Drug Aware is an organization in Australia that helps teens and youths with drug problems by teaching healthy living values, in case anyone was wondering why the strange name is used for a surf contest.
The firm that designed the new Bay Bridge eastern span warned Caltrans as the bridge neared completion that some of its welds could crack prematurely under the constant pounding of cars and trucks, The Chronicle has learned.
The potential for cracking was created after the span was designed, said engineers with the firm T.Y. Lin International. It happened when Caltrans suspended its rules and allowed the bridge builder to weld together Chinese-manufactured sections of steel road deck that didn’t fit together correctly.
Any cracks in the welded connections would be minor, the engineers concluded, and would not pose the threat of a catastrophic failure. However, such cracking could shorten the time before toll-payer dollars would be needed to make repairs to the $6.4 billion bridge.
The engineers also told Caltrans and other bridge project officials that in a major earthquake there would likely be some damage to the ill-fitting joints.
In their November 2010 evaluation, the T.Y. Lin engineers identified a section of the eastbound deck near Yerba Buena Island as being of particular concern, because lopsided welded connections are under high stress and thus are especially vulnerable to premature cracking. The Chronicle obtained the firm’s report under the state Public Records Act.
Nothing like waiting years for a safe alternative to the old bridge only to find out that the expensive and beautiful new span may have even more problems than the previous span.
Follow Peter Mel throughout the premier big wave contest, the Mavericks Invitational.
Big wave surfers are different. Different from the average surfer. What they seek is a feeling few, if any, of us who call ourselves surfers will ever know.
And they risk life and limb chasing it. But they’re not crazy. If anything, they’re the complete opposite. Big wave surfers are calculated risk takers. And with so much at stake, they should be. Theirs is a world few outside of their big wave bretheren understand, and their perspective on life, living, winning and losing and surfing is as unique as the waves they ride.
Happy new year everyone!
Thought I would put together some of my aerial footage of 2013.
All shots were on the North Shore of Oahu, Pipeline.
More winter swells to come!
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Round 5 is going to be all about getting barreled. This is going to be good.
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As the second event of the 2014 WCT draws near, Red Bull examines the preparations taken by two of the top competitors in the ASP, Josh Kerr and Taj Burrow. Taj is one of the most consistent surfers on the planet, yet he has never been able to win the world title. Josh Kerr is an amazing aerialist who backs up the new school progressive tricks with solid rail work and tube riding skill. Two of the top ten surfers in the world today.
It’s one of the greatest challenges in big wave surfing. Mavericks is as supreme in the sport as it perilous. Take a look at what it takes to surf and survive the feared and revered big wave location.
There are many good questions that can be asked about Apple. We’re not going to look at any of those today, though.
Forbes contributor Lois Geller asks, “Why Doesn’t Apple Have A Real Loyalty Program?” (No link but tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)
Yeah, like a punch card! Buy ten Macs and get the eleventh Mac free. (Mac must be of equal or lesser value. One per customer. Void where prohibited by law.)
Brazilian prodigy Gabriel Medina put together an impressive come-from-behind performance to win the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast over Joel Parkinson.