Oregon Health Authorities Investigating 'River Nose'
Water sports enthusiasts have enviable attributes, from six-pack abs to a smooth tan. But for the windsurfers and kitesurfers who populate the Columbia River Gorge near Portland, Ore., a summer of high-impact recreation may have health impacts, too.
Prompted by years of complaints of "river nose," the Oregon Public Health Division is currently conducting a survey to determine the cause of a problem that has plagued surfers who skim across gorge waters for about two decades.
Brian Schurton, owner of Brian's Windsurfing in Hood River, Ore., said his "river nose" can keep him up at night.
"If I get water up my nose, I can't sleep for two nights," Schurton said. "It's hard t
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Kite-surfers ride the waves as the wind carries their kites during the Kitesurf World Cup on the North Sea off St. Peter-Ording, northern Germany, on Tuesday, July 28, 2009.
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People's Liberation Army soldiers stand in formation during a ceremony held ahead of a military exercise in Beijing, July 28, 2009. China took foreign journalists on a tour of the People's Liberation Army division north of the capital Tuesday, calling it a sign the world's largest army is improving its openness and transparency. The visit comes ahead of Aug. 1, which marks the 82nd anniversary of the army's founding.
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A young flower seller looks for buyers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, July 28, 2009. Heavy monsoon rains have battered Bangladesh's capital, flooding streets and homes, stranding thousands and forcing businesses and schools to close.
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A new baby Asian elephant is seen during a photocall at England's Whipsnade Zoo, Tuesday, July 28, 2009. The six-day old newborn weighed in at 126 kilograms (278 pounds) and has yet to be named by the zoo.
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The sun rises over the peaks of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains near Koenigstein, Germany, Tuesday, July 28, 2009.
Get wet and try not to wipe out, at these 50 best surf spots.
Whether you like rocky cliff faces, standing in awe at the pros charging some of the best waves in the world or getting lost searching for little-known breaks, we have you covered with everything from epic waves to beautiful, small glassy swells.
So whether you're a beginner or an expert, here's where to get on board.
This list was compiled by Jade Bremner, an avid surfer who has surfed many of these locations, and using contributions from other professional surfers. Thanks also to surfing-waves.com for their assistance.
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