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Thursday, July 10th
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An afternoon with a surfer, winemaker, and philosopher

Viewfinder: Meant to Be

“Why do I surf, why do I make wine?” Johan Reyneke says, laughing to himself. “I don’t know. It just happened. It’s just meant to be.” In this short film by The Perennial Plate, Reyneke surfs in False Bay and explains the way he makes wine. They’re two disciplines that may seem quite different but are actually quite similar through the lens of his life’s philosophy.

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New Gear and Stories, Fresh from the Farm

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: July 10, 2014

This Week in Sports and Outdoors: an interview with Lance, bespoke baseball bats, self-driving minesweepers, and more.

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Sporting Days

Postcard: Target Practice

1:15 p.m. ET | Dover Plains, NY — We’ve been enthusiastically told no fewer than four times that “trap shooting is golf with guns”, but equating an activity that uses twelve-gauge shotguns to explode clay targets with the world of outlandish polo shirts and John Daly seems like a gross disservice.

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Today in Gear: July 10, 2014

Today in Gear: Pastoe’s handsome vintage chair, an app-driven guitar for beginners, the future of beer drinking and more.

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Bringing wild shores to your mundane coffee table

Photo Essay: Distant Shores

From the Archives: Surf photographer Chris Burkard’s recent book is a 180-page hardcover with photos from diverse locations including Alaska, Chile, Iceland, India and Japan. These photos, which Burkard shared with GP, document his adventures traveling across the world as he captured photos of surfers and the natural world they inhabit.

Wednesday, July 9th
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From World Cup Ashes

The Rise of the European Soccer Fan in America

By TUCKER BOWE

The United States Men’s National Soccer Team (#USMNT) was knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in the Round of 16, but you already know this. You watched it. More people streamed the U.S.’s third World Cup match versus Germany — which kicked off on a Wednesday afternoon — than this year’s Super Bowl. Their previous game versus Portugal was the most watched U.S. soccer game ever. Basically, if your television wasn’t showing footy, you were either kidnapped or not a sports fan.

But here’s the deal: the World Cup is an aberration. Soccer fans aren’t privileged to such an event every other month. It’s every fours years. After the final on July 13, players will travel back to their respective clubs (a “club” refers to a team and its organization), but what’ll we — the masses of newly converted football fans, spoiled by perpetual matches — do? Do we fall back under the veil of American ignorance, pretending it’s a second-tier sport? No. Watch the MLS? Not just yet. Instead, we’ll follow the world’s best players back to Europe. Here are the basics, and how to watch.

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Better Than What You Made in Art Class

Elements: Ceramic

Dig up dirt, mold into desired shape, apply heat. With that kind of recipe, it’s no wonder ceramics have been around for 27,000 years. Sure, you might know the material from DIY pottery and kindergarten art classes, but these days a handful of companies are producing high-quality ceramics that manage to toe the line between stark minimalism and natural roughness. Here are our eight favorites from both ends of the spectrum.

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Facebook as Big Brother -- no surprise there

Decrypted: The Obvious Lessons of Facebook’s Mood Experiments

Congratulations to the fifteen of you who are still without a presence on Facebook — you’ve nothing to fear. For the other billion or so folks who have chosen to generate a profile on the planet’s most notable social network, it’s probably time you paid attention to what’s really going on behind the scenes. Recently, it was revealed that Facebook conducted an experiment in 2012, whereby it intentionally (though temporarily) altered the news feeds of around 700,000 users.

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You're a lumberjack and you're OK

How to Fell a Tree Like a Logging World Champion

A Swedish World Champion logger shows us how to properly fell a tree with a chainsaw. All you need is some confidence, the right safety gear, and (perhaps) some plaid fleece.

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Sweet dreams are made of these

Kit: A Better Night’s Sleep

You shouldn’t need a reason to get more sleep, but we’ll happily lay the facts out for you anyway. According to National Institute of Health sleep expert Dr. Merrill Mitler, “Sleep services all aspects of our body in one way or another: molecular, energy balance, as well as intellectual function, alertness and mood.” Also, don’t buy into the hype surrounding sleeping less as a trait shared by the uber successful. It’s simply not true for the average joe. In Mitler’s words, “when we look at well-rested people, they’re operating at a different level than people trying to get by on one or two hours less nightly sleep.”

While there are countless factors that can prevent you from getting your fair share of beauty sleep, a poorly equipped place of rest shouldn’t be one of them. The path to a better night’s sleep starts here.

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Make Your Bid

How to Find (and Buy) Treasure on eBay

From the Archives: eBay users are confronted with two big questions: (1) can I find the esoteric shit I want and get it at a fair price? and (2) can I score a deal on shit that’s not so esoteric? The answer to both is duh. Of course, there are several ways to leverage your ability to buy cool stuff for less money. Here are our tips for getting the most out of your eBay experience.

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What's New, Now

Today in Gear: July 9, 2014

Today in Gear: Own Rodger Federer’s new Wilson racket, Microsoft’s Kinect sensor for app developers, Cole Haan’s super light shoes, Harbor Metal’s repurposed airline bar cabinets and more.

Tuesday, July 8th
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Gear Patrol x Analog/Shift

Timekeeping Selects: Wittnauer “Panda” Chronograph (Sold)

For our new series, Timekeeping Selects, we’ve partnered with Analog/Shift, the New York-based purveyor of vintage watches. We’re doing the legwork for you, handpicking stunning, unique vintage timepieces at a wide variety of prices — all with impeccable authenticity, great stories, meticulously serviced and ready to wear. The Wittnauer Professional Chronograph we have this week is classic ’60s style, with widely spaced contrasting colors, “Panda” style, subdials for running seconds and elapsed minutes, blocky hands and a bold red sweep hand. It’s an American beauty.

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The British Brand Beats the Swatch Group's Embargo in the Best Possible Way

With a New In-House Movement, Christopher Ward Sets the Bar High

Last week, while we Americans were celebrating our independence from England, English brand Christopher Ward was celebrating independence of a different sort. The ten-year-old Internet watch company announced that it had created its first in-house mechanical movement, the calibre SH21, for its new C9 Harrison 5 Day Automatic timepiece. While the watch itself is a handsome piece, fitting well into Ward’s lineup of classic sports and dress watches, it’s this movement under the hood that has the watch world buzzing.

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Daring design for (kind of) modest means

Avant-Garde Watches on a Budget

By SHANE GRIFFIN

Avant-garde watch design is best designed by what isn’t, rather than what it is: Understand classics like dress, dive, and aviator watches and you’ll know avant-garde when you see it. The problem with breaking the mold is that these watches often come with an equally unbelievable and impressive price tags, leaving mere mortals’ bank accounts wanting. But more recently, a handful of watchmakers have taken a shot at inspired and unique design, without the insane price tags. These are our favorites that at least won’t bankrupt you.