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Baby racing, body surfing, and bowling on ice

This week Big Shots travels to Tokyo for beach sumo wrestling, rides the mechanical bull in Mesquite, Texas, and sails the Alinghi 5 America's Cup catamaran on Lake Geneva. We climb the Mont Ventoux, the Tour de France's most brutal mountaintop finish, and paraglide past the Matterhorn. And finally, some skateboarding pictures cross my desk. It's about time. ( 34 photos total)

A diaper-clad baby crawls across a 10-foot mat during a baby race for a year's supply of diapers July 24 in New York. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

A schoolgirl wrestles with former sumo wrestler Taiichiro Tashima during a beach sumo promotional event in Tokyo July 23. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa) #

Houston Astros catcher Ivan Rodriguez (top) loses the ball while trying to tag the St. Louis Cardinals' Ryan Ludwick during the seventh inning of a MLB baseball game July 22 in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) #

The Seattle Storm's Lauren Jackson argues a call against a teammate with official MIchael Price during a WNBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Sparks July 22 in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) #

Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa (center) and Giovani Dos Santos (top) jump on Carlos Vela after Vela kicked the winning shot against Costa Rica during their CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final soccer match July 21 at Soldier Field in Chicago. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) #

Los Angeles Angels players Gary Matthews Jr. (left) and Jeff Mathis (right) rush to congratulate Mike Napoli after he hit a walk-off home run to win against the Minnesota Twins in the tenth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim July 23. (AP Photo/Mark Avery) #

Jamaica's Usain Bolt poses with girls after winning the men's 100m race during the London Grand Prix athletics tournament at Crystal Palace in London July 24. (REUTERS/Dylan Martinez) #

Maik Petzold, Jarrod Shoemaker, and Alexander Brukhankov celebrate on the podium after the Men's Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship July 26 in Hamburg. (Friedemann Vogel/Bongarts/Getty Images) #

Jose Carvalho competes in the final of the men's junior and U23 canoe and kayak slalom at the European Championships in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia July 26. (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images) #

Eric Geiselman takes to the air during a practice run prior to competing in the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif. July 24. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) #

Adam Taylor competes in the skateboard vert event during the International Skateboarding Federation World Championships July 25 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. (Elsa/Getty Images) #

A competitor slides his tail on the top of the ramp during the Converse Coastal Carnage skateboard event as part of the U.S. Open of Surfing July 26 in Huntington Beach, Calif. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) #

A bodysurfer catches a big wave at The Wedge as a winter storm with 50-knot winds in the Southern Hemisphere off Tahiti generates 12 to 20 foot wave faces at the south-facing southern California beach July 24 in Newport Beach, Calif. (David McNew/Getty Images) #

Cincinnati Reds center fielder Willy Taveras is almost lost in the ivy after catching a long fly ball from the Chicago Cubs' Ryan Theriot during the first inning of a baseball game July 24 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) #

Giant high-tech catamaran Alinghi 5 sails on Lake Geneva July 20. (CARLO BORLENGHI/AFP/Getty Images) #

Judd Tinkle hangs on to his bronco during the bareback performance at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Cheyenne July 18. (AP Photo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle,AAron Ontiveroz) #

Joslyn Davis rides the mechanical bull as family and rodeo patrons look on at the Mesquite Rodeo Championship event in Mesquite, Texas July 11. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) #

Ohio rodeo team member Cody Lensman practices his team roping skills prior to his event at the National High School Finals Rodeo July 23 in Farmington, N.M. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) #

Tim Dinger rides during the UCI BMX Supercross Series at the Adelaide Show Ground July 24 in Adelaide. (Brendon Thorne/Getty Images) #

A woman ironing clothes watches the pack of riders passing by her house during the 20th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montelimar and Mont Ventoux July 25. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard #

Tony Martin of team Colombia - HTC reacts as he finishes second on the tough climb up Mont Ventoux on stage 20 of the Tour de France July 25. (Jasper Juinen/Getty Images) #

Marie-Helene Premont pauses during the women's UCI Mountain Bike World Cup cross-country competition at Mount Ste-Anne in Beaupre, Canada July 26. (REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger) #

A competitor crosses the Start/Finish line during the Northern Ireland Bog Snorkeling Championships in Peatlands Park, Dungannon, County Tyrone July 26. (REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton) #

Competitors take part in the "Sailing on Anything" floating championship on the Netta River in Augustow, Poland July 26. Participants are required to construct "machines" without an engine that are able to travel a minimum of 0.2 miles. (REUTERS/Peter Andrews) #

Players vie in the World Outgames beach volleyball tournament at the Amager Beach of Copenhagen July 26. 5500 participants from 98 countries are in Copenhagen for eight days of sport to promote rights for homosexuals worldwide. (Martin Stampe/AFP/Getty Images) #

Fans watch the action wearing watermelons on their heads during a MLB baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto July 25. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Dave Chidley) #

A boy rolls an ice bowling ball towards pins made of ice on a frozen bowling lane during a summer festival in Tokyo July 23. (REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao) #

Serbia's Bojan Janic spikes the ball past Brazil's defense during the FIVB World League Volleyball final match in Belgrade July 26. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) #

Germany's Florian Goetze returns the ball to P.T. Lovern of the U.S. during the open doubles net competition at the 30th Footbag World Championships in Berlin July 25. (REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz) #

James Lodge falls from his machine at Goddards during the 125cc Grand Prix at the British Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Donington Circuit in Donington, England July 26. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi) #

Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia competes in the women's pole vault during the first day of the Aviva Grand Prix held at Crystal Palace Stadium in London July 24. (ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images) #

Marvin Chavez of Honduras (top) steps over Stuart Holden of the U.S. during their CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final soccer match in Chicago July 23. (REUTERS/John Gress) #

Vaduz' Michael Stuckmann (top) fights for the Ball with Falkirk's Chris Mitchell during their UEFA Europa League match at the Rheinpark Stadion in Vaduz, Liechtenstein July 23. (AP Photo/Keystone/Ennio Leanza) #

Christian Maurer flies through the Matterhorn turnpoint during a hiking and paragliding adventure race from Salzburg to Monaco, Switzerland July 25. (DEAN TREML/AFP/Getty Images) #


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Great shots as always! As an avid photographer and sports fan (in Boston as well) I love your coverage of world sport. I know that The Big Picture gets tons of attention, but I appreciate your collection images just as much.

Since The Big Picture did the TdF pictures before it was over (why???) do you have any plans to cover the competition, or at least to wrap up the ride into Paris?

Keep up the good work!

Posted by AaronD July 28, 09 04:21 PM
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Thanks, Aaron. With The Big Picture covering the Tour, there wasn't much point in replicating it here, aside from the two images included in today's post, which were made after TBP's entry. If you're a bike racing fan, I'll certainly have an entry on the Vuelta, the tour of Spain, when that race concludes.

Posted by Lane Turner, Big Shots editor July 28, 09 09:56 PM
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Great work!

I personally only missed a shot of Felipe Massa and his unfortunate accident.

Posted by tim July 29, 09 02:08 AM
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AWESOME man. Thanks for posting these pics, they are all brilliant!!

Posted by Jaime Alvarez Merodio July 29, 09 07:37 AM
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Wow some a dis stuff be crazyy!!!

Posted by Kasey July 29, 09 08:23 PM
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Amazing photography! Thanks!

Posted by zzz_zolee July 30, 09 06:12 AM
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Hello Mr. McNew,
I saw that you have an image posted of me bodysurfing wedge on july 24th. I am glad to have great photos such as these posted throughtout the worldwide net. I was just informing you that my name is Tyler Ellis and i am a local rider at Wedge. who sometimes gets lucky with a good photo here and there. Only wondering if there were perhaps anymore photographs from that day,. not only of me, but of all my fellow friends i have been riding with for years. they aren't for any public publishing but merely archves of my risky endeavors. thanks a bunch.

Tyler

Posted by Tyler Van Ellis September 13, 09 12:19 AM
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Hello Mr. McNew,
I saw that you have an image posted of me bodysurfing wedge on july 24th. I am glad to have great photos such as these posted throughtout the worldwide net. I was just informing you that my name is Tyler Ellis and i am a local rider at Wedge. who sometimes gets lucky with a good photo here and there. Only wondering if there were perhaps anymore photographs from that day,. not only of me, but of all my fellow friends i have been riding with for years. they aren't for any public publishing but merely archves of my risky endeavors. thanks a bunch.

Tyler

Posted by Tyler Van Ellis September 13, 09 12:20 AM
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Fantastic work!!!! Thanks for sharing

Posted by Gina June 20, 10 04:06 PM
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Great photography, keep it up

Posted by Julius Mugambwa September 16, 10 02:01 AM
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