A teenage girl lost part of her arm, while a boy has also been badly injured, in separate shark attacks in North Carolina.

Just in: Two Shark Attacks, Two Hours!

Two teenagers lose limbs in separate attacks, same beach… 

What are the odds? Two teens, bodyboarding, near Ocean Crest Pier in North Carolina, both attacked by a shark, or sharks, in less than two hours.

CNN reports, “A teenage girl lost her left arm and left leg in an attack around 4:15 p.m. EDT. Less than 90 minutes later, as responders were still tending to her, a teenage boy was then attacked.”

‘His arm was clean off,’ said witness Jason Hunter, who spoke with CNN affiliate WWAY.

“Both were airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. Their conditions were not immediately known. Mayor Betty Wallace told CNN that shark attacks are so rare in Oak Island – a southerly facing beach town on the state’s southern most coast –  that she couldn’t remember one ever occurring before today. ‘Common sense would tell you it’s the same shark,’ she said.

“Both attacks occurred at high tide in the vicinity of Ocean Crest Pier, a popular destination among beach goers. ‘At the pier this time of year I’m sure the beach was packed,’ said Wallace.

Sharks in NC, rare? This, from last year…

Kelly Slater slew Fred Pattachia jnr almost charmingly, dumping bag after bag of quicklime on his opponent. Fred was dazed! | Photo: WSL/Steve Robbo

Holy fire! Reynolds, Slater, brutal, Day three, Fiji Pro!

Dreams do come true for ol' man Slater and voluptuous Dane Reynolds… 

It was a brilliant, wind-swept day under a sailboat sky in the Mamanuca Islands. And, yes, the headline is true!

Kelly Slater dumped quicklime on Fred Pattachia Jnr is round three with an almost perfect heat total and Dane Reynolds, whose golden muscles writhed like golden snakes in the water, sprinted through tube after tube and took world number one Adriano de Souza to the exit, also with a total almost perfect.

The look on Adriano’s face! It looked awful, all that strain and pressure. He squeezed his brow between his palms like he was treating a bad headache. His eyes bucked wide and he trembled to speak.

Here’s Dane, on just one wave.

And Kelly, a nine-nine…

Highlights? Yes!

Quote of the day: “I feel bad for Adriano… I didn’t earn my spot here, I was given it by whoever decides that, and so it’s a little bit funny. They (the top 34) dedicate their lives to it. But I’m here to defend, I don’t wanna say my reputation, but someone gave me the place here and I want to defend their decision. Without the rankings mattering to me, and it meaning so much to them, it’s heartbreaking. They’re trying to win world titles.”

Fiji Pro Round 2 Results:Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.50 def. Inia Nakalevu (FJI) 6.87

Heat 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 10.70 def. Aca Ravulo (FJI) 8.86

Heat 3: Dane Reynolds (USA) 15.00 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.10

Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.70 def. Jay Davies (AUS) 9.47

Heat 5: Owen Wright (AUS) 10.10 def. Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 9.03

Heat 6: Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.93 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 10.67

Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.67 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 12.70

Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 17.00 def. Glenn Hall (IRL) 8.87

Heat 9: Adam Melling (AUS) 17.60 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.50

Heat 10: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12.27 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 5.70

Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (AUS) 17.70 def. Ricardo Christie (NZL) 17.47

Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA) 16.70 def. Matt Banting (AUS) 12.30

Fiji Pro Round 3 Results:

Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.16 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 6.36

Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.93 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.34

Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.57 def. Fredrick Patacchia Jr. (HAW) 10.17

Heat 4: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 15.36 def. Nat Young (USA) 13.94

Heat 5: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.93 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 11.80

Heat 6: Dane Reynolds (USA) 18.34 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.64

Upcoming Fiji Pro Round 3 Match-Ups:

Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)

Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)

Heat 9: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)

Heat 10: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)

Heat 11: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)

Heat 12: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)



Wheel away the silk-lined caskets. Stifle that anguished wail. Rip up those obituaries. Dane, Kelly, they're back! | Photo: Morgan Maassen

Reynolds, Slater prowl for orgies, Day two, Fiji!

Obituaries written prematurely!

Who doesn’t love writing a sportsman’s obit? When are you going to retire? How y’gonna pull yourself out of that slump? Are you done?

Dane Reynolds, remember him? After Snapper, we were ready to put underwear on his corpse. Once a brute with bulgy thigh muscles who mesmerised; now a slow ol’ chump. Out of the game!

But today, round two, Fiji Pro. How deep we inhaled those buried to the hilt turns and the spice of his greatness. I was dizzy with a hot roaring in my head.

Watch here!

And Kelly, almost ready to hit the one-stars to requalify, swept past Jay Davies with a cold indifference. The beautiful bastard is back!

Watch here!

The rest of it? A highlight reel? Here!

And how about a lil taste of Andy Irons… don’t blubber… he’s immortal.

Fiji Pro Round 2 Results:

Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.50 def. Inia Nakalevu (FJI) 6.87

Heat 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 10.70 def. Aca Ravulo (FJI) 8.86

Heat 3: Dane Reynolds (USA) 15.00 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.10

Heat 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.70 def. Jay Davies (AUS) 9.47

Heat 5: Owen Wright (AUS) 10.10 def. Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 9.03

Upcoming Fiji Pro Round 2 Match-Ups:

Heat 6: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)

Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)

Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Glenn Hall (IRL)

Heat 9: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)

Heat 10: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)

Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (AUS) vs. Ricardo Christie (NZL)

Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Matt Banting (AUS)

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel: "Barron had 20 nanograms of meth per milliliter of blood. That’s not considered a drug overdose, according to Santa Cruz County sheriff’s detective Nick Baldridge. Barron apparently used meth close to the time he died or used a “decent” amount of it before then and it remained in his system."

Just in: Shawn Barron’s death linked to meth

But defs not an overdose, says coroner… 

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports today that Shawn “Barney” Barron’s autopsy report has come back positive for meth.

According to the Santa Cruz County coroner, Barney died from a “rupture in his heart facilitated by methamphetamine use.”

Surely Barney lived a radical life. Along with his Westside brethren, the dude spent nearly twenty-five years getting weird, from Mavs to Mexico and everywhere in between.

Barney collapsed and died at home on May 5. The autopsy report says he had “20 nanograms of meth per milliliter of blood” which apparently is a fairly small amount. Which is to say, he didn’t overdose. Santa Cruz Country Sherrif Nick Baldbrige said Barney had  “used meth close to the time he died or used a “decent” amount of it before then and it remained in his system.”

But many are unqilling to concede Barney’s death was caused by drug use.

Barney came up the ranks alongside Nor Cal heavies like Flea, Peter Mel, and Anthony Ruffo. Since the release of Josh Pomer’s 2010 documentary Westsiders — which chronicles the group’s meth-fueled charging throughout the 90’s and 2000’s — many of the Santa Cruz boys have proudly flown their sober flags high. (Click here.) 

Barney’s Pops defended his son, claiming “[Barney]was not a drug addict. He could have died surfing or riding a bike. The heart attack was coming.”

Close pal Flea said Barney had been clearing weeds from a dusty property in Bonny Doon. His heart rate likely was up from the hard work, and he coughed much of the way home.

“Certain parts of your life are harder than others. Barney was just getting through it,” Flea told the Sentinel. “It’s just difficult. I don’t want that (meth use) to even come out about Barney. He’s my friend.”

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Andy Irons and the best claim in surfing history

Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!

I didn’t catch the contest yesterday but it seems that all is in order and it also seems that no one did anything particularly noteworthy. Andy Irons probably would have. Do you remember, for example, when he shot Dean “Dingo” Morrison multiple times with a shotgun in Tahiti?

There Andy spat out of the barrel and poor Dingo was sitting in the channel and the next thing he knew…four slugs planted in his face and upper body (watch above video minute at 2:48). Ouch.

The kids don’t do that sort of stuff anymore.

But in other news, it appears that Ronnie Blakey is sponsored by Salty Crew and/or any surfer he is interviewing’s sponsor. Have you noticed that he puts on hat/shirt of whoever is across from him? The bonus of a nude Fiji Pro!

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Welcome to the team, Ron!