Bill Andrews (photographer)

Bill Andrews was a surfer, documentary photographer/videographer, archivist. During his daily reportage of modern surf culture, Andrews archived over 20,000 surf-related photographs and videos, his work can be seen on youtube. Andrews grew up surfing in California, he caught his first wave in 1957 at La Jolla Shores Beach. By the early sixties, he had joined the line-up at Windansea Beach, with other local surfers, he helped establish Black's Beach as a world class break; the Surfer's Journal calls Andrews the “first Black’s local”, a considerable accomplishment given the difficult trail or long paddle to access Black's Beach at that time. In 1965 Andrews’ reputation landed him on the cover of Surfer magazine; the Ron Stoner photograph shows Andrews crouched and gliding on infinite wave face glass at Black's. With time, Andrews' long-lived and vocal presence, in and out of the water, made him something of a surf sage, he was cited in numerous articles and videos on surf history including "Welcome to Windansea" by Chris Ahrens, "The Strange Disappearance of Ron Stoner" by Matt Warshaw, PHOTO/STONER by Matt Warshaw, Ty Ponder's "Sea Level Pressure."

Andrews has appeared in "Magnificent Obsessions" on Voom Network, "Southern California Son" by James Weaver, "Core La Jolla Shores" by Fred Stoughton. In 2016 Andrews was diagnosed with ALS. Using a walker he designed himself and a motorized wheelchair he customized, Andrews continued to frequent his favorite beaches. Local media broadcast his story to a new audience, calling him a legendary surfer and one of the last great watermen. Bill Andrews died 26 October 2017. An announcement by SURFER ends in Andrews' own words, “Every day spent surfing was worth it, I wouldn’t change a thing.” A Day with BA

Apapane (horse)

Apapane is a Japanese Thoroughbred racehorse who won the Japanese Fillies' Triple Crown in 2010. As a two-year-old in 2009 she won three of her four races including the Grade I Hanshin Juvenile Fillies and won the JRA Award for Best Two-Year-Old Filly. In the following year she won the Oka Sho and Yushun Himba before completing the Triple Crown in the Shuka Sho and winning the JRA Award for Best Three-Year-Old Filly. In the following spring she won her fifth Grade I race when she defeated the Japanese Horse of the Year Buena Vista in the Victoria Mile, she never won again and was retired after developing a leg problem in September 2012. Apart from her victories she finished third in consecutive runnings of the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup. Apapane is a bay mare with a white blaze and white socks on her hind legs bred in Japan by Northern Farm the breeding operation of her owner Makoto Kaneko. Apapane was trained throughout her racing career by Sakae Kunieda and was ridden in most of her starts by Masayoshi Ebina.

Her sire, King Kamehameha was one of the best Japanese colts of his generation, beating a field including Heart's Cry and Daiwa Major in the 2004 Japanese Derby. His other winners as a breeding stallion include Lord Kanaloa, Rose Kingdom and Rulership. King Kamehameha was named after a Hawaiian monarch: his daughter Apapane was named after a native Hawaiian bird whose feathers were once used to decorate the capes of the island's nobility. Apapane's dam Salty Bid was an American-bred mare who raced in Japan and won three times as well as finishing second in the Grade III Fairy Stakes, she was a distant female-line descendant of the influential American broodmare Escutcheon. On 5 July 2009 Apapane made her first appearance in a contest for unraced two-year-olds over 1800 metres at Fukushima Racecourse and finished thord of the sixteen runners behind the colt Lordship; the filly was off the course for three and a half months before recording her first victory in a maiden race over 1600 metres at Tokyo Racecourse.

Two weeks she won the Akamatsu Sho over the same course and distance in a record time of 1.34.5. On 13 December the filly was stepped up in class to contest the Grade I Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, Japan's most prestigious race for two-year-old fillies over 1600 metres on firm ground at Hanshin Racecourse. Starting at odds of 3.6/1 she won by half a length and three quarters of a length from Animate Bio with the favoured Shimmei Fuji in fifth. In January 2010 Apapane was voted Champion two-year-old filly in the JRA Awards for 2009. On her three-year-old debut Apapane contested the Grade III Tulip Sho over 1600 metres on yielding ground at Hanshin on 6 March and was beaten three quarters of a length into second place by Shoryu Moon. On 11 April, on firmer ground, the filly started favourite for the 70th running of the Grade I Oka Sho, the first leg of Japan's Fillies' Triple Crown over the same course and distance, she raced close behind the leaders as Oken Sakura set the pace but looked unlikely to obtain a clear run until Ebina switched her to the outside to make her challenge in the straight.

She overtook Oken Sakura in the closing stages to win by half a length in a new track record time of 1:33.3. A Shin Returns took third ahead of Shoryu Moon whilst Animate Bio finished eighth of the eighteen runners. On 23 May the filly was stepped up in distance and started favourite for the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Grade I Yushun Himba over 2400 metres at Tokyo Racecourse. Oken Sakura, A Shin Returns, Shoryu Moon and Animate Bio were again in the field as well as the Grade II Flora Stakes winner Saint Emilion. On a wet and gloomy day she tracked the leaders before moving to the outside on the final turn; the last 200 metres saw the race develop into a sustained struggle between Apapane and Saint Emilion and with neither filly able to establish an advantage the pair crossed the line together, two lengths clear of the other sixteen runners. After a ten minute delay during which the racecourse judges scrutinised the photo-finish the result was declared as a dead-heat. After a summer break, Apapane returned in autumn with the third leg of the triple crown, the Shuka Sho as her objective.

She prepared for the race with a run in the Grade II Rose Stakes over 1800 metres at Hanshin in September. Racing for the first time in four months she finished fourth of the twelve runners behind Animate Bio, Wild Raspberry and A Shin Returns. On 17 October Apapane faced seventeen rivals including Saint Emilion, Animate Bio, Wild Raspberry, A Shin Returns, Shoryu Moon, Oken Sakura in the Shuka Sho over 2000 metres at Kyoto Racecourse, she completed the Triple Crown. On her final run of the season Apapane was matched against older fillies and mares in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup over 2200 metres at Kyoto on 14 November, she was beaten into third place by the British filly Snow Fairy. In January 2011 Apapane picked up her second JRA Award as she was named champion three-year-old filly of 2010 with 284 of the 285 votes. Apapane was matched against male opposition on her first appearance of 2011 and finished fourth behind Silport, Clever Tosho and Danon Yoyo in the Grade II Milers Cup at Hanshin on 17 April.

Four weeks the filly returned to Grade I class and all-female competition for the Victoria Mile over 1600 metres on firm ground at Tokyo and started 3/1 second choice in the betting. She faced several of her old rivals from her three-year-old days including Animate Bio, A Shin Returns, Oken Sakura and Wild Raspberry, but by far her most formidable opponent was the outstanding five-year-old racemare Buena Vista who started the 1/2 favourite. Drawn towards the wide

North Carolina Highway 281

North Carolina Highway 281 is a primary state highway in the U. S. state of North Carolina. The highway runs north–south, connecting communities in western Jackson County and scenic areas of southwest Transylvania County, it is the only North Carolina state highway. NC 281 is a 36.6-mile two-lane mountain highway that begins at the South Carolina state line in Jackson County, before entering Transylvania County. In South Carolina, the road continues south as SC 130, it runs concurrent with US 64 near Sapphire goes 2.5 miles east where it splits and continues north to Lake Toxaway. Continuing northwest, the highway becomes aggressively curvy, narrow and in a couple of locations is a gravel road. NC 281 crosses back near Round Mountain to the northeast; the road widens again near the Tuckasegee River and passes by several lakes before ending in Tuckasegee. The overall route shows the best of what the Nantahala National Forest has to offer, but it is not recommended for commercial trucks, recreational vehicles or buses.

In the winter, the highway can be dangerous in snow and ice, should not be attempted without proper equipment. Whitewater Way is a 9-mile byway from near Sapphire to the South Carolina state line, it is named after the Whitewater Falls, which, at 411 ft, are the highest waterfalls east of the Rockies. Various other falls can be found along Horsepasture River and multiple trails connect the area with rare shortia found in the area; the byway is not recommended for recreational buses. NC 281 was established in 1930 as a new primary route, from NC 28, in Lake Toxaway, to NC 106, in Tuckasegee. In 1980, NC 281 was extended west along US 64 overlap, from Lake Toxaway to near Sapphire, along new primary routing to the South Carolina state line. Purpose of the route's extension was to connect visitors to the Whitewater Falls overlook area, maintained by the United States Forest Service. In January 1985, NC 281 was rerouted along Slick Fisher Road, north of Lake Toxaway. Around 1987, SC 130 was extended north from SC 11, near Salem, as a new primary routing to meetup with NC 281 at the state line.

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