Surf culture has always been a fairly close-knit community, and competitive surfing even more so.
In surfing there are no billion-dollar franchises, huge television contracts, or teams of agents and lawyers. There’s barely any press at even the biggest surf events, no monster stadiums, or multi-year contracts. No trades. No playoffs. No paparazzi or rumor mills.
This week’s Best of Britain brings us everything from highs and lows to fakes and spills.
Prince Harry falls off his horse as he plays polo in the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic on Governor’s Island in New York, June 27, 2010. REUTERS/Stephen Lovekin/Pool
The numbers from Haiti are staggering. Authorities say the death toll is likely to be between 100,000 and 200,000. Already, 75,000 bodies have been buried in mass graves. 1.5 million residents are homeless . Families have been torn apart. Neighborhoods have been flattened. The government has nearly ceased to exist. But numbers can tell only a small part of the story. Scenes of the devastation in Haiti are filling airwaves and newspapers around the world, triggering a flood of compassion and donations.
Contributor Nabil Hijjawi captured the devastation in Port-au-Prince moments after the quake.
And contributor Jim Martin gives us this image of a frozen tree in Ohio.
A 15-year-old girl with a gunshot wound on her leg rests in the emergency room of a hospital near the Petare slum in Caracas November 14, 2009. Gun laws are lax in Venezuela, where the government estimates there are 6 million firearms circulating among the population of about 28 million. Venezuela’s murder rate is about 8 times that of the United States. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins An Iraqi policeman stands guard in front of a damaged helicopter which police believed have belonged to former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s family near Samarra, 100 km (62 miles) north of Baghdad, November 13, 2009. Three helicopters were found hidden in farms on Friday, a police source said. REUTERS/Sabah al-Bazee A worker installs lanterns to decorate the site of an opening ceremony for a newly-built highway in Luoyang, Henan province November 15, 2009. REUTERS/Carlf Zhang Laundry man Shahzada lines up napkins and sheets to dry after a wash along the street near a slum area in Karachi on November 15, 2009. Shahzada washes napkins, towels and table-sheets for a nearby food street restaurant in Karachi. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro Click here to view the full Editor’s choice slideshow and click here for further showcases of Reuters photography.
Sometimes the interesting things happen after a big event – just as everyone is turning around and walking away. Contributor Iskandar Syaharizal stuck around after a community firefighting demonstration in Kuala Lumpur and captured these neighborhood kids playing in the puddle of foam left behind.While contributor Supratik Chakraborty stuck around after the end of an idol immersion ceremony in India just as a young boy came forward to dive in after them.See the rest of this week’s Your View selection here.
Israeli soldiers carry their comrade on a stretcher as they run during a training session at their base near the southern city of Ashdod, October 29, 2009. REUTERS/Amir CohenTwo surfers are seen behind Nicholas Elias’s Sculpture “A symbolic inscription of the imaginary” as part of the Sculpture By The Sea exhibition at Tamarama beach in Sydney, October 29, 2009. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz President Barack Obama participates in the dignified transfer of U.S. Army Sgt. Dale R. Griffin at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, October 29, 2009. REUTERS/Jim YoungClick here for the full Editor’s choice slideshow and click here for further showcases of Reuters photography.