Blue Crush, Opens Aug. 16
Surfing flicks range from unforgettable (The Endless Summer) to unfortunate (Point Break), but never has a major movie focused solely on women's surfing. Blue Crush is the story of three women (from left: Michelle Rodriguez, Kate Bosworth and Sanoe Lake) who dream of conquering the male-dominated world of surfing on Oahu's North Shore. Pro stars in the film include Rochelle Ballard (Bosworth's double) and Megan Abubo (Rodriguez's double).
X Games VIII, Aug. 17-23, ABC, ESPN and ESPN2
Are you ready for some X Games? For the first time, the X Games will air on prime-time network TV (Aug 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. on ABC). While that broadcast will feature megastars Tony Hawk (skateboarding vert doubles) and Travis Pastrana (moto X freestyle), X diehards can also catch aggressive in-line skating, wakeboarding and speed climbing on ESPN and ESPN2.
The Hard Way: Stories of Danger, Survival and the Soul Of Adventure
By Mark Jenkins, 222 pages
This 23-story collection is described as "a book about doing, not watching." Wrong. It's about both. Jenkins does a lot—he kayaks the Dardanelles and climbs the Matterhorn—but that raw material alone wouldn't carry the book. These rich, well-rendered stories succeed because as Jenkins paddles against the current or rappels through a storm, his writer's eye is working all the while.