The Battle for Paradise

Surfing, Tuna, and One Town's Quest to Save a Wave

Author: Jeremy Evans

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803284721

Category: History

Page: 240

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CORRECTION: Regarding the book, The Battle for Paradise by Jeremy Evans, the following correction has been made on page 163 in paragraph three (3) to wit: “Weston once worked in concert with government officials in a pre-planned sting operation, complete with marked bills: Weston, whose role in the operation involved paying a bribe to the Golfito mayor for a concession and then documenting the bribe as a way to expose the mayor as a corrupt government official, was a former cocaine dealer, according to Dan, and someone who illegally acquired possession of his sawmill property.” Pavones, a town located on the southern tip of Costa Rica, is a haven for surfers, expatriates, and fishermen seeking a place to start over. Located on the Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf), a marine sanctuary and one of the few tropical fjords in the world, Pavones is home to a legendary surf break and a cottage fishing industry. In 2004 a multinational company received approval to install the world’s first yellowfin tuna farm near the mouth of the Golfo Dulce. The tuna farm as planned would pollute the area, endanger sea turtles, affect the existing fish population, and threaten the world-class wave. A lawsuit was filed just in time, and the project was successfully stalled. Thus began an unlikely alliance of local surfers, fishermen, and global environmental groups to save a wave and one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. In The Battle for Paradise, Jeremy Evans travels to Pavones to uncover the story of how this ragtag group stood up to a multinational company and how a shadowy figure from the town’s violent past became an unlikely hero. In this harrowing but ultimately inspiring story, Evans focuses in turn on a colorful cast of characters with an unyielding love for the ocean and surfing, a company’s unscrupulous efforts to expand profits, and a government that nearly sold out the perfect wave.

The Battle for Paradise

Surfing, Tuna, and One Town's Quest to Save a Wave

Author: Jeremy Evans

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803284705

Category: History

Page: 240

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CORRECTION: Regarding the book, The Battle for Paradise by Jeremy Evans, the following correction has been made on page 163 in paragraph three (3) to wit: “Weston once worked in concert with government officials in a pre-planned sting operation, complete with marked bills: Weston, whose role in the operation involved paying a bribe to the Golfito mayor for a concession and then documenting the bribe as a way to expose the mayor as a corrupt government official, was a former cocaine dealer, according to Dan, and someone who illegally acquired possession of his sawmill property.” Pavones, a town located on the southern tip of Costa Rica, is a haven for surfers, expatriates, and fishermen seeking a place to start over. Located on the Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf), a marine sanctuary and one of the few tropical fjords in the world, Pavones is home to a legendary surf break and a cottage fishing industry. In 2004 a multinational company received approval to install the world’s first yellowfin tuna farm near the mouth of the Golfo Dulce. The tuna farm as planned would pollute the area, endanger sea turtles, affect the existing fish population, and threaten the world-class wave. A lawsuit was filed just in time, and the project was successfully stalled. Thus began an unlikely alliance of local surfers, fishermen, and global environmental groups to save a wave and one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. In The Battle for Paradise, Jeremy Evans travels to Pavones to uncover the story of how this ragtag group stood up to a multinational company and how a shadowy figure from the town’s violent past became an unlikely hero. In this harrowing but ultimately inspiring story, Evans focuses in turn on a colorful cast of characters with an unyielding love for the ocean and surfing, a company’s unscrupulous efforts to expand profits, and a government that nearly sold out the perfect wave.

Lifestyle Sports and Public Policy

Author: Daniel Turner,Sandro Carnicelli

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317228871

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 204

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Lifestyle Sports and Public Policy is the first book to develop a comprehensive understanding of the interplay between lifestyle sports and the public policy environment which frames and regulates them. Drawing on a wide range of lifestyle sports from across the globe, including parkour, skateboarding, mountain biking and climbing, it identifies the critical issues facing practitioners and policymakers as these sports become increasingly popular. Part I examines public sector bodies that provide lifestyle sports opportunities to the public, either through funding partners or by managing facilities themselves. Part II looks at the use of lifestyle sports to promote policy agendas such as improving public health, while Part III considers the impact of public sector regulatory actions on the lifestyle sports industry. Each part contains case studies which investigate a policy issue from the perspective of a different lifestyle sport, including some sports which have traditionally been under-represented such as rodeo and curling. This book is a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in lifestyle sports, leisure studies, sport tourism, leisure management or sport policy.

The Sailing Bible

The Complete Guide for All Sailors from Novice to Experienced Skipper 2nd edition

Author: Jeremy Evans,Pat Manley,Barrie Smith

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472949552

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 400

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The Sailing Bible is the complete, hands-on manual packed with detailed step-by-step diagrams, lively action photos, and helpful advice on getting the most out of your sailing at whatever level. Whether you are a dinghy or yacht sailor just learning the basics or wanting tips on sailing with the best, this is the book that will give you all the answers you are looking for. It's all in here! -What type of dinghy or yacht? -Cruising and racing -Launching, helming and capsizing -Mastering the trapeze -Sailing with a spinnaker -Managing a crew -Reading the weather -Racing techniques and tactics -Buoyage, tides, charts and navigation -Anchoring and marina berthing -Knots, ropes and flags -Boat etiquette and seamanship -Rules of the road, safety and emergencies -Boat maintenance and repair and much more... This second edition has been revised throughout and brought completely up-to-date, including new techniques and new approaches to navigation, first aid and berthing. 'It's a beautifully designed book, with glossy photos, diagrams and clear text, and a great read whether you're just starting out or looking to improve your skills' Practical Boat Owner 'Lavishly illustrated, sharp photography ... a first-class introductory text' Yachting Monthly

In Search of Powder

A Story of America's Disappearing Ski Bum

Author: Jeremy Evans

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803228392

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 225

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As a recent college graduate and fledging newspaper reporter in the Lake Tahoe area, Jeremy Evans became immersed in ski bum culture?a carefree lifestyle whose mantra was simply: ?Ski as much as possible.? His snowboarding suffered when he left for a job in the Portland area; and when, at twenty-six, he suffered a stroke, he reexamined his priorities, quit his job, moved back to Tahoe, and threw himself into snowboarding. But while he had been away, the culture had changed. This book is Evans?s paean to the disappearing culture of the ski bum. A fascinating look at a world far removed from the larger culture, it is also a curious account of a passion for powder and what its disappearance means. ø Evans looks at several prominent ski towns in the West (including Crested Butte, Jackson Hole, Telluride, Lake Tahoe, Park City, and Mammoth) and the ski bums who either flourished or fled. He chronicles the American West transformed by rising real estate costs, an immigrant workforce, misguided values, and corporate-owned resorts. The story he tells is that of quintessentially American characters?rejecting materialism, taking risks, following their own path?and of the glories and pitfalls their lifestyle presents.

Where Tapirs and Jaguars Once Roamed

Ever-Evolving Costa Rica

Author: Jack Ewing

Publisher: PixyJack Press

ISBN: 1936555557

Category: History

Page: 288

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In the last century, the south-central Pacific coast of Costa Rica evolved from a wild, remote strip of land to one sparsely populated by homesteaders who cleared the forests to live off the land. Now it is a popular tourist destination filled with diverse wildlife in the abundant rainforests. Join author Jack Ewing as he reveals the ever-changing and fascinating history of the area and recounts his 45-year journey from managing a cattle ranch to developing Hacienda Barú into a National Wildlife Refuge. And discover how his efforts with the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor may one day bring jaguars and tapirs back to the area.

Come Out Swinging

The Changing World of Boxing in Gleason's Gym

Author: Lucia Trimbur

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400846064

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Gleason's Gym is the last remaining institution of New York's Golden Age of boxing. Jake LaMotta, Muhammad Ali, Hector Camacho, Mike Tyson--the alumni of Gleason's are a roster of boxing greats. Founded in the Bronx in 1937, Gleason's moved in the mid-1980s to what has since become one of New York's wealthiest residential areas--Brooklyn's DUMBO. Gleason's has also transformed, opening its doors to new members, particularly women and white-collar men. Come Out Swinging is Lucia Trimbur's nuanced insider's account of a place that was once the domain of poor and working-class men of color but is now shared by rich and poor, male and female, black and white, and young and old. Come Out Swinging chronicles the everyday world of the gym. Its diverse members train, fight, talk, and socialize together. We meet amateurs for whom boxing is a full-time, unpaid job. We get to know the trainers who act as their father figures and mentors. We are introduced to women who empower themselves physically and mentally. And we encounter the male urban professionals who pay handsomely to learn to box, and to access a form of masculinity missing from their office-bound lives. Ultimately, Come Out Swinging reveals how Gleason's meets the needs of a variety of people who, despite their differences, are connected through discipline and sport.

Hawai'i Place Names

Shores, Beaches, and Surf Sites

Author: John R. K. Clark

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824824518

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 412

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This title gives us the many captivating stories behind the hundreds of Hawai'i place names associated with the ocean - the names of shores, beaches, and other sites where people fish, swim, dive, surf, and paddle. Significant features and landmarks on or near shores, such as fishponds, monuments, shrines, reefs, and small islands, are also included. The names of surfing sites are the most numerous and among the most colourful: from the purely descriptive (Black Rock, Blue Hole) to the humorous (No Can Tell, Pray for Sex).

Can't You Get Along with Anyone?

A Writer's Memoir and a Tale of a Lost Surfer's Paradise

Author: Allan C. Weisbecker

Publisher: Bandito Books, LTD.

ISBN: 0979711703

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 500

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When Allan Weisbecker penned the last sentence of IN SEARCH OF CAPTAIN ZERO, most readers assumed the full scope of the tale had been told. But apparently, life had other plans. In his latest offering, CAN'T YOU GET ALONG WITH ANYONE?, Weisbecker chronicles the bizarre and convoluted circumstances that drove him from his adopted home in Costa Rica.

In Search of Captain Zero

A Surfer's Road Trip Beyond the End of the Road

Author: Alan C. Weisbecker

Publisher: Tarcher

ISBN: 9781585421770

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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A surfer, photojournalist, and author describes his two-year odyssey from Mexico to Central America to search for his missing long-time friend and surfing companion, Christopher Conner, and his bizarre adventures along the way.

Contesting the Foreshore

Tourism, Society and Politics on the Coast

Author: Jeremy Boissevain,Tom Selwyn

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789053566947

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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This collection of essays examines social, political, and economic relations in primarily European coastal locations through the lens of tourism. The contributors explore the intersecting interests of fishing, tourism, and development and the conflict among local communities and market forces, all of which are infused with the symbolism of the sea as a place of mystery and danger. From the tensions between Cornish villagers and city visitors to the explosion of resort development in Gran Canaria, the authors consider the relationship between local residents, businesses, and tourist newcomers as they vie for status, influence, and, ultimately, for space.

The 4-Hour Work Week

Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

Author: Timothy Ferriss

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446490599

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 416

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A new, updated and expanded edition of this New York Times bestseller on how to reconstruct your life so it's not all about work Forget the old concept of retirement and the rest of the deferred-life plan - there is no need to wait and every reason not to, especially in unpredictable economic times. Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, this book is the blueprint. This step-by step guide to luxury lifestyle design teaches: * How Tim went from $40,000 dollars per year and 80 hours per week to $40,000 per MONTH and 4 hours per week * How to outsource your life to overseas virtual assistants for $5 per hour and do whatever you want * How blue-chip escape artists travel the world without quitting their jobs * How to eliminate 50% of your work in 48 hours using the principles of a forgotten Italian economist * How to trade a long-haul career for short work bursts and frequent 'mini-retirements'. This new updated and expanded edition includes: More than 50 practical tips and case studies from readers (including families) who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves using the original book as a starting point * Real-world templates you can copy for eliminating email, negotiating with bosses and clients, or getting a private chef for less than £5 a meal * How lifestyle design principles can be suited to unpredictable economic times * The latest tools and tricks, as well as high-tech shortcuts, for living like a diplomat or millionaire without being either.

The Life of a Children's Troubadour

Author: Raffi

Publisher: Homeland Press

ISBN: 9781896943503

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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In his own words, Raffi shares his journey from childhood in Cairo, Egypt to his adjustment to life in Toronto as a youth, to becoming a household name around the world. As one of North America's most beloved entertainers and song-writers, Raffi and his music have made him a friend to millions of children and their families. Learn about the fascinating events that opened up the path for his musical success, and meet the people who helped him build a career that has included appearances at Carnegie Hall, meetings with word leaders, and hundreds of concerts in cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Readers who know his music (as well as those who are meeting Raffi here for the first time) will welcome this behind-the-scenes look at the man whose work honors both the world's children and the Earth. His heartfelt beliefs are more than just words: in fact, this book is itself as "organic" as possible, printed on chlorine-free paper with vegetable-based inks -- one step toward a healthier world

Pathways to the Present

U.s. Development and Its Consequences in the Pacific

Author: Mansel G. Blackford

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824830733

Category: History

Page: 267

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Ranging from the Hawaiian Archipelago to the Aleutian Islands, from Silicon Valley to Guam, Pathways to the Present is a thoroughly researched and concisely argued account of economic and environmental change in the postwar American Pacific. Following a brief survey of the history of the Pacific, the author takes the Hawaiian Islands as the center of American activities in the region and looks at interactions among native Hawaiian, developmental, military, and environmental issues in the archipelago after World War II. He then turns to land- and water-use problems that have intersected with more nebulous quality-of-life concerns to generate policy controversies in the Seattle region and the San Francisco Bay area, especially Silicon Valley. Economic expansion and environmentalism in Alaska are examined through the lens of changes occurring along the Aleutians. From there the study considers Hiroshima after its destruction by the atomic bomb in 1945, looking at residents desire to combine urban-planning concepts. The author investigates the effort to remake Hiroshima as a high-tech city in the 1990s, an attempt inspired by the perceived success of Silicon Valley, and postwar planning on Okinawa, where American influences were particularly strong. The final chapter takes into account issues raised on Guam regarding the growth of tourism and the use of the island for military purposes and links these to developments in the Philippines to the west and American Samoa to the south. "

A Life Decoded

My Genome: My Life

Author: J. Craig Venter

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101202564

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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The triumphant memoir of the man behind one of the greatest feats in scientific history Of all the scientific achievements of the past century, perhaps none can match the deciphering of the human genetic code, both for its technical brilliance and for its implications for our future. In A Life Decoded, J. Craig Venter traces his rise from an uninspired student to one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in science today. Here, Venter relates the unparalleled drama of the quest to decode the human genome?a goal he predicted he could achieve years earlier and more cheaply than the government-sponsored Human Genome Project, and one that he fulfilled in 2001. A thrilling story of detection, A Life Decoded is also a revealing, and often troubling, look at how science is practiced today.

Wild Solutions

How Biodiversity is Money in the Bank

Author: Andrew Beattie,Paul R. Ehrlich

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300127189

Category: Nature

Page: 256

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We live on an unexplored planet, ignorant of more than eighty percent of the species that share our world. In this fascinating and abundantly illustrated book, two eminent ecologists discuss the biological diversity of the Earth, showing how the natural systems that surround us play an essential role in protecting our basic life-support systems. Andrew Beattie and Paul Ehrlich tell us about the millions of species providing ecosystem services that maintain the quality of our air and water and the fertility of the soil, dispose of domestic, industrial, and agricultural waste, and protect crops from pests. The authors also describe how biological diversity opens the way for new medicines, pharmaceuticals, construction materials and designs, and manufactured goods. They point to innovative industries that harness species for the biological repair of damaged landscapes, biological mining, biological pest control, and biomonitoring of the environment. The organisms upon which these activities are founded—although often microscopic, obscure, or bizarre—provide natural capital that is worth infinitely more than anyone has previously guessed. The authors urge us to protect the biological wealth of our Earth and keep it from being destroyed by human activity.

The Last Wild Island

Saving Tetepare

Author: John L. Read

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780980760002

Category: Logging

Page: 263

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This is the story of Tetepare, the South Pacific's largest uninhabited island. One and a half centuries after headhunters fled the island, Tetepare's virgin rainforest and teeming coral reefs were pitted against destructive logging companies and greedy 'big men'. Yet from the darkest years of the Solomon Islands' ethnic tension arose the nations' first world-class conservation initiative. Peppered with humorous anecdotes, The Last Wild Island: Saving Tetepare will entertain and inform about the culture of this intriguing island nation.

A World for My Daughter

An Ecologist's Search for Optimism

Author: Alejandro Frid

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781927575963

Category: Ecologists

Page: 240

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As an ecologist, Alejandro Frid is haunted by the irrevocable changes that humans are forcing upon Earth-the loss of ancient forests, the demise of large predators, shifts in the chemistry and circulation patterns of the atmosphere and more.Feeling completely discouraged by his research on endangered species and various forms of ecological meltdown, Alejandro accepts defeat and simply escapes from this world without a future by retreating to Earth's few remaining wild places. Then Twyla Bella, his daughter, is born. He wonders, how can he bring a child into a world he believes is doomed? Does this very belief make the situation hopeless? Faced with these questions, Alejandro begins his search for optimism.A WORLD FOR MY DAUGHTER takes readers to the sharp knife-edge on which the fate of the biosphere rests. Merging the perspective of a scientist compelled to share the significance of his research, glimpses into the worldview of modern indigenous hunters and the voice of a parent speaking to his child about life's conundrums, A WORLD FOR MY DAUGHTER steers readers toward imagining their own role in preserving the vibrancy of our planet.

Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell

A True Story of Violence, Corruption, and the Soul of Surfing

Author: Chas Smith

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062202545

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

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A finalist for the PEN Center USA Award for Nonfiction Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell, is surfer and former war reporter Chas Smith’s wild and unflinching look at the high-stakes world of surfing on Oahu’s North Shore—a riveting, often humorous, account of beauty, greed, danger, and crime. For two months every winter, when Pacific storms make landfall, swarms of mainlanders, Brazilians, Australians, and Europeans flock to Oahu’s paradisiacal North Shore in pursuit of some of the greatest waves on earth for surfing’s Triple Crown competition. Chas Smith reveals how this influx transforms a sleepy, laid-back strip of coast into a lawless, violent, drug-addled, and adrenaline-soaked mecca. Smith captures this exciting and dangerous place where locals, outsiders, the surf industry, and criminal elements clash in a fascinating look at class, race, power, money, and crime, set within one of the most beautiful places on earth. The result is a breathtaking blend of crime and adventure that captures the allure and wickedness of this idyllic golden world.