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Surfing Pig! Surfing Pig!

August, 6, 2014
Aug 6

On Monday, the world was introduced to an adorable baby seal learning to surf. Today, we meet Kama, THE SUFING PIG. The Internet truly is one big gift that keeps on giving. Captured with two GoPros -- one on the board and one attached to his head -- Kama proves he is a much better surfer than you are as he hits the Oahu waves with his owner Kai Holt.

And I thought my dog was cool for shaking on command.

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The Cutest Video You’ll See All Day

August, 4, 2014
Aug 4

SOUND THE CUTENESS ALARMS! While surfing off the coast of England recently, two surfers found themselves giving impromptu wave-riding lessons to an eager new student. I’m beyond thrilled to announce that student was … AN ADORABLE BABY SEAL. There are no words other than SQUEEEEEEE to properly sum up this GoPro-captured footage that you need to watch immediately. Like right this second. Seriously, just press play already.

Is it me or does suddenly everything feel right in this world?

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Beaches, beauty Down Under

April, 15, 2014
Apr 15

Surfer Courtney Conlogue is ranked sixth on the Women's World Championship Tour after early-season stops on each coast of Australia and a fifth-place finish at both competitions.

In between the Snapper and Margaret River events, there's approximately three weeks available to either return home or stay in the land Down Under. Many athletes do return home to change their equipment and swap out clothing, while others stay around and become a little more local.

I decided to stay on and enjoy more time in Australia, one of my favorite stops on tour. I'd also get to avoid jetlag and the ridiculous board fees that come with traveling with many surfboards on a plane.

A trip to Victoria seemed in order. It would give me time to surf the well-known Bells break a bit, explore more of the local beaches, meet some locals, hike the trails and drive down the Great Ocean Road. I got some great shots from the trip and from the amazing scenery:

At Geelong Port they have several statues throughout the town. Sparring with the lifesaver!

Courtney ConlogueCourtesy of Courtney Conlogue

Aireys Inlet lighthouse at my fingertips. Off the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.

Courtney Conlogue lighthouseCourtesy of Courtney Conlogue

Heading out to Bells Beach and getting my board ready. One of the most beautiful beaches in Australia.

Courtney ConlogueCourtesy of Courtney Conlogue

In between surfs, enjoying the sunshine and the view at 13th Beach.

Courtney Conlogue with boardCourtesy of Courtney Conlogue

I have to drive on the other side of the road. This makes me seriously nervous, so I'm always looking both ways just to stay safe.

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Enjoying some wild blackberries that I found during an afternoon hike.

Courtney ConlogueCourtesy of Courtney Conlogue

When in Australia, you always keep your eyes open for kangaroos.

Courtney Conlogue kangaroo picCourtesy of Courtney Conlogue

Off-road adventures. Watch out for any and all obstacles.

Courtney ConlogueCourtesy of Courtney Conlogue

The best part about a road trip is taking in all the scenery!

Courtney ConlogueCourtesy of Courtney Conlogue