...’ ” McCaffrey couldn’t hope for a bigger compliment.
ski the treeline With an incredibly low carbon footprint, these sleek all-wood skis are a great ecofriendly option for the slopes. Photography: Jeff Johnson/PAtagonia, Kanoa Zimmerman/Patagonia
Naturally good After Patagonia was successful in revamping its popular R2 front-zip wetsuit into an eco prototype with the new material, the company invited the rest of the industry to use Yulex with a goal of eradicating neoprene in a few years’ time. It’s next challenge is to make wetsuits 100 per cent renewable.
Guayule Grows in arid climates, like southwest America
Biorubber Ideal for those who have allergies to latex
Wool The interior is lined to keep the wearer warm
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Block party: Club Maximus is in Kotor’s city walls
monte movies Three films to put you in their place
Slav to the rhythm
Words: florian obkircher. Photography: radoje Milic (4)
KOTOR Monaco comes to Montenegro with a superclub of models, yachts – and ancient city walls Sexy house beats, a powerful sound system, flashing laser beams, moving video screens, go-go girls and a dancefloor full of supermodels. A night in Kotor’s glitziest club promises sensory overkill. Maximus is the night-time companion to the noble harbour on the Montenegrin coast. By 2014, Kotor will have 50 landing stages for superyachts: more than Monaco. Maximus won’t just impress the well-heeled clubgoer. The club is built into the city walls, which date from the Middle Ages and are a major part of the city’s status, since 1979, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The walls, which are 2m thick, once protected Kotor from the Ottomans. Now they ensure that a nightclub’s neighbours are not disturbed. MAXIMUS Stari Grad 433, Kotor, Montenegro www.discomaximus.com
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The Dark Side of the Sun Brad Pitt’s first lead role, shot in Montenegro in 1988, before the wars in the former Yugoslavia broke out. A lightweight romantic drama, but there are great sunsets.
With a capacity of 4,000, Maximus regularly hosts big-name concerts
Get Ye r C oat, Dragi Three chat-up lines in the local language
1 Your eyes are the same colour as my Porsche.
Casino Royale The most famous film to be set in Montenegro wasn’t even filmed there. When Daniel Craig is supposedly hounding his way through Kotor, he is actually in the Czech Republic or the Bahamas.
Tvoje ocˇi imaju istu boju kao moj Porše.
2 I’ve lost my number. Can I have yours? Izgubio sam svoj broj. Mogu li da dobijem tvoj?
3 Don’t I know you? You look like my next girlfriend. Da li se znamo, jer puno licˇiš na moju budu´cu djevojku?
Smash & Grab A 2013 documentary about the Pink Panthers, a gang of jewel thieves with their roots in Serbia and Montenegro. They bagged half a billion dollars’ worth of loot in more than 500 raids.
Cold play: 100kph in a Lamborghini Gallardo on a frozen lake in Lapland
And anoth er thing The Finnish Line
Excite Adrenalin to spare? Jump on a snowmobile and power through a forest in search of the Northern Lights. www.experienceisosyote.fi
While children dream of a trip to Lapland to meet Father Christmas, adults are sent into a similar frenzy by the thought of going there to drive at 100kph on ice. Not that kids are forbidden from swapping Santa for supercars. “Last year we had an 11-year-old driving a Lamborghini,” says Daniel Eden, owner of D1 Ultimate-GT, a motorsport tour organiser. “There are no rules or regulations on frozen lake circuits at all. Anyone can get behind the wheel.” But it’s adults who most commonly layer up for a sub-zero spin. “I’ve driven lots of race and high-performance cars before,” says German entrepreneur Frank Scheelen, who travelled to Finland last year, “but this is how you learn to really push a car to the limit. There are no barriers on the lake, and I had four-time WRC champion Juha Kankkunen by my side giving advice as I went, the car was our classroom. “The Porsche 911 was great, you’re essentially drifting. But most fun was the Lamborghini Gallardo. It’s so powerful. You have to be quick-witted to stop it spinning at 100kph, but that’s Prices start from where the adrenalin kicks in. €3,569 (plus tax) You really feel the power of for an all-inclusive three-day, two-night the car. It was actually an emotional experience. I know trip including one full day at the track. I won’t find the freedom of www.ultimate-gt.com driving like that anywhere else.” 88
Eat “Did he say turn left at the snowdrift?”
Advice from the inside Cold as ice
“Be aware of the weather,” warns Daniel Eden. “As soon as you arrive in Lapland it hits you. It might be as low as -40°C. Even though we send out info on how to prepare, many still turn up at the airport in T-shirts; we’re all dressed like Eskimos.”
“Every driver should try it,”
says Frank Scheelen. “On ice you can safely push the car, find where the limits lie. Then you’re a better driver on the street and in a racecar. I’m calmer now. I know what to do in almost every situation.”
For a most Finnish of feasts, it has to be reindeer, whether that’s reindeer ravioli, sautéed neck or a simple steak. www.monterosa.fi
Explore For a break from engine noise, take a husky-drawn sled out to explore the wilderness in almost total silence. www.visitrovaniemi.fi
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Words: Ruth Morgan. Photography: arnaud taquet, juha kankkunen driving academy, Shutterstock (3)
ice Driving Ever wondered why the Finns excel at motorsport? For them, drifting a Lamborghini around a lawless frozen lake racetrack is child’s play
What you putt in GOLF Flexibility and air-dried meats are key elements in the make-up of a champion golfer
Words: Ulrich corazza. Photography: getty images, chris garrison/red bull content pool. illustration: Heri Irawan
In 2010, aged 17 years and 188 days, Matteo Manassero became the youngest winner of a European Tour event at the Castello Masters in Spain
Matteo Manassero puts in the hard yards for the year-round slog that is professional golf. “Training should consist of both endurance and strength exercises,” says the Italian, who turned 20 in April, the month before he won his fourth European Tour event, the BMW PGA at Wentworth. “The most important thing in golf is to have springy muscles, especially in your hips and legs. So I go for a low number of explosive reps, about eight.” Manassero tops off his training with Pilates and stretches, to give him the core stability and flexibility he needs. What’s also important before a five-hour round of golf is a nutritious feed: “I’ve got into the habit of eating a bit of bresaola [the beef equivalent of prosciutto] and white rice.” twitter.com/manasseromatteo
the aim gam e don't be green on the greens What’s the formula for the fewest putts? “On the one hand, it’s a matter of technique,” says Manassero, “but mainly it’s a matter of confidence in getting the ball in the hole. You can only get that by practising. My routine consists of 15 minutes of putting technique exercises, 20 minutes of putts from 1.2m and then 20 minutes from 6m.”
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Pitch perfect: Manassero uses Pilates to keep in the swing of things
co r e valu es “Two things I always include in my training routine,” says Matteo Manassero, “are squats and various Pilates moves.” Here’s how to make like Matt.
Stand with your feet pointing slightly outward and shoulder-width apart, and a barbell on your shoulders. Pick a weight you're comfortable with.
Bend knees and squat. Breathe out on the way down; in on the way up. Never fully straighten your back or take your knees past 90º.
Lift both legs and bend your knees about 90º. Lift your upper body off the mat, with your chin down to your chest and your hands on your lower legs.
Stretch your legs while making semi-circles with your hands above your head and tensing your stomach muscles. Repeat 12-15 times.
buyer’s guide a doorway at home. You can practise hold types from a whole hand to two fingers. £80/€95 beyondhope.co.uk
Whether you do your stuff on the pitch, piste or in the pool, these are the best gadgets to help you up your game
1. NSD 250Hz Autostart Powerball A powerful sphere that proves not all training products need to be hi-tech to be relevant. It’s powered by a gyroscope that resists when you spin the rotor, putting out 40lbs of resistance and thus giving shoulders, biceps, forearms, wrists and fingers a vigorous, non-impact workout. A digital counter records the number of rotations per session, which the really competitive can record on the company’s website scoreboard. £30/€43 powerballs.com 2. Nabaiji 2.0 MP3 Player Serious swimmers have long recognised the benefit of a beat to help them keep an even pace during training. This music player not only stores 2GB of tunes and stays waterproof up to 3m, it also helps analyse your session. It has an inbuilt stopwatch and a distance
tracker: just enter the length of the pool to generate data on speed, distance, intervals and calories burned. Connect it to a computer to analyse stats and compare with others at swimwith.nabaiji.com. £85/¤100 www.decathlon.co.uk 3. Sony Action Cam, with AKASM1 Surf Board Mount Surfers can now capture all of their moves in HD quality with the camera that enters swells with them. A specially designed mount keeps it glued to the board, while the waterproof case keeps it happy up to 60m down (we hope you never go that far under). The inbuilt SteadyShot technology minimises shake to give smooth footage and allows visual insight into what’s going right, and wrong, during a session. Camera £259/€306. Mount £32/€38 www.sony.co.uk
4. GolfSense In a sea of golfing aids, this one stands out as the only device to sit on your glove rather than your club shaft. It measures the ‘hand path’ of a swing, then sends 3D data wirelessly to any Apple or Android device via Bluetooth, detailing the plane and path of the swing, speed, tempo, backswing position and, using the gyroscope and accelerometer on your phone from the free app, even your hip rotation. £100/€118 www.zepp.com 5. Metolius Wood Grips Compact Fingerboard If a climber can’t hang on long enough to make the next move, no amount of bodily brawn will help them get to the top. Enter the fingerboard. This wooden device is not only easier on the skin than its resin counterparts, it’s easy on the eye when placed above
6. IPONG PRO by Joola There’s only one problem with getting serious about ping-pong: it takes two people to play. But this gizmo means a trip to the table tennis club can be reserved for showing off new skills honed at home. It can shoot out 100 balls before it needs reloading. Select speeds from easy to extreme, add backspin or topspin and set the base to oscillate, which varies the landing position. Many gadgets claim to be useful for both beginners and masters; this one absolutely is. £190/€225 www.bribartt.co.uk 7. Smith I/O Recon Goggle The technology in these snow goggles will make even an average boarder or skier feel like a cyborg. They’re packed with GPS, Bluetooth, an accelerometer, gyroscope and altimeter to give you every possible stat about your ride, which then appears in your view in a ‘heads-up’ display. You can also track your friends on the slopes and connect to your phone, so you can view calls and text messages as they come in. They even flag up your position on a virtual resort plan, meaning you can put away that soggy piste map. £560/€660 www.snowandrock.com
8. Adidas Nitrocharge football boots with miCoach Intelligent boots don’t quite signal the end of coaching, but they do a lot more than many shouty men on touchlines. In addition to features such as Energy Sling, a panel on the sole which gives extra stability, they have miCoach capability, a slot on the sole for a small intelligent cell which talks to any iOS device via Bluetooth to record the distance, speed and number of sprints during a match. Then you can prove how well (or not) you did over the post-match pints. £200/€246 with miCoach www.adidas.co.uk
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Nick Dwyer’s work has taken him to more than 70 countries, but he’s never happier than when he’s hanging out in the Auckland suburb of Ponsonby. The DJ, TV producer and musician used to be embarrassed when overseas friends came to visit him. “If you hang out with musicians and artists you get instant and inside access to the heart of a city.” he says. “They know all the coolest spots. I used to freak out when friends came to my town because I didn’t know where to take them. There wasn’t much happening.” Not anymore. The city has been transformed in the last few years. “We’ve got some really cool places to go now,” says Dwyer. “Britomart in downtown Auckland has really taken off, the dining in the city has improved and Ponsonby has gone through some incredible changes.” 92
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1 CONCH RECORDS & CAFE 115a Ponsonby Road “The team at Conch is keeping the spirit of the local independent record store alive. The music is always on point and their backyard café serves the most amazing Central/South American cuisine.”
organic coffee beans in this converted 1930s post office, so the coffee is incredible. I love my meat, but this is the one place where I’m happy to embrace my inner vegetarian.”
4 GOLDEN DAWN orner of Richmond C & Ponsonby Road “This place reminds me of a cool, hipster beer garden in Berlin. They’ve got a great music policy and the outdoor area has a cool vibe in the summertime.”
Another ferry ride will take you to the sleepy seaside town of Devonport. North Head was a military stronghold during World Wars I and II, and the old tunnels and the views back across the harbour make this a popular day trip.
2 EL SIZZLING CHORIZO 136-138 Ponsonby Road “Corra, the owner, is from Argentina and used to have a food truck on Waiheke Island. We think we have a barbecue culture in New Zealand, but Argentinians are the barbecue masters.” 3 KOKAKO CAFe & ROASTERY 537 Great North Road “They roast their own top-quality
5 FLOTSAM AND JETSAM 86 Ponsonby Road “‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’, or so the saying goes, and that’s certainly the case at this second-hand store. Old cookbooks, paintings and knickknacks are crammed into a space that rewards a good rummage.”
U2 wrote a song called One Tree Hill in honour of their New Zealand roadie Greg Carroll, who died in 1986. In 2000, the Auckland volcano the song was named after became No Tree Hill, after Maori activists attacked the tree with a chainsaw.
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AUCKLAND Music and food make Nick Dwyer’s world go around. he shares his tips on where you can find the best of both in New Zealand’s ‘City of Sails’
There are 48 volcanoes in the Auckland region and Rangitoto Island is the most well-known. Catch a scenic ferry ride across Auckland Harbour and climb to the summit, 260m high. Run fast if you see smoke.
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Pop art Jack Johnson: songs covered around a beach campfire near you
Music and surfing are Jack Johnson’s areas of excellence. He qualified for the Pipeline Masters surf championships in his home state of Hawaii when aged just 17, the youngest man in the field. Yet rather than pursue a life on the ocean waves, he went to California to study film and make music. Johnson’s first five albums of summery folk songs have sold 15 million copies worldwide. To mark the release of a sixth, From Here To Now To You, the 38-year-old reveals inspirational songs for you, here, now.
Chords and boards Playlist Jimi Hendrix confused him into playing guitar. Fugazi filled him in on punk. The surfersongsmith on music that moves him
Musicians swapping vinyl for oils
Bob Dylan is currently exhibiting at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Can you pick out his work, and match the others with their mainly musical creators?
3 Michael Kiwanuka
“I often went camping with my dad when I was a kid and always had the tape of the Hendrix album Electric Ladyland in my Walkman. It had auto reverse so I’d fall asleep with that album on. I found this song incredible. I couldn’t work out how he was making the noises on his guitar. It was pure magic and it made me want to start playing guitar myself.”
“One time I was listening to the radio on the way to school and this song came on and hit me in a big way. It was different from anything I’d heard. Such a driving sound, with that teenage energy to it where I felt, like, if we [him and his friends] get together and turn our amps loud enough, we can sound like that. I think I formed my first band because of that song.”
“Michael’s voice reminds me of Bill Withers and Otis Redding, but it’s unique. Also, he’s the sweetest human being I’ve ever met. I hung out with him in Australia at a festival. My wife and I got a babysitter so we could go and watch him play. He’s one of those guys where now that I got the chance to know him a little bit, I love his music even more.”
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5 Violent Femmes
“Four years ago in Australia, some guy gave me his band’s first album and it was all I listened to on the rest of our tour. Lonerism, their second album, is even better. Tame Impala took a sound off The Beatles’ Revolver album and made a genre out of it. I don’t mean that in a way that every song sounds the same, but it’s like they took that sound and built a new branch on the same tree.”
“When I was 12, my older brother made me my first mixtape. It included this gentle song by Violent Femmes, which I still like to play now at soundchecks. I like how there’s so much energy in the song. It has a punk mentality, but it’s on acoustic guitar. Sort of like, you can get a lot of energy, but still play acoustic instruments. I learned a lot from them.”
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Miselu C.24 This will make the iPad a must-have for travelling musicians with the emphasis on the travel: a two-octave keyboard that connects to the tablet and doubles as a protective cover. Ingenious and genius. www.miselu.com
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Answers: A - Patti Smith, B - Bob Dylan, C - Paul McCartney, D - Marilyn Manson
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Kick-off The national football teams of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland face another important round of qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to decide who will be heading to Brazil. www.fifa.com
premiere Down to earth: hanging on in the Mud Runner Classic
Words: ruth morgan. photography: getty Images, Action Images, Demotix/Corbis, Peachsnaps Ltd
Stick in the mud
Tonnes of thick, boggy mud can make seven miles feel like 27, as anyone who has tackled the Mud Runner Classic can testify. It’s held at the picturesque Eastnor Estate in Herefordshire on a churned-up Land Rover test circuit. People get stuck waist-deep in the stuff, making it half race, half rescue mission as everyone helps each other get around. Top tip? Tie your shoelaces tight. www.mudrunner.co.uk October 31 November 4-11
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Electro house Bedroom producers Bondax are leaving their Lancaster hometown to take their electronic sounds on the road. www.facebook.com/bondax
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The London ATP World Tour Finals see greats including Federer, Nadal and Murray (right) battle it out in tennis’s seasonending ‘fifth Major’, in a bid to finish as the world’s No.1 player. The $5m prize pot is a nice accompaniment to the bragging rights, too. www.atpworldtour.com
Bright night For something different this Halloween, head to Dublin for the Celtic festival of Samhain. To mark harvest and the coming ‘dark half’ of the year, people in bright or ghoulish costumes (to ward off evil spirits) gather for one of the biggest outdoor events on the city’s calendar. Over 20,000 people watch the procession of everything from goblins to samba dancers wind through downtown Dublin for a huge fireworks display. www.dublin.ie
The best of the big screen will be celebrated at the 57th London Film Festival, with its biggest stars in attendance. It also includes the European premiere of the Tom Hanks making-of-MaryPoppins movie Saving Mr Banks. www.bfi.org.uk
First try Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium hosts the first match of The Rugby League World Cup 2013 with Australia v England. Will they also contest the final on November 30? www.rlwc 2013.com
P RO M OT I O N
1 BEAR GRYLLS MEN’S MOUNTAIN JACKET Rugged and watertight down to the last zip, with adjustable fit and secure storage, The Bear Grylls Mountain Jacket is designed to take on the roughest storm and come out on top. This Aquadry jacket is constructed from waterproof breathable fabric with taped seams and is perfect year-round. With features such as a grown-on hood with toggle adjusters to front and back and a brushed chin guard, it will protect you from the elements. Check out the jacket's innovative shoulder grip print for improved backpack positioning. RRP: €160 Member’s Price: €150 2 BEAR GRYLLS SURVIVOR TROUSERS With updated style and fit it will take more than a week on the trail to get the better of these Bear Grylls Survivor technical trousers. Primed with all the performance features you’d expect, they are constructed from tough, sun-protective supplex with stretch panels for easy movement. These trousers also have drying loops, nine pockets and heel tape. Get out there and put them to the test just like Bear! RRP: €90 Member’s Price: €70
3 BERGHAUS MEN'S CARROCK JACKET The weather will be no barrier between you and the great outdoors with the Men's Carrock GoreTex Jacket. Constructed of two-layer Gore-Tex and featuring a roll-away adjustable hood with peak, this jacket has been designed for full rain protection. Pit-zip ventilation has been included to enhance your comfort during periods of exertion, so you can continually perform at your best. RRP: €220 Member’s Price: €209 4 BERGHAUS MEN'S TECH TEE LONG SLEEVE CREW Berghaus’ Men’s Long-Sleeve Crew-Neck Technical T-Shirt is designed to perform at the highest level, while keeping you cool and comfortable. It's ideal for use as a baselayer when an effective layering system is required, or perfect for stand-alone use in warmer weather. The optimal wicking performance of Argentium combined with the odour-resistant technology of Polygiene results in a technical T-shirt with a place on any adventure. RRP: €35 Member’s Price: €33.25 5 SHERPA MEN’S ANANTA PULLOVER Named for the Sanskrit word meaning endless, the Ananta Pullover is infinitely useful for outdoor adventuring. This cosy mid-layer is warm without being weighty. The fitted hood shields you from the elements but cinches up snugly for superior visibility. Cut slightly longer to keep you warm, the Ananta is made of quick-dry, wicking, breathable Polartec Thermal Pro to manage ventilation and body temperature. The left arm stash pocket holds your MP3 player while you are on the go! RRP: €90 Member’s Price: €85.50
BEAR GRYLLS RUGGEDIZED BLUETOOTH SPEAKER This is the speaker for outdoors types. It is compact and will give you up to six hours of onthe-move sound. It’s Bluetooth 3.0 technology makes it simple to connect to your Smartphone, or Bluetooth-enabled device, plus it has speakerphone capability too. With a lanyard and carbineer clip it will stay with you whatever you get up to. RRP: €70 Member’s Price: €66.50 6
All items available from 53 Degrees North in Blanchardstown, Carrickmines, Cork and online. www.53degreesnorth.ie
7 THE NORTH FACE SURGE II CHARGED The Surge II Charged is super-charged for explorers looking for a versatile power management solution to get them through the daily grind. It is hooked up with a Joey T1 power supply to recharge your electronic devices with two-and-a-half full battery charges for your cell phone, MP3 player, tablet, or other USB devices. The rugged water- and crushresistant lithium polymer battery was specifically designed to perform during outdoor adventures, so you’ll stay powered up and in touch with the rest of your team to share action shots. RRP: €170 Member’s Price: €161.50
JACK WOLFSKIN MEN'S ALL TERRAIN TEXAPORE BOOTS This reliable classic trekking shoe really comes into its own over long distances and has been rated "very good" in several independent tests. Its secret? Great comfort, good roll-off performance, effective cushioning, a hightraction and torsion-resistant sole, and reliable waterproofing. The uppers are made from waterrepellent suede. The waterproof, exceptionally breathable membrane keeps the wet out and improves climate comfort. The specially developed trekking sole delivers stability and grip. RRP: €150 Member’s Price: €142.50 8
9 JACK WOLFSKIN REBEL FLEECE Said to be so vesatile that you will struggle to find an activity for which it is not suitable, the Jack Wolfskin Rebel fleece has a large outline paw print embroidered on the back that gives the garment its own unmistakable character. The quarter zip allows for ventilation when you need it and most importantly, its midweight construction will help you keep warm. RRP: €60 Member’s Price: €57 10 JACK WOLFSKIN MOAB JAM 18 PACK A sporty, versatile all-rounder, the Jack Wolfskin Moab Jam 18 is designed for a range of activities. The multi-functional detailing covers every eventuality, from single-day biking and hiking to transalpine cycle trips. Side compression straps allow the pack to be cinched in quickly and easily, while the reflective detailing improves visibility in busy traffic. The ACS Tight carry system combines a stable, fullcontact set-up with good freedom of movement. The comfortable, air-permeable back padding, Airmesh covering fabric and central ventilation channel deliver outstanding ventilation. RRP: €80 Member’s Price: €76
SHERPA WOMEN’S KHUMJUNG 2.5-LAYER JACKET The Khumjung is the quintessential rain shell: waterproof (of course), breathable (to temper inner condensation), lightweight (so you have no excuse to leave it behind), and tough (so it will be useful for years). Made of a 2.5-layer ripstop nylon fabric, the details are thoughtful and elegant. Both hem and hood can be adjusted, seams are sealed, and hand pockets zip shut. RRP: €130 Member’s Price: €123.50 11
12 LED LENSER SEO 7R LED HEADLAMP With its range of energy-saving modes and a handy rechargeable feature, the Led Lenser SEO 7R is ideal for the environmentally conscious adventurer. Its Smart Light Technology Advanced Focus System allows for up to five hours of light-on full power, and much longer in flashing or dimming mode. The SEO 7R is also lightweight with an adjustable tilting head, making it a very versatile piece of kit. RRP: €80
All items available from 53 Degrees North in Blanchardstown, Carrickmines, Cork and online. www.53degreesnorth.ie
Time warp The Wright stuff
Photography: imagno/getty images
On a hill in north-east Germany in 1893, Otto Lilienthal (below) embarked on a series of human-powered glider flights that would break distance records and inspire a sibling duo of inventors in America, dreaming of taming the skies. â€œThe world owes to him a great debt,â€? said Wilbur Wright, of Otto, whose man-can-do attitude will be seen, 120 years later, at the Red Bull Flugtag in the Islamic Art Museum Park in Doha, Qatar, on November 1.
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