Tuesday April 21st, 2015

Welcome to Extreme Exposure, a weekly column bringing you the best photography and news from the world of action and outdoor sports. In the wake of the devastating Nepal earthquake, the week was clouded by unthinkable disaster. While there was triumph, it was subdued by the catastrophic events that befell Central Asia last weekend. 

Cruelest of tragedies

In a country that could ill afford a disaster, on Saturday, Nepal—the gateway to Everest’s southern route—was struck by a ferocious earthquake that measured 7.8 on the richter scale and leveled buildings throughout the heavily populated city of Katmandu. Nepal is one of the world’s poorest nations and its infrastructure is equally penurious. It was the largest quake to hit the Central Asian nation in 81 years and the death toll is reported to be well above 3,000.

Meanwhile, at Everest Basecamp, the same earthquake set off a massive slide on Pumori, a 23,494-foot peak on the western side of Mount Everest, that leveled the camp. Seventeen climbers and support people were killed including Google executive Dan Fredinburg.

Is it De Souza's time? 

Adriano De Souza has been oh-so-close in the World Title hunt before, having finished in the Top Five three times. And while many in the surfing world figured he would be the first Brazilian to crack the World Title puzzle (that ended up being Gabriel Medina, see last week), at 28, De Souza’s window is still very much open. And after a win at the Margaret River Pro and a near miss at Bells Beach, the Brazilian finished the Australian leg wearing the leader’s yellow jersey heading into the Brazilian stop, where his fan base will be rabid during the upcoming Oi Rio Pro. On his way to the victor’s stand, De Souza had to beat two of the best surfers from different generations.

“To win an event beating the best of all time, Kelly Slater, and probably the best of today, John John Florence, its an incredible feeling,” De Souza told SI.com. “It’s even better to go back to Brazil and compete in my country with the yellow jersey. That will be unforgettable.” 

 

Breakthrough

Courtney Conlogue’s win at the Margaret River Pro last week didn’t just break Carissa Moore’s three-event win streak—it may have been the 22-year-old's breakthrough moment. The Santa Ana, Calif., native looked comfortable in conditions that saw waves easily double overhead flush through “Main Break,” slamming in to the usually-quiet beach in Western Australia. Conlogue credits her surfing parents for setting her up for success in big conditions. “My family never surfed in one location when I was young,” she said. “The forecast determined where we went every weekend. I had the opportunity to put myself in waves of consequence (growing up).”

Backbreaking 

It’s called the Graveyard Course for a reason. This weekend’s Carolina Cup in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., was one for the ages. Nearly 300 paddlers took to the 13-mile course, which starts on the Atlantic ocean and winds through the backwaters of this coastal enclave in a grueling test of open ocean skills and flatwater endurance. Australia’s Travis Grant outlasted California’s Danny Ching and Tahiti’s Georges Cronsteadt to take the coveted title in what is essentially standup paddling’s first “Major” event of the year. “It’s a tough one,” Grant said. “The concept is really cool mixing both open ocean and intercostal waterway and it was downwind at the start but once we got into the backbay the tide (flow) and the wind was against us. It’s definitely a freaky name for a course.” 

An awesome result as our NSP team rider Travis Grant wins the Carolina Cup! Congrats Travis!!!Travis was riding the 14... Posted by NSP - Surf and Stand Up Paddle Boards on Saturday, April 25, 2015

Air and space

After a rough start that saw him in eighth after the first turn, Cortez, Colo native Eli Tomac was able to make up for it with aggressive racing to take the 450 Main Event during the 2015 New Jersey Supercross at Metlife Stadium. Tomac will likely finish second in the overall standings to Minnesota’s Ryan Dungey, who has locked up the Monster Energy Supercross title. The tour’s final event is May 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

450 win for @elitomac @fchonda @yoshimura_rd #supercross

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