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October 23 2014

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golf courses | CNN Travel



Inspired by the Masters? Playing these courses will make you feel like a pro, even if you don't swing like one

All about the Japanese take on the sport in which you yell fore, shoot six and write down five

With courses this beautiful, you don't even need to play golf to enjoy these green hills of Africa

As the most challenging golf Major tees off, here are six places to compare your game with the pros'

Visit Green Mansions Golf Club

Days after recording the worst score of his career, Tiger Woods confirms he is returning to Shanghai for November's WGC-HSBC Championship at Sheshan International Golf Club

Driving ranges on top of supermarkets are officially lame. Japan's pristine fairways are closer than you think



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September 27 2014

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UK's Financial Conduct Authority fines Barclays record $62 million for client asset breaches



LONDON -  U.K. regulators fined Barclays Bank Plc, Britain's second-biggest bank, a record 37.7 million pounds ($62 million) for failing to properly protect client assets.

The Financial Conduct Authority said Tuesday that the penalty was the largest ever for such violations and reflected significant weakness in the systems and controls at Barclays' investment banking division between November 2007 and January 2012.

Tracey McDermott, FCA director of enforcement and financial crime, says Barclays "failed to apply the lessons from our previous enforcement actions, numerous industry-wide warnings, and exposed its clients to unnecessary risk."

Barclays said it has already corrected the problems, which it had discovered and voluntarily reported.

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August 30 2014

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3-Year-Old Airlifted From North Topsail Beach Following Water Rescue





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A three-year-old boy had to be rescued from the waters at North Topsail Beach after swimming with his mother on Thursday.

Town officials say EMS crews stabilized the child after he was pulled from the water. He was then flown by medical helicopter to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. His condition is unknown at this time.

On Friday, WITN spoke with parents and officials about the importance of being safe in the water.

The main thing parents and emergency service personnel stress is keeping a watchful eye on children at all times. Officials say it only takes a tablespoon of water to drown.

Brian Kelly with the Onslow County Emergency Service Team says they have performed swift rescue missions in all types of water situations. He suggests getting kids in swim lessons and talking to them about water safety.

Other safety precautions include accompanying your child while in the water and making less-able swimmers wear life jackets.

No word from officials about who was watching the child at the time and if there was any wrongdoing by the parent or guardian.

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A 3-year-old was airlifted to the hospital following a water rescue at one Onslow County beach.

Town officials say that the rescue happened aroun 1:50 p.m. in the area of Onslow County Beach Access #4 on New River Inlet Road in North Topsail Beach.

Fire and rescue units worked to stabilize the child for transport, who was then flown from the scene to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for further treatment.

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August 13 2014

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July 24 2014

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U.S. storm Arthur to pack hurricane winds by July 4 holiday



By Colleen Jenkins and Gene Cherry

Wed Jul 2, 2014 7:57pm EDT

1 of 3. A man stands underneath the Brooklyn Bridge to photograph a summer storm bearing down on New York July 2, 2014.

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(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Arthur threatened to douse some July 4 holiday plans on the U.S. East Coast as officials in several states closed beaches and tourist sites and delayed fireworks shows in anticipation of heavy rain and fierce winds.



The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season (link.reuters.com/baw32w) was close to reaching hurricane strength, forecasters said on Wednesday, leaving some businesses worried about taking a financial hit.

Local officials predicted the storm would have little impact on tourism spending. Dave Dawson, owner of the Cape Hatteras Motel on North Carolina's Hatteras Island, which was in the storm's path, said he had no cancellations despite predictions of a soaked holiday.

"Most of the calls I am getting are just wanting to make sure they can still come," Dawson said. "And of course, at this time you don't know what to tell them."

A hurricane warning was in effect along North Carolina's coast, while part of the South Carolina shore was under a tropical storm warning, the National Hurricane Center said.

Arthur was expected to become a hurricane on Wednesday night or Thursday as it passes well east of Florida's northeast coast, the NHC said. A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when top sustained winds reach 74 mph (119 kph).

The storm remained out at sea with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph (113 kph) on Wednesday, about 220 miles (355 km) south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, the Miami-based weather forecasters said.

Arthur could be packing Category 1 hurricane-force winds of 85 mph (135 kph) when the outer bands brush the Carolinas on Thursday and Friday before weakening, according to forecasters.

The storm could produce dangerous rip currents along the coasts of several Southern states, forecasters said, dumping up to 2 inches (5 cm) of rain across the Carolinas and causing flooding from storm surge.

HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS AFFECTED

Concerns about the storm caused authorities in Boston to move a nationally televised concert by the Boston Pops and fireworks display, which draw hundreds of thousands of spectators to the city's riverfront, up by a day to Thursday.

Several towns and villages on North Carolina's Outer Banks and coast rescheduled Independence Day festivities and fireworks plans as the storm picked up speed moving north at 7 mph (11 kph).

Farther up the coast, the resort town of Ocean City, Maryland, said it was moving its July 4 fireworks display to Saturday because of the storm.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency on Wednesday for 25 eastern counties to help prepare for possible damage. A voluntary evacuation order was issued for low-lying Ocracoke Island, a popular summer tourist destination reached only by ferry or plane.

"It doesn't look like it is going to be anything too bad," said Hyde County Commissioner John Fletcher. "We might get a little water from flooding."

The National Park Service ordered the evacuation by 5 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Wednesday of visitors from the narrow barrier islands of the Cape Lookout National Seashore on North Carolina's central coast.

In the more populous Cape Hatteras National Seashore to the north, where up to 200,000 visitors crowd North Carolina's Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, the park service began closing campgrounds, lighthouses and beaches at noon (1600 GMT) on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Additional reporting by David Adams in Miami, Harriet McLeod in Charleston and Scott Malone in Boston; Editing by Susan Heavey, Eric Beech and Peter Cooney)

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July 21 2014

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Column: Sergio Garcia will end up paying dearly for remarks about Tiger Woods



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In this photo made May 11, 2013, Tiger Woods, right, and Sergio Garcia of Spain are shown on the 12th green during the third round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Garcia apologized to Woods on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, for saying he would have "fried chicken" at dinner with his rival, a comment that Woods described as hurtful and inappropriate. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)The Associated Press

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In this photo made May 12, 2013, Sergio Garcia, of Spain, left, shakes hands with Tiger Woods at the end of the third round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Garcia apologized to Woods on Wednesday, May 22, 3013, for saying he would have "fried chicken" at dinner with his rival, a comment that Woods described as hurtful and inappropriate. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)The Associated Press

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Spain's Sergio Garcia during the PRO/AM tournament at the Wentworth Club, Surrey, England, Wednesday May 22, 2013. Tiger Woods says the "fried chicken" comment from Sergio Garcia was hurtful and inappropriate. Two weeks after they verbally sparred at The Players Championship, Woods say it's time to move on. Garcia was at a European Tour awards dinner Tuesday night when he was jokingly asked if he would have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open. The Spaniard replied, "We'll have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken." (AP Photo/Adam Davy/PA ) UNITED KINGDOM OUTThe Associated Press

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FILE - At left, in a May 5, 2013 file photo, Sergio Garcia grimaces during The Players Championshop golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. At right, in a March 25, 2013 file photo, Tiger Woods walks to the 16th green during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla. Woods and Garcia don't like each other, and are making no attempt to disguise their feelings. (AP Photo/File)The Associated Press

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FILE - In this June 16, 2002 file photo, Sergio Garcia, left, and Tiger Woods talk on the 11th hole while waiting for play to resume after a rain delay during the final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship in Farmingdale, N.Y. Garcia was at a European Tour awards dinner Tuesday night, May 21, 2013 when he was jokingly asked if he would have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open. The Spaniard replied, "We'll have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken." Woods took to Twitter on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 and said the comment wasn't silly, rather it was wrong and hurtful. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)The Associated Press

Sergio Garcia could have stopped after he whined about fans of Tiger Woods making too much noise on the golf course. He should have stopped after saying Woods is not a nice person who has been lying to the media since the first time he stepped into an interview room.

That he didn't close his mouth may end up to be Garcia's biggest regret in a career already chock full of them.

"The problem is, I'm one of the guys that has to say something," Garcia said the other day. "A lot of people think about it, but don't want to say anything."

OK, Sergio, you've had your say. Great line about the fried chicken, though I hate to tell you it's already been used.

Now it's time to shut up.

No need for further apologies like the one you made Wednesday about your attempt at a joke being totally stupid and out of place. Unlike you, we figured that out easily enough when Fuzzy Zoeller said it at the Masters 16 years ago, and it's just as true today.

Just go away, somewhere where there's not a microphone in sight. Put away the sticks, and take the summer off.

Doesn't matter much anyway because Woods is so far under your skin that there is no way you're going to beat him in the U.S. Open, the British Open, or any other Open. Anyone needing further evidence should go looking for golf balls with the initials SG on them in the pond surrounding the 17th green at TPC Sawgrass.

Yes, this was all kind of funny up to a certain point. No one calls out Tiger Woods -- at least on the golf course -- and the thought of Woods and Garcia sniping at each other as the golf season heated up was an entertaining one.

The petulant child taking on the arrogant superstar. If nothing else, it was something to fill time while waiting to see if Woods was ever going to win another major championship.

Then Garcia upped the ante by making it real personal and really ugly. Regrets, sure he has some now, but the line in England about his dinner plans with Woods didn't come out of nowhere.

Black people and fried chicken, get it? Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.



My initial thought was that this could only happen in golf, an insular sport that has never been terribly welcoming to minorities. Turns out, though, that there are soccer fields across Europe where people actually laugh at this kind of racist drivel.



But for it to happen twice in golf means the lessons of the past simply haven't been learned. And for it to come from Garcia, who has spent his career unsuccessfully chasing Woods, shows both a stunning lack of maturity and a complete ignorance of how racial stereotypes can cause real pain.

To give Garcia some credit, he said he was sick to his stomach when he realized what came out of his mouth. Indeed, this was more stupid than it was racial, a juvenile attempt to upstage Woods for his continuing smugness about beating Garcia earlier this month when Garcia self-destructed in the Players Championship.

That doesn't make it right, but it does put it in context. This wasn't Zoeller, a southerner who understood stereotypes well, and this isn't 1997, when even fewer blacks played golf than play today and the PGA Tour was a lily-white affair. There still aren't any black players other than Woods competing at the highest level, but the tour is arguably more diversified with an infusion of Asian players since that time.

This is also not the same Tiger Woods, who famously left Zoeller hanging for weeks before responding to his efforts to apologize. This time Woods quickly got on Twitter to say the remark was hurtful and inappropriate but that he thought Garcia's apology was an honest one.

"I'm confident that there is real regret the remark was made," Woods said.

What Woods really thinks about Garcia probably won't be put on Twitter, though it's been clear there has never been any love lost between the two men since they dueled in the 1999 PGA Championship and Garcia appeared to try and egg Woods on. Like Woods, Garcia was a teen superstar-in-waiting, but he's never come close to fulfilling his promise as a rival to the great one, largely because his wandering mind tends to overwhelm his immense talent.

Just how fragile the Spaniard can be is not only reflected in his record, but his constant griping about the game that made him rich. When he lost the British Open in 2007 he said the golf gods just didn't want him to win, and at the Masters last year he was so down in the dumps he said he would never win a major.

At the Players a few weeks ago he self-destructed when given a chance coming down the final holes with a chance to beat Woods. Lately, he's been self-destructing just thinking about Woods, who seems to torment him even when he goes to sleep at night.

Woods, for his part, seemed to welcome the feud, at least until Garcia stepped over the line. And it did add some spice to a vanilla tour.

Now we'll just have to be satisfied listening to them blandly thank sponsors and volunteers as they cash million-dollar checks.

"Get over it, we're out of junior high and high school," tour player Tim Herron said. "Just go play golf."

Not a bad idea, even if the advice comes a bit late for Garcia. Though the head of the European Tour said he won't be punished, Garcia will pay dearly for what he said.

He'll forever have to be subservient to Woods, never again be able to say anything even remotely negative about his erstwhile rival.

And for Garcia that may be the worst punishment of all.

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Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg

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June 26 2014

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New Hurricane Season's New Fears



Cpt. Bryan Gardner, of the Headquarter Battery Batalion S-3 of the National Guard, looks over two command Humvees at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans, La., Thursday, May 13, 2004. In 13 years with Louisiana's National Guard, Gardner has worked his share of hurricanes. He has rescued flooded residents, hauled out soaked debris. Now Gardner is training for deployment to the war on terror. AP

In 13 years with Louisiana's National Guard, Capt. Bryan Gardner has worked his share of hurricanes. He has rescued flooded residents, hauled out soaked debris and experienced what it's like to be greeted as a hero.

"These people just went through the scariest night of their lives, and they were thankful that we were there," he says.

Now Gardner is training for deployment to the war on terror. And while he couldn't talk about his final destination, he knows "the reception won't be quite as warm."

Gardner is far from alone; many troops who otherwise would be preparing for another hurricane season are overseas or on their way. Still, National Guard officials say those who remain on the homefront are fully capable of handling a big storm.

Nearly one-third of Louisiana's Army and Air National Guard troops are in Iraq or are getting ready to go overseas. North Carolina has sent 45 percent of its soldiers to Iraq or Afghanistan, the largest such call-up since World War II.

Of all the Gulf Coast and Atlantic states likely to be slammed by a hurricane, Louisiana's and North Carolina's Guards are the hardest hit by the war on terror. But even they say there are plenty of soldiers ready to respond if a hurricane strikes.

"Even with a large-scale disaster, that would not overtax our abilities in the state," says North Carolina Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Barney Barnhill. "We can handle any disaster that may come up."

Added Louisiana Guard spokesman Dusty Shenofsky: "We will never be in a position that our community and state manpower is so low that we cannot handle state emergencies."

Mark Allen, a spokesman at National Guard headquarters in Arlington, Va., says there is no legal requirement, but every state strives to have at least 50 percent of its guard personnel at home to meet all kinds of natural or security disasters.

In addition, states agree to help each other if they ever are short-handed. Those deals are usually among adjacent states. Louisiana has agreements with Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas.

North Carolina has agreements with Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia, but sometimes sends its Guard even farther afield: It sent troops to help California fight wildfires last year, even as Hurricane Isabel threatened.

The wartime pressure on Guard troops has come at a time when their responsibilities on the homefront in the post-Sept. 11 era have moved far beyond hurricanes and other natural disasters. They have been involved in patrolling airports and guarding ports, and have provided security for special events such as the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras.

"The National Guard is now 46 percent of active duty check this out services, and are much more heavily relied upon in times of combat than we ever used to be," Shenofsky says. "And our missions just keep increasing."

North Carolina is tops among hurricane-prone states in both the percentage and actual number of Guard soldiers deployed. Of 11,500 troops, 5,200 are overseas, most in Iraq and about a dozen in Afghanistan.



Louisiana's Guard has 4,000 of its 12,500 troops either in Iraq or training for duty there. That leaves 8,500 at home - more than enough, officials say, to handle back-to-back storms such as those in 2002, when Tropical Storm Isidore was followed a week later by Hurricane Lili.

Other hurricane-prone states appear to be better equipped in case a big one hits.

Florida, Virginia and South Carolina have each deployed about a quarter of their Guard troops deployed. Alabama is at 20 percent, Georgia nearly 18 percent, and Texas and Mississippi have about 10 percent.

Florida's Guard currently has more than 3,000 troops deployed, out of 10,000 Army and 2,000 Air Guard members. Most of Florida's deployed troops are providing security for Air Force bases within the United States.



Even in the state's worst storm - Andrew, which smashed Florida with 145-mph winds and caused $30.5 billion damage in 1992 - only 4,000 troops were called in and most were home within a few weeks, says Florida National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Ron Tittle.

Texas may be in the best shape of any big coastal state. Only 2,000 troops are deployed, leaving 18,000 that could be tapped to respond to a major disaster.

Lt. Col. John Stanford says the Texas Guard usually responds to a disaster on the scale of a hurricane with no more than 1,500 troops.

In Louisiana, there are still enough troops to make hurricane duty a volunteer job in most storms. The current call-up is, of course, mandatory.

All of this is a backdrop for the continuing rapid development of coastal areas especially susceptible to being hit by hurricanes.

Helen Wagenseller's second-story dining room is so close to the water's edge, she became seasick the first time she peered out the window.

Her home sits among 1,600 others on this tiny island created from the spoils of a dredging project and protected only by a shallow, 4½-mile perimeter sea wall. In the 35 years since it was developed, the island has escaped with only glancing blows from hurricanes, a fitting streak for what some see as a charmed spot.

"You'd be hard-pressed to find any place like it," says Wagenseller's husband, Bruce. "It's our little bit of paradise."

But lesser storms have already pushed the water within 2 inches of the top of the wall and residents who live in this eclectic mix of traditional two-stories and mobile homes know it wouldn't take much more to send a surge spilling over.

"It's kind of a sitting duck," admits Blaine Ellingson, the neighborhood chiropractor who wrote a book about the island 45 miles north of West Palm Beach. "I wonder how many times you can roll the dice and be missed."

More than 50 million people now live along the nation's hurricane-prone coastlines - nearly double the number since 1970 - and most are more than willing to trade the storm threat and skyrocketing insurance rates for postcard-perfect vistas.

But with every year that passes without a devastating storm, the odds increase that the luck will someday run out.

This year, noted hurricane forecaster Bill Gray predicted a 71 percent chance of an intense hurricane hitting the U.S. coastline, something that hasn't happened since Hurricane Andrew smashed into South Florida in 1992 with 165-mph winds - killing 43 people and causing $31 billion in damage.

"This can't keep going. Climatology will eventually right itself," Gray warned. "We're going to see hurricane damage like you've never seen it."

His 2004 forecast calls for nearly 50 percent more storms and hurricanes than the typical season, with 14 storms, eight of them hurricanes, and three of those powerful.

It also deems the East Coast and the Florida peninsula as most vulnerable, with a 52 percent chance of getting hit. The Gulf Coast, from the Florida Panhandle to Brownsville, Texas, has a slightly better chance of being spared but still faces a 40 percent probability of seeing a hurricane make landfall.

Despite the lingering threat, the pace of development in vulnerable places continues unabated.

Even in areas covered by the federal Coastal Barrier Resources Act - which discourages development by withholding money for flood insurance, road repair and disaster relief - the sounds of sawing and hammering echo across the dunes.

About two thirds of the town of North Topsail Beach, N.C. - including the town hall - is in the so-called "cobra" zone. Yet when Hurricane Fran destroyed 350 homes there eight years ago, the federal government approved $6 million to rebuild damaged infrastructure.

Last year, the town approved construction of 94 single-family homes and eight new duplexes, about quadruple the number OK'd two years earlier. About half of those were in "cobra" zones.

"It doesn't necessarily seem to be slowing down development," Town Manager Tom Betz says of the federal disincentive. "I think most real estate people will tell you it's location, location, location ... and oceanfront is a great location."

Joe Minor, a retired civil engineering professor from Houston, says new homes built to current international code standards should fare well during most big storms. But he says the codes are only as good as their enforcement, and enforcement tends to be better in places that have experienced a major storm - like Miami with Hurricane Andrew and Charleston, S.C., with Hugo.

"Outside of those two places, there hasn't been a hurricane in 20 years - a severe hurricane," says Minor, now a private consultant on wind-resistant construction. "And that means Houston. That means New Orleans. That means Mobile, Pensacola. That means Tampa, Jacksonville."

It seems only those who have lived through a big hurricane can really understand the disaster it wreaks.

Marjory Wentworth moved to South Carolina's Sullivans Island in 1989, six weeks before Hurricane Hugo blasted the coast with its 135-mph winds. The water was several feet deep on the first floor and it was a year before the house was repaired and could be lived in again.

"It's not about property damage. ... It's so destructive in so many other ways. Your life is on hold for so long. It changes you. It's like going through a death or surviving a horrible illness," says Wentworth, the state's poet laureate. "This island looked like someone dropped bombs on it. It's a very humbling thing."

Miami-Dade County, hit by Andrew in 1992, has developed the strictest new building code in the nation. Florida also set some tougher statewide hurricane standards in 2000. The comprehensive code is based on national models which outline high-risk areas for storm damage and cover roofing requirements, window protections, inspections and other issues.

But even in places where the memory of devastation is still fresh, there are gaps.

The town of Mount Pleasant, just across the Cooper River Bridge from Charleston, chose not to adopt the portion of the international code that covers wind-borne debris protection. Part of the reason was a provision requiring shatter-resistant glass.

"It's also ax-resistant," says building inspector Jeff Ball. In the case of a fire, "you'd have to chop the window all the way into the sash. Meantime, you're dying inside."

A study by Applied Insurance Research of Boston found that if all structures in South Florida met the requirements of Florida's new building code, losses would be reduced by about 40 percent in another Andrew. But experts agree that even the strictest codes that have reinforced everything from homes to traffic light poles could never make cities invincible.

To make buildings even safer, the Institute for Business & Home Safety in Tampa helped develop tougher standards that evaluate the risk cities face because of their location and the needs produced by threatening weather.

From Texas to Maine, these standards reduce the impact from the torrential rain, flooding, storm surges and devastating winds associated with hurricanes.

Some changes proposed by the institute, a nonprofit agency funded by the insurance industry, are as simple as using more nails or installing a thicker roof, says spokeswoman Wendy Fontaine. Other changes include strengthening the connection between the roof, walls and foundation, which could help distribute wind force throughout the home.

"Sometimes when we're buying a home, we look at countertops and carpeting, but we don't necessarily consider how safe the location of the home can be," Fontaine says. "We want to go to the mountains, we want to go to the shores. But that also poses a risk. So if you're choosing to live in harm's way, you can make wiser choices about how to build."

Dale Buchanan's newfound wisdom came at a premium.

Buchanan's Belle Fontaine Beach, Miss., home was heavily damaged by Hurricane Georges, which tore through the Caribbean, the Florida Keys and the Gulf Coast, in 1998. Since then, he has installed storm shutters and spent $18,000 to pour 2,300 pounds of concrete into a sea wall "to keep it from washing away in the next storm."

Still, his insurance deductible doubled to $2,000 and his premiums more than tripled to $2,800 a year.

"There's not much I can do about it if we get hit."

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June 15 2014

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Florianopolis Brazil Surf





Florianopolis is an island in the state of Santa Catarina state in south Brazil. Florianopolis island has 42 different beaches, most are quite beautiful and many of them have great surf. This article gives a brief overview of each surfing beach, showing its name, overall rating for surf, the direction of the surf break, and the type of surf break, such as beach break, point break, river mouth, etc.

PRAIA MOLE SURF BEACH

Anyone who has visited Florianopolis knows that Praia Mole beach is the best year-round location on the island. Literally translated, "Praia Mole" means "soft beach" and is named so due to its extremely soft and deep sand. Praia Mole beach is centrally & conveniently located on the east coast of the island and is popular for its abundant beautiful people and great surfing. It is also popular because of its convenient location, being very near to the town of Lagoa da Conceicao, where you'll find a majority of the island's bars, restaurants, gift shops, grocery stores, ATMs, a gas station, and one of the best nightclubs on the island.

The surf on Praia Mole is known as being stronger than most other beaches, which suits the surfers just fine but can be dangerous for inexperienced swimmers during days with large surf. Waves can range anywhere from 0 feet in the summer to 18 feet during the winter months (June - October). For weak swimmers and children, the north end of the beach offers a protected cove where the water is always calm and swimming is safe even on some of the largest days of surf. On the beach at Praia Mole, you'll find a volley ball net, a juice bar, a VIP lounge area, and 6 different restaurants that double as beach bars. During the summer months (Dec - Feb) these bars will either have a live DJ or loud music because Brazilians love to dance wherever and whenever the opportunity presents itself. There always seems to be some action going on at Praia Mole beach.

JOAQUINA SURF BEACH

Joaquina beach (just south of Praia Mole) is one of the best surfing beaches on Florianopolis island and is often the location of the annual WCT surfing championship. The area surrounding Joaquina beach is nothing but sand dunes so there is no housing near the beach but fortunately, it isn't far from Praia Mole beach where you can find American-owned vacation rentals so this isn't an issue. This beach is not one of the beautiful beaches since it is surrounded by nothing but sand dunes and a large parking lot filled with tour buses who drop off Brazilian tourists by the hundreds. However, the surf is great, especially during large swells. This is one of the few beaches that can hold its shape during a very big swell. When the surf is big, it peels left off the northern point.

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GALHETA SURF BEACH

Galheta beach, just north of Praia Mole, is also a great surf spot and much less crowded than other surf breaks since there are no access roads to it but it's just a 10-minute walk on the beach from Praia Mole.

PRAIA BRAVA BEACH

Praia Brava is located on the north end of Florianopolis island and the surf is comparable to Praia Mole. Translated, Praia Brava means "furious beach" most likely due to the frequently big and rough surf. This beach is a solid 1-hour drive from Praia Mole, the town of Centro, and the town of Lagoa, which means it's on the outskirts of the island and not convenientle located for vacationers who like to enjoy the Florianopolis nightlife. However, if you're a surfer looking to hit some different surf spots, this spot will suit you well during a nice swell. This beach is not surrounded by jungle and wildlife preserve like most other Florianopolis beaches. Instead, it is packed with tons of hotels and condo complexes. Unfortunately, this area becomes a ghost town outside peak high season because it is simply too far away from most of the islands nightlife and restaurants.

FLORIANOPOLIS SURF RATINGS

Following are most of the surf beaches on the island of Florianopolis, Brazil. This should help you when planning your Florianopolis surf vacation.

Beach, Star Rating, Direction of Break, Type of Break

Armacao, 2, right & left, Beach Break Barra Da Lagoa, 2, right & left, Beach Break Boca da Barra, 3, right & left, rivermouth Caldeirao, 3, left, beach break Campeche Rights, 4, Right, beach break Canasvieiras, 3, right, sand bar Galheta, 3, right & left, sand bar Ingleses, 2, right & left, beach break Joaquina, 4, right & left, sand bar Lagoinha do Leste, 4, right & left, beach break Lambe Lambe, 4, right, point break Matadeiro, 3, right & left, beach break Mocambique, 3, right & left, beach break Morro das Pedras, 2, right & left, sand bar Naufragados, 5, right, beach break Ponta Do Rapa, 4, right, beach break Praia Brava, 3, right & left, beach break Praia do Forte, 3, right, point break Praia Mole, 3, right & left, beach break Riozinho, 5, right & left, beach break Santinho, 3, right & left, beach break

About the Author:

Don Guy is an avid traveler and owns a vacation rental beach house on Praia Mole beach in Florianopolis Brazil. He's also co-founder of HomesForSale.net, a website that helps homebuyers connect with realtors and find homes for sale. Don lives in Florianopolis part time so he knows the island well and enjoys helping others get the most out of their Florianopolis vacation.

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