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To beat the road blues, jocks pack loads of personal treasures

Updated: May 20, 2010, 2:28 PM ET
By Sam Alipour | ESPN The Magazine

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CONDOMS

Jamie Sterling, Big Wave surfer
Photo by Ture Lillegraven

Why I pack 'em: "I'm not the only athlete who believes in safe sex, but I'm the most prepared. I bring condoms according to the length of my stay, but on average I have 12 on me at all times, just in case. Four or five for me, the rest for friends. When your buddies are unprepared, and you hook them up with the condom that seals their deal, it makes you feel pretty good."

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