On a quest to find out whether or not Crater Lake was still "diveable" (I'd heard otherwise though no one was 100% sure), I reached out to the National Park Service. Sadly, when they replied, I had my confirmation. For the moment, scuba diving is not allowed at Crater Lake. Here's the message I received.
What happens when a non-surfing South African gives surfing a try for the first time? It's quite simple, really: Addiction. Here's my latest musing on the sport I never gave a chance, not until the notion of the "vindictive shark" had been dispelled from my head thanks to the reality check that is scuba diving.
Until Saturday October 28th, I had never considered the Newport Fingers a potentially dangerous dive site. They were, after all, fairly far up the jetty, shallow, and relatively free of boat traffic. I had also dived them a few times before and knew what to expect. Yes, the rocky entrance was a challenge and the surge not entirely pleasant, but all of it was very doable if you went slowly and carefully.
If you're a woman participating in extreme sports, read this book -- you'll realize you're not alone. If you're a man, read this book -- you'll learn more about how easy it it to marginalize a whole gender by elevating very "male ways" of operating. This was an incredibly refreshing read, not least because it delves into the psyche behind the individuals who set world records, but because it illuminates a history of gender repression in activities previously seen as "for the boys." An essential part of the...