Texas is known for plenty of things like cowboy culture, the lip smacking BBQ dishes and the tumbleweed terrain. However, it is not the first destination that springs to mind when it comes to surfing. Yet, with a huge coastline of around 367 miles, surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, it still produces ride-able waves only occasionally. However, surfers can exploit their love for the sport in other novel ways.
Texas is all geared up to change its name as “Not the first place for surfing”. The lone star state of the US is making waves, literally with proprietary artificial wave technologies. The recently opened Surf Park in Austin generated a great deal of buzz both among avid surfers as well as amateurs. The state is all set to open a brand new a man-made wave pool at the Barefoot Ski Ranch in the outskirts of the city of Waco. The grand opening of this new entrant has been slated for the summer of 2017.
The NLand Pool is powered by the European Firm, Wave Garden. The Waco pool, however, will be powered by American Wave Machines, a California-based company. In an interview with the press, Stuart Parsons, the owner of BSR stated that American Wave Machines have been installing artificial wave systems all over the planet for the past decade. They have a track record of 100% and this is the reason for BSR to choose AWM. Though the exact details of the project haven’t been finalized an initial metrics of the pool can be found online at the site of AWM.
So folks in Texas have to wait till next summer to test out the new entrant in the field. Till then the current sole runner, the NLand, is your place to ride out the waves in Texas.
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The medal count for Texas in the recently concluded Rio Olympics was thirteen. These medals were bagged by the current and former students of the University of Texas. Of these thirteen medals, it is to be noted that it includes ten gold medals. According to a ranking reported in the USA Today, Texas is tied up at the fourth position with the University of Florida.
Stanford led with a total of twenty-seven medals. The second position was achieved by the University of California (Berkeley) with twenty-two medals. The third position went to the University of Southern California with twenty-one medals. The contingent from the University of Texas had significant success in Rio. They had a total of twenty-five medal opportunities out of which they were able to secure thirteen medals. This created a success rate of more than fifty percent which is significantly higher when compared to the entire roster that was sent to Rio.
Twenty student athletes of UT along with five coaches took part in the Olympics at Rio. It is to be noted that UT has produced at least one gold medal for the last eleven Olympic Games continuously dating back to the Munich Games of 1972.
The World Health Organization recently removed coffee from the status of a carcinogen. This move comes after twenty five years after WHO declared that coffee could be a reason for bladder cancer. Coffee drinkers finally have got news to celebrate. The Cancer Research Team of WHO recently concluded that coffee is no longer classified as a possible carcinogen. The organization further stated that coffee does not act as a trigger for other types of cancers including prostate as well as pancreatic cancers.
The WHO with this declaration joins other major studies that eliminated the risks of coffee. Several studies have been conducted to claim that there is no quantifiable link between coffee and cancer. This dramatic announcement was made by the cancer research wing of WHO after analyzing data from over thousands of studies. The IARC official who was responsible for leading the study was Dr.Dana Loomis. In a press statement, he stated that the evidence that coffee is not a carcinogen had increased significantly, since WHO was involved in the study in 1991. It is not the first time that WHO has taken an about turn when it comes to particular substances. But, it is not an event that happens often.
It is to be noted that Americans drink around three cups of coffee per day on an average. The National Coffee Association claims that coffee is the most drunk beverage in the whole United States even preceding tap water. It is becoming increasingly popular in several parts of the world not only limited to the traditional regions of Europe and the U.S. The rate of global consumption of coffee is increasing steadily since 2011.
A study led by the Dana-Farber Cancer institute stated that coffee can prevent the relapse of a few types of cancer including colon cancer. It helped to improve the rate of quick cure. So, brew a fresh cup and enjoy!