Howick Falls, South Africa
With the Umgeni River in full flow, the 300 ft. high Howick Falls are not for the faint-hearted. Surrounded by the almost deafening noise of tons of water pummelling downwards, and in the midst of drifting spray and evanescent rainbows, local climber Illona Pelser had to find a zone of intense focus as she systematically worked her way up the damp wall. Zulu legend has it that a giant serpent, known as the Inkanyamba, inhabits the depths at the foot of the falls and that only sangomas can safely negotiate the area. Peering over the edge of the sheer cliff face, it’s easy to see where those beliefs came from.
Khaled Chaabi is one of the best B-Boys around. You can be certain of his excellence because he’s a member of the Flying Steps, a German crew that has been spinning and stepping across the globe since 1993. Three years ago, Flying Steps took old-school street dance to a whole new era: that of Blackbeard the pirate and the invention of the steam engine. In devising a routine to Bach’s 1722 keyboard survey The Well-Tempered Clavier, the crew created a truly original culture clash that has been seen all over the world, including at Sydney’s State Theatre pictured here.
Some say that director Stanley Kubrick and NASA faked Neil Armstrong’s small step/giant leap on elaborate sets at a secret location. No way! If he had wanted to mock up the moon landings, he’d have gone to the lunar-like volcanic island of Milos. When the light is right, the one-time home of the Venus de Milo has an eerily off-world look about it. “I’ve been riding everywhere in the world,” says Julien Dupont, the French trials rider, “but I’ve never been riding on the moon. It’s strange: we’re here in Greece, but I felt like I was on the moon.”