Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sailing Around the World on a Luxury Yacht Charter - Surfing in Bali


Depending on how good a surfer you are, Bali offers an endless variety of surf spots for any wave rider. From gentle beach breaks ideal for beginners, to world class barreling waves which plays host to international surf competitions, the island paradise - a great spot for your yacht charter holiday to alight at purely for its setting, is also a must for any plank rider.

You can find lots of online details for this destination and websites like y.achts not only offer charter services but printable guides.

Kuta Beach

If you are new to riding waves, and is keen to learn the skill, the best place to start would be Kuta beach. Situated near the tourist and nightlife center of the island province, the breaks at Kuta beach is where most beginners learn the basics of wave riding.

And if safety is a concern of yours, Kuta beach has a number of lifeguard stations in case the undertow gets the better of you after a wipe out.

Canggu Beach

If Kuta beach is too tame for your liking, then
Canggu beach might offer a better challenge. Situated 30 minutes away from Kuta beach, Canggu offers a more diverse set of breaks. Canggu has rolling waves well suited for beginners and long boarders as well as fast breaking ones for more advanced riders. Be sure to check the surf forecast though as the breaks at Canggu can sometimes be pretty intense.

As for its vibe, Canggu’s is far more “quiet” compared to that of Kuta. There are only a few stalls that sell snacks, so it is better to bring your own supplies. Or you could just set anchor and paddle into the beach from the deck of your own private yacht.

Keramas Beach

This beach is located in Sanur and was a secret surf spot years ago. Now, it is one of the more popular surf destinations in Bali.

Keramas has a reef-breaking wave and is one of a handful of right breaks in Bali. If you are a beginner, this is not a spot for you. The barreling waves at Keramas has played host to several local and international competitions and is only for professionals.

Any beginner attempting to ride these waves might have more than his/her ego bruised. But if you think that your skills are enough to conquer them, you need to wake up really early to get your dose of adrenalin as the spot can easily get crowded. Also, you need to be aware that the end section of the ride somewhat shallows out and is home to numerous sea urchins.

Keramas, being a bit isolated makes it less touristy and the usual people you would see there are typically other surfers. So if you want to ride your first world-class wave, Keramas is the place to pop your cherry.

Bali a great tourist destination


The beaches in Bali are enough to entrap any tourists cruising around on their luxury yacht charter - not only are the beaches luxurious but so to is the food. The surfing is just a bonus.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Winter Cup? - Apparently Peter Hargitay Was Right

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December is far from the beautiful months of June and July and 2010 was even farther away from the the year 2022, and more particularly the World Cup of football. But still, football fans from all over the world had their thoughts on the beautiful game and the World Cup that would be played in 2022. Shock came from the news out of Zurich that Qatar, a tiny country in the middle east was awarded the opportunity to host the wondrous tournament. Even more disappointed and confused, were those fans from Australia, who had reason to believe they would win the right to host.

Australia spent an estimated 45 million USD on the bid to host the World Cup, yet they only received one vote and were eliminated from the running quite early. A key force behind the Australian World Cup bid was
Peter Hargitay, who was hired to strategize the bid for Australia, as he is a high-level contact to many people who voted for the bids at FIFA. Australia seemed like the perfect host for the World Cup, as June and July fall during the country's comfortable winter months. But when the news came out of Zurich, the voters apparently thought differently, instead electing to have Qatar host the World Cup of 2022. 

in his interview to ESPN Mr Hargitay noted that there are many that are confused as to why the tiny country that faces extremely high temperatures in June and July, would be awarded the tournament. Many figures around football have come out and stated the fears for players and fans to go through such dangerous levels of heat. There are copious amounts of information that leaves several people opposed to the tournament being played there, including the nation not having proper infrastructure and overall lack of football being played there. 

Despite the drama, FIFA has not officially announced any notion to move the World Cup of 2022 away from Qatar. The weather in Qatar is simply not favorable to be played during June and July, thus meaning it would have to moved closer to November or December. Michel Platini, Uefa President, has stated his concern for the tournament to be played in the hot desert heat, and would prefer a move to November or December for the tournament. Peter Hargitay, and many other also believe a move in the date of the World Cup is necessary if it is to be played in Qatar. Many questions are still to be answered, especially considering many football leagues throughout Europe and elsewhere run during November and December normally. 

Questions will continue to be asked, including those out of Australia, who spent loads of money hoping and thinking 2022 would be the year of the World Cup to be played in the land down under. Alas, only time will tell if the World Cup will be played in Qatar in 2022, and until then, one can only hope that answers begin to come regarding the confusion as to why the small desert country in the middle east, won the rights from FIFA.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Three NFL Teams Primed to Rebound in 2014


 From the moment the NFL Regular Season concludes, uncertainty becomes a reality and many teams begin their rebuilding process. The teams that miss out on the playoffs officially begin their offseason strategy, with some firing their unsuccessful coaches on Black Monday. Once the playoffs finish, we have the Combine, Free Agency, and NFL Draft to look forward to. With the draft still ahead, here are five times primed to rebound in 2014.

Houston Texans

The owner of the Texans, Bob McNair, managed to pry Bill O’Brien away from Penn State to replace Gary Kubiak as head coach. O’Brien has built on his offensive coordinator experience with the New England Patriots by spending the past two years as a head coach in the collegiate ranks.

O’Brien’s offensive experience and the defensive talent of the Texans, namely JJ Watt, will help Houston to be competitive again in the near future. Plus, the Texans have the number one overall pick in the draft and will likely take the game-changing Jadeveon Clowney.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars managed to win four games in the second-half of 2013, giving the team a record of 4-8. That performance signified enough improvement for owner Shad Khan to give head coach Gus Bradley another season in 2014.

Bradley and general manager David Caldwell have acquired Super Bowl-winning Seahawks to bring championship-caliber players to Jacksonville. Then when you toss in their number three pick in the draft, the Jags can inject further quality.

Atlanta Falcons

Feasibly, you could make a case for the Detroit Lions deserving a place in this trio. But the Falcons simply have too many elite talents to not return to a winning record in 2014. Following five-straight winning seasons, Mike Smith’s Falcons slumped to a 4-12 record.

Even with the scheming of defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, the Falcons couldn’t paper over the cracks. Two-time NFL Executives of the Year Thomas Dimitroff has sought fill those lines by bringing in D-linemen Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson. The general manager will also have the sixth overall pick in the draft to further enhance the roster.

Best of the Rest

The Lions are going to win games next season because of Matt Stafford, Megatron, Joique Bell, and the newly acquired Golden Tate. Lovie Smith is a solid bet to turn the Bucs around quickly and the Giants can only play better in 2014. Resurgent teams make for great wagers in Vegas and AC – or at the web’s best online casinos. Let’s hope for another interesting season in the NFL.

Monday, March 17, 2014

NCAA Tourney First Round Upset Predictions

Once again, I am providing my upset specials for each round of the NCAA tourney.  Let's be honest, the upsets are what compel us to watch games with teams we have never heard of before.  So lets get started.

Today we start with the round of 64 games that begin on Thursday.

Providence (11) over North Carolina (6) - I watched the Friars play two games this weekend and they are really putting it all together at the right time.  I really like Bryce Cotton.  Not sure if he has the height to play in the NBA but he can create shots, hits 37.8% of his 3s and has ice in his veins (85% FT%).  The entire team is playing with fire in their belly having won 6 of their last 7 including winning the Big East Championship.  I think their relentless defense will be too much for the Tarheels young team.

Nebraska (11) over Baylor (6) - I may be the only person outside the state of Nebraska calling this upset but I think the Big 12 is overrated (should not have gotten 70% of their teams into the NCAA tourney).  Nebraska is on a roll, they were 11-4 in their last 15 games with big wins over Wisconsin, Michigan State, Ohio State and Minnesota.  They have great guard play and Tim Miles really knows how to coach underdogs.  Baylor is playing well but outside of the Big 12, their only resume win was over a young Kentucky team early in the season.  I think the Huskers will surprise a lot of people in this one.

NC State (12 Play-in) over St Louis - You know what the pundits should never do...tell a selected team they don't deserve to be in the Dance.  It happened with George Mason in the 2005-2006 season and the Patriots responded by getting to the Final Four.  Then it happened again in the 2006-2007 season with VCU.  How did they respond...can you say Final Four.  I am not saying that NC State will get to the Final Four and they first have to beat Xavier to get into the game against St. Louis, but St. Louis is reeling after losing 4 of their last 5.  Those types of teams usually are on the ropes with a lack of confidence.  NC State's TJ Warren is a legit player that is fun to watch.  He averages 24.9 ppg and 7 rpg.  He and the Wolfpack will have a chip in their shoulder and will play like it to win a couple of games.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Get a Custom Wedge for the Course

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Every golfer is different, and that means that a golfer must invest some time and money in getting the best clubs for their game. While all golf clubs must be fitted to the golfer, having customized clubs can change a certain part of the player's game to great effect.

The choice to customize your wedges is one that can be used to improve one of the toughest parts of the game. Every player has difficulty using wedges, and that means that a customized wedge can help the player to get the most efficiency out of their short and medium range game.

When playing out of a bunker, the front slope of a green or heavy rough, a customized wedge can help the golfer to get the ball back into playable territory. Without a customized wedge, the golfer will have to make constant adjustments in order to even make solid contact with the ball.

When looking for the best golf equipment, it is best for the serious player to invest in fitted clubs and customized wedges that will give the player every opportunity to succeed on the course. Without these customized clubs, it is very difficult for the player to make the golf shots that will help them beat their playing partners, break 80 or just to feel accomplished on the course.

Monday, February 17, 2014

How to Find a Winning Sports Handicapper

Guest Article

Lots of sports gamblers discover after years of betting that they are best off relying on the assistance of betting professionals, like sports handicappers, than going it alone.

It's not hard to find them, if you are a sport gambling activist. You can find them on the internet, Portals and also some sport books which are promoting "touts". But it seems to be a terrifying proposition on how you go about choosing the right handicapper for your needs.

So how do you determine if a tout is a really good handicapper? How can you stay away from scams? How much must you spend for the best sports picks?

The following lists are all points you should take into account when you are looking for a great sports service. We want to talk about a few ideas so you will not get ripped off by plenty of scammers out there. Keep these outlines in you mind:

1. Avoid handicappers whose stats look "too good to be true" -- they probably are.  Shocking winning percentages of 70, 80 or 90% are just not possible.  A really good win percentage is 60% and that is enough to be successful in your betting strategy.

2. Stay away from those who claim they hold a lock. There is no such thing as a lock in sport gambling.  Anyone that claims they have one is lying to you and likely trying to steal your money.

3. Never buy any picks from those who claim they have "inside information".  This just does not exist in sports betting and once again they are lying to you.

4. Ensure that the person you buy picks from is checked by an unbiased observer. There are so many non-biased sports monitoring service out there.  Ensure the capper is checked by more than one and this information is captured consistently. There is nothing to hide for a verified and real handicapper. Ask him to prove that the records are legitimate.

5. Don't go for high priced cappers. Imagine you discover an excellent capper and you purchase his picks about $3000 dollars for one season and finally the guy would win 32 units that each unit worth $100.  Despite having a fantastic season, your earnings after his fee would only be 200 dollars. If he also provides you with losers, you are out the losers plus the service fee. Consider reasonable services out there who sell their selections for $20 per week or a few hundred bucks a season.

6. Stay away from the sales calls. These are marketing companies. For example they call two persons and provide them with both sides of the line. So it's obvious that one of them will win and in this way they guarantee one out of two and they finish up with a satisfied customer who will get back to them the next day. These kinds of strategies are known as Boiler room operations.  

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Getting Ready for Golf Season with a Little Etiquette

Guest Article

What kind of sports is associated with success and confidence in public mind? Is it football? No! May be it is tennis. Definitely, it is not tennis due to all doping scandals. Is it volleyball, basketball, chess, boxing? No, no, and no again! Of course, golf is sports of millionaires. And who would argue with that? This game is associated with the elegance of true gentleman. When we speak about it we imagine slender dandies in polo shirts hitting a ball across the green field trying to drive it into the halls. It seems at first glance that everything is rather simple. However, despite the seeming simplicity, golf is pretty difficult game with its rules and traditions.

Because of its origin this game has very strong gentleman principles, and therefore compliance with special etiquette is very important, its violation can lead to penalties during the game or loss of the whole match. There are three unspoken rules: 1. Play on the field as it is. 2. Play the ball as it lies. 3. If neither one thing nor the other cannot be, act with justice.

No wonder that coaches advise novice players to play this game using not only a club, but a brain. Main qualities of good golfer are not agility and strength, but calculation accuracy, fluency and development of proper blow. All participants of the game get a good mood along with useful physical exertion as a reward for playing.

European golf is subordinated to St. Andrew Old Royal Club, which is also considered to be the main governing body of golf in the world. St. Andrew Club strictly follows the rules interpretation, certification of fields and equipment. Regular attendance of tournaments and trips to resorts are typical pastime of global celebrities. Some famous athletes like Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Michael Jordan even combine various sport activities and show excellent results in parallel sport.

Income of professional golfers is significantly higher than income of famous tennis players. Of course, the total income includes the participation in promotions, but the average annual contract is almost $ 10 million. Every beginner should know the most famous professionals. For example, Katie Vitvors is one of the best golfers of the world, a woman with a record number of victories. And Jack Nicklaus takes the title of the greatest golfer of modern times.

Americans (especially American millionaires) are famous golfers. Today, this game in the United States is controlled by the USGA (United States Golf Association). Perfect courses were created in different states, including Ohio. No wonder that American luxury courses took the leading positions in accordance with Conde Nast Traveler magazine rating of best golf resorts.

The rankings took into account courses design, their level of complexity, professionalism of staff, comfort of rooms and quality of services. Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa took the first place among Texas resorts. It ranked 17th in the world ranking, which includes 100 hotels. Hyatt Regency Hill has 500 rooms, 58 suites and business rooms. Other representatives of Texas, marked in top hundred best resorts, are Westin La Cantera (San Antonio) and Barton Creek Resort and Spa (Austin), which took the 41th and 50th position in the global rankings. Some resorts in Ohio also took places is this rating. So, if you want to practice this game, be sure that you will find high-class facilities in Ohio.

Sandra Harper and Darrel Howard for twoguyswhogolf.com about Ohio golf facilities and tournaments.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Get Ready for Your 2014 Fantasy Football Draft


For many fantasy football managers, the 2013 season did not go as well as they had planned.  There is no better time to start planning for your 2014 fantasy football season, than right now!
And if you are the commissioner of your league, you are probably in charge of the draft.  In 2013, more than 25% of leagues decided to host a live draft party, and use a traditional draft board and labels. In 2014, we are hoping this number reaches 40%!
Hosting your own fantasy football draft can be an exciting event, if planned correctly. The first step in planning your draft party is buying the right draft kit.
Once you have your draft kit, you will then need to pick a spot to host the draft. Some people decide to have their draft at a local bar (Buffalo Wild Wings, Hooters, etc), while others simply pick a friends house. Wherever your draft is held, make sure there is enough food and beer!
Common mistakes that people make when choosing players in the draft:
Bye Week – Many fantasy football owners forget about the dreaded bye week, leaving them desperate for a 4th Running Back when their other 3 have the same bye week. The draft board and kit that you can purchase from the online store mentioned above will include the players bye week right on the color label.
Playoff Schedule – Did you draft a pretty decent team, only to find out you’re star players have to play against Seattle, San Francisco or Houston in the playoffs? Although teams playoff schedule (week 13-15) may not play a vital role in selecting your players, it’s certainly something to consider.
Buy a 2014 fantasy football draft kit from the link above and you’ll also get a free gift with your order. In 2013, over 5,000 classic beer coasters were given out, along with “Commish” Hats and T-shirts. 
To learn more about playing fantasy football online, head over to ESPN.com, Yahoo.com or NFL.com. These three platforms are the top dogs when doing an online / remote draft. If you cannot host a party, or your league members are scattered across the country (or world), an online / remote draft will be your only option.

Provided by the folks at www.fantasyfootballdraftboard.net.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Rockies Look to Reach Their Mile High Goals


The Colorado Rockies have underachieved in recent years, failing to miss the playoffs for four years running. While they face unique challenges competing in the mile high air of Denver, they boast enough talent to compete for a playoff spot in 2014. With a fair amount of roster turnover, the Rockies will run out a talented core this year, which should continue to bring out the Rockies’ passionatefan base.
Last season was a notable year for the Rockies as the face of the franchise, first baseman Todd Helton, took the field for the last time. One of the best hitters of his generation, Helton leaves behind a formidable legacy. Filling the void left at first base will be former American League MVP Justin Morneau. While Morneau may not be quite the same player he was when he was at MVP form, he should provide solid production at the plate, along with veteran leadership.
Forming the foundation of the Rockies are shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos González. Among the most talented players in baseball, both have struggled to stay on the field in recent years. If both can stay healthy and produce at their usual rate throughout the 2014 season, it would surprise few to see the Colorado Rockies in the playoffs.
While offense has never been a problem at Coors Field, pitching is another story. The team hopes 2014 is an exception to this, as they feature the makings of perhaps the best rotation in franchise history, with newly-acquired lefty Brett Anderson joining holdovers Jhoulys Chacin, Jorge De La Rosa and Tyler Chatwood. The Rockies also have some very talented arms in their minor league system, highlighted by Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler. If either of them makes the leap to the major league club in 2014, the future could indeed be bright in Denver.
Baseball in the Rocky Mountains has always been a unique experience, and fielding a successful team is no small task. While the Colorado Rockies have enjoyed some success over the years, in 2014 they hope to get over the hump and become consistent contenders.
About the author – Brent Larsen is a lifetime sports fan. He follows the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL, as well as college football, golf, tennis, extreme sports and everything else in the sports realm. Brent writes for several sports blogs during his free time.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Slowpitch Softball Training Tips

When you play slowpitch softball, there are numerous things that need to be practiced to ensure that you have a successful season. Many people assume that slowpitch softball is something that doesn’t require a lot of skill, but if you want to be one of the best players, you need to work on all the little things. Depending on what position you play, what are some of the top tips you can use to improve your game?

Pitching 
Ask anyone that has tried to pitch an inning during a slowpitch softball game how difficult it is. You may think you’re ready for it after pitching batting practice, but pitching in a live game is a completely different world. If you want to be a successful pitcher, there are many things you need to keep an eye on. Among them are your release point and pitching motion. Every league has different rules on the arc, but the standard is 6-10 feet. Trying to keep your pitch within this height level each time has everything to do with your release point. If you have a lower release point, your pitch will be lower and will come into the strike zone quicker. To be consistent, you will also want to have the same arm motions, which combined with your release, will make you a stud pitcher.

Batting 
There are many drills that you can do to improve your swing, but one of the best training tips is the two-ball drill. You will need a coach or teammate standing about five feet away from you with two balls. They will throw both balls at you and it is your job to hit the higher ball, while letting the lower ball drop. In softball, it is easier to make solid contact and drive a ball further when hitting a higher ball, while lower balls are more difficult to make great contact with.

Fielding 
The best fielding drill I ever used involved an oven mitt you would find in your kitchen drawer. With this drill, you will be equipped with the oven mitt in place of your fielding glove. Your teammate will hit ground balls to you and you will use the oven mitt to field the ball. This drill helps you get softer hands, which will improve your fielding.

Equipment 
The right equipment can make a big difference. Cheapbats.com has great prices on slowpitch softball bats and equipment. Check them out.