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Kayaks, kitesurfing, and cup qualifiers

This week Big Shots dives underwater in Beijing in a homemade submarine, then sneaks on top of Kuala Lumpur's Petronas towers with daredevil climber Alain Robert. In between there's the South American Freeskiing championships in La Parva, Chile, and a quarter of a million rubber ducks bobbing down the Thames in London. In a later post I'll look at the cycling season's third Grand Tour, the Vuelta a Espana. ( 31 photos total)

Monks play volleyball at Rabdey Dratsang in the southeastern district of Samdrup Jongkhar in Bhutan September 3. Five decades ago, Bhutan was a feudal, medieval place with no roads, proper schools or hospitals and scarcely any contact with the outside world. Today education and healthcare are free and life expectancy has risen to 66 years from less than 40. (REUTERS/Singye Wangchuk)

Competitors in the Paragliding World Championships soar above the hillside in Poggio Bustone, Italy September 5. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images) #

A kitesurfer gets airborne in the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel September 5. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images) #

The Yandoo team of John Winning, David Gibson, and Andrew Hay compete in the final day of racing in the 18' Skill International hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco Bay September 4. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) #

Nicholas Troutman of Canada wins the K1 final during the Kayak World Championships September 6 in Thun, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Keystone/Peter Schneider) #

Rowers join the Great River Race on the River Thames in central London September 5. 300 crews in a range of boats and abilities from around the world followed a twenty-two mile course between London's Docklands and Richmond. (REUTERS/Toby Melville) #

A canoeist paddles among thousands of plastic ducks on the River Thames at Molesey Lock, west of London September 6. The annual charity duck race saw up to a quarter of a million ducks released in an attempt to set a new world record. (REUTERS/Toby Melville) #

Amateur inventor Tao Xiangli operates his homemade submarine in a lake on the outskirts of Beijing September 3. He made the fully functional submarine, which has a periscope, depth control tanks, electric motors, manometer, and two propellers, from old oil barrels and tools which he bought at a second-hand market. He took two years to finish the submarine, which cost 30,000 yuan ($4,385). (REUTERS/Christina Hu) #

French climber Alain Robert, known as "Spiderman", stands on the tip of Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers after scaling one of the 1,483' spires in Kuala Lumpur September 1. (REUTERS/Zainal Abd Halim) #

American Tim Howard tries to reach a goal strike by Christian Castillo of ElSalvador during the FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifier match between the United States and El Salvador at Rio Tinto Stadium September 5 in Sandy, Utah. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) #

Australia's Brett Lee (right) celebrates after claiming the wicket of England's Paul Collingwood during the second one-day international cricket match at Lord's cricket ground in London September 6. (AP Photo/PA, Rebecca Naden) #

Franklin Gutierrez of the Seattle Mariners just misses a home run by Nomar Garciaparra of the Oakland Athletics during a MLB baseball game at the Oakland Coliseum September 4. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) #

The Florida Marlins' Cameron Maybin catches a ball hit by the Washington Nationals' Cristian Guzman during a MLB baseball game September 5 in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) #

Jason Dufner lets go of his driver during the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston September 5 in Norton, Mass. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images) #

Fabien Barel jumps during the elite men's downhill race in the 2009 Mountain Bike & World Trials World Championship at Mt Stromlo September 6 in Canberra. (Stefan Postles/Getty Images) #

American Travis Wolfe hits the rocks during the South American Freeskiing Championships in La Parva, Chile September 4. (MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images) #

Aprilia 125cc rider Sergio Gadea crashes during the first lap of the Italian Grand Prix at the Misano circuit September 6. (REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito) #

Richard and Sara Mason of New Zealand compete in their Subaru Impreza WRX STI during the Repco Rally of Australia Special Stage 23 September 5 in Kingscliff, Australia. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) #

A boy runs on sand dunes in Samalyuca, Mexico September 6. The Samalayuca Dunes are one of the largest and least studied sand seas of North America. (REUTERS/Tomas Bravo) #

Team Italy plays team Philippines in the 'Homeless World Cup' in Milan September 7. Around 500 homeless people from 48 nations represent their countries in the event in which 77% of players go on to find a home, come off drugs and alcohol, get into education, jobs, training, and repair relationships with friends and family. (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images) #

American Jozy Altidore watches a defender kick the ball during the FIFA 2010 World Cup Qualifier match between the United States and El Salvador at Rio Tinto Stadium September 5 in Sandy, Utah. (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) #

Riot police contain supporters of Mozambique's national soccer team after their their World Cup 2010 qualifying soccer match against Kenya in Maputo, Mozambique Setember 6. (REUTERS/Grant Lee Neuenburg) #

Brazil's Anderson Varejao (left) celebrates with teammate Marcelo Huertas after defeating Puerto Rico for the gold medal in basketball at the FIBA Americas Championship in San Juan September 6. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton) #

Germany celebrates after scoring during the semifinal of the Women's EURO 2009 soccer tournament against Norway September 7 in Helsinki. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

The Los Angeles Dodgers' James Loney breaks up a double play throw by the Arizona Diamondbacks' Ryan Roberts in the sixth inning of a MLB baseball game September 3 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas) #

Finland's Noora Raty (right) untangles herself from American Kelli Stack during their semifinal in the Hockey Canada Cup in Vancouver September 5. (REUTERS/Scott Audette) #

The Indiana Fever's Katie Douglas (right) is fouled by the Washington Mystics' Alana Beard during a WNBA basketball game in Indianapolis September 6. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) #

(Left to right) Romney Fuga, Vic So'oto, and Manase Tonga of the Brigham Young Cougars celebrate a win against the Oklahoma Sooners at Cowboys Stadium September 5 in Arlington, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) #

Boston College Eagles fans cheer on their football team as they take on the Northeastern Huskies September 5 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Elsa/Getty Images) #

The Oklahoma State Cowboys sing their school's Alma Mater with fans after their victory over the Georgia Bulldogs at Boone Pickens Stadium September 5 in Stillwater, Okla. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) #

Fans wait for the start of the USA and Canada game during the gold medal match of the Hockey Canada Cup September 6 in Vancouver. (Harry How/Getty Images) #


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