Magician David Blaine chartered a sailboat with menswear designer Adam Kimmel and marine photographer and filmmaker Bob Talbot to perform yet another feat of endurance, bravery, and, some might argue, complete insanity. The reason for the expedition was simple enough: Blaine was planning to swim in open water with roughly 20 great white sharks. He lowered himself into the water with no body armor—save for a tuxedo. As he descended beneath the surface, the sharks began to circle him. At one point he touched a passing fin; at another, he seemed to be smoking a cigar underwater while a great white inched behind him.
Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.