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Video: The Man Who Saved Mick Fanning

Mick Fanning is a household name, but few have likely heard of his best friend Barney Miller, who's been a pivotal support for the world champion surfer. Growing up, Miller aspired to be a professional surfer, and was well on his way until a horrific car accident. At the age of 20, Miller was left a quadriplegic and unsure if he’d ever ride a wave again. 

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But an unforeseen encounter with Fanning ten years later changed everything. The two hit it off immediately. When Fanning learned about Miller’s goals to not just surf but also walk again he lent him a hand. The piece from 60 Minutes Australia is a look at Miller’s inspirational story, and how he’s even helped Fanning in ways he could have never imagined. You might want to keep a few tissues nearby when watching—it’ll tug on your heartstrings. 

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Jimmy Chin Gets Sandbagged in YETI’s Short Film
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Jimmy Chin Gets Sandbagged in YETI’s Short Film

Jimmy Chin Gets Sandbagged in YETI’s Short Film

When a guy like Jimmy Chin says he’s out of his comfort zone that means a lot. Even though he’s summited Everest multiple times, put down the first ascent on Meru, crossed the Chang Tang Plateau on foot, and won a shiny Academy Award, Chin still hasn’t done it all. In an interview, he was once asked what’s next on the list, and he replied, “get barreled.” When photographer Jeff Johnson heard that, he assembled an all star team—Mark Healey, Jon Rose, Keith Malloy, and Dan Malloy—to get Chin in

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Kai Lenny and John John Florence Foil from Kaua’i to Oahu
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Kai Lenny and John John Florence Foil from Kaua’i to Oahu

Kai Lenny and John John Florence Foil from Kaua’i to Oahu

Kai Lenny and John John Florence—I can’t think of a better crew to foil 200 nautical miles across the ocean. You’ve got Lenny, who’s a maniac on a hydrofoil, and then there’s Florence who’s now just as much of a sailor as he is a surfer. Apparently Florence is the one who came up with the wild idea to foil across the Kaua'i Channel in his 18-foot catamaran. It didn't much convincing to get Lenny to join. Still, these world champions aren’t infallible and the adventure pushed their limits.

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Nic Von Rupp Surfs Ireland’s Cold Giant Waves
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Nic Von Rupp Surfs Ireland’s Cold Giant Waves

Nic Von Rupp Surfs Ireland’s Cold Giant Waves

You’ve got some have some grit to surf in Ireland. It’s cold, windy, and the slabs are unforgiving. But Nic Von Rupp is no stranger to less than ideal conditions. Having surfed everything from Nazaré to Spain’s heaviest slabs, he’s learned to cope with the elements. Surfing in Ireland is not easy by any means, but it’s also rewarding if you’re willing to work for it like Von Rup. RELATED: Nic Von Rupp Takes on Spain's Heaviest Slabs