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AUG 2016

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August 2016 24 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Special Feature: 2016 NATURAL VENUES GUIDE human inge- nuity sought out creative new sports activities and the technolo- gy necessary for them to be possible, the potential environments for sports expanded. Ever-more-extreme rock faces; increasingly fast and furious river currents; deeper and deeper depths of water; iced-over bodies of water; more rugged terrains; steeper hills; sand dunes; the wild blue yonder of the sky: almost any natural land-, water- or skyscape has become a possible field of play for competitive sports. Mother Nature is beautiful, no doubt, but not always cooperative. She offers a tableau of riches but planners and participants have to account for the vagaries of weather and the dangers inherent in the rocky, watery, slippery, high, hard, gritty very real world. This special Natural Venues section of SportsEvents Magazine takes a peek at several destinations and sports events that make the most of natural venues. B.A.S.S. Fishing in New York & All Over The Country Amateur tournament fishing is a very popular sport nicely suited for most anywhere with good streams, rivers, lakes or an ocean — which is to say pretty much every state in the U.S. New York is one good example, as noted by Michael Mulone, director of Event Partnerships for Birmingham, AL-based sport fishing behemoth B.A.S.S. "New York provides some of the most diverse bass fishing in the coun- try," said Mulone. "The St. Lawrence River, 1,000 Islands, Finger Lakes, the hundreds of lakes in the Adirondacks — As New York provides some of the most diverse bass fishing in the country. Photos courtesy of The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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