Below you can find selected stories by Jason Ables from the:

The San Jose Mercury News

The San Francisco State Golden Gater

BIKE magazine

The Palo Alto Weekly
 

The San Jose Mercury News
THE WEARABLE BOAT: FLOAT-TUBES TAKE ANGLERS WHERE THE FISH ARE
Call him Sopko.
He set out into the windy waters to find the big fish, and that he did. Having hooked it, he started bringing in line, right on plan. But as the fight neared its end, fate took a twist and so did the fish. It rolled, and when it did, it literally sank Mike Sopko's boat.

SOMETIMES YOU RIDE THE BIKE
SOMETIMES THE BIKE RIDES YOU.
Take gobs of mud and mix in a variety of bicycle racers - men and women, from beginners to world-class athletes - and then set them loose on a few acres around a forest-ringed meadow.

FRIDAY NIGHT RACES PUT MOUNTAIN BIKERS ON MOTOCROSS LOOP
Twisting and turning tightly back onto itself, the course not only offers the riders banked dirt curves, something foreign to a cross-country course, but it has an added bonus: jumps. How could any 13-year-old resist? ''Yeah, I got air,'' Logan said, laughing.

THE THIRD MAN
NO. 3 IN THE RACE FOR THE TWO-MAN OLYMPIC SQUAD, SARATOGA MOUNTAIN BIKER DON MYRAH HAS TWO MORE CHANCES TO MAKE UP GROUND
A decade of competition later, the 30-year-old Saratoga resident is one of the best mountain bike racers in the world, and he is looking to compete in an arena that even the great LeMond missed: the Olympics.

STARS IN THE DIRT
TWO WORLD-CLASS EVENTS BRING MOUNTAIN BIKING'S BIG WHEELS TO THE BAY AREA
COMING OFF A GOLDEN YEAR, OLYMPIC CHAMP HAS BIG PLANS FOR LOCAL RACES
Bart Brentjens of the Netherlands, the man who last summer won the first Olympic gold medal ever in mountain biking, is in the neighborhood, and he has come to race - twice.

A SHORT RIDE AWAY, AND YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN
PREPAREDNESS LAGS BEHIND BOOM IN MOUNTAIN BIKING
What should have been a ride lasting a couple of hours turned into an 11-hour survival-fest as he and his companions got repeatedly lost in the steep, canyon-like trails.

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San Francisco State
Golden Gater
Editing can't erase her mark on history
It was such a small item about balloonists, just a blurb buried inside the newspaper, yet it touched on such grand themes, including two of my favorites: adventure and big ovaries.

Next rest stop 240,000 miles away
Do you hear it? Like a benevolent siren from a darker, colder shore the news beckons, 'Come over here. There is water here.'

Students who wish they made Santa's naughty list
After all, one of my classmates actually got a toilet seat for Christmas (and that was only one of the perplexing entries in the 'What Were You Thinking?' column).

Invisible in suburbia, real people go sight unseen
I almost never saw any of the White people conversing with the Brown people. They would look right through them like they were not even there. No question about it, to the White people they were invisible.

My name is Jason A., and I used to have a life
There was once this girl named Pandora who had a little box. Not satisfied to leave it alone and just enjoy it as a box (you know prop her coffee on it, or use it as a paper weight) she had to go and open it.

Book buyback brings extra cash to students, school
You can make students read, but that does not mean you can make them keep the books.
 
Sundays are for schnoozing (or is it sweating?)
The days of adolescence, when skateboarding and the pangs of cheerleader-awareness ruled the day are no longer recent memories.

Virtual, not real, tiger may ring in its next new year
You should take note of the year 1998 because it will not be until the year 2010 that we see another Year of the Tiger. You should also note 1998 because according to the World Wildlife Fund, by the time 2010 gets here, the South Chinese Tiger will probably be extinct.

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BIKE
Why Can't We Be Friends?
On the San Francisco peninsula, a group of equestrians and cyclists decided to dump the "us vs. them" mentality and make peace. They even--gasp!--went on a ride together this past June.

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Palo Alto Weekly
East Palo Alto program finds success
While Palo Alto experiments with different ways to keep its youth busy and entertained, East Palo Alto already has a successful and popular program up and running.

No longer just for kicks
But on a recent Saturday at Greer Park in Palo Alto, Chang and his friends, footbag players from the Bay Area Footbag League, hit upon a possible image builder: "We need to get on Letterman," they agreed with a laugh.

Learning to act locally
"The thinking (behind the program) was that if you can teach students how access the system, or how to effect change, then you would see immediate results in the community," said Halili Knox, a program associate.

Growing good things
Wearing an A's cap and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shoelaces, 8-year-old David Wolf was playing bluegrass on the fiddle when a crowd gathered around him holding bags of vegetables.
 
The panic button
The attacks "feel very real. It is just that there is nothing physically dangerous going on. But, it certainly feels that way."

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