Terrorists and the Ocean, Terrifying and Gentle

The Mali town that was just recaptured described the Islamist invaders as both terrifying and gentle. Sure. They used gentleness to get what they wanted and then they resorted to terror when gentle did not work. No, as any Sailor will tell you, only the ocean is truly both terrifying and gentle:

Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave surfed when he caught a wave reported to be around 100ft off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal.

Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave surfed when he caught a wave reported to be around 100ft off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal.

Yes, Garrett McNamara just set a world record with the above swell. Swell.

Cliff Clavin’s Favorite Sport

Do the names Orlando Duque, Artem Silchenko, or Kent De Mond mean anything to you? One hint: Cliff. Another hint: Clavin. Just kidding on the Cliff Clavin. Try another Cliff. As in Cliff Diving:

Artem Silchenko of Russia dives from 27.5 meters of rock during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Islet Vila Franca do Campo, Azores, Portugal.

I landed once at Azores for two hours flying as a passenger on the Rotator, or the personnel air transport to-and-from the Middle East. A beautiful Island. Nice people. Foggy as hell.